October 2017 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…To Wifi:  Look for “TLC-Guest”; use password ResponsibleGuest (all one word)

How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.  You can always find the agenda at tec21connect.com under the workshops tab.

Socially…To each other – Grab a breakfast item!

Whats been happening on YOUR special day?

1.  Use the resources linked to find at least five events that happened on the same date you were born.  Use the events you find to create a timeline on Timetoast!

2.  Here’s mine! I used free images from pics4learning, but PhotoPin has some great free pics too.  Just don’t use the sponsored ones.

3.  When you finish, copy the web address, paste it into a google doc as a hyperlink, and drop it into your personal folder housed in the Tec21 folder I shared with you.



Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

Concordia University Nebraska

2. As a TEC21 Workshop Program participant, you should have received some information by now from Concordia University–Nebraska pertaining to college credit opportunities. We’re very thankful to be able to partner in ministry with CUNE in this way. Many teachers have been blessed through this arrangement over the years. It’s something definitely worth considering!

For those who do decide to pursue this, the facilitators will use the following rubric to assign a letter grade after the final workshop – EDUC 513 Course Rubric. Take a few minutes to review the grading criteria. We look at it this way in that it’s simply applying your TEC21 take-a-ways in your classroom with your students following the workshops each month and plugging into our online Google+ TEC21 Educators community throughout the school year–both of which you’re doing as a part of this program any way. So, it’s just an added bonus to reward you for your efforts!

Remember that TEC21 is considered a second semester class- EDUC 513. To receive college credit, apply online between December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018.

Degree completion options: 

Non-degree completion option:

  • $80/credit hour
  • 3 graduate level credits
  • Application fee waived for non-degree option

3. Wow! Look at how many Lutheran school teachers are now a part of the TEC21 Educators community! Isn’t it awesome what technology can afford us to do? This is powerful and a game changer for Lutheran educators today. It’ll enable us to support one another in-between workshops and for years and years to come :-)

Any “How to” and “Why” questions regarding the Google+ community? How and/or why do I add a picture to my profile? How and/or why do I link a web page when I post? What does the +1 button mean? What happens when I do this +Brent Dieckhoff? How does the poll feature work and why might I use it? How do I manage notifications?

TEC21 Educators Community

4. Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What were some successes? Tell us about any challenges you faced?


1. Discover the value of digital storytelling.

2. Explore digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students.

3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.

“The question that must be asked every day is, ‘What is BEST for this learner?'” ~ George Couros

Digital Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell, and kids love to tell them.

“If you are made of water, oxygen, and bone, you are made of stories” – Joe Lambert

In the icebreaker activity we each used an online tool to tell a part of our life story using text, pictures, and a digital timeline.

In this example, a student tells a story of a boy going to the store to get some apples for an apple pie.  But it’s not just a random story.  He had to explain how the particles of matter behave during phase changes.



The Paper Slide Video

7th Grade Sample

Tec21 Sample

The applications for digital storytelling are as varied as yours and your students imaginations.


Literature – This is the most common application I have seen.  Students connect the content to themselves by integrating themselves into the story, creating responses to reading, or applying aspects of literature to their lives.

Science! – I use digital storytelling to take vague concepts (particle nature of matter) and make the information meaningful to students on an individual level.  By creating a story using the key concepts, students take ownership and submit work like Andrew.  Instead of a pen and paper assessment, I provide rubrics and assess the digital stories.

History – I would think history has incredible applications to digital storytelling, as history itself is really one long story.

Art – Digital Storytelling can be an art project in itself.  Look at the creativity these kids used on this project!  Does Art really need to be a class?  Couldn’t it be integrated across all subjects with digital storytelling?  It’s outside the box, but imagine what we could do with the additional period or two per week!

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?

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

ClipChamp is my goto video tool for the chromebook.  Easy to use and easy to save.

This site is my go-to for every experiment that I can’t (or won’t) do in class.

This particular article was shared with me by another facilitator and I thought you math people might like it.  Edutopia offers articles on many topics.

Great tool for presenting stories!  Free for students/educators!

In her own words, it’s her guide to everything!

Lots of resources here for any teacher at any grade level.

A compilation of resources to help students tell digital stories.

Hack your publishing link to create a simple animation using Google Slides.

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

Project Development

Ready to make a paper slide video?

Task:  Create a short paper slide video that illustrates three things Jesus did for you, or three qualities about Jesus, that you believe makes you who you are today.

Tools:  Recording device, Google Drive, paper, colored pencils, scissors, sharpies, internet.

Turn it in:   Upload your video to Google Drive and move it into your paper slide folder.  

Here’s my simple sample:

Sharing! We are each other’s BEST resources :-)

The TEC21 Facilitators read The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros this summer. The book was thought-provoking and inspiring, so we’ve decided to include a few of his quotes to our agendas throughout this year as food for thought.
8 Characteristics - Couros

Used with permission by George Couros.

You can follow him on Twitter @gcouros.

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TEC21 Challenges

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

2. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.

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


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Contact me if you need anything throughout the month!

Jason Murray

Email at: jmurray@splcs.net

Phone/Text to (586)-413-1276

twitter: @sciguysplcs

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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.