October 2019 Agenda—Holt, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To WiFi: SonShine Jetpack – SonShineEcC2018
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  • To each other – Grab a bagel or some coffee!


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At 10:35 the 7th and 8th graders here at Holt Lutheran would like us to come in and see how they are progressing on their Genius Hour Projects.  You can aslo ask Mrs. Whitford (or Kathy) questions about Genius Hour from a teacher perspective.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday November 7th.

2. LEA

3. miGoogle – November 4th and 5th Lake Fenton High School

4. If you have not already join #luthed on Facebook.


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What can we add to our document? https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MCEELcFcUX0zZM0G6WQQzFg1mMwKR5nOR4xUDgL4nGU/edit?usp=sharing


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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What is Digital Story Telling?

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.
How can we use this in our classrooms?

The easiest way to use something is to have premade material! Don’t reinvent the wheel! After you have done this there will be changes! The next year there will be more! Here are a few premade resources that I have collected that explain all of the steps!

Google Doc
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Simmons College
Unit Plan for 2nd grade (Texas)
Foley Graduate Thesis
Google Doc for older Elementary
Jason Ohler
Rubric example
PBS Rubric
Digitizing the Writing Workshop

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.

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

Digital Tools & Resources

Kid in Story Book Maker Create and share customized picture storybooks with photos of your child or others as the main character! Created by award-winning app designers, Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create visual stories to support learning, social modeling, and early literacy for all children. (Apple product, paid app)

Tell About This is an easy platform to inspire and capture children’s thoughts and stories! They will love to explore and respond to any of the 100 interesting photo prompts using their voice. Craft custom prompts and add profiles to personalize the experience! Simple save/share options. (Apple product, paid app)

Imagistory: Schools Edition – A Storytelling App: Kids use pictures to create narrative adventures in easy-to-use app. (Apple product, paid app)

 Write About This is a creation platform trusted on millions of classroom devices to gets kids writing! Endless student engagement with 175 included images, 375 text+voice prompts, OR customize with your own pictures. Kick-start all writing genres and watch reluctant writers soar! (Apple product, paid app)

Scribble: Kids Book Maker – Designed for the classroom and at home, Scribble is a creativity platform for children to imagine, write, illustrate, and publish their own stories. Powerhouse features include video export, audio recording, musical scores, over 300 drawing tools, backgrounds, and stickers to inspire creativity and 30 fill-in-the-blank story starters ranging from the silly to the sublime. (Android and Apple, free app)

My Story combines drawing, stickers, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy, language development, and creativity in ebook format. Share the book on the web, social networks, email, or directly to iBooks. Your child’s story, art, coloring, photos, ideas, and voice recordings are saved forever! (Apple product, paid app)

With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around onscreen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video. Toontastic is a powerful and playful way to create interstellar adventures, breaking news reports, video game designs, family photo albums, or anything else you might imagine! (Android and Apple product, free app)

Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. They curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories. (website free)

Keep a VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it up to the entire world. Learn more about sharing VoiceThreads.

Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms

Comic creation tool has wealth of resources

Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia

Powerhouse tool for creating stellar multimedia presentations

From the everyday to the extraordinary, personal interviews get kids listening

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

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