October 2017 Agenda—Collinsville, Illinois

Collinsville, Illinios

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



 Devotion & Prayer

“Teach Your Children Well”

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th.
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
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


Literary Basis
Teachers Guide to Digital Storytelling

What kinds of stories will you and your students tell?

5 Card Flickr

Storyboard Templates


Audacity (Windows and Mac)

Garageband (Mac and iPad)

Soundtrap (Web based)

TwistedWave (Web based)


Animoto (web based, iPad and chromebook app)

Wevideo (web based and chromebook app)

Video Recorder (online video recorder and chromebook app)

Clipchamp (online video recorder and editor also chromebook app)

Moviemaker (Windows)

iMovie (Mac and iPad)



Photostory 3 (Windows)

Adobe Spark Video (iPad)

Powerpoint (Windows and Mac)

Keynote (Mac and iPad)

Google Slides (web based)

Image Resources

Audio Resources

If students use resources that are not theirs decide how you want them to cite them.

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

  1. Book Creator Free  This app allow you to create an ebook with pictures, text and sound.
  2. SketchASong  A simple way for children to create music with a variety of instruments.
  3. iNaturalist  Get connected to scientists and naturalists, record your observations and learn about plants and animals around you.
  4. My Story  Engage elementary students by having them create a story.
  5. Shadow Puppet Edu  With this app students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning.
  6. Comicbook!  Create comic books to tell a story or illustrate and educational concept.
  7. Incredible Numbers  Explore and appreciate numbers and advanced mathematical concepts.
  8. Google Arts and Culture  Explore stories from around the world depicted in photos, videos, manuscripts and art.
  9. Bible App for Kids  Explore stories from the Bible through interactive adventures and animations.

Tools and Resources

Storyjumper (Create storybooks online.)

Blabberize  (Make a picture of a face or animal talk.)

Rewordify  (Simplify text from a variety of resources.)

TED-Ed Periodic Table  (Videos and lessons on elements in the periodic table)

Free Typing Games  (Typing games for grades 1-8)

What Should I Read Next?  (Provides book recommendations based on books that you like.)

Where Should I Read Next?  (Click on cities or countries to find related books to read.)

Toasted Cheese  (A calendar of writing prompts)

Inspirograph  (Fun like the spirograph)

Free Printables  (Calendars, charts and more for teachers to print out.)

The Brick Testament  (The Bible illustrated with lego figures)

Kid Friendly Search Sites  (Search sites created for younger students)

Library of Congress  (Great place to find primary sources)

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think.”  ~ James Beattie

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

Project Development

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

Mike Kratzer

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.