October 2017 Agenda—Munster, Indiana

Munster, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


The address of our session is: goo.gl/j94EpA 

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance apriest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35 And the next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Why does He do it with a story?

Why should our pastor do it with a story?

Pastor Yonker at NID…

Be still and know that you should shut up and dance, let me bless you with a breakfast, use clips from AGT….

What should we do with story?

What should we pray about today?

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 2.
  • On November 16 and 17 I will go to IETC in Springfield Illinois.
  • #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.

Left from Last month:

Google Forms

From your Reflections:

How did it go with Voice typing, ESV Bible, Clypit, Read Write Think, Kahoot is next month, Bouncey Balls Book Creator, Symbaloo?

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

Digital Storytelling


Common Core Narrative Writing:

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened. Kindergarten

Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. gr.1

Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure. gr2

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events. Grade 8
Production and distribution of Writing:
Kindergarten–With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Common Core and the technology expectation

Common Core requires publishing. Technology makes that happen

Tell me a story daddy,

The core of religion class and Sunday school, 

Jokes, George and the cherry tree, Honest Abe,

Common Core requires that students create narratives: from kindergarten on….

Kids love to tell stories…. we have to cut them off in class… can I just tell you….

My Big Mistake

For example:

All about winter

My Aunt Marilyn

A Winter’s Blessing

the-black-death-in-90-seconds (not narrative but informative)

Vocabulary video contest

Story telling – The Art

How to tell a great story from a great story teller (sorry about the one word)


Andrew Stanton on Telling Stories:

1. Make me care
2. Make a promise that the story will lead to a worth while place.
3. Make the audience work for their meal.
4. Organize an absence of information
5. The Unifying theory of 2+2– That is, make them put it together.
6. The main character must have a spine– acknowledge what drive you.
7. Change is fundamental in story.
8. Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.
9. Like your main character.
10. Story has a theme, a meaning.
11. can you invoke wonder?
12.Use what you know — capture truth from experience.
Writing Your Story: What’s Your Problem?

Every story needs to have a climax. The climax is a problem or challenge that needs to be solved or overcome.  Everything in the story builds towards the climax.

What’s Your Hook?
Your story starts with a mystery or a question that needs to be answered (a “hook”) – relates to the problem or challenge but doesn’t spoil it by giving the answer. Make your audience want to keep watching to see what will happen next.

 Building your Story
  • Every story has a setting. Where does your story take place? 
  • Next, how did the challenge or problem begin? Provide some background info. Here is where you establish a need or a desire in your viewer to WANT to see this problem solved.
  • What about your main character? Who are they? What events in their life helped prepare them to deal with this problem or challenge?
  • What was your character’s plan to deal with the problem or challenge?
  • What actually happened? What was the result? (Here is where you solve the mystery or answer the question)
If you are telling the story of true events, then here is where you will need to dig in and do some research to find the answers to these questions.  If you are creating a fictional story, here is where you need to get creative and think about how you will answer these questions.  Sometimes even fiction stories require a little research to make them seem plausible.

Graphic Organizers

A digital story has both visual and sound elements. A storyboard helps you put your story together.  Here you break your story into chunks and decide what visual and sound elements you will use to tell your story.
Storyboardthat.com (focus on the story by creating boards to tell the story using this amazing site’s 325 characters, 225 scenes, over 45,000 images in search, plus upload your own photos.)

Story board generator

Make beliefs comix

Story maps

Storyboards or story maps, but maybe a Story Table instead.

Can I just tell you….

Kids love to tell stories…. we have to cut them off in class… can I just tell you….Give them a device and have them save it for later

Bank it for later refinement….

It is still writing when they dictate it to a device and the device does the typing…

Bank that  story:     Let’s get them published!

How to write a paper: 

1. Talk to the device, stop typing; speak the first draft.

2. read and edit the second draft.

3. have the device read it to you. Then listen to it again.

4. Now edit a third draft. Is it ready for prime time?

5. Don’t print it. Share it. Publish it. 

Let Grandma print it and put the book on her shelf or refrigerator!

You try  it now!

Use Voice typing for Google Docs

Try it!

Notes app and microphone or Google Keep on iPad or iPhone or Android

Try it!

Go to the Camera App

Try it!

Quick time player, win8 camera app, movie maker, Screencastify!

Try it 

With Just Audio-

clyp.itVocaroo.com, Microphone on the iPad 

Gathering Your Resources:

Once you have a storyboard, it’s time to start collecting visual and audio resources.  The first, best option would be to create these yourself, but if you can’t there is a plethora of online resources.

