May 2020 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 12:00pm

Getting Connected


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Prayer Padlet: Add one prayer request and continue to pray for each other

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Blackboard Collaborate:

Answer Garden Word Cloud 5/12/2020: What three words best describe how you are feeling today? Enter them one at a time. This activity will let you quickly check in with your students to see how they are handling this pandemic situation.

Answer Garden word cloud:  4/22/2020

Answer Garden word cloud: 3/2020


Reflecting on Lamentations 3: 21-26. How will you let these promises of the Lord empower you to plan and teach in an uncertain future? Add your name to one slide and share one way you plan to do this for Fall.


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.

Going back to where we began…

iGen Learning Strategies Ignite Presentation

Theory and Standards that Ground Technology Integration


1. Continue to be both a consumer and a contributor in your professional learning network.

2. Begin planning for the new Face-to-Face teaching for Fall and beyond.

3. Plan how you will continue to be a connected, resourceful life-long learner.

4. Celebrate each other’s TEC21 achievements through today’s mini-conference format.

Throughout this program, we have emphasized the value of being connected educators in Lutheran education today. We have shared specific platforms in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. As we wrap up this series of workshops, what a great time to reflect on the benefits of being able to gather together for these monthly sessions to be equipped, trained, encouraged, and supported. We hope the relationships that have been built this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! And know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here for you! #LutheranSchoolsThrive

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

Facebook Group: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1” to ask questions and share ideas to support one another!

Facebook: Please help us get the word out to as many teachers as possible about the TEC21 Workshop Program by “Liking” us on the TEC21 Facebook Page!


Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know because any one of us can add you as a collaborator.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

Mini-conference Style Presentations

This school year is coming to a close in a way like we’ve never experienced before. We (the facilitators) commend all of you for rising to the challenge to continue delivering lessons and sharing the Gospel message with your students and their families. You are excellent and dedicated servant-leaders, the backbone of Lutheran school ministries.  Enjoy this time today to celebrate with one another your successes, and yes even your failures, from both of which you’ve grown from this year!

Seward CUNE Faculty center’s Celebration Day document. If you added your name and a description of what you’re sharing with links you can share your screen from here.

Digital Tools & Resources

Google Sites allows you, or your students, to create a website quickly now that they added ready made templates. You do have to save while you create this Google product. Listen to Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers demonstrate how to use it.

Facebook releases its ‘Blender’ chatbot as an open-source project. Focuses on seamlessly using three specific behaviors together — the ability to display empathy, personality and knowledge — to humanize Blender’s responses.

Popplet is an online tool that allows you to connect information on topics. It can be used as a graphic organizer to add topics, information, videos, drawings, and pictures for research, responses to readings, or the research project itself. You can add a collaborator(s) on the project and each student’s name will be added to the popples they create to clarify individual input in group work. You can color code information by idea as well. Sample Popplet on Napoleon: History. Let’s try to collaborate on this Technology Popplet. Set up an account at Then add a popple of your own by double clicking on the screen, connect to one of the Popples by clicking on the dot on one side, then insert text and image. How could your students use this tool in class or remotely?

Select a video conference tool that students can use to create screencasts to share presentations online. Zoom lets them capture their screen and put their video in the corner, or just record the screen, or just record themselves.

I suggest having students create a Google Folder for your course naming it Name-Course# on day 1. Show them how to share it by double clicking on the folder then “Get a Sharable Link” and have them share it so you can edit. Now everything added to the folder is already shared. Then post the link to the shared folder in Blackboard.

If you haven’t yet, create a Padlet account and create a Padlet board. I use these for everything! Great way to have students respond to readings. Select the format you want to use. I generally use the Shelf so I put column headings at the top. Then students add their name on the top line then answer the question. But notice you can use maps, timelines, backchannel, stream, and more.

This COVID-19 educational module by Professor Glenn Ledder embeds a simple model designed specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic into an environment where students can easily design experiments and observe outcomes. The primary files contained in the model are an Excel workbook, a document containing an overview and directions for getting started, and a document that presents a number of pre-designed experiments along with questions that guide students in interpreting the experiment results and judging the accuracy of public statements that have been made about the pandemic.

There are a lot of instructors who are scrambling to find materials for online teaching. This COVID-19 educational module can serve that purpose while helping students learn about what is going to be a defining moment in their lives and in human history. The module is written to be accessible to high school science and mathematics students and to college students in courses for non-majors or in a course at the level of calculus and below. Ledder is working on a more advanced version for students at the level of differential equations or higher.

