September 2020 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am



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The Blessing (Global Choir) | Live From Elevation Ballantyne | Elevation Worship  Credit    (Edpuzzle shortened link)

Numbers 6:23-27

How to Create a Virtual Choir video using DaVinci Resolve 16 by Paul Soulek, Director of Parish and School Music, St. John, Seward, NE
Church & School Music Resources – YouTube Channel by Paul Soulek, St. John, Seward, NE
Church & School Music Resources – YouTube Channel by Paul Soulek, St. John, Seward, NE


1. Water fountain outside the room can be used to fill water bottles.  Always wear a face mask. Restrooms.

2. What does the timeline of a typical workshop day look like? Visual showing Virtual and Face-to-Face Workshop Formats 

September Virtual Workshop Template

      • Workshop Day Timeline
        • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Connecting with Teachers
          • Connecting with Wi-Fi & each other
          • Ice Breaker with group (in September)
          • Devotion
          • Announcements
          • Review–What have you done this past month?
          • What new/reoccurring problems/needs are you seeing for yourself this year?
        • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
          • Topic/Lesson
        • 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
          • Explore the list of Digital Tools and Resources
        • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
          • LUNCH (group decision)
        • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
          • Further explore the list of Digital Tools and Resources
          • Make it, take it, use it
          • Go deeper into understanding (peer-to-peer coaching)
          • One-on-one with teachers
          • Involve and help time (guide by the side)
          • Get networked, get social, be active with one another here and in other cohorts around the country and the world (Google Hangouts/Meet, Skype, Zoom, etc.)
          • Complete the REFLECTION at 1:50 PM

3. This series of workshops will provide you the opportunity to grow in a fun, safe and supportive environment. How and what you decide to implement into your classroom is up to you–personalized learning at its best!

      • There are program-specific aspects–what we as Facilitators collectively deem as core components across the board.
      • There are center-specific aspects–what individual Facilitators include which are practical and relevant to their teachers based on needs and interests.
      • In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?
        • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
        • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project-based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

4. On our final workshop day, we will gather together for what we have dubbed “Celebration Day”. This particular session’s format is unique among the others in that each of you will share some of the ways in which you implemented your ideas or projects to enhance your teaching and student learning. Think of this as a mini-conference where each of you will have 10-15 minutes to share with the group how your TEC21 experience has impacted your classroom. It’ll be among friends so there’s no need to get worked up about it. Here’s an outline to guide you in your planning – “Celebration Day”. You can share your learning with the group in any way you choose, but we’ll have you start a Google Slide today just as an option. Then if you end up presenting in this way you can add to your slides throughout the school year and avoid the pressure of having to develop a presentation toward the end of the program! Again, remember this is a low-key, no pressure, fun day to share with each other our successes (and yes failures) as well as aspirations you might have for things you want to do the next school year!

5. Are you needing college credit to renew your teaching license, working on an advanced degree, or looking to add technology expertise to your resume? If you are, then you can receive three graduate-level credits at the end of our program through Concordia University, Nebraska. There is no additional work that is above and beyond what you’re doing anyway from month to month so it’s just an added bonus to get credit for your TEC21 experience. Here are the details:

      • The cost is $80/credit hour
      • The online application process opens up on March 1, 2021 and closes May 15, 2021
      • Concordia University is a ministry partner of TEC21 so they will email you from time to time this year to provide you with more information
      • Credits can be applied to other graduate programs

6. Upcoming events:

      • The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13.
      • CSP Stay at Home-coming: October 9-11
      • Minnesota South District new website
      • Florida Georgia Virtual Equip Conference for ALL districts! Cost is $50 a person for complete access to 100 sectionals of the virtual event through December 31.  You’ll need to register online and pay before September 20th to ensure your log on for the September 24-26 dates.  You can view it here!


We look forward in Workshop #1 to begin getting to know each other and taking a high-level look at the TEC21 ministry.

1. Discover TEC21’s vision and mission – what we do, how we do it and most importantly why we do it.

2. Boost your professional learning network by connecting to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

3. Gain an understanding of the TEC21 road map for the school year culminating at the end of the school year with “Celebration Day”.

4. Explore and discover Google educational applications for the classroom. We’ll learn best practices from each other by sharing how we use some of these resourceful tools in our classrooms.

The TEC21 Ministry

Here are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network:

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 (We’ll be taking a much closer look at his one today as this is how we provide support to you outside of our face-to-face sessions!)

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 so we 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.

Growing Your Professional Learning Network

Check your email to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group!

We’ve created this group for TEC21 Teachers and TEC21 Facilitators. Why should you join this group? Because building your professional learning network is vital in teaching today to connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another. This Facebook group affords us the ability to extend our learning and support beyond our face-to-face workshop sessions. It also enables us to connect all of our TEC21 educators in each of our innovation centers with one another as well as with past TEC21 Teachers. It’s an excellent way for us to remain connected and to support one another for many years to come. Check your email for a link to join. Brent and Helena are online ready to approve your request to get you in!

