October 2019 Agenda—Collinsville, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



“Teach Your Children Well”


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 21st.


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. 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?

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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.”

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 Story Telling in the Classroom

What kinds of stories will you and your students tell?

5 Card Flickr


Audacity (Windows and Mac)

Garageband (Mac and iPad)

Soundtrap (Web based)

TwistedWave (Web based)


Wevideo (web based and chromebook app)

Video Recorder (online video recorder and chromebook app)

Clipchamp (online video recorder and editor also chromebook app)

iMovie (Mac and iPad)


Adobe Spark Video (iPad)

Powerpoint (Windows and Mac)

Keynote (Mac and iPad)

Google Slides (web based)

Image Resources

Audio Resources

If students use resources that are not theirs decide how you want them to cite them.

Making an eBook

Book Creator is an iPad app that has recently become available on computers and chromebooks using the chrome browser.

Books can be created in a number of different formats and can include text, images, drawings, video, audio and links to websites. Each classroom can create 40 books for free.

Books can be shared, published and even printed. This is a great resource for digital storytelling.

Book Creator    (must use chrome browser)

Lets make a book!

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.

Genius Hour Template (Make a Copy)

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

Digital Tools & Resources

Blabberize makes a picture of a face or animal talk.

Inspirograph allow online creation of sprirograph designs with many options.

Rewordify simplifies text from a variety of resources.

Kid Friendly Search Sites are search sites created for younger students.

DocsTeach includes teaching ideas for use with primary sources from the National Archives.

PBS Learning Media is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans.

Typing games for grades 1-8.

Free Printables includes calendars, charts and more for teachers to print out.

Resources for learning about the sights and sounds of autumn.

Discover book resources for the books you teach and find books at just the right level for your students.

Help artificial intelligence recognize drawings by sketching and getting verbal feedback.

Play with the original magnetic poetry kit.

Now with Fall here, it is time to carve a pumpkin into a Jack-o-Lantern!
You can do this 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.

Unique ideas for every day that can be used for journaling, bell ringers or research.

Natural Readers is a free website that allows students to input text and have it read to them. It can also change text to have a dyslexic font. And with all digital text, it allows you to make text larger to help with vision issues.

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

Mike Kratzer
cell: 314-392-8734

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.