October 2018 Agenda—Rockford, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

To Wifi: RLHS  Password: crusaders11
To each other – Grab a breakfast item and chat with your fellow teachers!
The agenda – https://bit.ly/2OR2Hpe


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God . . . Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.” John 1:1, 14
Most of us tend to relate to Jesus as either more human or more God. Which way do you lean and why?
If someone asked you today who Jesus is, would you have a concise and accurate answer?

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:
  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 15.
  • NID – Friday, October 19th @ CUC
  • #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

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.
What is digital storytelling?
Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component. Check out this example of Following Jesus on Twitter.
How do we get started?
Choose a character and write their story!


Traditional Book Style
The Friendly Planet – created with StoryJumper
Preschool Things That matter – created with Storybird
Book titled 'There's a Zybrary in the Library!'Read this free book made on StoryJumper
Paper Slide Video
Paper Slide videos are one of the quickest (and easiest, in my opinion) for getting started with digital storytelling! Check out how to make one below.
Here is a link to a sample rubric if you want to get an idea of how to make one for a paper slide video.
Stop Motion videos use a series of pictures and narration to tell the story. Here are some links to resources to get you started:
Makerspace for Education – Stop Motion Resources and Tutorial – guiding article and resource stop for teachers!
5 Excellent Apps for Creating Educational Stop Motion Videos
How to Make a Simple Stop Motion Video with Windows Movie Maker – from Instructables
Stop Motion Animator (Chrome App)
Using Google Slides for Stop Motion Animation
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


iMovie/iLife Sound effects and jingles
incompetech.com (Royalty Free Music)
soundbible.com (Royalty Free Sounds and Music)
Create your own music using Garageband or UJAM
Insert Audio into Google Slides with Screencastify.

Extra Topics

Prodigy – Free web based math program that has content from all major topics and will seamlessly cover Grades 1 – 8.
Math Playground – A popular learning site filled with math games, logic puzzles and a variety of problem solving activities.
12 easy ways to integrate technology in the classroom.
25 ways to use technology in the classroom.


Grant Options:
The Meemic Foundation
Computers for Learning
Educators of America (currently not accepting grant applications but it’s supposed to open again this fall sometime)
Digital Wish
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

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

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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 is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, With over 30 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picturebooks, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.
web, iOS
Free for up to 40 books
ChatterPix is a user-friendly app that takes a simple photo and makes it talk. Students can upload pictures or take them straight from the app, draw a mouth on the object, and record their voice to have the image tell a story!
Story Dice is an app that lets you “roll the dice” with what your students write about!
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.
Upload a picture, choose a mouth, and record what you want it to say! Example
A writing tool that lets kids write their own stories in their own words. Tutorial
Free for now – might be changing later this year
Writer is the coolest, fastest, distraction-free writing tool around. No fonts, no bold, no italics—just you and your words.
Create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.
Padlet is a great free resource to use to create exit tickets for your students, to take a quick poll or to use as a get to know you tool!
Free up to 5 padlets
This site will give you some cool halloween activities to do in your classrooms.
A compilation of resources to help students tell digital stories.
Easy interface to create videos.
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! Tutorial
Video editing tool.
Basic free version/Paid options available
An article by Common Sense Media outlining Internet safety practices and suggestions for age level instruction. Here are a couple of videos on the topic:
Pause & Think (Lower Elementary)
5 Internet Safety Tips (Upper Elementary/Middle School)

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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!

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

Twitter – @RFranklin787

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.