Let’s create a collaborative digital story in Google Slides to visualize Psalm 23. Each person will get one slide to Explore layout and input images, text, and video to make the verses come alive.
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.
Everyone has a story to tell and digital storytelling can enable the author in each to come out. By combining writing of good stories with digital tools students become authors with a global audience.
“Digital storytelling has emerged as a fundamental, cross-curricular technique that provides structure for both sharing and understanding new information. It has become an essential way of providing information and enhancing education…by making abstract or conceptual content more understandable. In all disciplines, it offers more ways to engage students and enrich learning through the inclusion of digital media that represents, illustrates, and demonstrates. Digital storytelling brings together text, graphics, audio, and video around a chosen theme, often with a specific point of view. Bernard Robin observes that a digital story may be a personal tale, a depiction of a historical event, or simply a way to creatively impart information or provide instruction. In the classroom, they can also foster collaboration when students are able to work in groups, and enhance the student experience through a personal sense of accomplishment (Robin, 2006). The National Council of Teachers of English in 2003, challenged teachers to develop instructional strategies for students to master composing in nonprint media that could include any combination of visual art, motion (video and film), graphics, text, and sound—all of which are frequently written and read in nonlinear fashion (Porter, 2008, p. 11). Included was the process of digital storytelling, where information is conveyed in a way that is more engaging than plain text.” Strategies for digital communication skills across disciplines: The importance of digital stories
Common Core writing standards require writing and publishing using digital tools beginning already in Kindergarten and continuing through Grade 12.
Download Stop Motion Studio from the app store, an easy way to get you into stop motion movie storytelling.
Tools to try:
Paper Slide Videos are a quick way to do a one-take recording of students teaching information. Use your iPad or iPhone in video mode and slide the prepared papers in one at a time as you talk about each, telling the story of what you learned or wrote.
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
2017 TEC21 Teacher Social Media Usage
Your words plus this site’s amazing art help you build picture or chapter books in minutes. This site suggests that you select a set of pictures by a featured artist, select the pictures you want to use, drag and drop, arrange them in order, then use the details in the pictures to inspire you write great stories! Write poetry here too! Let’s try it: Go to Storybird.com, click on “sign up”, choose “student,” choose a username & password, navigate to “Class” and enter class code W8NKQ. Now write a Fall story!
Puppet EDU includes pictures, voice, video, maps and more as you create a digital story. Excellent free tool! Search tool checks NASA, museums, and more for free images!
Students can use Google Maps and Google Earth to tell autobiographies, biographies, book highlight locations and comparisons of areas over time.
Looking for something specific for your students to use in digital storytelling? Or wanting to give students choice whether to create a graphic novel, comic, video, ibook, or another format? Check out this resource linking to 50 excellent tools.
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.
Read to Me option format with touch interactive pictures to add meaning to the story.
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. Check out the Ten Commandments-Luther’s Small Catechism and other chief parts created by CPH and posted here free.
Get your class writing, 5 posts per student free. Assert & defend claims, write a story, convey and experience, inform about a subject, respond to literature, or reflect on an event. Also check out the free Writing Sparks site to have your class write by age range and type of writing prompt.
Search teacher rated apps and websites by platform, subject, grade, price, skills, & purpose. Great place to look for specific tools for your class.
You can now set up your own Google Classroom. Try it out!
Numbers is the most innovative collaborative spreadsheet app ever designed for a mobile device. Created exclusively for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Numbers includes support for Multi-Touch gestures and Smart Zoom so you can create powerful spreadsheets using just your fingers. Add color charts to visualize your data.
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.