October 2021 Agenda—Munster, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To WiFi:  Private wifi password: splcmunster@123!

  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there. The shortened URL is: https://bit.ly/TEC21-22

  • To each other – Grab a breakfast item and get caught up with the other TEC21sters!


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?


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 11– Veterans Day!


We look forward in Workshop #2 making connections to build a lifetime of encouragement and support for one another.

1. Explore digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students.

2. Create a digital storytelling learning activity to use with your students.

3. Be a resource to another colleague by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Digital Storytelling


Tell me a story daddy,

The core of religion class and Sunday school,

Jokes, George and the cherry tree, Honest Abe,

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

For example:

My Big Mistake

All about winter

My Aunt Marilyn


Vocabulary video contest

Next Vista for learning – Creative  Video contest

90 second Newberry contest

That’s a great story I think you ought to save that:

SeeSaw!, Use Voice typing for Google Docs, Notes app and microphone or Google Keep on iPad or iPhone or Android, Go to the Camera App, Screencastify! With Just Audio- Vocaroo.com

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

Sample Graphic Organizer for a story about a real person (pdf)

    • http://www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/storymaking.cfm

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.)

Engaging and Fun Halloween Classroom Activities – Storyboard That

Engage Your Students with our In-Depth Teacher Guides!

Make beliefs comix

Story maps

Cube Creator — How to video

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 like this one: Digital Storytelling & Stories by Tracy Watanabe: http://wwwatanabe.blogspot.com/2013/04/digital-storytelling.html

or this one:   Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Digital Storytelling:  http://www.schrockguide.net/digital-storytelling.html

Do it all on the web

Book Creator

My Story Book

 Blabbeize an animal to tell the story

Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling

How Fast Can you make a video?

Do it with your phone …or their phone
From the Chrome browser:
Use the Screencastify  extension or Sreencastomatic

For video editing: Apple:iMovie,

WEVideo,Great but you will need to pay   .  30 day free trial or $300 per year per class of 30

Adobe Spark —Adobe Spark For Education

Headliner is new for doing this for free!  Headliner how to video

Made with Padlet

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Digital Storytelling

Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources

Thanks for asking Allison: To do voice typing in slides here is a way to make it work: Alice Keeler explains.


Here is how to get to : Slides Translator

25 sites for students with free time on their hands




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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!

2. Social: Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of a student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

3. Spiritual: 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

Mark Hess

web site: markhess.info

email: mhesshome@gmail.com or mhess@stpaulslutheran.net

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Office 815-802-9471

Cell 815-922-1492

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.