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

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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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.


1. This summer, we will be preparing our TEC21 website for “Season 13” so we encourage you to bookmark the “Season 12” workshop agendas now so you have access to them in the future. Here’s the link – Please note: When we perform quarterly updates on our website’s theme, webpages, and various plug-ins, we do not include all of the previous years’ agendas (archived webpages) in the process as it would be a very time intensive process. The good Lutheran question is “What does this mean?” It means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂


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

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

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

3. 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 and the many other educators who have utilize 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: Do you love Pinterest? Then you’ll love all the teaching ideas and resources that get pinned to TEC21’s collaborative board. Start pinning to the board with us by clicking HERE.


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 is the opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, implementation, and reflection.

Time to gather your…

  • Notes
  • Links
  • Resources
  • Thoughts
  • Composure

Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to access everyone’s presentation links from all the workshop centers.

Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #1 as in previous years)

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.

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.

Teach Like a Pirate digital activities. Select one Hook to engage students in your lesson. Play with the digital tool, and create a sample. Then have your students create one to demonstrate learning! has a wealth of digital tools for you to incorporate gaming into teaching. Here is a QR Code Scavenger Hunt Generator.   You simply type your questions and answers, cut and paste into this spreadsheet, it generates QR codes, you cut them out and place them in different locations, students try to find and answer as many questions as they can in a given amount of time. I also like their Random Name Picker wheel to spin when calling on students, Image Annotator to add links to a picture.

End of the year is a great time for you, or your students, to create an online Jeopardy game! Factile has an easy one to use! My students made some to review the main ideas from a novel we read. SAMPLE Factile Jeopardy Game

Badge Maker. MakeBadges 

Badges are all the rage. Let this website help you and your students make a special badge to recognize your achievements this semester! Perhaps an “I Thrived During COVID-19” badge would be appropriate. Create by selecting shape, caption, colors, and more. To save I needed take a screenshot.

Here are 25 alternative ways to demonstrate learning beyond the traditional report. I challenge you to have students use one of these rather than a paper or test to show you how much they have learned in your class

Choose one of the following tools to make something for your class: a whiteboard-style teaching video using Flipgrid, a short documentary video in WeVideo, a Google Virtual Reality Tour, an augmented reality experience using Metaverse Studio,  a Podcast using Anchor, or an ebook using Book Creator. See how-tos in the article.

That interaction with the students is just as important as the lesson itself, according to Matt Madej, a theology teacher at Owensboro Catholic High School. Madej is trying to bring some sense of familiarity with his class, starting each session with a friendly video and a prayer before diving into the lesson. How have you been interacting with students during this remote teaching period?

Skype a Scientist lets you bring experts into your home (virtually) to answer all your questions — for free. Connect with scientists, chat with experts, get a chance to interact with an astronomer, chemist, geologist, biologist. The database has more than 5,000 experts. “We’ve had more scientists signing up because they had the time availability suddenly, because they couldn’t be in the lab doing their experiments.” Try one-on-one Q&Q or livestreams. Could you be an expert to connect with schools at this time?

Could you use this book with your children? Could you write a book like this on a topic you are an expert on and share with schools? Students and schools are looking for quality online reading material on various subjects today. You are an expert!

Educational Leadership special report edition. Lots of good articles you may enjoy skimming. How do their ideas about effective remote learning match with your experiences?

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 principal 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

Pictured above are the TEC21 Facilitators as we gathered virtually for our annual summer academy in June of 2020.

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. Digital: Continue to be a connected educator!

2. Social: Continue to be a life-long learner!

3. Spiritual: Continue to be a resource to others!


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Add a picture that shows you in your element and provide your contact information so your teachers can get ahold of you for support and encouragement (e.g. email address, cell phone number, and username/handle communication tools such as Twitter, Glide, Skype, etc.)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.