October 2017 Agenda—Wausau, Wisconsin

Wausau, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Icebreaker –  What is your favorite childhood story?

As the year progresses and relationships grow, this time naturally becomes a time of reconnecting to find out what’s been going on in everyone’s lives since the last workshop.


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Removing Saul’s Armor

Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. 1 Samuel 17:38 (ESV)

As you can imagine, King Saul had the latest in warfare technology. His armor was the best of the best and fit for a king. Yet, Saul tried to shroud the shepherd boy, David, with this state of the art technology and it just didn’t fit. The armor that was to enhance David’s ability to combat and defeat Goliath actually became a major hindrance.

Technology has a way of enhancing our lives doesn’t it? We have more technology at our fingertips than at any other time in history. We are in the fast lane when it comes to our technology. Yet, it seems that over the years we have not really had technology; technology has had us. Instead of technology enhancing our lives, it has the potential of hindering us from the living the life God has given us.

Maybe it’s time to go back to the One who Created us and ask Him to show us our five smooth stones and sling. God created us to fulfill His agenda in His power with the technology of His choosing. Perhaps we have replaced our dependency upon God with an obsessive dependency upon technology.

Can we really make it without email, cell phones, text messaging, and the Internet? We often equate a spiritual fast with giving up food for a season. What if we sought to realign our lives with God’s agenda through a disciplined technology fast? It is possible that we may create more space for doing life God’s way?

Drawing Near, Stephen Trammell

*Luther and the printing press


*God texting the 10 Commandments



Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for November
  • See you at the NWD Conference on October 26th
  • #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


What is digital storytelling?

Adobe Spark (app)- Cheese factory, Zoo and Las Vegas samples

Photostory-2nd grade memories, 6th grade religion

See-Saw (app) – Portfolio

Digital Storytelling ideas:



Stopmotion Video

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?

  • Internet Safety
  • https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Internet+Safety+for+Elementary+Students&&view=detail&mid=FD0A85220BB0DDED567AFD0A85220BB0DDED567A&FORM=VRDGAR
  • 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

Kid President

Videos covering a wide set of topics


Educreations app




Shadow Puppet Edu

Photostory 3

Free for making great digital storytelling videos



Students use backgrounds and images to create a presentation.

You may make 2 free/week.

Teacher lesson plan ideas and free 14 day trial for teachers paid version.

Felt Board app


Design scenes, dress up characters and let your imagination soar as you invent your own stories with Felt Board. Especially designed for imaginative play, storytelling and learning,


Free tool using photography and keywords to improve literacy via writing.  Great for poetry.  Now includes sample lesson plans.

Template for making facebook pages for historical figures.


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

Sue Lilienthal


St. Paul Lutheran 715-344-5660

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.