October 2019 Agenda—Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-15


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 14th.

Upcoming Events:

  • LEC, November 24-26, in Palm Desert.
  • CUE Conference, March 19-21, in Palm Springs.
  • ISTE Conference, June 28-July 1, in Anaheim


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.  Ideas mentioned in the reflections…

  • Learn more Edtech tools and how to implement them in the classroom.
  • Finding tools to support the Genius Hour Projects
  • What else…….please share…..


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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Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time.  People have passed down stories from generation to generation.  Now, with using technology, stories can be shared instantly to the world and not just to the person standing closest to us.  Also, students are able to express their writing in new and creative ways that were not available before which empowers them to be innovative and develop the critical thinking skills needed for the 21st century. 6 Reasons You Should Be Doing Digital Storytelling with Your Students

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.
Stop Motion Video

Stopmotion Video is a fun and interesting way to have students create stories using the same animation process of frame by frame shooting that students see in animated cartoons and movies.  The process of creating a stopmotion video is a very innovative and creative process.

Paper Slide Videos

To create a “Paper Slide Video” all you need is paper, drawing utensils, and a way to record.  This process can be quick and take one class period and is an awesome way for students to take responsibility for their own learning.  Videos can be shared with the class so students learn from each other.  Let’s make one together!!

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

  • Internet Safety-Digital Compass Game by Common Sense Media
  • 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

Toontastic 3D is a creative storytelling app that empowers kids to draw, animate, narrate, and record their own cartoons on their tablet, phone or Chromebook.

Adobe Spark is an integrated suite of storytelling applications for the mobile and web developed by Adobe Systems. It comprises three separate design apps: Spark Page, Spark Post, and Spark Video. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages

Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.  Students can use to act as a person in a book or history or even as an animal!  This can be used for so many subjects!!

Stop Motion Studio helps you to create terrific stop action movies with a whole host of unique features. Like the frame-by-frame editor, the never get lost timeline and the sound editor. Google Play Stop Motion

In Animoto bring your memories to life.  Easily create slideshows set to music from your photos and video clips for free!!  Animoto for Google App

Use this tool to design a comic with dialogue between two characters. Use the pre-drawn backgrounds and characters. Add a title for each scene/page and add dialogue between the two characters. These are quick and easy three page comics. You can create without an account. However, if you want to SAVE, you must register for a free account (email required).

Storyboard That is a graphic organizer and storyboard creator that reinforces english and history concepts in elementary school and beyond. Versatile materials and drag-and-drop technology make this program applicable across grade levels.

My Simple Show transforms any text into an animated video you will love.  The website adds graphics based on the text you enter or you can change the graphics that you want.  It has never been easier to create your own explainer video.  Balto Video Example

Create a simple stop-motion video using this easy to use app.  You can save the videos to share for later.

Tinycards is an app and website where students can make their own decks using text and images or use 10,00 existing decks of flash cards on languages, science, art and more.

Vocaroo is a quick and easy way to create voice messages for projects.

Billions of images, videos, and digital documents can be found and integrated into projects.

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.

Screencastify is the easiest way to capture your entire desktop, browser tab or webcam. Forget complicated screencasting software – now you can tell your story in just a couple of clicks.

WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere.

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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