October 2018 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    Welcome

Try “Peace Guest” if that first one gives you trouble.

To the Agenda:   go to    tec21connect.com   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since last month?

To Other TEC21 Teachers:    Check out Google+ and see what’s new.  Respond to a post or post something yourself.

Ice Breaker:    Name Card Hieroglyphics – #1 Pets (draw a symbol that represents the kind of pet and how many)    #2  Draw something that represents where you grew up.

Flipgrid – Why did you become a Lutheran teacher?  (post a 1 minute video)    Code to Enter:    c2a9d7


Hebrews 12

 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Announcements & Review

Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 15 – same time, same place!
    • miGoogle – November 5-6 at Freeland High School
    • Lutheran Educator Conference – January 21 at VLHS
    • MACUL – March 20-22 at Cobo Center in Detroit
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00 CST 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?

a.  implement something new

b.  post something to Google+

c.  be a resource to someone on your faculty

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!

October Breakfast Bytes (Peardeck Presentation)


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

Digital Stories for the Elementary Classroom – Video (5:31)

Stories for Learning – Video for students (1:48)

Literary Basis
Writing a Story – Planning document

The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling – Video for teachers and older students (3:34)

“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.
Digital Storytelling Resources

Storyboard That – digital storytelling tool that allows students to create a cartoon story using ready-made scenes, characters, props and more.  Students provide dialogue using text boxes.  Can be accessed on the internet and works well with iPads and Android tablets.  Check out this video for help getting started and this link to see more on using Storyboard That with different subject areas.

Little Bird Tales – digital storytelling tool that allows students to upload, record, and create stories using pictures, drawings, or other images.  Can be accessed on the internet or as an app on iPad.

Toontastic – digital storytelling tool that allows students to create stories using ready-made scenes, characters, props, and more.  Students record the audio for the stories and can animate them as well.  Accessed on iPads.

Adobe Spark – record voice over images one line at a time.  I would recommend this one for adults or older students.  Can be accessed on iPads.  Here is one I made in about 20 minutes:   Sample Adobe Voice Video

Paper Slide Videos – digital storytelling tool that allows students to record and create stories using paper images that are moved while being recorded.

Book Creator – Easy to use digital storytelling app (on iOS, Android, or the web) that allows students to publish an online book under the teacher’s account.  Free account allows for up to 40 books.  Book may be shared publicly or privately using a link.  Here is an example of one I made in about 20 minutes.

Check out this example of a stopmotion video – Insane Stop Video

Try the Stop Motion Studios app!

Theories and Standards that Ground TEC21

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Common Sense Media – great website for parents and teachers that has a digital literacy component as well as reviews for books, movies, TV, games, apps, and websites.



Planet Nutshell – Safety videos for K-3
Safeweb – Internet safety resources for K-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12, and parents
AT&T Safetyland Game – 8 question game that would work well for younger students (grades 2-4)
YouTube Videos from Google – on Internet Safety (good for ages 12+)

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

Little or No Prep Tools

Padlet is a digital wall that can be used to post comments, videos, pictures, etc.  You can share your wall with others and allow them to post as well
Flippity is a website that gives you a demo/instructions/template for turning a Google spreadsheet into a number of classroom tools such as memory game, flash cards, mad libs, bingo, badge tracker and more!  After you have explored the options, open a Google sheet, then get the “add-on” for Flippity.  That way you can access the templates any time you open up a Google sheet
Seesaw Student Driven Digital Portfolios. Empowers students to independently document their work by taking a picture of their work, telling about it using the microphone, or linking to a multimedia project they made. Parents can view. Helps organize for teachers.
Kahoot – an interactive web quiz game that allows students to work independently or in teams.  Lots of premade quizzes to choose from or create your own in minutes!  Students join at   kahoot.it   by using a game pin.  No accounts necessary for students.

Google Classroom now allows you to create your own classes online. Post links to teaching materials, allow students to post links to created materials, go paperless. Also ideas for using Google Classroom outside the Classroom.

Little Bird Tales
Little Bird Tales is a website that allows teachers and students to upload, record, and create stories using images. You can use images that you already have or you can draw your own! You have the option to share tales through email once you are finished, but they are not made public unless you want them to be. Little Bird Tales is a creative way to encourage student self-expression. It is also a fun way to help reinforce reading and writing skills in your students!

Voki allows students to create an avatar, customize it, and then provide speech through the phone, microphone, or text.  See my example here.

Easy to use website that allows students to see differences in living conditions between their location and other countries, also has a way to see the impact of some disasters.

Studying Columbus this month? Or the Pilgrims next month? Take a look at these leveled articles on exploration!

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.

Great web article on the how and why of digital storytelling in the classroom.  Includes a number of lesson ideas and additional resources.

58 Student Interactives including things such as book cover creator, haiku poem, letter generator, notetaker, story diagram, and venn diagram creator.

Story Toolz is a great resource for student writers that allows them to do things like check their writing for readability or cliches, generate storylines, create great titles, etc.  Watch this quick video to see what kinds of tools are available on this site!

Introduces vocabulary word (one at a time) that is demonstrated in context of various news posts and tweets

Set of science challenges divided by categories.  Some challenges are free and some require a paid membership.  There is a mentor community of scientists in various fields available to help your students with questions on their challenge.

Interactive website that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.  Teachers can set up a class account where they can keep track of student progress or assign individualized lessons.

Online History resources including lessons, artifacts, and primary sources for students in grades K-12. Select by topic, grade, or era. Also provides cross-curricular connections for teaching.


It’s fall! Check this great blog for information on the sights, sounds, and science of autumn: videos on why leaves change color, how animals prepare for winter, autumn stars and planets, and chemical reactions that cause colors to change. Consider subscribing this blog for great ideas and to stay current with technology in education.

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?

Made with Padlet

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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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.

Email:    lmeyers@vlhs.com

Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.