October 2017 Agenda—Orange, California

Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Go to Word Cloud to create a piece of word art that describes you.  Play around with the website.  Ask questions if needed.  Download and attach your finished project and send it to my email:  sgrack@stjohnsorange.org.

 Devotion-I’m Going Stand By You

Who is willing to stick with us no matter what comes?

“Jesus came, not merely to identify with us, though that changes how we see God; and not merely to be with us, though that changes how we understand our own situation.  Jesus came to deliver us.”

Bible References:  Revelation 21:3-4 & Philippians 2:5-7

Weese, Jeremy. “Anatomy of a Pop Song: Stand By You.” Pacific Crossroads Church, 2 Sept. 2016, pacificcrossroads.org/anatomy-pop-song-stand/.


Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th.
  • Pacific Southwest LEC is November 19-21st in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Check out #LuthEd group on Facebook to stay connected with Lutheran Educators around the country.
  • #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


Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time.  People have passed down stories from generation to generation.  Now, with using technology, stories can be shared instantly to the world and not just to the person standing closest to us.  Also, students are able to express their writing in new and creative ways that were not available before which empowers them to be innovative and develop the critical thinking skills needed for the 21st century.6 Reasons You Should Be Doing Digital Storytelling with Your Students

Literary Basis

Common Core writing standards require writing and publishing using digital tools beginning already in Kindergarten and continuing through Grade 12.


With guidance and support from adults, explore and use 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.

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

Stopmotion Video

Stopmotion Video is a fun and interesting way to have students create stories using the same animation process of frame by frame shooting that students see in animated cartoons and movies.  The process of creating a stopmotion video is a very innovative and creative process.

Pioneer Video using StopMotion App

stopmotion studios

Paper Slide Videos

To create a “Paper Slide Video” all you need is paper, drawing utensils, and a way to record.  This process can be quick and take one class period and is an awesome way for students to take responsibility for their own learning.  Videos can be shared with the class so students learn from each other.

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

  • Internet SafetyCommon Sense Media
  • 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

Comics head

Comicheads enhances students’ abilities to create and share their stories through designing comics, photo comics, storyboards, digital slides and classic projects with this awesome free app.

Toontastic 3D makes your stories come to life with this free 3D app that helps you write, draw, illustrate, animate and narrate your story or report.


Writerreader is a unique app allows students K-5 create a book with print, photos and narration.  Another feature is that adults can add the correct grammar and spelling to the book right on the page, to help students learn about the correct writing structure.  All creations without narration can be shared on Google Drive or Seesaw.


Book Creator combines text, graphics, audio and video to create:

  • Interactive stories
  • Research journals
  • Poetry books
  • Science reports
  • Instruction manuals
  • ‘About me’ books
  • Comic adventures

Clips is a new app for making fun videos to share with friends, family, and the world. With a few taps you can create and send a video message or tell a quick story with animated text, graphics and emoji, music, and more.

Adobe Spark allows students to format templates to create stories with impactful graphics and animated videos in minutes.  Record your voice, add pictures or provided graphics, and turn into a video

Google Slides empowers students to tell a story with a variety of presentation themes, embedded video, animations and more.  Allows for student collaboration to create and share via a link to post in Google Classroom and beyond.

Vocaroo is a quick and easy way to share voice messages over the interwebs.

Mysimpleshow transforms any text into an animated video you will love.  The website adds graphics based on the text you enter or you can change the graphics that you want.  It has never been easier to create your own explainer video.

Storyboard That is a graphic organizer and storyboard creator that reinforces english and history concepts in elementary school and beyond. Versatile materials and drag-and-drop technology make this program applicable across grade levels.

Curate and publish great lists using magazine style images and captions or select other templates.  Great way for students to list things they learned in a research project, from watching a video or from reading in any subject.

Photos for class is the the world’s easiest way to search for safe, creative commons images and cite them.

Draw a Stickman allows your drawings to come to life as you solve problems in a simple story.

Create a simple stop-motion video using this easy to use app.  You can save the videos to share for later.

Tinycards is a new app and website where students can make their own decks using text and images or use 10,00 existing decks of flash cards on languages, science, art and more.

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

I am a text block. Provide your teachers with your email address, link to your G+ profile, Twitter username, etc.

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.