Try “Peace Guest” if that first one gives you trouble.
To the Agenda: go to tec21connect.com and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”
To Each Other: Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates. How has everyone been doing since last month?
Ice Breaker: Which Female Superhero Are You?
Stronger – “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:10-14
1. Upcoming events:
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:
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?
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.
Little Bird Tales – digital storytelling tool that allows students to upload, record, and create stories using pictures, drawings, or other images. Can be accessed on the internet or as an app on iPad.
Toontastic – digital storytelling tool that allows students to create stories using ready-made scenes, characters, props, and more. Students record the audio for the stories and can animate them as well. Accessed on iPads.
Adobe Spark – record voice over images one line at a time. I would recommend this one for adults or older students. Can be accessed on iPads. Here is one I made in about 20 minutes: Sample Adobe Voice Video
Paper Slide Videos – digital storytelling tool that allows students to record and create stories using paper images that are moved while being recorded.
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
Common Sense Media – great website for parents and teachers that has a digital literacy component as well as reviews for books, movies, TV, games, apps, and websites.
Toontastic is an app that allows students to create, animate, and narrate cartoons quickly. Then the app presents the cartoon in a formal movie format that is really fun!
Introduces vocabulary word (one at a time) that is demonstrated in context of various news posts and tweets
Easy to use website that allows students to see differences in living conditions between their location and other countries, also has a way to see the impact of some disasters
Interactive website that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Teachers can set up a class account where they can keep track of student progress or assign individualized lessons.
Set of science challenges divided by categories. Some challenges are free and some require a paid membership. There is a mentor community of scientists in various fields available to help your students with questions on their challenge.
Story Toolz is a great resource for student writers that allows them to do things like check their writing for readability or cliches, generate storylines, create great titles, etc. Watch this quick video to see what kinds of tools are available on this site!
Great web article on the how and why of digital storytelling in the classroom. Includes a number of lesson ideas and additional resources.
Studying Columbus this month? Or the Pilgrims next month? Take a look at these leveled articles on exploration!
58 Student Interactives including things such as book cover creator, haiku poem, letter generator, notetaker, story diagram, and venn diagram creator.
Wonderful free resource for professional development. Includes videos sharing lesson plans and ideas in every subject area and grade level, blogs on numerous topics, and resource collections you can use. The online teaching community allows for posting questions, answers, ideas, and suggestions. You can contact the author of any video or blog for more information.
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
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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.
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My phone # is: 989-790-1676 ext. 12