Since we were not all together last month we are going to start with an ice breaker… please help yourself to a Dixie cup of M&M’s.
Technology has a way of enhancing our lives doesn’t it? We have more technology at our fingertips than at any other time in history. We are in the fast lane when it comes to our technology. Yet, it seems that over the years we have not really had technology; technology has had us. Instead of technology enhancing our lives, it has the potential of hindering us from the living the life God has given us.
Maybe it’s time to go back to the One who Created us and ask Him to show us our five smooth stones and sling. God created us to fulfill His agenda in His power with the technology of His choosing. Perhaps we have replaced our dependency upon God with an obsessive dependency upon technology.
Can we really make it without email, cell phones, text messaging, and the Internet? We often equate a spiritual fast with giving up food for a season. What if we sought to realign our lives with God’s agenda through a disciplined technology fast? It is possible that we may create more space for doing life God’s way?
1. Upcoming events:
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:
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?
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.
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.
This is a great way to encourage more writing and story telling in your students.
Students can even write their own books, illustrate them, and share them with the world.
Paper Slide Videos are a quick way to do a one-take recording of students teaching information. Use your iPad or iPhone in video mode and slide the prepared papers in one at a time as you talk about each, telling the story of what you learned or wrote.
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more.
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!
Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.
Adobe Spark- Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes.
Get Stop Motion Studio, the world’s easiest app to get you into stop motion moviemaking today!
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.
CommonLit is a free resource offering fiction and nonfiction reading passages and designed for grades 5-12. You can create classes and assign texts and questions to students. Common Core aligned
Ways to use it in the classroom:
A visual storytelling app that lets you create comics, storyboards, or presentations.
Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Site sponsored by Sylvan.
Zearn is a free online program that helps students in kinder-5th grade receive direct instruction in math associated with Eureka Math and EngageNY curriculums.
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.
A list compiled back in 2013 that gives great sites and apps to create digital storytelling with your students. A lot of these sources are still around and have been updated.
Ditch that Textbook by Matt Miller is a wonderful teaching and ed tech blog. In this blogpost, he explains how to use screencasting to create videos for your students in various capacities.
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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.
Kari Perna: cell (707)287-7994