October 2018 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am



  • To WiFi: Look for “TLC-Guest”; use password ResponsibleGuest (all one word)

  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there!

  • You can access the agenda by visiting tec21connect.com and selecting the Clinton Township.


Whats been happening on YOUR special day?
1.  Use the resources linked to find at least five events that happened on the same date you were born.  Use the events you find to create a timeline on Timetoast!
2.  Here’s mine! I used free images from pics4learning, but PhotoPin has some great free pics too.  Just don’t use the sponsored ones.
3.  When you finish, copy the web address, paste it into a google doc as a hyperlink, and share it to me at jmurray@splcs.net.

Spiritually…✝ Devotion

The Cornerstone Devotions for Teachers – Teacher-themed devotions for your use or for sharing at staff devotions!

This Chrome extension will let your chrome browser read pages out loud so you don’t have to!

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th.

  •  MACUL Conference, Detroit. March 20-22, 2019

  • miGoogle, Freeland. November 5-6, 2018

  • MSTA, Grand Rapids.  March 1-2, 2019

  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

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.

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?

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


Everyone has a story to tell, and kids love to tell them.

“If you are made of water, oxygen, and bone, you are made of stories” – Joe Lambert

In the icebreaker activity we each used an online tool to tell a part of our life story using text, pictures, and a digital timeline.

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.

Classroom Examples

In this example, a student tells a story of a boy going to the store to get some apples for an apple pie.  But it’s not just a random story.  He had to explain how the particles of matter behave during phase changes.


Paper Slide Video

7th Grade Example

Tec21 Example

The applications for digital storytelling are as varied as yours and your students imaginations.


Literature – This is the most common application I have seen.  Students connect the content to themselves by integrating themselves into the story, creating responses to reading, or applying aspects of literature to their lives.

Science! – I use digital storytelling to take vague concepts (particle nature of matter) and make the information meaningful to students on an individual level.  By creating a story using the key concepts, students take ownership and submit work like Andrew.  Instead of a pen and paper assessment, I provide rubrics and assess the digital stories.

History – I would think history has incredible applications to digital storytelling, as history itself is really one long story.

Art – Digital Storytelling can be an art project in itself.  Look at the creativity these kids used on this project!  Does Art really need to be a class?  Couldn’t it be integrated across all subjects with digital storytelling?  It’s outside the box, but imagine what we could do with the additional period or two per week!

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
ClipChamp is my go-to video tool for the chromebook.  Easy to use and easy to save
This site is my go-to for every experiment that I can’t (or won’t) do in class.
This particular article was shared with me by another facilitator and I thought you math people might like it.  Edutopia offers articles on many topics.
Great tool for presenting stories!  Free for students/educators!
This one was a share from Sally Buss.  Her students use it to share learning and experiences from the 8th grade class trip.  It is easy and impressive to look at!
A compilation of resources to help students tell digital stories.
Hack your publishing link to create a simple animation using Google Slides.
In her own words, it’s her guide to everything!
Lots of resources here for any teacher at any grade level.
A CommonSense Media recommendation.  Can sign-in using Google info.  Can create classes.   Has sample lesson plans that have themes.  Free to signup, paid cost for publishing  books: hardcover, paperback, e-print, audio book.  Has a fund-raiser component.

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

Project Development

Enjoy this gift of time and the support from one another!
Did you remember to bring along a content idea?  The afternoon is dedicated to helping you create a model of a digital story you will use to teach or assess your students.  This may be something as simple as creating another timeline with your content added.  You may choose to use prezi, photopeach, or imovie; the links are above.  You may choose to use video, I can arrange for quiet areas if you need them.  You may choose (and share!) a tool of your preference.

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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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Contact me if you need anything throughout the month!
Jason Murray
Email at: jmurray@splcs.net
Phone/Text to (586)-413-1276
twitter: @sciguysplcs
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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.