October 2018 Agenda—Munster, Indiana

Munster, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Grab a doughnut and get caught up with each other . Share the things that worked and the things that did not!

How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there. The shortened URL is: bit.ly/TEC21Munster


The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance apriest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35 And the next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Why does He do it with a story?

Why should our pastor do it with a story?


What should we do with story?

What should we pray about today?

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday,November 1.
  • NID conference October 19. IETC Springfield Illinois, November 15-16
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
Concordia University Nebraska

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:

      1. Instructional Technology Leadership Endorsement (15 credit hours/5 courses)
      2. M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (36 credit hours/12 courses)
      3. M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis (36 credit hours/12 courses)
      4. M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Instructional Technology Leadership (36 credit hours/12 courses)
      5. Non-degree completion option (for recertification purposes)
Important to note:
      • Online Application deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018.
      • Credits are valid for a period of seven years should you decide to apply them toward an endorsement or degree option at a later time.
      • Have questions? Email Jodi Groeteke at Jodi.Groeteke@CUNE.edu or call her at 402.643.7144. She is the Director of Graduate Enrollment and is very helpful!
      • Your workshop facilitator will use the following rubric to assign a letter at the end of the program: TEC21 Grading Rubric.
Apply Today

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?

TEC21 Educators G+ 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?

Breakfast Bytes

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!


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


Common Core and the technology expectation

Common Core requires publishing. Technology makes that happen

Tell me a story daddy,

The core of religion class and Sunday school,

Jokes, George and the cherry tree, Honest Abe,

Common Core requires that students create narratives: from kindergarten on….

Kids love to tell stories…. we have to cut them off in class… can I just tell you….

My Big Mistake

For example:

All about winter

My Aunt Marilyn

A Winter’s Blessing

the-black-death-in-90-seconds (not narrative but informative)

Vocabulary video contest


90 second Newberry contest

Story telling – The Art

How to tell a great story from a great story teller (sorry about the one word)


Andrew Stanton on Telling Stories:
1. Make me care
2. Make a promise that the story will lead to a worth while place.
3. Make the audience work for their meal.
4. Organize an absence of information
5. The Unifying theory of 2+2– That is, make them put it together.
6. The main character must have a spine– acknowledge what drive you.
7. Change is fundamental in story.
8. Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.
9. Like your main character.
10. Story has a theme, a meaning.
11. can you invoke wonder?
12.Use what you know — capture truth from experience.
Literary Basis

“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.

With guidance and support from adults, explore and use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
 Can I just tell you….Kids love to tell stories…. we have to cut them off in class… can I just tell you….Give them a device and have them save it for later
Bank it for later refinement….
It is still writing when they dictate it to a device and the device does the typing…

Bank that  story:


Use Voice typing for Google Docs

Notes app and microphone or Google Keep on iPad or iPhone or Android

Go to the Camera App

Quick time player, win10 camera app, 

Screencastify! or Nimbus screenshot

With Just Audio-

clyp.itVocaroo.com, Microphone on the iPad 

Writing Your Story: What’s Your Problem?

Every story needs to have a climax. The climax is a problem or challenge that needs to be solved or overcome.  Everything in the story builds towards the climax.

What’s Your Hook?
Your story starts with a mystery or a question that needs to be answered (a “hook”) – relates to the problem or challenge but doesn’t spoil it by giving the answer. Make your audience want to keep watching to see what will happen next.

 Building your Story
  • Every story has a setting. Where does your story take place?
  • Next, how did the challenge or problem begin? Provide some background info. Here is where you establish a need or a desire in your viewer to WANT to see this problem solved.
  • What about your main character? Who are they? What events in their life helped prepare them to deal with this problem or challenge?
  • What was your character’s plan to deal with the problem or challenge?
  • What actually happened? What was the result? (Here is where you solve the mystery or answer the question)
If you are telling the story of true events, then here is where you will need to dig in and do some research to find the answers to these questions.  If you are creating a fictional story, here is where you need to get creative and think about how you will answer these questions.  Sometimes even fiction stories require a little research to make them seem plausible.

