1. Upcoming events:
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 can be integrated in any number of ways:
Rich media is the key to a good digital story. The resources below will help students find what they need.
“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.
Resources for Digital Storytelling – Sorted by device and level of ease
When most students think of a story, they think, “book.” Before we lead them out of the box, so-to-speak, digital storytelling can look a lot like traditional books. Here is a link to a couple of examples…
Stop Motion Video
Stop motion can be time consuming, but a great option for students to express their creativity. Using LEGOs is one of the most popular ways to create a stop motion video.
Tools to try:
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
Writerreader is a unique app allows students K-5 create a book with print, photos and narration. Another feature is that adults can add the correct grammar and spelling to the book right on the page, to help students learn about the correct writing structure. All creations without narration can be shared on Google Drive or Seesaw.
Transform presentations into classroom conversations with an array of interactive and formative assessment questions. With Pear Deck, every learner engages with the interactive activity on his or her own screen, and knows their response will be seen by the teacher, but anonymous to the rest of the class.
Students can “build” their own jack-o-lantern with this fun and educational Google Slides activity. This is a great way for students to be creative and to work on their writing skills by describing or writing about their Jack-O-Lantern.
Draw and Tell is an award-winning creative tool for children of all ages that encourages imagination, story telling and open-ended play. Use the tool to draw, color, decorate with stickers, create animations and record stories. AGES: 3-9.
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.
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