October 2017 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


How did everything go last month?  Anything you want to share?  What can we pray for?


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Jesus Calling – October 3

Psalm 13:5

Ephesians 5:20

Jeremiah 31:25

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th.
  • Lutheran Educators Conference – November 19th – 21st.  Let’s get together for a group photo!
  • #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

Why utilize digital storytelling?

Writing a Story





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.
Stopmotion Video

Stop motion can be time consuming, but a great option for students to express their creativity.  Using LEGOs is one of the most popular ways to create a stop motion video.

Tools to try:

Paper Slide

Paper slides require a script and illustrations ready to go. They are usually one take videos and go as fast or slow as you would like.

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


SeeSaw is an app that makes sharing student work and student blogging easy to do.  It can help teach digital citizenship with our students and keep parents up to date about what is going on in your classroom.

Check out this video for more ideas on how to use SeeSaw in your classroom.


Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows you to record your screen and audio easily.  Get it from the Chrome store here.

Book Creator can be used as an app (Book Creator One is free, Book Creator has a $4.99 price tag), but was recently released as a Chrome app so it has the capability to work across all devices.  The Chrome version is free for teachers with 1 library and can hold up to 40 books.  There are two other tiered levels of pricing as well if you need more storage.

Ways to use it in the classroom:

  • Write your own story to teach a lesson about animals or another non-fiction topic.
  • Retell a Bible story.
  • Students could use this at home to create a story on their President, state, etc.
  • Have younger students create a book about themselves to share with the class.
  • Create a memory book to share with parents at the end of the year with your students’ pictures in it.
  • Create a comic book to show the order of events for a historical event.
  • Create a collaborative book where each student creates one page of the book that the teacher can compile together.
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Vocaroo lets you easily record audio only.  Once recorded, you have an option to download your sound byte as a link or QR code.  This could be great to have students create a story, read their story aloud while recording, then send parents the link to listen along.  This could also work for original poetry on a parent night.
DoodleMaths is an app from the UK that has received rave reviews for the ability to help students learn math better.  From their website:

Every learner has their own unique Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) – the narrow band that is the difference between what a learner can do without help, and what he or she can do with help. DoodleMaths identifies this zone and creates a daily-practice work program based around it, filling in gaps and ensuring continual progression.

Students using the basic plan can earn up to 15 stars daily.  There is a priced option that lets them earn more stars each day.  Various apps are available for different levels of students.

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

A visual storytelling app that lets you create comics, storyboards, or presentations.

Adobe Spark Video and Page allow students to use 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. Check out this student poetry writing sample and Laurie Friedrich’s story in Page.

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.

We had mentioned this in our first meeting, but 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.

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 or from reading in any subject. Sample Listly List of 15 Digital Storytelling Tools.

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.

Puppet Pals for IOS. Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!

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.

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.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Emily Hollendoner – emilyhollendoner@tec21connect.com

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.