October 2019 Agenda—Munster, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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Getting Connected


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The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance apriest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35 And the next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Why does He do it with a story?

Why should our pastor do it with a story?

What should we do with story?

What should we pray about today?


LEA Next Week! TEC21 ais giving out free t-shirts to TEC21 teachers (past and present) who stop by our booth (while supplies last) 

Watch for social media posts from Helena announcing a time and location to take a group photo with all past and present TEC21 teachers and principals on Friday, October 11 (location and time to be determined once she’s been able to survey the conference center)

Give-a-ways will take place for several sets of merge cubes throughout the conference

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

2. IETC in Springfield Illinois November 13-15


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. (Look to your participants’ September Reflection Responses to help guide you.)

Genius Hour part 1

Genius Hour Unit 1: Generate the idea

This month, we want you to begin to consider a major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a website used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools – there are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”


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.”     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.

Tell me a story daddy,

The core of religion class and Sunday school,

Jokes, George and the cherry tree, Honest Abe,

Common Core requires that students create narratives: from kindergarten on….

Kids love to tell stories…. we have to cut them off in class… can I just tell you….

My Big Mistake

For example:

All about winter

My Aunt Marilyn

A Winter’s Blessing

the-black-death-in-90-seconds (not narrative but informative)

Vocabulary video contest

Next Vista for learning – Creative Bridge Video contest

90 second Newberry contest

Story telling – The Art

How to tell a great story from a great story teller (sorry about the one word)

Andrew Stanton on Telling Stories:
1. Make me care
2. Make a promise that the story will lead to a worth while place.
3. Make the audience work for their meal.
4. Organize an absence of information
5. The Unifying theory of 2+2– That is, make them put it together.
6. The main character must have a spine– acknowledge what drive you.
7. Change is fundamental in story.
8. Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.
9. Like your main character.
10. Story has a theme, a meaning.
11. can you invoke wonder?
12.Use what you know — capture truth from experience.
 Can I just tell you….Kids love to tell stories…. we have to cut them off in class… can I just tell you….Give them a device and have them save it for later
Bank it for later refinement….
It is still writing when they dictate it to a device and the device does the typing…

Bank that  story:


Use Voice typing for Google Docs
Notes app and microphone or Google Keep on iPad or iPhone or Android
Go to the Camera App
Quick time player, win10 camera app, 
Screencastify! or Nimbus screenshot
With Just Audio-
Vocaroo.com, Microphone on the iPad 

Writing Your Story: What’s Your Problem?

Every story needs to have a climax. The climax is a problem or challenge that needs to be solved or overcome.  Everything in the story builds towards the climax.

What’s Your Hook?
Your story starts with a mystery or a question that needs to be answered (a “hook”) – relates to the problem or challenge but doesn’t spoil it by giving the answer. Make your audience want to keep watching to see what will happen next.

 Building your Story
  • Every story has a setting. Where does your story take place?
  • Next, how did the challenge or problem begin? Provide some background info. Here is where you establish a need or a desire in your viewer to WANT to see this problem solved.
  • What about your main character? Who are they? What events in their life helped prepare them to deal with this problem or challenge?
  • What was your character’s plan to deal with the problem or challenge?
  • What actually happened? What was the result? (Here is where you solve the mystery or answer the question)
If you are telling the story of true events, then here is where you will need to dig in and do some research to find the answers to these questions.  If you are creating a fictional story, here is where you need to get creative and think about how you will answer these questions.  Sometimes even fiction stories require a little research to make them seem plausible.

Graphic Organizers

A digital story has both visual and sound elements. A storyboard helps you put your story together.  Here you break your story into chunks and decide what visual and sound elements you will use to tell your story.
Storyboardthat.com (focus on the story by creating boards to tell the story using this amazing site’s 325 characters, 225 scenes, over 45,000 images in search, plus upload your own photos.)

Make beliefs comix

Story maps

Storyboards or story maps, but maybe a Story Table instead.



