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Whether it is in school, our jobs, our marriage, we often try to fit into the mold so much that we lose our focus, purpose, and joy. Each race is specific, but we need to keep our joy for our own race and not compare.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
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2. Concordia University-Nebraska has a heart for TEC21’s mission which is to invest in the lives of teachers serving in the Lutheran schools. This is why they have partnered with us in support of our efforts. Together, we have developed a special arrangement where you may receive three graduate credits for your participation in The TEC21 Workshop Program at a cost of $80/credit hour. Some teachers have used these credits toward attaining an endorsement (option #1) or an M.Ed. (options #2, #3, and #4). Additionally, many teachers have simply used their TEC21 experience as a means to help them meet their state’s recertification requirements (option #5). Listed below are the options your graduate credits can be used for should you choose to take advantage of this opportunity:
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 this school year and for many years to come #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
Any “How to” questions regarding the Google+ community? How do I add a picture to my profile? How do I link a web page when I post? How do I manage my 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?
Each month, we’re going to provide several relevant resources for you to digest in advance of our workshops as a means to get your creative juices flowing. They’ll be included in the pre-workshop emails you receive the week prior to each session. Our intent is that they help you to grow as a life-long learner and lead to practical applications for your teaching ministry. Enjoy!
2. NMC Horizon Report 2017 K-12 Edition -trends in education
3. 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom: George Couros
4. Connected Educator Month – October
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.
“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 (Links to an external site.)
Common Core writing standards require writing and publishing using digital tools beginning already in Kindergarten and continuing through Grade 12.
Ponder this: Is it still writing when they dictate their story to a device and the device does the typing?
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
Combine text, images, audio and video to create. iOS and Chrome based. Can create a ‘library’ for your students to join with a code generated when you create your account.
Android, chromebook, iOS
A CommonSense Media recommendation. Can sign-in using Google info. Can create classes. Has sample lesson plans that have themes. Free to signup, paid cost for publishing books: hardcover, paperback, e-print, audio book. Has a fund-raiser component.
Although you can certainly buy these cubes, you can also make you own. Better yet, students can each make several story cubes and then you will have dozens and dozens to use from your class.
One easy way to make your own story cubes is to use Google Drawings with pictures, emojis, or text. Templates provided.
Anyone who grew up reading Highlights magazine in the dentist waiting room will quickly recognize a rebus. Basically it is a story where some of the words are replaced by images. This can be a fun activity for students, both to create and to read. It may even help with younger students who are not proficient at spelling but can choose the image for the word they want.
With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas!
For Android/chromebooks and iOS
Screencastify helps students make their voices heard and their thinking visible through assessments and activities like:
Telling stories through awesome video & presentation creation. Web-based. There is a paid version as well.
Free author resources.
Great web article on the how and why of digital storytelling in the classroom. Includes a number of lesson ideas and additional resources.
Resource for teachers….Freckle empowers teachers to differentiate instruction across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science.
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
1. Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!
2. Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of student project to the TEC21 Educators Google+ community.
3. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
If the embedded form isn’t cooperating with your device, you can also complete the form HERE.
I am a text block. Provide your teachers with your email address, link to your G+ profile, Twitter username, etc.