March 2021 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

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How many Bible stories from the life of Christ can you recognize in this music video?  On this collaborative Jamboard add a sticky note for each Bible story you see in the video.



1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 29.

2. Journey to the Holy Land,December 27, 2021 – January 6, 2022. You are invited to join Rev. Dr. Lessing and Rev. Nabil Nour, a native of Israel, born in Nazareth, on a Journey to the Holy Land–Israel for an experience of a lifetime. We will depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul on December 27 and return on January on 6. Click here to view the itinerary.

3. Our next cohorts for the 2021/2022 school year are filling up fast! We know that word of mouth and personal testimonies or words of encouragement can go a long way. So, if you can encourage a teacher to register, we would greatly appreciate it! As a thank you, for every teacher that registers on account of you, we will enter both your name and theirs into our drawing announcing two winners at the end of March for a chance to win your choice of a $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers or Amazon! Do you have other friends or family members teaching in Lutheran schools? If so, you can encourage them to join a cohort near them and we’ll again enter your name and theirs also. The more teachers you get to register, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing. All you need to do is encourage someone to register for TEC21 for the 2021/2022 school year and reach out to Helena ( In order to be officially submitted in the drawing, she needs to have your name and the teacher you encouraged. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

4. “Celebration Day” is next month and it is a time to celebrate each other’s successes! What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare?  This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. How can you prepare?

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters (Remember that you are sharing with friends, so keep this all in perspective and have fun with this.)
  • Spend approximately 10 minutes showing some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.
  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning – SAMPLE.
  • You might also want to use the Celebration Day guide to help to organize your thoughts. To download a copy to print, click HERE.

How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we encourage you to consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. The online application is now open and runs through May 15, 2021. Follow these four easy steps to apply:

First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2021”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.

Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.

Lastly, select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card. That’s it! You’re done!

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 years), contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.

Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. (For example, see how the Kansas District of the LCMS Licensure Renewal has a distinct process in place for the teachers serving in this district.) So, be sure to contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience!

1. Discover a variety of ways students can respond to learning.

2. Explore Project-Based Learning and consider how it can be used in your setting.

3. Design an alternate way to have your students demonstrate learning.

4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Learning & Demonstrating Learning in New Ways

Project-Based Learning Using Technology: Activities

PBL Resources

The 6 Must-Have Elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning: Intellectual challenge & accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management, reflection

An Introduction to Design Thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test. (may be non-linear)

Our Project: Select one of the following and working with a partner in break out rooms go through the Project-Based Learning activity and create a product that demonstrates your learning using technology to share with the class. You will have 30 minutes.

  1. Living the Faith We Profess task based on this website: Living the Faith We Profess
  2. Building a Biodiversity Timeline. task based on this website: Building a Biodiversity Timeline.
  3. Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement task
  4. Minnesota Statehood Timeline task
  5. PBS Learning Media  Select a topic of your own by subject and grade
Alternatives to Reading Response

ISTE for Educators standards: 7a Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.

Students get tired of writing book reports or answers to questions about what they read. Today we will create an alternative to the traditional written assessment. Select one of the following tools and create a project that responds to something you or your students read recently. Put the link to your project in this Google Doc to share. You will have 30 minutes.

  1. Digital Sketch  Sketchnote   Sketchnote ideas
  2. Vlog   Screencast-O-Matic  Example on YouTube: 100 Harry Potter Things to do when you are not at Hogwart
  3. Powtoon Animated Video  Powtoon : Book Report on Pink and Say example; Powtoon website with templates
  4. Podcast   Anchor    example How to Video    Sample Podcast
  5. Video   iMovie trailers
  6. Factile Jeopardy. Factile is the #1 Jeopardy-style classroom quiz review game! Sample Factile Jeopardy Game
  7. Create a Playlist. Music is often found in the background of movies and can be a creative way for students to respond to reading. They can actually create a playlist in YouTube, Spotify, or other music sources. Or they can simply link to the song in a Word Document as they tell why they selected each song. Sample playlist created to respond to novel “Ninth Ward.”

Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #1)

The Concordia EdTech Podcast is a collaboration of Concordia’s Tech Coaches. Each week they discuss the latest headlines in Ed Tech, interview an innovative individual or company and toss in a few free tech tips. This podcast is brought to you by Concordia International School Shanghai, one of our sister LCMS international schools.