VIDEO: Let’s Write A Story
How to use the Sample Graphic Organizer to write a “Hero” story.

Tools for creating stories with students:


 How Fast Can you make a video?
How to record video on your iPhone or iPad
  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe to the right once in order to switch from photo to video mode.
  3. Tap the capture button and start recording.
  4. Remember that you can tap to focus any time while recording. You can also lock the focus if you want by holding down until you see the AE/AF Lock text appear. Just tap the screen again to manually focus if and when you need to.
  5. Tap the capture button again when you are done recording.
  6. http://www.imore.com/record-trim-videos-ipad
Record Video on a Mac You can make a movie using Quick time Player and the built in comera in your MAc. Just chose file.New movie recording. When the recording window apperars, yopur iSight or FaceTime camear turn on( a green light appears by your Mac’s built in camera).
Record Video on a PC– windows 8
Take Videos with the Camera App
1. From the start screen open the camera app      2. Tap or click the Video Button to start recording. Tap or click it again to stop recording.     3 If you want too review the video drag the screen to the right or click the left arrow.
From a PC win 7
1. Start Button     2All Programs     3 Movie maker     4 webcam video     5 Record     6 stop      7. Save
From the Chrome browser
Screencastify app or extension
Choose webcam     Check “show preview window     Record       Stop
Let’s Get them Published!
For Windows:Moviemaker or Photostory   or Powerpoint  — Google Slides     Using power point to make books

For Apple:     iMovie     

On the web:
Book Creator IOS web
My Story Book
Little bird tales as a narrated “book” Web IOS
 Adobe Spark       For Example IOS web
Story Jumper
Or Blabbeize an animal to tell the story
My Story Maker 
For iPad– iMovie

Story Kit     video    tutorial
Shadow Puppet
Adobe Spark — example from a TEC21 teacher
Book Creator Free
Options for Sharing
Link or embed on Class Web Page, Class Blog, via Little Bird Tales
Post to YouTube, SchoolTube, Google Drive or other site that lets you share it with a URL.
VIDEO: How to Share Stories Using Google Drive
29 Unique Ideas for Publishing Student Work
If there’s no moral to the story there is no story.
Publish the story for all to see,
for comments….I’m so glad I left that comment…
 for encouragement
 for a reason to correct spelling and grammar. 
They may not need to for the teacher but for the world or grandma…..
A story is never done… it can be told over and over again

To end our time:

Storytelling for perfectionists

One last story: a great telling of David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

New this past month- Google For Education Digital citizenship and Safety course

  • 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

Toontastic– IOS and android–With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around onscreen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video. Toontastic is a powerful and playful way to create interstellar adventures, breaking news reports, video game designs, family photo albums, or anything else you might imagine!
Puppet Pals for IOS. Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami.
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.
Photo Scan for iPhone and android by Google . Take pictures of old photos without glare and with great clarity. Scan photos in seconds. Don’t just take a picture of a picture. Create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction, and smart rotation.

Word tamer a series of activities , video games, that lead students to build the elements of their stories

Pixel Buds will translate 40 Languages in real time using just your phone as well as control the phone and give notification with out taking it out of your pocket .  Price: $159.

Oh and last month I forgot to get this out of my Bag.: The $69 Document camera from IPEVO. Show the book to the class on the projector, then take image with it so you turn anything into an image ready to project.

To use Classroom Screen, go to the tool and project it to a screen in the classroom. Now, your screen is an interactive board and you can use many of the tools that are displayed at the bottom of it. You can change your background, write or copy your classroom list and generate a name, use the calculator if you need or create a QR code immediately on the screen. You can turn your screen into a one that you can draw on it, write text or choose from various work symbols which are great for classroom management. You can also use the traffic light tool to control the classroom noise. You can set a classroom timer for group or pair works or you can project the clock on the screen. Video

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

A lightweight screen recorder for Chrome.
Capture, edit and share screencasts in seconds.

Add some edtech to your classroom with videos created with Animoto. Video offers a way to differentiate instruction by giving visual and auditory learners a new way to absorb information. It’s also an effective way to sharing classroom activities and information with parents, students, and other members of the school community.
Teachers and administrators use Animoto to create ads for school fundraisers, event recaps, social media posts, newsletters, and announcements. In class, students can create photo essays, book reports, student portfolios, or other projects that promote higher-order thinking. Take a look at our list of video lesson plans for inspiration.

Make animated videos that look super professional in just a few minutes with PowToon

type in what you want an avatar to say  Voki Example – Frank the Easter Bunny

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

Mark Hess–

Website: Links For teaching by Mark



1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, Illinois, 60914

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Cell: 815-922-1492

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