October 2017 Agenda—Perryville, Missouri

Perryville, Missouri

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
    • ILS Guest – Password: h2ow47n8
    • ILS Secure – Password: ILS*warrior
  • To each other – Enjoy some cinnamon roll French toast bake and help yourself to some juice! In a few minutes, we’ll get started with our sharing time using the Padlet found below!

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He’s called each of us by name into His Kingdom, not because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus did.
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, read what Luther had to say in his sermons regarding grace…
  • “He who does not receive salvation purely through grace, independently of all good works, certainly will never secure it.”
  •  “Truly, then, we are saved by grace alone, without works or other merit.”
  •  “Notice [from John 3:16], all who believe have eternal life.  That being true, believers certainly are just and holy without works.  Works contribute nothing to justification.  It is effected by pure grace richly poured out upon us.”
  •  “We receive absolution [forgiveness] and grace at no cost or labor on our part, but not without cost and labor on the part of Christ.”
  •  “Our salvation must exist, not in our righteousness, but…in Christ’s righteousness. …Let his righteousness and grace, not yours, be your refuge.”

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 9.
  • Missouri Lutheran Church Workers Conference, November 15 -17. There are a few sessions about using technology in the classroom, especially Google apps. Be sure to check out the sectional listings!
  • #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

  • What is digital storytelling?
  • How do we get started?
  • What are some different formats of digital storytelling?

Sometimes, it’s intimidating to get started, but the truth is, we only need is a…spark!

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…

And one more example bringing life to the Pythagorean Theorem, also created with StoryJumper:

Book titled 'Pythagorean Thereom math project'Read this free book made on StoryJumper
Poetry and Presentations

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

Paper Slides Video

Paper Slide videos are one of the quickest (and easiest, in my opinion) for getting started with digital storytelling! Check out how to make one below.

Wanting to spice up biography reports? Or book reports? Check out some facts about Clara Barton below!

Here’s one just for fun… Martin Luther

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:

Check out these cool examples of Stop Motion projects…

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.

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

ChatterPix is a user-friendly app that takes a simple photo and makes it talk. Students can upload pictures or take them straight from the app, draw a mouth on the object, and record their voice to have the image tell a story! (Grades K+)


Puppet Pals HD
Students can create unique videos with audio using a variety of fun characters, props, and backgrounds! (Grades K+)

iOS only, Director’s Pass available for $4.99

Shadow Puppet Edu
With a simple interface, Shadow Puppet Edu offers a way for students to easily create their own stories. Users can customize photos and videos as well as provide narration and cool effects such as zooming and panning to their project (with supervisionGrades K+)


Toontastic 3D
Toontastic 3D is a free, simple app to use with your lower elementary students. While it lacks other apps’ variety in graphics, it does serve as a tool to guide students through basic plot and story creation. (Grades K-8)

iOS, Google Play (Android)

Book Creator
Available on all platforms, Book Creator is highly customizable. Students create quality digital books that are also available for publishing. A free trial and limited version app is available. (Grade 2+)

iOS, Chrome 

Sock Puppets
Fun app that allows students to create sock puppet stories! Characters, props, and backgrounds come to life as students narrate. The puppets automatically lip-sync to the student’s voice! (Pre-K and up)

iOS only

Part of the Cool Tools for School blog, this article gives the reader a number of resources for digital storytelling, from the “Why should I do this?” to the “What should I use to do this?”
Access this list of apps for simple, easy-to-use apps for younger kiddos! It even includes a couple listed above… great minds.
From Tech & Learning, here is a list of their pick for sites and apps on this topic.
Over 40 actual student-created examples of digital storytelling projects.
Storyboard That! is a digital storytelling tool that allows the user to bring a story to life through a comic-book-style format. Available as a free trial for teachers or a free basic, limited-use version. (Upper Grades)


This website offers students an opportunity to upload their own artwork, use their own voice, and artfully piece them together to form their own digital story. Check out the reasonable premium pricing for teachers, which includes 20 student accounts and other cool benefits. (All grades)

iOS and online


Another online tool for beautiful, polished stories. Teachers can create accounts for free. Students can choose graphics and clean-lined page templates to tell their story! Also a good resource for online reading. (All grades, teacher supervision for younger students)


A website that is truly free! Hooray! Students can create “traditional” digital books. After customizing pages, pictures, and text, students can have the option to publish and purchase their works. (All grades, teacher supervision for younger students)


Adobe Spark (formerly Adobe Voice) offers a professional looking product for as simple as it is to use. It provides free use pics to use in presentations and students can create a handful of different products. (Grade 2+, with instruction)


A Google app that can be used for stop motion, animation, and presentation. (Grade 2+)

iOS, Android, Online

Every November is National Novel Writing Month, and while our focus is digital storytelling, this site qualifies as an online tool to help your students tell a story through novel writing. A free resource, NaNoWriMo seeks to allow young writers to experience simply the joy of writing and to challenge them to create their story. Check out how to sign up as an educator here.
This awesome site offers students an interactive, animated storytelling option. With free templates, students and teachers can use this tool to create products across content areas. (Grade 4+)


Think outside the box and have your students try their hands at telling a story in a timeline. ReadWriteThink does an excellent job of helping students organize times, dates, and events into a printable and savable timeline. A planning sheet is available also. (Grade 2+)

iOS, Android, Web

An article by Common Sense Media outlining Internet safety practices and suggestions for age level instruction. Here are a couple of videos on the topic:

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

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