October 2019 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



Devotion – “Perspective”

Last month we looked at how we see ourselves and how God sees us. This month, we want to again consider perspective.

  1. “…called according to His purpose.” What do we think that means?
  2. What motivates or impassions students?
  3. How do we use our position and calling to help students find their own calling?
  4. How can technology help students tell their story?


  1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 14th.
  2. Here are some events this year I would encourage you to consider:
    • MACUL Conference (Michigan Association of Computer User Learning). This conference is truly amazing. I have gone over a half dozen times and think the keynotes and breakout sessions are great! You can get more information here.
    • Allen County Public Library Maker Labs. These labs are free to explore and I would highly recommend participating in a workshop through one this year. They have coding classes, 3D printing training, sewing machines and sergers, and many other really neat resources. While we may have some resources in our schools, these labs offer resources to students and families at very affordable prices or for free.
  3. LEA?
  4. Lastly, don’t forget to place your lunch order: https://delivery.panerabread.com/


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges, Goals and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned. I have posted some topics on a Padlet to get us thinking. However, feel free to add a new topic column OR new block to an existing column if you have something you want the group to talk about!

Here were our September challenges:

  1. Explore one thing you took away from September’s workshop and see how it might be used in your classroom. If you get a chance to use something that we explored please share your experience today!
  2. If you were comfortable, feel free to ask a question(s), post a comment(s) or like a post(s) via TEC21 social media.
  3. Lastly, if you had time, you were encouraged to find someone in your PLN (personal learning network) either online or where you work and do ONE of the following:
    • Ask them about something you heard they were doing that interests you.
    • Ask them about something they wish they could do in the classroom with tech but don’t know how and bring it back to our group to explore in October!
    • Or connect this person with a resource that you saw this month that you think might help them personally or professionally.

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October Workshop Goals

1. Discover the value of digital storytelling.

2. Explore digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students. (Possible Short Term Goal)

3. Identify a tool or resource to share with a colleague. (Possible Short Term Goal)

Setting Goals

SHORT TERM GOALS: Find something from each workshop to try either for yourself, in your classroom, or with another teacher. These can be part of our monthly challenges (which are shared following each workshop), or they can just be you, trying something new. Short term goals may support your long term goal or have nothing to do with it at all.

LONG TERM GOAL: Your long term goals should be something you want to take away from Tec21. It could be your genius project. It could be more philosophical. For example, you might set the goal to learn about and grow in your use of instructional technology so that you can lead a session for the TLSP event at the end of the year. A long term goal should be something you can tap into each month and develop a little at time. Whether you make your long term goal OR Tec21 is just the beginning, your journey is yours!

Digital Storytelling

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

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Storytelling in the Information and Technological Age

Providing an opportunity or platform for students to have a voice can be a great way to see and hear students tell their story. Maybe it is a kindergartener telling their story about their summer vacation highs and lows. Maybe it is a teenager sharing a reflection on a piece of writing via a podcast. Digital Story Telling is all about providing an opportunity for voice and audience.

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 non-print 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.

Getting Started with Digital Story Telling!

Go directly to our morning activity by clicking here. The embedded version is below.

Coggle (Mind Mapping)

Mind Mapping or digital brainstorming can be a powerful tool for getting ideas down and organizing thoughts. It provides a fluid AND collaborative workspace. When it comes to digital story telling, one key issue is organizing the pieces needed to produce a final product. Coggle can help with this!

Padlet (Storyboards)

Sometimes you want to organize information by topic, column or in a sequence. Whether it be in the planning stage or presentation stage, Padlet can help get your thoughts, ideas and resources all in one spot. Drag and drop and spice it up with a theme. These easy to share digital posters are great for presenting and getting student feedback!

Anchor.fm (Podcast)

Audiobooks, podcasts, and the rise of smart speakers shows an increased reliance on and shift towards voice as a main source of information. Digital audio recordings can be a very safe and comfortable platform for students to tell their stories. Use audio to share monthly reflections or have students comment on a piece of literature or art. Have students give feedback on a lab or share their highs and lows from an experiment. The possibilities are endless!

Google Drive (Website – Presentation)

Google’s powerful core tools like Sites and Slides can provide a solid platform for data organization. Sites and slides can pull in video, audio and files from Google and other internet sources. Have students upload their artwork into slides and narrate each slide…you now have a digital storybook!

Flipgrid (Video – Personal Narrative)

Short videos have dominated the internet for a long time. With Vine and youtube leading the way, we now have GIFS, Memes and other other sorts of short moving stories. Flipgrid makes creating short yet powerful videos a breeze. Click a button, you are recording and then you are sharing. You can view other peoples short videos and give feedback or share some thoughts. It is easy to use and works on most every platform.