Theory and Standards that Ground Tech Integration

“As networked information resources become more extensive and complexly structured, and as ICTs [Information & Communication Technologies] continue to change with some frequency, no one person can be expected to know everything there is to know about the technologies of literacy; these technologies will simply change too quickly and be too extensive to permit any single person to be literate in them all. Each of us, however, will know something useful to others.” (Leu, 2002, p.328)

“But remember: What you did in haste last March was not online learning — it was emergency distance learning, forced on you by a pandemic. As you prepare for the fall, it is your responsibility to resist defeatist narratives and approach online teaching, not from a deficit mentality, but from an openness to its potential. Because — done well — online pedagogy does offer a form of intimacy and intensity, and even a “transformative” experience.”  –Can You Teach a Transformative Humanities Course Online

All Things Google

G Suite–Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawing, My Maps, Sites, and More
Google Slides lets you collaborate with others creating slides in real time. You can insert text boxes, images, videos, shapes, arrows, equations, and callouts. … You can rearrange slides, change presentation styles, and add speaker notes. Have you ever created one? Start one today and add to it each month as you go through the monthly workshops. Then you’ll be all set to present to the group on Celebration Day at the end of the school year! Produces a weblink you can post to submit. You can also make presentations interactive using Add-On PearDeck.
Google Docs  Create and share documents individually or collaboratively. Produces a link which may be placed in Blackboard. Saves automatically and earlier versions of the document can automatically be accessed. Allows you to embed a link behind a typed word. Voice typing option too.
Google Drive Store all your folders and course materials in one place. Free cloud storage. “Waffle” of nine squares in right hand corner lets you access all Google tools from one location. Go to Create new in Google Drive to create Google Folders to organize your documents. Can share folder once then everything within the folder is shared automatically. Great for students to set up one folder for each course and place all work, higlighted readings, etc. in one place that is shared with you.
Google Sheets Create and share spreadsheets. Every Student Response systems create a spreadsheet of student results that drops in here.
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. Example: Getting to Know You
Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Google Classroom Setup and Add Students tutorial
Google Sites Build a website for information. New Google Sites Features – Templates & Banners – YouTube
Google Meet Anyone with a Google Account can create a free online video conference session with up to 100 participants and meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting. Grid view included. Adding breakout rooms and recording in October.
Google Add-Ons

Add-Ons for Docs: Mindmeister (makes a mind map from a bulleted list), LucidChart (creates diagrams), Translate (translates text into a variety of languages), Kaizena (voice comments), EasyBib Bibliography Creator (creates references).

Add-Ons for Slides: PearDeck (makes presentations interactive by inserting slides to collect every student’s responses) Then export student results to a spreadsheet by clicking on your session.

Add-On for Sheets: Flubaroo Google Spreadsheets add-on that grades Google Forms quizzes. You indicate the correct answer on your quiz in Google Forms by clicking to the left of the right answer, have students take the quiz by sharing the link with them, click on Results, then create a Google Spreadsheet. When you open the spreadsheet to to Add-Ons and have Flubaroo grade the assignment. Try it!

Chrome Extensions, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Keep

Screencastify for making screencasts

ABP Add Blocker Plus blocks advertisements on webpages

Highlighter allows you to highlight on webpages

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Remote Learning

B1 The online teacher uses digital pedagogical tools that support communication, productivity, collaboration, analysis, presentation,
research, content delivery, and interaction.
B2 The online teacher incorporates discipline-specific technologies, tools, and resources to meet individualized learner needs.
B3 The online teacher uses different types of tools to interact in online courses in order to nurture learner relationships, encourage
learner interaction, and monitor and motivate learner engagement.
B4 The online teacher demonstrates basic troubleshooting skills and addresses basic technical issues as they arise.
Planning for Remote Learning

Let’s try creating a collaborative Wakelet by sharing resources and plans for remote teaching! Click here and type in your name to join. Please share any resources you have found to be helpful for remote teaching as well as any plans you have for teaching remotely. Together we can come up with effective ways to present, have students respond, and engage them in the online learning process.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed before each online lesson?


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

Digital Tools & Resources

How do you save and organize all of your favorite websites? How do you plan on saving all the websites and resources you’ll learn about this year during your TEC21 workshops? Will you use Google Keep, your browser’s tool bar, a spreadsheet, a document, create website (your digital toolbox) using Google Sites, or some other handy means? Have you ever heard of Diigo? It’s a social-bookmarking website that helps you do this. You can add the diigolet to your toolbar or you can add the Diigo Chrome extension to your Chrome browser. You can even join a group like Lutheran Teachers so when you bookmark a website it adds it to the group for everyone else to have access to. If you’re still trying to find a way to organize your sites that suits you best, you might consider creating a Diigo account by giving it a try! Go to the top left Search Content and paste in a YouTube video link. Then move white line from each side to frame the blue which will be your final video. Save. Find a video, edit/shorten, add questions, and assign it to your class. Watch as they progress and hold them accountable on their learning journey. How to shorten a video using EdPuzzle. 

