October 2017 Agenda—Grafton, Wisconsin

Grafton, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Isaiah10:15

 Devotion

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th
  • #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?

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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?

Goals

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 digital storytelling can enable the author in each to come out. By combining writing of good stories with digital tools students become authors with a global audience.

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What is Digital Story Telling?
  • the combining of narrative with digital content like images, sound, or video.
How is the story told?
  • movies
  • slides
  • music
What is it for?
  • instruction
  • student projects
  • reflection
  • assessment
  • fun!
Why digital?
  • sharable
  • no mess
  • wont make it and trash it
  • teaches other skills

Resources

5 Storytelling Tools to try in 2016

4 Top Digital Storytelling Apps for Chromebooks

Best Apps for Digital Storytelling

IMAGE RESOURCES

DIGITAL KITS

Worried about students finding their own resources online? Concerned that your students will take too long to select “the perfect picture”? Want them to focus on the storytelling and not the image searching?  Digital Kits are the answer.
Traditional Book-Style Storytelling

When most students think of a story, they think, “book.” Before we lead them out of the box, so-to-speak, digital storytelling can look a lot like traditional books. Here is a link to a couple of examples…

Literary Basis

What is the benefit of having your students create these digital storytelling projects? Numerous articles and studies have been conducted and they all point to similar key factors:

  • Ownership
  • Creative outlet
  • Community and global value in what they’re accomplishing
  • Collaborative skills
  • Engagement

Because of its application across content areas and ages, digital storytelling earns its place in the modern classroom.

Poetry and Presentations

Digital storytelling can help students visualize otherwise abstract concepts or monotonous reports.

 

Stopmotion Video

Stop Motion videos use a series of pictures and narration to tell the story. Here are some links to resources to get you started:

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

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

educrations
Educreations is a multipage whiteboard screencasting tool. Students can draw, insert text or images, and record their voice to explain what they learned. Benefit: makes thinking visible!
book-creator
Book Creator is the number 1 book app for the iPad in over 90 countries, was voted best educational app in 2015, and just became a free website as well. Allows you to add pictures, video, voice, and publish in ibook format. Students use to write interactive stories, science reports, research journals, instruction manuals, and more. Then build a school library of student-created books in iBooks on your iPad. Here’s how you can add video of sign language to each page of your book with Book Creator!
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Storyjumper.com is the number 1 rated website for making digital stories. Best feature is the site can automatically translate the book into 38 different languages to share with students, parents, and relatives who don’t speak English. Use your own pictures or graphics provided. Create narratives or informational reports with this versatile tool StoryJumper example 
google slides
Google Slides empowers students to tell a story with a variety of presentation themes, embedded video, animations, and more. The new Explore tool in the lower right hand corner turns each slide into multiple options so each slide can be different. Allows for student collaboration to create, and sharing via a link to post in Google Classroom and beyond.

Looking for something specific for your students to use in digital storytelling? Or wanting to give students choice whether to create a graphic novel, comic, video, ibook, or another format? Check out this resource linking to 50 excellent tools.

Your words plus this site’s amazing art help you build picture or chapter books in minutes. This site suggests that you select a set of pictures by a featured artist, select the pictures you want to use, drag and drop, arrange them in order, then use the details in the pictures to inspire you write great stories! Write poetry here too!

Storyboard That  provides a variety of engaging backgrounds, characters, and items help students build a story. The storyboard itself can tell the story, or use it to create another digital story format. Check out the historical settings and consider using for Thanksgiving! You can create several for free.

Over 40 actual student-created examples of digital storytelling projects.

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.
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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.

Reflection

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