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Grab a post-it note and write what your favorite thing is about fall! Put it on the wall when you’re finished.
Hebrews 12: 28-29
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
1. Upcoming events:
- The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 15.
- Lutheran Educators Conference – Indian Wells, CA – November 18-20
- #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00 CST 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:
- Instructional Technology Leadership Endorsement (15 credit hours/5 courses)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (36 credit hours/12 courses)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis (36 credit hours/12 courses)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Instructional Technology Leadership (36 credit hours/12 courses)
- Non-degree completion option (for recertification purposes)
- 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?
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!
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Video Based Creation
Resources for Digital Storytelling – Sorted by device and level of ease
Stop Motion Video
Stop motion can be time consuming, but a great option for students to express their creativity. Using LEGOs is one of the most popular ways to create a stop motion video.
Tools to try:
- StopMotion App – Apple or Android
- LEGO Movie Maker App – Apple
- 10 Handiest Apps for Stop Motion Animation
- Create your own looping slideshow for animation Sample
Paper Slide Videos
Paper slides require a script and illustrations ready to go. They are usually one take videos and go as fast or slow as you would like.
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
- Internet Safety
- AT&T Safetyland – 8 question game geared towards younger students (grades 2-4).
- Axis Culture Translator – Ever feel like teenagers are speaking a foreign language to you? Or that they are so tech savvy that you have a hard time catching up? Sign up for the Culture Translator by Axis, a free weekly newsletter to help you navigate trending topics in teen culture. Culture Translator Archive – September 21, 2018
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
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“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think.” ~ James Beattie
Little or No Prep Tools
Book Creator can be used as an app (Book Creator One is free, Book Creator has a $4.99 price tag), but was recently released as a Chrome app so it has the capability to work across all devices. The Chrome version is free for teachers with 1 library and can hold up to 40 books. There are two other tiered levels of pricing as well if you need more storage.
Ways to use it in the classroom:
- Write your own story to teach a lesson about animals or another non-fiction topic.
- Retell a Bible story.
- Students could use this at home to create a story on their President, state, etc.
- Have younger students create a book about themselves to share with the class.
- Create a memory book to share with parents at the end of the year with your students’ pictures in it.
- Create a comic book to show the order of events for a historical event.
- Create a collaborative book where each student creates one page of the book that the teacher can compile together.
Vocaroo lets you easily record audio only. Once recorded, you have an option to download your sound byte as a link or QR code. This could be great to have students create a story, read their story aloud while recording, then send parents the link to listen along. This could also work for original poetry on a parent night.
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!
Transform presentations into classroom conversations with an array of interactive and formative assessment questions. With Pear Deck, every learner engages with the interactive activity on his or her own screen, and knows their response will be seen by the teacher, but anonymous to the rest of the class.
Storyjumper.com is the number 1 rated website for making digital stories. Best feature is the site can automatically translate the book into 38 different languages to share with students, parents, and relatives who don’t speak English. Use your own pictures or graphics provided. Create narratives or informational reports with this versatile tool StoryJumper example
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.
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.
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!
With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas!
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. AGES: 3-9.
Anyone who grew up reading Highlights magazine in the dentist waiting room will quickly recognize a rebus. Basically it is a story where some of the words are replaced by images. This can be a fun activity for students, both to create and to read. It may even help with younger students who are not proficient at spelling but can choose the image for the word they want.
Storyboard That provides a variety of engaging backgrounds, characters, and items help students build a story. The storyboard itself can tell the story, or use it to create another digital story format. Check out the historical settings and consider using for Thanksgiving! You can create several for free.
Free K-12 news source for schools. Lexile leveled articles can be read at a variety of reading levels with the touch of a button so all students can read the same information at a level they can understand. Daily AP news articles, critical thinking questions, Spanish articles, Tech articles.
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Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Enjoy this gift of time and the support from one another!
Everyone’s got a 🙂 story to tell! What’s yours?
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