October 2018 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska

Seward, Nebraska

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi:  Concordia NonSecure Code:  TEC21Workshop
  • How to get to today’s agenda:  http://tec21connect.com/agenda/october-2018-agenda-seward/
  • To each other – Grab a breakfast item!  Add a prayer request to our Padlet board below. If you would like to bring a snack one month please sign up here: Snack Sign Up. This is optional.
  • Lunch in the Doghouse Grill. Please complete your lunch order before we begin so I can forward the order and it will be ready when we go to lunch at 11:30.
  • Group Sharing of Technology Integration: What is one technology project you tried tried in the classroom? How did it go? Do you have a student sample to show?
  • TEC21 Teacher Goals update

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Let’s create a digital story in Google Slides to visualize the story of Creation. Each person will get one slide to Explore layouts and input images, text, and video to make the verses come alive.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

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!

Interactive Pear Deck discussion of the Breakfast Bytes hot topics. Go to joinpd.com and enter the code. Also a few more Hot Topics.

1. A Planning Cycle for Integrating Digital Technology into Literacy Instruction

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.

“The question that must be asked every day is, ‘What is BEST for this learner?'” ~ George Couros

Digital Storytelling


Everyone has a story to tell and digital storytelling can enable the author in each to come out. By combining writing of good stories with digital tools students become authors with a global audience.

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.
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Digital Storytelling Tools: Storyjumper.com

#1 rated website for creating books. Sign up then create a book. Lots of options: props, themes, insert your own pictures, search for pictures, record your voice, add sound effects or music, translate instantly into many different languages, share easily with a link, can purchase paper version but don’t have to to read. Comes with ready to go templates (A,B,C’s of, All About Me, Heroes, the Monster) or start blank and make your own story. Here is a simple StoryJumper example .

Digital Storytelling Tools: Paper Slide Video

Paper Slide Videos are a quick way to do a one-take recording of students teaching information. Use your iPad or iPhone in video mode and slide the prepared papers in one at a time as you talk about each, telling the story of what you learned or wrote.

Digital Storytelling Tools: Stop Motion Video

Download Stop Motion Studio from the app store, an easy way to get you into stop motion movie storytelling.

Tools to try:

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

pear deck

Pear Deck is a Google Add-On that lets you insert interactive slides into a Google Slides presentation. Free slides include ideas for before, during, and after the presentation for building background knowledge, formative and summative assessment, and critical thinking. Under Tools in Google Slides add the add-on by searching for Pear Deck. Then open it as you create a Google Slide presentation. Be sure to present using Pear Deck too. Students can just go to the joinpd.com link and type in the code you give them, new each time.

google slides
Google Slides empowers students to tell a story with a variety of presentation themes, embedded video, animations, and more. The new Explore tool in the lower right hand corner turns each slide into multiple options so each slide can be different. Allows for student collaboration to create, and sharing via a link to post in Google Classroom and beyond.
Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark Video and Page allow students to use format templates to create stories with impactful graphics and animated videos in minutes. Record your voice, add pictures or provided graphics, and turn into a video. Check out this student poetry writing sample and My Story in Page.
Book Creator is the number 1 book app for the iPad in over 90 countries, was voted best educational app in 2015, and just became a free website as well https://app.bookcreator.com/. Allows you to add pictures, video, voice, and publish in iBook format. Students use to write interactive stories, science reports, research journals, instruction manuals, and more. Then build a school library of student-created books in iBooks on your iPad. Here’s how you can add video of sign language to each page of your book with Book Creator!
iMovie trailers let you quickly create fun, Hollywood-style movie trailers from all that footage. Choose from a range of templates in almost any genre, pick your studio logo, and type in your movie title and credits. Then add photos and videos to the storyboard. Whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you’ll have an instant blockbuster.
Superbook free Bible app (iPad & Android) for kids with complete Bible, videos, games, daily quests, Bible profiles, and questions to explore and learn. Amazing animation!

Puppet EDU includes pictures, voice, video, maps and more as you create a digital story. Excellent free tool! Search tool checks NASA, museums, and more for free images!

Your words plus this site’s amazing art help you build picture or chapter books in minutes. This site suggests that you select a set of pictures by a featured artist, select the pictures you want to use, drag and drop, arrange them in order, then use the details in the pictures to inspire you write great stories! Write poetry here too! Let’s try it: Go to Storybird.com, click on “sign up”, choose “student,” choose a username & password, navigate to “Class” and enter class code W8NKQ. Now write a Fall story!

Web-based, type in what you want an avatar to say.  Perfect for story retelling or to hear another character’s side of the story. Voki example of Jesus and Voki example of President Trump. You can make 3 for free, then need to delete or edit to create more.

Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a gami. Create an avatar of you then record your voice in a short 30 second message, and the app will animate it for you. Creates a link so you can share your story with others.

Students can use Google Maps and Google Earth to tell autobiographies, biographies, book highlight locations and comparisons of areas over time.

Tinycards is a new app made by the team that created Duolingo, the most downloaded education app in the world. Students can make their own decks using text and images, or use 10,000 existing decks of flash cards on languages, science, art, and more. Check out the Ten Commandments-Luther’s Small Catechism and other chief parts created by CPH and posted here free.

Get your class writing, 5 posts per student free. Assert & defend claims, write a story, convey and experience, inform about a subject, respond to literature, or reflect on an event. Also check out the free Writing Sparks site to have your class write by age range and type of writing prompt.

You can now set up your own Google Classroom. Try it out!

Read to Me option format with touch interactive pictures to add meaning to the story.

See how Talking LabQuest speaks data aloud to assist vision impaired students in science labs, and braille tags on letter tiles to facilitate coding Osmo are a couple ways.

What is your goal for communicating with parents? CommonSenseMedia suggests these 6 as best tools: to send out messages: Remind, to start dialogue about student work: Seesaw, to keep parents updated with grades: ThinkWave, start a classroom blog: EduBlog, create a class website: Weebly, simple fast daily updates: Twitter.

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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