October 2017 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    welcome

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

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 9th.
  • Lutheran Educators Conference – January 15th, 2018.
  • #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

Lisa – see Munster, IN October 2017 Agenda for some great storytelling resources for October 2018.

Digital Stories for the Elementary Classroom – Video (5:31)

Stories for Learning – Video for students (1:48)

Literary Basis
Writing a Story – Planning document

The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling – Video for teachers and older students (3:34)

Stopmotion Video

Check out this example of a stopmotion video – Insane Stop Video

Try the Stop Motion Studios app!

Storyboard That – digital storytelling tool that allows students to create a cartoon story using ready-made scenes, characters, props and more.  Students provide dialogue using text boxes.  Can be accessed on the internet and works well with iPads and Android tablets.

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.

Book Creator – Easy to use digital storytelling app (on iOS, Android, or the web) that allows students to publish an online book under the teacher’s account.  Free account allows for up to 40 books.  Book may be shared publicly or privately using a link.  Here is an example of one I made in about 20 minutes.

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

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.

Planet Nutshell – Safety videos for K-3
Safeweb – Internet safety resources for K-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12, and parents
AT&T Safetyland Game – 8 question game that would work well for younger students (grades 2-4)
YouTube Videos from Google – on Internet Safety (good for ages 12+)

“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

Go Noodle – A website for teachers that provides hundreds of videos to give students a movement break, brain break, or an indoor recess.  You build up points by completing exercises and your class mascot increases in size.  Search by category, duration, exercise level and more.  Easy to use and the free version has a ton of variety.
Rubistar – A free resource for teachers to create rubrics from scratch, from a template, or use shared rubrics from other teachers.  Free and easy to use.  You do not have to create an account unless you want to save or publish your rubric.
Little Bird Tales
Little Bird Tales is a website that allows teachers and students to upload, record, and create stories using images. You can use images that you already have or you can draw your own! You have the option to share tales through email once you are finished, but they are not made public unless you want them to be. Little Bird Tales is a creative way to encourage student self-expression. It is also a fun way to help reinforce reading and writing skills in your students!
Permission Click – online permission forms that go to parents by email, they can return and also pay fees online
Epic is a digital library with thousands of free quality children’s books when you register as a teacher, ages 4-12, Search book types: picture, chapter, fact, comic, early, read to me. Compatible with iOS and Android or computer.  Use to set up a reading station for individual or small groups of children.

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!

Voki allows students to create an avatar, customize it, and then provide speech through the phone, microphone, or text.  See my example here.

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

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

My email is:  lmeyers@vlhs.com.

My phone # is:  989-790-1676  ext. 12

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