October 2017 Agenda—Rockford, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

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Network: RLHS  

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God . . . Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.” John 1:1, 14

Most of us tend to relate to Jesus as either more human or more God. Which way do you lean and why?

If someone asked you today who Jesus is, would you have a concise and accurate answer?

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th.
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
  • The Reformation at 500: An Interdenominational Conversation is on Monday, October 30th @ 7pm. The tickets are sold out but you can watch a live stream here: CUC Live Stream
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?

Choose a character and write their story!


Traditional Book Style

The Friendly Planet – created with StoryJumper

Preschool Things That matter – created with Storybird

Book titled 'There's a Zybrary in the Library!'Read this free book made on StoryJumper
Paper Slide 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.

Here is a link to a sample rubric if you want to get an idea of how to make one for a paper slide video.

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

Check out this math one!

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:

Makerspace for Education – Stop Motion Resources and Tutorial – guiding article and resource stop for teachers!

5 Excellent Apps for Creating Educational Stop Motion Videos

How to Make a Simple Stop Motion Video with Windows Movie Maker – from Instructables

Stop Motion Animator (Chrome App)

Using Google Slides for Stop Motion Animation

StopMotion App – Apple or Android

LEGO Movie Maker App – Apple

10 Handiest Apps for Stop Motion Animation

Create your own looping slideshow for animation Sample



iMovie/iLife Sound effects and jingles

incompetech.com (Royalty Free Music)

soundbible.com (Royalty Free Sounds and Music)



Create your own music using Garageband or UJAM

Insert Audio into Google Slides with Screencastify.

Literary Basis

What is the benefit of having your students create these digital storytelling projects? There are numerous articles floating around about the many benefits of using digital story telling in the classroom including:

  • 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 is a great tool to use 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

Adobe Spark

With Adobe Spark, you can turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories, and animated videos – in minutes.


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+)



With 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

Sock puppets is a 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

Story Dice
Story Dice is an app that lets you “roll the dice” with what your students write about!

Padlet is a great free resource to use to create exit tickets for your students, to take a quick poll or to use as a get to know you tool!

TouchCast is an app/website that offers a variety of ways to create videos.  One of my favorites is to use a green screen and make it look like you are delivering a newscast.  Here’s a great example from another facilitator, Laurie.
Chrome Experiments is a showcase of work by coders who are pushing the boundaries of web technology, creating beautiful, unique web experiences.

This site will give you some cool halloween activities to do in your classrooms.

Hack your publishing link to create a simple animation using Google Slides.

A compilation of resources to help students tell digital stories.

Want to share your student’s work with the world? If it meets the requirements your students could win a gift card. Teachers can enter too!

Have your students create a super cool green screen video to tell their story! Here’s a link to a video to show you how to use the app.

Video for how to use Green Screen app

Mematic:  Add funny captions to popular images or your own photos. Create your own memes using iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

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:

Pause & Think (Lower Elementary)

5 Internet Safety Tips (Upper Elementary/Middle School)

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

Email – RachaelFranklin@TEC21connect.com

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.