November 2019 Agenda–Seward, Nebraska (CUNE Faculty Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 3:30pm

Getting Connected


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From the teacher’s perspective…
  • Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Friday, January 10 from 12:00-4:00PM, Thom 104.

2. Christmas at Concordia December 6-8.

3. Concordia Christmas Party, Thursday, December 20.

4. Collaboration topic for January 10! How would you like to collaborate? Individually with another professor in your area from another institution to discuss teaching ideas/technology use? As a whole group with another Concordia faculty group?


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.

1. Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!

2. Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

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


1. Explore a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use in order to assess student progress and understanding.

2. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.


Formative Assessment

Socrative – Ask a variety of questions throughout your lessons: multiple choice, true-false, and short answer. Write questions out in advance or ask orally on the go. All responses record and can be displayed on the screen during the lesson to get every student response. Then download all data in a spreadsheet to see which students need additional instruction and practice. Website, teacher app, student app. My favorite! Student Log In   Room: 29561

Google Forms – Build a quiz or survey in Google Drive. Allows a variety of questions including short answer. Collates data and provides spreadsheet.

EdPuzzle – A site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.


Kahoot – A collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment. login

Quizizz – Ask multiple choice and true-false questions, including pictures. Student answer buttons have the responses printed on them rather than having to look up at the screen. Search public quizzes already made too.

Quizlet Live – Teams of students work together, racing to learn the material in a Quizlet study set. Brief video on how to create at least 6 flashcards, have students log in at QuizletLive, automatically puts them into teams, you start Live, they collaborate and compete! Join at www.quizletlive


Google Folders Have each student set up a Google account and create a folder for your course so they log in once and save to the cloud. Sharing the folder once with you as instructor allows you to view everything in the folder without resharing. Collaborative projects in Docs & Slides.


Adobe Spark Page Having students create projects using technology to demonstrate learning is authentic assessment. Documenting a process using online tools empowers students to tell what they did and what they learned. Allowing them to choose the tool adds to the authenticity. Taking pictures or video of an actual process they do and reporting that as learning is authentic.

Example of multimedia report on South Korea  by Sister Cecelia

Ignite Presentation! Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. Ignite events are held in cities around the world. I have students create a Google Slides presentation for the last day of class which they present in “5 minutes of greatness!” File-Publish to Web-Auto Advance slide time-Start slideshow as soon as player loads. Go! My Example: iGen Learning Strategies Ignite Presentation


Creating a Test in Blackboard

Course Materials to Assessments to Test. Choose from a large variety of test options. Indicate how to score. Blackboard can score these items for you. Sample


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Digital Citizenship

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security -Debating the Privacy Line: Should the Government have access to all your social media and cell  phone data? -Common Sense Media Curriculum
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 3: The Pitch

You want to “sell” your idea in a creative and interesting way. Think about this as a commercial for your idea that unveils your genius plan! You will have 1-2 minutes.

Include the following:

  • Your name
  • Reasons you chose the project (story, history, definition, interest, etc.)
  • Materials/resources/technology tools needed
  • First three steps to get started
  • Obstacles you may face in the process
  • Explain how the project enhances learning.

Your presentation may be formatted in one of the following ways:

  • A Prezi, Google Slide presentation, Adobe Spark Video, iMovie or i Movie trailer, or another digital format that is at least 60 seconds, but no longer than 2 minutes
  • Minimum of 6 slides but maximum of 10 slides. Use the bullets for items to include as a guide.

Digital Tools & Resources is an interactive bulletin board. You can create a board and post the URL so students simply click on it, click the +, add an idea. Organize for random notes, single line, columns, or back channel for questions and comments as you teach. Downloads as a spreadsheet too.

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform used by millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, families, and organizations in more than 150 countries! Create a Grid (that’s your classroom or group), add Topics to spark the discussion, and your community builds a dialogue as they share short video responses. Helps build community in online spaces.  This is a good way to have students respond visually in class.

Google Forms Create a survey, quiz, response tool with options including Multiple Choice, TF, Short Answer, Paragraph Responses, Drop Down List, Check Boxes, Linear Scale, and more. Responses automatically download in a spreadsheet.


Create a quiz using multiple choice, TF, or short answer formats. Include pictures. Turn every lecture into a two way learning experience. Create a quiz in advance, or ask quick questions as you go. The same classroom number gives access to every quiz.

Kahoot – A collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment. Check the Discover heading to check for the millions of public Kahoots already made that you can edit or use as they are. Or create your own! Add a picture to make the quiz visually motivating.

Transform your ideas into stunning visual demonstrations of learning with Adobe Spark! Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark. Easily add photos, video clips, icons, or your own voice. Select from professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion—and voila!

Factile provides a very professional Jeopardy game format that you, or your students, can easily create questions and answers for to review or assess learning. Check the public games already made to see if they meet your needs. Example on Robot-Proof.