Graphic Organizers

A digital story has both visual and sound elements. A storyboard helps you put your story together.  Here you break your story into chunks and decide what visual and sound elements you will use to tell your story.
Storyboardthat.com (focus on the story by creating boards to tell the story using this amazing site’s 325 characters, 225 scenes, over 45,000 images in search, plus upload your own photos.)

Make beliefs comix

Story maps

Storyboards or story maps, but maybe a Story Table instead.




Refine that story

Once you have a storyboard, it’s time to start collecting visual and audio resources.  The first, best option would be to create these yourself, but if you can’t there is a plethora of online resources.

Tools for creating stories with students:


How Fast Can you make a video?
How to record video on your iPhone or iPad
  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.2. Swipe to the right once in order to switch from photo to video mode.3.Tap the capture button and start recording.4.Remember that you can tap to focus any time while recording. You can also lock the focus if you want by holding down until you see the AE/AF Lock text appear. Just tap the screen again to manually focus if and when you need to.5.Tap the capture button again when you are done recording.6.http://www.imore.com/record-trim-videos-ipad
Record Video on a Mac You can make a movie using Quick time Player and the built in camera in your MAC. Just chose file>New movie > recording. When the recording window appears, turn on your camera( a green light appears by your Mac’s built in camera).
Record Video on a PC– windows 10
Take Videos with the Camera App
1. From the start screen open the camera app 2. Tap or click the Video Button to start recording. Tap or click it again to stop recording. 3 If you want too review the video drag the screen to the right or click the left arrow.
From the Chrome browser Use the Screencastify app or extension or Nimbus Screenshot
Choose webcam     Check “show preview window     Record       Stop
For Windows: Choose the camera app

For video editing: For Apple:iMovie WEVideo

On the web:
Book Creator IOS web
My Story Book
Little bird tales as a narrated “book” Web IOS
Story Jumper
Or Blabbeize an animal to tell the story
My Story Maker 
Story Kit     video    tutorial
Shadow Puppet
Adobe Spark — example from a TEC21 teacher
Options for Sharing
Post to YouTube, Google Drive or other site that lets you share it with a URL.
VIDEO: How to Share Stories Using Google Drive
If there’s no moral to the story there is no story.
Publish the story for all to see,
for comments….I’m so glad I left that comment…
 for encouragement
 for a reason to correct spelling and grammar.
They may not need to for the teacher but for the world or grandma…..
A story is never done… it can be told over and over again

To end our time:

Storytelling for perfectionists

One last story: a great telling of David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell

Digital Citizenship Integration

 Google For Education Digital citizenship and Safety course

  • Internet Safety
  • 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


Last Month I shared Read works but the other similar favorite of teacher is EPIC.  Instantly access 25,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more. Free for teachers


Last month I shared Prodigy, but Kahn academy with its video, practice problems, levels points and teacher dashboard my be the one for you.


For Science classes: Phet…Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.


For social studies: Docs teach .org shows you how to use Primary sources to teach students with documents from the National Archives.


For the little ones ABC Mouse if free for teachers If you start here: ABCMouse 10 levels 850 lessons 9000 activities stepby step learning path in reading, math, Language arts, science and social studies, art and colors.

Story cubes have long been a popular item to give inspiration for writing. Typically they are regular cubes with a different picture or word on each face. Students can pick a few cubes and then roll them to randomly get elements for a story.

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 picturesemojis, or text. See below to get copies of my Google Drawings Story Cube templates, along with detailed directions on how you and your students can make these.

Here’s a a handful of Halloween-themed math and science resources.

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!

Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!
Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.

Tellagami® is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video.

At Screencast-O-Matic, we don’t believe that video recording and editing should be difficult, or cost a fortune. Our simple and intuitive tools help you get the job done easily. Record! Edit! Share!

Record your voice and iPad screen to create dynamic video lessons that students and colleagues can access any time, as needed.

Create Awesome Videos
& Presentations with animations

Freckle.com, big this year at my school, used to be front row math. but has expanded.Freckle empowers teachers to differentiate instruction across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science.

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

Enjoy this gift of time and the support from one another!

Everyone’s got a :-) story to tell! What’s yours?

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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 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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