March 2021 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE Faculty Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 3:30PM

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1. The next workshop date is scheduled for April 21 @ 3:30.

2. 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

3. “Celebration Day” is in May 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 effective ways to teach our courses in an online environment.

2. Explore options for students to demonstrate learning in new ways.

3. Design a lesson that integrates technology to facilitate interaction and collaboration in the online space.

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.

Digital Tools & Resources

Corey Nelson

Corey Nelson, TEC21 Facilitator, recently shared a link to his personal website where he is equipping not only his own school faculty, but so many other teachers too because of his collaborative spirit. He writes, “This is the page on my personal site that I’m placing resources for our teachers as we prepare to go online, if needed. More will be added as I discover other items!” Thank you, Corey!

Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams.

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.

Curriki is a Community for Teaching and Learning. Share and Explore High Quality K-12 Content. Simply type in your broad subject area (Religion, History, Chemistry, Biology, etc.) and browse the resources shared by other instructors. Some complete courses are shared. Some materials may be helpful support for your material when teaching online.

Amazing Educational Resources is a nonprofit program that was initially created to facilitate free sharing of resources among teachers. The platform has since grown to an all-inclusive hub for educational materials. Amazing Educational Resources facilitates access to and sharing of free high -quality resources among teachers, parents and students.

The Covnersation, 5 things to stick with in the future. With all the talk surrounding teaching during the pandemic, we need to shift our thinking to teaching after the pandemic. This article looks at changes that educators should consider once our classrooms return in full force.

Larry Ferlazzo’s EducationWeek Opinion for Post COVID-19 Classroom. This EducationWeek opinion looks at what is required in the classroom for successful TEACHING and learning after the pandemic. We will begin creating the new normal based on old educational values. While technology bridged the gap, I believe we need to bring back the human element. Relationship, relationship, relationship.

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

Anchor is a free service that lets you record and edit podcasts in your web browser. You and your students can create podcasts to discuss reading or reflect on learning. Anchor can distribute your podcast to ten major podcast listening platforms including Google Podcasts and Spotify if you want to share your ideas. Richard Byrne demonstrates in this video, how you can create and publish a podcast through Anchor in less than ten minutes.

Thinglink is an interactive poster format that allows you to create unique experiences with interactive images, videos, and 360 degree media. They would argue it is the easiest and most cost-efficient way to build real-world learning experiences without logistical hassle. Suitable for online lectures, technical and vocational education, workplace learning, campus tours, and virtual field trips. Connect a sound byte, video, website, map, Google Doc write up, and picture to report on a topic!

Sutori timelines allows you and your students to create collaborative timeline presentations. This student-centered approach to learning and demonstrating learning fosters students’ creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills. Use templates or start from scratch. Check out the examples here to get ideas for how students could use this tool in your courses.

I am a hyperlink. Click edit button to change this text. Provide a description of a web- or a mobile-based application specific to this month’s theme or to the subject matter, interests, and needs of your respective group of teachers. Use links or embed code to show examples of completed projects or video tutorials explaining the digital tool whenever possible.

Word Cloud Generator Google Add-On: High impact colorful word clouds with ability to change colors, size of clouds, drop words. Download now enabled in two sizes. Use this add-on to quickly assess what your emerging theme is, main ideas students got out of a reading, Create in Classic OR Modern format. Open a Google Doc and give students an editable link so they can add words and ideas. Create the Word Cloud, then download and use this student-created image immediately in your presentation. Easily turn your information into a gaming activity for learning. Begin with a Google Spreadsheet, use the template provided, and you have flash cards, Jeopardy, a random name picket, an interactive scavenger hunt, a timeline, a Bingo game, and much more. This would be a great way to add an experiential learning component to your lesson! Or have students create one to review learning.

Open Educational Resources Commons provides free teaching materials you can search by subject area, education level, material type, media format, educational use, language, and more. Search the site to see if you can find free resources to amplify your course. One resource you can find here is the Ancient History Encyclopedia for you history and religion scholars. Check this Educause article for OERs for Higher Education. Also check out this article on The Radical Transformation of the Textbook discussing textbook options for professors. Concordia’s OER Libguide

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.


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