Refine that story

Once you have a storyboard, it’s time to start collecting visual and audio resources.  The first, best option would be to create these yourself, but if you can’t there is a plethora of online resources.

Tools for creating stories with students:


How Fast Can you make a video?
How to record video on your iPhone or iPad
  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.2. Swipe to the right once in order to switch from photo to video mode.3.Tap the capture button and start recording.4.Remember that you can tap to focus any time while recording. You can also lock the focus if you want by holding down until you see the AE/AF Lock text appear. Just tap the screen again to manually focus if and when you need to.5.Tap the capture button again when you are done recording.6.http://www.imore.com/record-trim-videos-ipad
Record Video on a Mac You can make a movie using Quick time Player and the built in camera in your MAC. Just chose file>New movie > recording. When the recording window appears, turn on your camera( a green light appears by your Mac’s built in camera).
Record Video on a PC– windows 10
Take Videos with the Camera App
1. From the start screen open the camera app 2. Tap or click the Video Button to start recording. Tap or click it again to stop recording. 3 If you want too review the video drag the screen to the right or click the left arrow.
From the Chrome browser Use the Screencastify app or extension or Nimbus Screenshot
Choose webcam     Check “show preview window     Record       Stop
For Windows: Choose the camera app

For video editing: For Apple:iMovie


Adobe Spark — example from a TEC21 teacher
On the web:
Book Creator IOS web
My Story Book
Or Blabbeize an animal to tell the story
My Story Maker 
Options for Sharing
Post to YouTube, Google Drive or other site that lets you share it with a URL.
VIDEO: How to Share Stories Using Google Drive
If there’s no moral to the story there is no story.
Publish the story for all to see,
for comments….I’m so glad I left that comment…
 for encouragement
 for a reason to correct spelling and grammar.
They may not need to for the teacher but for the world or grandma…..
A story is never done… it can be told over and over again

To end our time:

Storytelling for perfectionists

One last story: a great telling of David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell

Click edit button to build out any additional sub-topics.

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

 READWORKS FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade

For Science classes: Phet…Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

Last month I shared Prodigy, but Kahn academy with its video, practice problems, levels points and teacher dashboard my be the one for you.

For social studies: Docs teach .org shows you how to use Primary sources to teach students with documents from the National Archives.

For the little ones ABC Mouse if free for teachers If you start here: ABCMouse 10 levels 850 lessons 9000 activities stepby step learning path in reading, math, Language arts, science and social studies, art and colors.

My favorite weekly reader site! But I love all that the Smithsonian has to offer! Your tax dollars at work, in a good way. Grade or Lexile level based readings. Lesson plans, discussion guides!  Each weekday, they scour the internet for age-appropriate news stories that will interest students in Grades 1-12, then invite them to take quizzes or post comments. All quiz scores are delivered automatically to teachers. All comments are approved by their teachers. All comments are approved by their teachers before they are published.

Freckle.com, used to be front row math. but has expanded.Freckle empowers teachers to differentiate instruction across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science.

Three classes for free(I have 55 in one class). You have your own school site! It is still motivating after 5+ years! New lessons this year! Point, stars, levels , badges, games, as well as, lessons and practice. You do not need to go elsewhere for typing skills training!

With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas!

At Screencast-O-Matic, we don’t believe that video recording and editing should be difficult, or cost a fortune. Our simple and intuitive tools help you get the job done easily. Record! Edit! Share!

CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12. Our resources are:

  • Flexible;
  • Research-Based;
  • Aligned to the Common Core State Standards;
  • Created by teachers, for teachers.

We believe in the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. That’s why we are committed to keeping CommonLit completely free, forever.

If you’re looking for some Halloween-themed lessons, take a look at the following resources

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.

Anyone who grew up reading Highlights magazine in the dentist waiting room will quickly recognize a rebus. Basically it is a story where some of the words are replaced by images. This can be a fun activity for students, both to create and to read. It may even help with younger students who are not proficient at spelling but can choose the image for the word they want.

Here’s a a handful of Halloween-themed math and science resources.

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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