Create Fake Facebook, Twitter, Texting, and Snapchat using these templates. Students can create a Fake account for a person in your discipline and post from their point of view.  Peter example

Pl@ntNet allows users of iOS and Android devices to identify plants simply by photographing them with their smartphones. Pl@ntNet is also a citizen-science project: all the plants that users photograph are collected and analyzed by scientists around the world to better understand the evolution of plant biodiversity and better preserve it. Scientists especially need Pl@ntNet’s users to inventory the wild plants in nature, including those that grow on the sidewalks of cities or in the middle of a vegetable garden. At present Pl@ntNet makes it possible to recognize about 20,000 species—a long way from the 360,000 species living on Earth, but Pl@ntNet is getting richer every day thanks to the contributions of users. Students’ observations may one day join the photo gallery illustrating the species in the application!

Meet the Tiny Austin Company That Wants to Disrupt the Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry With Its 3-D-Printed Homes: The journey of faith and hard work that led Jason Ballard to his fascinating startup, Icon. A radical new way to construct home–squirts out continuous beads of concrete that stack up to create walls, in whichever configuration a builder may want. It can spit out the walls of an entire small house in just 24 hours cutting costs in half.

With the new launch of a new version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on Google Earth seems to have sparked a renewed interest in Google Earth. Check out this list of top 10 new uses: pre-made tours, literature tours, global scavenger hunts, timelapse of coastline changes, explore the Moon or Mars, and use Google Earth as an alternative to PowerPoint!

Have historical figures converse about an event or discuss the reasons why something happened. Usually we use Fakebook for this one, but you can also use comic strips as well. Create a Fake Facebook page for your character and use student-created posts to explore the events. Fun way to tell a Bible story, Historical event, Literary story, any topic an historical figure is part of! Sample lesson: first show the Jesus Followers YouTube video created entirely of Bible character posts, then have students each select a character and tell another story!

Active learning is transforming calculus at universities nationwide — and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is helping to lead the movement. Active-learning strategies encourage the student-led questioning, reasoning and communication of key mathematical concepts, with instructors promoting engagement and building on student thinking. Article

As society and technology change, so does literacy. The world demands that a literate person possess and intentionally apply a wide range of skills, competencies, and dispositions. Active, successful participants in a global society must be able to

  • Participate effectively and critically in a networked world;
  • Explore and engage critically, thoughtfully, and across a wide variety of inclusive texts and tools/modalities;
  • Consume, curate, and create actively across contexts;
  • Advocate for equitable access to and accessibility of texts, tools, and information;
  • Build and sustain intentional global and cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought;
  • Promote culturally sustaining communication and recognize the bias and privilege present in the interactions;
  • Examine the rights, responsibilities, and ethical implications of the use and creation of information; and more….

 The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) is a cross-platform immersive education initiative based on bilingual mixed-media experiences created to enhance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Latino cultural heritage through innovative and engaging online experiences. A Bilingual Teacher Training Tool Kit guides educators in integrating the collection of transmedia and virtual exhibits into existing STEM programming. The tool kit includes animation shorts of Smithsonian projects, teacher-training e-publications, immersion games, web books, and digital objects that apply 3D augmented-reality technologies. The LVM offers two versions of the tool kit—an interactive web version and a print version, both in English and Spanish.

Native American Heritage Month is a time to introduce students to the rich cultures and histories of indigenous peoples in the United States. With Described and Captioned Media’s accessible videos, students learn about the histories, achievements, dances, languages, and stories of Native Americans. The video collection is organized under the categories A History of Native American Achievement, Native American Culture, and Native American Folklore. DCMP members have access to the full-length videos at no charge; membership in DCMP is free. The videos are generally available for preview to nonmembers as short clips; limited full-length titles are also available. Both members and nonmembers can download lesson guides for the videos at no charge.

Amazing NASA photos of natural elements in the shape of the ABC’s! Reading the ABCs from Space. How can your students use pictures to tell about their learning?

IGNITE IS A SERIES OF SPEEDY PRESENTATIONS. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. Ignite events are held in cities around the world. I have students create a Google Slides presentation for the last day of class which they present in “5 minutes of greatness!” File-Publish to Web-Auto Advance slide time-Start slideshow as soon as player loads. Go! My Example: iGen Learning Strategies Ignite Presentation

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Develop and incorporate a digital assessment activity to use with your students in a lesson or unit you’ll be teaching before we meet again in January.

2. Begin to implement Genius Hour ideas into your courses for second semester.

3. Post to TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you teaching and/or your students learning, or a sample of a digital assessment you used with your students.

4. Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.

5. Read Robot Proof Chapter 3: A Learning Model for the Future.

6.  Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2020/2021 school year opens on January 2, 2020. Please encourage a fellow professor to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21 whenever you can! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


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