October 2018 Agenda—Perryville, Missouri

Perryville, Missouri

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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  • To each other – Enjoy a slice of delicious breakfast pizza and feel free to chat with one another! We’ll begin at 9.

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He’s called each of us by name into His Kingdom, not because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus did.
Read what Luther had to say in his sermons regarding grace…
  • “He who does not receive salvation purely through graceindependently of all good works, certainly will never secure it.”
  •  “Truly, then, we are saved by grace alone, without works or other merit.”
  •  “Notice [from John 3:16], all who believe have eternal life.  That being true, believers certainly are just and holy without works.  Works contribute nothing to justification.  It is effected by pure grace richly poured out upon us.”
  •  “We receive absolution [forgiveness] and grace at no cost or labor on our partbut not without cost and labor on the part of Christ.”
  •  “Our salvation must exist, not in our righteousness, but…in Christ’s righteousness. …Let his righteousness and grace, not yours, be your refuge.”
The Reformation – A Great Story

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 8.
  • Missouri Lutheran Church Workers Conference, November 18 -20. There are a few sessions about using technology in the classroom. Be sure to check out the sectional listings!
  • #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.
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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

  • What is digital storytelling?
  • How do we get started?
  • What are some different formats of digital storytelling?

Sometimes, it’s intimidating to get started, but the truth is, we only need is a…spark!

Traditional Book-Style Storytelling
Poetry and Presentations
Paper Slides Video
  • Paper Slide videos are one of the quickest (and easiest, in my opinion) for getting started with digital storytelling! Check out how to make one below.
  • Wanting to spice up biography reports? Or book reports? Even spelling?! Yes! Even at a young age with some help, students could illustrate things they know. Check it out!
Stopmotion Video

Stop Motion videos use a series of pictures and narration to tell the story. Here are some links to resources to get you started:

Imagine the motor skills and sequencing young ones can gain from a project like this… even if it’s simple! Check out these cool examples of Stop Motion projects…

How to Integrate Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling can be integrated in any number of ways:

  • Create a virtual tour of a country or historical place.
  • Create a public service announcement on an important local or world issue.
  • Simulate an interview of a historical character.
  • Simulate a debate on an historical topic, such as the Bill of Rights.
  • Create a presentation based on images of local artifacts and architecture.
Media Resources

Rich media is the key to a good digital story. The resources below will help students find what they need.

  • Wikimedia Commons – a wiki database of Creative Commons or Public Domain images.
  • Flickr – a photo and video sharing site where most works are licensed under Creative Commons. The Advanced Search allows students to search only for Creative Commons licensed media.
  • FlickrStorm – another way to search through Flickr that provides even more results. There is an option to search for only images that have been licensed for reuse.
  • Jamendo – a music sharing site of all legal to use songs.
  • Google Advanced Image Search – setting the usage rights shows images that are labeled with a Creative Commons license
  • Library of Congress – an online catalog of thousands of prints and photos currently archived at the LOC. Most of the resources can be published without having to seek permission, and they provide terrific digital artifacts for historical stories.
  • National Archives – billions of images, videos, and digital documents can be found and integrated into projects.
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.

What is the simple benefit of having your students create these digital storytelling projects? Numerous articles and studies have been conducted and they all point to similar key factors:

  • Ownership
  • Creative outlet
  • Community and global value in what they’re accomplishing
  • Collaborative skills
  • Engagement

Because of its application across content areas and ages, digital storytelling earns its place in the modern classroom.

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think.”  ~ James Beattie

Little or No Prep Tools

ChatterPix is a user-friendly app that takes a simple photo and makes it talk. Students can upload pictures or take them straight from the app, draw a mouth on the object, and record their voice to have the image tell a story! (Grades K+)


Sock Puppets
Fun app that allows students to create sock puppet stories! Characters, props, and backgrounds come to life as students narrate. The puppets automatically lip-sync to the student’s voice! (Pre-K and up)


Puppet Pals HD
Students can create unique videos with audio using a variety of fun characters, props, and backgrounds! (Grades K+)

iOS only, Director’s Pass available for $4.99

Shadow Puppet Edu
With a simple interface, Shadow Puppet Edu offers a way for students to easily create their own stories. Users can customize photos and videos as well as provide narration and cool effects such as zooming and panning to their project (with supervisionGrades K+)


Book Creator
Available on all platforms, Book Creator is highly customizable. Students create quality digital books that are also available for publishing. A free trial and limited version app is available. (Grade 2+)

iOS, Chrome 

draw and tell
Draw and Tell
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. (PreK +)


Access this list of apps for simple, easy-to-use apps for younger kiddos! It even includes a couple listed above… great minds.
Part of the Cool Tools for School blog, this article gives the reader a number of resources for digital storytelling, from the “Why should I do this?” to the “What should I use to do this?”
From Tech & Learning, here is a list of their pick for sites and apps on this topic.
This website offers students an opportunity to upload their own artwork, use their own voice, and artfully piece them together to form their own digital story. Check out the reasonable premium pricing for teachers, which includes 20 student accounts and other cool benefits. (All grades)

iOS and online

Another online tool for beautiful, polished stories. Teachers can create accounts for free. Students can choose graphics and clean-lined page templates to tell their story! Also a good resource for online reading. (All grades, teacher supervision for younger students)


A website that is truly free! Hooray! Students can create “traditional” digital books. After customizing pages, pictures, and text, students can have the option to publish and purchase their works. (All grades, teacher supervision for younger students)


Adobe Spark offers a professional looking product for as simple as it is to use. It provides free use pics to use in presentations and students can create a handful of different products. (Grade 2+, with instruction)


Here you go, friends! This tool may help keep the volume level down (hopefully). You’re welcome! :)
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 tell a story about their Jack-O-Lantern.
A completely free resource, tinycards offers the ability to create flashcards useful for supplemental reinforcement. You can create your own or use existing decks!

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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