All materials (except answer key) are available free here. Just request the answer key.

Pearson committed to a digital-forward strategy driven by new technologies, including AI. Unlike traditional linear learning methods, AI can adapt to individual learning patterns and dramatically change how we learn, particularly for non-intuitive subjects like calculus. In just under a year they released Aida, an AI-powered calculus tutor unlike any other. Aida applies AI techniques to make calculus relevant and relatable, two words that are seldom used to describe the topic. Designed for Calculus 1 students, the app includes step-by-step demonstrations and a range of original videos developed to provide real-world context for calculus applications.The app is currently available to download for free on the Apple store through June 2020 and for $2.99 a month afterward.

Read through these questions thinking about your church…and your class. What new procedures should you consider enacting before students return? Shortening sessions, washing hands/hand sanitizer, greater distance between students, what does this mean for pedagogy, grouping, still offer online material, consider digital curriculum, plan for reducing expenses if students don’t come, decrease fellowship time, investing in new digital equipment, ask a student in each class to serve as technology assistant…What do you think?

A quote from the Hechinger Report, Jon Marcus, April 23, 2020.

Faculty, he said, will ask themselves, “ ‘What part of what we just did can be substituted with technology and what part can be complemented by technology to transform higher education?’ ”

Universities should consider this semester an experiment to see which classes  were most effectively delivered online, he said — big introductory courses better taught through video-recorded lectures by faculty stars and with online textbooks, for example, which could be shared among institutions to lower the cost.

Students who want classes best provided face to face, such as those in the performing arts or that require lab work, would continue to take them that way.

“Let’s take advantage of this moment to start a larger conversation” about the whole design of higher education, Govindarajan said.

“We had better not lose this opportunity.”

Southern New Hampshire University new teaching modalities 

Southern New Hampshire University looking at new modalities (course-based/online, course-based/hybrid, and project-based learning) to make a personalized and affordable education available to students.

 We discussed the online components that worked better than face-to-face as well as the hybrid options which optimizes the benefits of both face-to-face and online teaching. It will be interesting to see the direction you take your courses this fall.

Todd, E.M., Watts, L.L., Mulhearn, T.J. et al. A Meta-analytic Comparison of Face-to-Face and Online Delivery in Ethics Instruction: The Case for a Hybrid Approach. Sci Eng Ethics 23, 1719–1754 (2017).

Hege, B.A.R. The Online Theology Classroom: Strategies for Engaging a Community of Distance Learners in a Hybrid Model of Online Education. Teaching Theology and Religion 14(1), 13-20) (2011,January). 

Going Face-to-Face this fall will not look like the face-to-face we remember. Here are some factors to consider as you plan. What projects worked well online? What components seemed to work better face-to-face? Go through this document to formulate classroom procedures to share with students on day 1.

Take a look at how using visuals by date and death toll clearly teaches the history of pandemics. How can you use visuals and timelines to teach your content?

Articulate Storyline is the industry’s favorite software for creating interactive courses. It’s simple enough for beginners, yet powerful enough for experts. And it lets you create virtually any interaction you can imagine, in minutes. With the new perpetual version of Storyline, you’ll be able to deliver mobile and accessible courses with enhanced interactivity faster. Take diagrams and let students click on each part using buttons you create. Engages students for deeper learning. You may want to try the free trial.

The bestowing of award, praise and adulation.

We officially dub you TEC21 Teachers–connected, resourceful life-long learners!

1. “Pomp & Circumstance”

2. Presentation of “diplomas”

3. Presentation of TEC21 Digital Badges

Dear TEC21 Teachers,

As educators, we all know how hard it is to keep up with the needs of students. TEC21 recognizes the extra effort it takes to learn, stretch and grow to provide Technology Enriched Classrooms. We applaud every school who has given the green light to allow teachers to participate in our workshops, and every teacher who has stepped outside his or her comfort zone to be vigorously challenged. Our goal with you is a contagious classroom full of motivated students.

You have earned this badge. We have provided it in two sizes each for school administrators and teachers. We hope you’ll proudly display it on your school website, personal classroom website, and your email signature.

Thank you for making a TEC21 classroom a badge of honor.

Serving Him with you,

The TEC21 Facilitators

For School Administrators

Small School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Small

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Large School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Large

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For Teachers

Small Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Small

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Large Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Large

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Final TEC21 Challenges

1. Continue to be a connected educator!
2. Continue to be a life-long learner!
3. Continue to be a resource to others!


Dismiss at 3:00pm

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Laurie Friedrich


Twitter: @FriedrichLaurie



Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.