Anchor is a free service that lets you record and edit podcasts in your web browser. Anchor will distribute your podcast to ten major podcast listening platforms including Google Podcasts and Spotify. You can also upload audio that you’ve recorded outside of Anchor and just Anchor to distribute your podcast. As demonstrated in this video, you can create and publish a podcast through Anchor in less than ten minutes. (Richard Byrne)

Screencast-O-Matic. Create screencast videos with our screen recorder. It’s fast, free and easy to use! Capture your screen, add a webcam, and use narration to customize your video. Saves directly in Screencast-O-Matic so it doesn’t take up storage on your laptop.

Jamboard. Collaborative whiteboard! People from any location can add sticky notes, text, images, draw all on this virtual whiteboard. Video for using Jamboard collaborative free. 

Newsela is a free website that lets you search for news subjects by topic and grade level. Then within the article you can select from 5 different Lexile reading levels in which the article may be read. Click your level, article changes to that readability level with more basic vocabulary and shorter sentence length. Great for all students and especially those with special needs because they can still read the same article as the rest of the class but at their level.

Seesaw is a digital portfolio tool that lets students use built-in multimodal tools to capture what they know in Seesaw’s digital portfolio Best video and picture tool for young children. Can share with parents and others to give students a real audience. Works on all devices.

Educreations is the best video tool to let students tell a story and demonstrate what they are doing. App only so works best with tablets. Great for young children because they can draw right on the screen, capture their voice, take pictures, then show as a movie. You can only have one draft on your account at a time. Once you publish you can create more free.

Factile Jeopardy. Factile is the #1 Jeopardy-style classroom quiz review game! Learn why Factile is played by the best and get started now for free!. Create your own game in minutes. Search from thousands of premade game templates. Play Jeopardy-style, Multiple Choice, or as Classic Memory games. Use and share online flashcards. Play from your computer, tablet or phone. Users “buzz-in” for a fun and engaging classroom experienceNew – Remote / Distance learning, including Remote Buzzer Mode.

Asynchronous Science Lesson.This preservice teacher created a Google Slide presentation, organized her science hands-on activities, prepared prediction sheets for participants to complete as they viewed her do experiments using video in the screencast, and completed a Padlet at the end. She planned multiple ways to get feedback and engage students in remote learning of science. I was impressed. I asked her if we could share this with other teachers and she said yes.

Create a Playlist. Music is often found in the background of movies and can be a creative way for students to respond to reading. They can actually create a playlist in YouTube, Spotify, or other music sources. Or they can simply link to the song in a Word Document as they tell why they selected each song. Sample playlist created to respond to novel “Ninth Ward.”

ArcGIS Story Map. Living Nations, Living Words, the signature project of United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, conveys through poetry that Native people and poets have vital and unequivocal roots in this country. The project features a digital ArcGIS StoryMap, which integrates an interactive national map of 47 contemporary Native poets—and connects to a new online audio collection that features the participating poets reading and discussing original poems. Sample ArcGIS Story Map

Peardeck Phonics Teaching Sample. Use Peardeck for Google Slides to transform a presentation into a conversation! Download the Google Slides Add-On to add interactive slides into your Google Slides presentation. Then collect all responses from students as they respond on slides. What do you teach where this tool could be an alternate form of assessment?

Jamboard. PJamboard is an interactive white board that can be accessed from anywhere using alink shared so anyone with the link can edit. Boost student collaboration and engagement with the Jamboard app — powered by Google Cloud. Student tablet users can access a suite of rich editing tools to collaborate with students or educators. You can even access it from a web browser too. Let’s try this example together!

Kiz Phonics. If you have students who need help with sounds and letters this website has some great games they can play to practice. Especially with wearing masks making it difficult to see your mouth formation in creating the sounds,  seeing the videos can be helpful.

Wakelet.  Official Guide to Wakelet just came out. Nicely organized ebook to show you how to create, collaborate, and share a list of links to materials. Great for reporting research or doing small group work.

Smithsonian Tween Tribune.  Smithsonian Tween Tribune. GRADE K-4 · GRADE 5-6 · GRADE 7-8 · GRADE 9-12 · SPANISH · TECH · TEACHER. With the click of a button students can read these science and social studies based news articles at their own Lexile reading level! Amazing for ELLs and struggling readers to read along with the class.

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

 1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the questions and strategies on the following document to prepare for the day: click HERE.

2. Social: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school year opened on January 2, 2021. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you in advance for being an ambassador for TEC21 and supporting our vision and mission for the sake of the Gospel! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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Laurie Friedrich


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