Screencasting (Enhanced Video)

Screencasting is a powerful tool that comes in many shapes and sizes. There are many tools that fit many different needs. Screencasting allows you to record a writing lesson or drawing. You can use it to demonstrate how to do something or to share a story with video narration. Screencasting can be an amazing tool for students to share a procedure or provide a personal touch that regular video cannot provide.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?

Genius Hour

October Genius Hour – Getting Started

Today, we are going to get some of the framework and documents put together so we can support each other!

  1. Find your Genius Hour Outline. If you don’t remember what that looks like, here is mine!
  2. Once you have either created a new outline (made a copy) OR located your outline, please share it by linking it to the Fort Wayne Genius Hour Shared Document. Please let me know if you need help. You will see that my document is linked because the text in the column “Link to Genius Hour Template” is blue.
  3. Finally, we are going to do an activity to kickstart our Genius Hour time today. The activity is called “Identify your Aspirations”. Please get into groups of 2-3 and I will pass around the sheet to get us started!
Genius Hour: Generate an Idea & Make a plan (Personal Work Time)

Each month we are going to set aside personal work time for you to work on your Genius Hour Outline. Please take some time to work through units 1 & 2 (get through what you can). Here is our roadmap:

  1. Unit 1: Generate an Idea (September and October)
  2. Unit 2: Make a Plan (October)
  3. Unit 3: Preparing to “Pitch” (November)
  4. Unit 4: Learn and Explore (December & January)
  5. Unit 5: Create and Step out of the Box (February & March)
  6. Unit 6: The Final Stretch (March & April)
  7. Unit 7: Project Presentation and Reflection (May)

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

Digital Tools & Resources

Toasted Cheese is a monthly calendar of writing prompts and ideas to get students thinking and writing! Combine this with a digital journal and you might just have the makings of a digital story!

Screencast-O-Matic is a screen casting tool that lets you record for free! You can download and use it on your computer or use the app.

Audacity is a great (and FREE) audio recording and editing tool. This is a perfect tool for students to learn how to record high quality audio for voice narration, stories, or podcast creation! It works on PCs and Macs.

Quicktime has been on Mac a long time, but most people don’t realize that it is more than a video player. It can record your screen and help you to share those important skills or lessons with students.

Edulastic is a powerful assessment engine that allows you to build student assessments from a massive library of state aligned test questions. It is great tool for those teachers that want to up their game for assessment and really look at where the gaps are. It is also way more than multiple choice and fill in the blank. The questions are interactive and force students to manipulate graphs, annotate text and so much more!

Slick Write is a powerful, free application that makes it easy to check your writing for grammar errors, potential stylistic mistakes, and other features of interest. Whether you’re a blogger, novelist, SEO professional, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? See why Slick Write is the best. Try the interactive demo, or check your own document. No software download or installation is required.

Unlike slides, which literally box you in, Prezi gives you a limitless zoomable canvas and the ability to show relationships between the big picture and fine details. The added depth and context makes your message more likely to resonate, motivate, and get remembered, whether it’s your bread-and-butter sales pitch, a classroom lecture, or a TED Talk to the world’s foremost thinkers.

Read&Write is from the developer TextHelp. This powerful extension can allow you to interact with and respond to student work with voice comments and power annotation tools. Check out how you can get this free as a teacher by clicking here!

This is exactly as it sounds. From the website https://Classtools.net, this tool is a useful tool that takes the place of those old wooden tongue depressors! 😉

WeAreTeachers is an online media brand for educators committed to one of the toughest, most rewarding jobs out there. Their mission is to inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas, the best freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor.

Seesaw is a great platform to meaningfully engage students in their learning. Students can explore a variety of powerful tools (like drawing, voice recording, taking videos, and more!) to show what they know in the way that works best for them

The Be Internet Awesome curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals. The materials developed by Google in partnership with iKeepSafe enable educators to bring the most critical teachings and the excitement of Interland into the classroom.

With Adobe Spark, you can turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories, and animated videos – in minutes.  Student Example.

Book Creator is a simple EdTech tool to create ebooks on for iPad, Android, and Windows tablets.  It is also now available as a web app.  Student Example

Stop Motion Studios is an app that takes photos and strings them together to form a stop-motion video.  You can add audio narration, change speeds, and a few other perks for free.  You can also use in-app purchases to get more features.

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!

2. Social: 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. Spiritual: Be a kind and encouraging resource to at least one person on your faculty before we meet again.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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