October 2019 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am



  • To WiFi: Look for “TLC-Staff”; use password Philippians4:13 (no spaces)

  • 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

Lutheran Hour Ministries – 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!


  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • MACUL Conference, March 11-13, 2020
  • miGoogle Conference, November 4-5, 2019


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.

  • Where to incorporate technology?

  • Developing Google Classroom?

If we all agree that tech is necessary in some way, what becomes the real issues?  In my own classroom I rarely have a shortage of opportunities to incorporate technology, but…

  • Is it necessary?

  • How will I manage the devices?

  • Am I proficient enough to teach from/with the technology?

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


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 a colleague.

Digital Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell! What’s yours?

Made with Padlet

Kids love to tell stories.

“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.

Digital Book Reports

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.



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.

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

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 2: Make a plan

To begin, develop your idea into a project goal. Next, list the first three steps that you will take to make that goal a reality. Then, make a list of resources that you will need including the tech tools that you may integrate into the project.

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!  I’m not sure it’s free, and it requires flash player.
A techie resource for teachers.
Free digital storytelling tools!
In her own words, it’s her guide to everything!
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.
Lots of resources here for any teacher at any grade level.
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.

Project Development

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 Group on Facebook.

3. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.


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
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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.