September 2019 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 3:30pm



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Imagine the Possibilities! How can you empower your students to tell the old, old story in a new and relevant way? “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

BibleGateway: Matthew 19:23-26


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 3:30-6:00PM, TLEC 104.

2. Lutheran Education Association (LEA) conference, October 10-12, St. Louis. If you attend visit the TEC21 booth to connect with TEC21 educators throughout these eleven years. We are giving out free t-shirts to TEC21 teachers (past and present over 500 served) who stop by our booth (while supplies last) . Also taking a whole group photo!

3. Innovation Un-Conference, October 19, Henzlik Hall Hub, UNL 8:30 AM-12:00PM. Video Invitation. Register for free by October 1:

4. Nebraska Fall Ed Tech Conference, November 1, Kearney. Check out topics on the schedule here. 


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 on your slide in this Google Slide deck. Feel free to add a link to a lesson or some feedback you received.


1.Explore alternatives to written reports and papers as ways for students to demonstrate learning.

2.Take the next step to plan our long term goal in Genius Hour.

3.Further our abilities to utilize Blackboard for online teaching and learning.


Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence introduction

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Padlet Discussion of the reading. Add a quote from the reading for today along with a question to help us apply this thought to our teaching.

Sutori Timeline.

Timelines can be used to visually demonstrate learning of  all kinds: events, procedures, time periods, locations. Visit this site and view the student-created examples. Now think of something that students learn in your course that could be demonstrated in timeline format and make four posts on a Sutori timeline.

Sutori Timeline Sample from Robot-Proof

Reading for next month: Chapter 1-Fears of a Robotic Future

Blackboard: Creating and Grading Assignments

Creating Assignments in Blackboard   Create a Module Page, Assessments, Assignment, Create a Rubric

Grading Assignments in Blackboard  Use rubric for major components

Recording Audio and Video Feedback in Blackboard  Feedback to Learner, Text Button, Microphone, audio or video at bottom

Digital Citizenship Integration


      • Internet Safety
      • Privacy & Security
      • Relationships & Communication: Civil Discourse Online video 
      • Cyberbullying
      • Digital Footprint & Reputation
      • Self-image & Identity
      • Information Literacy
      • Creative Credit & Copyright

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 2: Make a plan

To begin, develop your idea into a project goal. Next, list the first three steps that you will take to make that goal a reality. Then, make a list of resources that you will need including the tech tools that you may integrate into the project.

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

Digital Tools & Resources

Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories 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!

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!

Make videos and animations in minutes with Powtoon. Use our library of templates, characters, backgrounds and video, or upload your own! Free. Easy. Awesome.

A few of my samples using different provided templates:  5 Video Tips (informational),  Mission Impossible (snow day assignment post in Blackboard),  Book Report (Pink and Say)

Essential Skeleton 4 is a great free app for reference model of  the skeleton. This is probably one of the best (if not, the best) app for reference of a 3D model skeleton. It provides multiple features such as highlighting and pinning certain body parts as well as fading or hiding other body parts if you want to focus on a certain region/area. It also gives you a brief description of each bone part as well.

Screencast-O-Matic lets you record your computer screen and/or yourself. Great way to teach a lesson online, or have your students teach about a section they read or an experiment they conducted. You can bring up anything on your computer screen then talk about it. Screencast-O-Matic provides a pointer for learners to follow as you speak, and it saves the video right at that location so it doesn’t take up storage. You will get a link which you can post in Blackboard or anywhere. Try it!

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.

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.

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.
Save time and provide better Google docs annotations with quality canned responses.Free trial available. Insert hundreds of prepared comments into Google Docs & Slides from four levels including university. Each comment identifies the error, and explains and shows students how to revise writing. You can add your own comments so you don’t have to rewrite each time. Can also use video and audio feedback option.

This was a huge time saver for me this year! I post articles in Blackboard, then have students download them, and then upload into their Google Drive. Here they can click on the + sign in the upper right hand corner to highlight and make comments. I have them create a Google Folder and share it with me. Then I can go in and see their reading and notes as a formative assessment!

Want to add a video to your presentation to actually take students to view the content first hand?! Simply go to Insert, Video, then search YouTube or get a URL. The video will show large on the screen without embedding. You can also insert videos you create and store in Google Drive.

Kaizena Voice Comments Google Add-On

Try Kaizena as an Add-On in Google Docs. This will allow you to give faster, better feedback on student work. Review up to 75% faster than typing with Voice Comments. Embed explainer videos in 3 clicks. If you track skills Kaizena can auto-complete your rubric.

Concordia now has it’s own version of the One-Button Studio in the Dunklau Center. We call it the One-Touch Studio! If you want to record a professional quality video to insert into a presentation or post at Blackboard, this is a great option. You will insert your flash drive, push the button, project your computer using Airtame, do your presentation, then remove your when you are finished. Now you can upload to your computer to use wherever you like! Students can use this studio as well to present their learning in video format.

Highlight text on websites with a simple right-click or keyboard shortcut. Saves highlights on your device. Simply select text, then right click to select “Highlight” option. All highlights are saved so they will not be lost when you exit the page. They show up only for you! Four highlight colors. Great if you assign or have students find websites as they research so they can highlight the parts they want you to look at. You can remove all highlights if you desire.

Time and Support for Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Implement something you’re taking away from today’s session (i.e. a student-created project, a resource, a tool, an instructional strategy, an organizational practice, etc.). It can be learner-centered, teacher-centered or a combination of both. Come ready to share your experience when we meet again in October!

2. With the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, identify one person on your faculty and be a resource to them between now and October’s session. Be a spark!


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