Why use video? More than 65% 1 of students are visual learners, and +95% 2 of your students watch YouTube regularly. Videos are a powerful resource, but it can be difficult to hold students accountable for something you can’t track. That’s why we created Edpuzzle – we were once teachers with this same problem.1) Vakos, Patricia. “Why the blank stare? Strategies for visual learners.” (2003). Prentice Hall eTeach.
2) Jarboe, Greg. “No Matter How You Define It, Generation Z Can’t Live Without YouTube.” (2017). Tubular Insights.

Wakelet is a professional looking location for saving websites, doing research, creating multimedia presentations, collaborating, and sharing/submitting materials. Works for all content areas!

Collaborating on Wakelet: send the link or code to anyone to allow them to join as a guest if you don’t want to set up an account. Ideas for using Wakelet in the classroom. collecting and sharing resources, submitting assignments, student research, classroom discussions, and more. Let’s try creating a collaborative Wakelet by sharing resources and plans for remote teaching! Click here and type in your name to join. 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. You can create one Flipgrid for the semester, then add new topics you want them to discuss. Please take 60 seconds to introduce yourself to the group by answering the questions provided by clicking on this link. I look forward to building a learner-centered community this year!

Ten Distance Learning Writing Lessons.  Some great short screencasts you can make to teach writer’s workshop remotely! This format can be used for any topic!

AWWapp. A Whiteboard App. Use this virtual whiteboard as you would one in your classroom. Works well with Zoom. Can create before class, then share the link so all students can add to the board in real time

Ziteboard. Virtual Whiteboard that lets you insert images, PDFs, and mp3’s. Then use the drawing tool to comment as you teach. Collaborative feature to invite student input in real time.

Pear Deck. Add interactive formative assessment slides into your Google Slide presentation to activate every student. Go into Google Slides, Add Ons, Pear Deck, open Pear Deck to select from slides for beginning, middle, and end of the presentation. Then download student responses in a spreadsheet to hear from every student on each question. You have to try this! PearDeck student-paced lesson)

Tinycards. Tinycards is a new app made by the team that created Duolingo, the most downloaded education app in the world. Students can make their own decks using text and images, or use 10,000 existing decks of flash cards on languages, science, art, and more. Type in Concordia Publishing House in the search to access the Six Chief Parts free. Check out the Ten Commandments-Luther’s Small Catechism.

Seesaw. Learning Management System that allows students to post their work into a digital portfolio for teacher and parents to provide feedback. Students use built-in annotation tools to capture what they know, including recording their voice reading, telling about a drawing, or sharing their writing. Teacher can share information with all parents or just one child’s. Student icon can be whimsical animal for young children, initials or pictures for older students.

Quizlet is an easy-to-use and efficient tool for learning. It has become the largest flashcards and study games website, with more than 5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject, three learning modes, testing, and some games to reinforce learning. You can also make your own flash cards, or better yet have your students make them and share their decks! Sample Solar System deck.Now search for  your subject to see sample decks!

Canonizing the Christian Bible: A Simulation.

Every couple of years I teach a class called “How the Bible Became Holy” (and no, I do not assign my book).  The past few times I have taught it I have concluded with a simulation exercise – a game, really – in which different Christian groups (and the rabbis!) meet to settle on a canon.  Each time I run it I tweak it a bit so the rules are never quite the same as they were previously. This year the class will be divided into two groups and each will run the simulation simultaneously.  My teaching assistant for the course.. will lead one section and I will lead the other.”

An example to use or follow when creating your own gamified simulation to conclude a unit.

75 Scientific Research Projects You Can Contribute to Online. Monitor local animal populations, identify plants, transcribe women astronomers’ notes, bird-watch and more.

Though it’s true that many field research projects are paused, hundreds of scientists need your help sifting through wildlife camera footage and images of galaxies far, far away, or reading through diaries and field notes from the past.

Plenty of these tools are free and easy enough for children to use. You can look around for projects yourself on Smithsonian Institution’s citizen science volunteer pageNational Geographic’s list of projects and’s catalog of options. Zooniverse is a platform for online-exclusive projects, and Scistarter allows you to restrict your search with parameters, including projects you can do “on a walk,” “at night” or “on a lunch break.” To save you some time, Smithsonian magazine has compiled a collection of dozens of projects you can take part in from home.

21 Things for Students. FREE activities to integrate technology into the middle school classroom curriculum (grades 5-9). Build knowledge and learn new tech skills for the 21st century. Be safe and secure online!

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

Time and Support for Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Explore further a tool or idea from today’s session. 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. Social: Consider following TEC21 on the social media platforms of your choice. Also, be sure to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!

3. Spiritual: Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, encourage a colleague and be a resource to them between now and October’s session.


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Dismiss at 2:00pm

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Laurie Friedrich


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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.