October 2019 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan
Begin at 9:00am
To the WiFi: Go to “Peace” network Username: Tech21 Password: welcome
To the Agenda: go to tec21connect.com and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”
To Each Other: Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates. How has everyone been doing since last month?
To Other TEC21 Teachers: Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new. Respond to a post or post something yourself.
Flipgrid – Why did you become a Lutheran teacher? (post a 1 minute video) Code to Enter: c2a9d7
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
- The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 from 9 am – 2 pm.
- October 18 Fall MCTE Conference at Kellogg Hotel in East Lansing
- October 18-19 Association for Constructivist Teachers Conference in Ann Arbor
- November 4-5 miGoogle at Lake Fenton High School
- Lutheran Educator Conference – January 20 at VLHS
- MACUL – March 11-13 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
- #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
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. Implement something you’re taking away from today’s session (i.e. a student-created project, a resource, a tool, an instructional strategy, an organizational practice, etc.). It can be learner-centered, teacher-centered or a combination of both. Come ready to share your experience when we meet again in October!
2. Make your first post to the TEC21 Educators on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!
3. Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, identify one person on your faculty and be a resource to them between now and October’s session. Be a spark!
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.
Everyone has a story to tell! What’s yours?
Writing a Story – Planning document
The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling – Video for teachers and older students (3:34)
“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.
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 Storytelling Tools
Storyboard That – digital storytelling tool that allows students to create a cartoon story using ready-made scenes, characters, props and more. Students provide dialogue using text boxes. Can be accessed on the internet and works well with iPads and Android tablets. Check out this video for help getting started and this link to see more on using Storyboard That with different subject areas.
Little Bird Tales – digital storytelling tool that allows students to upload, record, and create stories using pictures, drawings, or other images. Can be accessed on the internet or as an app on iPad.
Toontastic – digital storytelling tool that allows students to create stories using ready-made scenes, characters, props, and more. Students record the audio for the stories and can animate them as well. Accessed on iPads.
Adobe Spark – record voice over images one line at a time. I would recommend this one for adults or older students. Can be accessed on iPads. Here is one I made in about 20 minutes: Sample Adobe Voice Video
Paper Slide Videos – digital storytelling tool that allows students to record and create stories using paper images that are moved while being recorded.
Book Creator – Easy to use digital storytelling app (on iOS, Android, or the web) that allows students to publish an online book under the teacher’s account. Free account allows for up to 40 books. Book may be shared publicly or privately using a link. Here is an example of one I made in about 20 minutes. See this link for “50 Ways to Use Book Creator in Your Classroom.”
Check out this example of a stopmotion video – Insane Stop Video
Try the Stop Motion Studios app!
Additional Topics from September
Theories and Standards that Ground TEC21
Google Slides Add-Ons
Some useful add-ons for Google Slides:
- Remote for Slides – use your cell phone to control the slide presentation
- Pear Deck – integrate activities into the presentation (survey, questions, etc.)
- Photo Slideshow – easily turn a batch of photos into a slideshow
- Unsplash – use one of 300,000+ free photos
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Common Sense Media – great website for parents and teachers that has a digital literacy component as well as reviews for books, movies, TV, games, apps, and websites.
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.
- “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)
- How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)
- Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)
- Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)
- 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Digital Tools & Resources
Flipgrid empowers social learning from PreK to PhD classrooms around the world. Use video the way your students do. Students can record and upload short video clips that you then approve and post. The “Grid” is easily shared with parents and others. See “The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid” for tips on how to get started and how to incorporate Flipgrid into your classroom. Richard Byrnes’ “Guide to Flipgrid” is also helpful! Or check out this “Flipgrid Getting Started – Teachers” video.
Little Bird Tales is a website that allows teachers and students to upload, record, and create stories using images. You can use images that you already have or you can draw your own! You have the option to share tales through email once you are finished, but they are not made public unless you want them to be. Little Bird Tales is a creative way to encourage student self-expression. It is also a fun way to help reinforce reading and writing skills in your students!
8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom – by George Couros
“The question that must be asked every day is, ‘What is BEST for this learner?’” ~ George Couros
Students can “build” their own jack-o-lantern 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
Studying Columbus this month? Or the Pilgrims next month? Take a look at these leveled articles on exploration!
It’s fall! Check this great blog for information on the sights, sounds, and science of autumn: videos on why leaves change color, how animals prepare for winter, autumn stars and planets, and chemical reactions that cause colors to change. Consider subscribing this blog for great ideas and to stay current with technology in education.
Easy to use website that allows students to see differences in living conditions between their location and other countries, also has a way to see the impact of some disasters.
58 Student Interactives including things such as book cover creator, haiku poem, letter generator, notetaker, story diagram, and venn diagram creator.
Semantris is a fun word game that is a vocabulary version of tetris. In this version instead of shapes you have words that fall from the top. You then need to eliminate words by typing in a word or phrase that best identifies that particular word, without using the actual word in your clue. Google’s AI then tries to guess which word you meant and removes that block, along with any same colored blocks touching it. As the game goes on the falling words become more similar.
This is a fun game to help students expand their vocabulary, while working on selecting precise words and phrases to best define a word.
Toasted Cheese is a place for adult writers to get feedback and suggestions, but their writing prompt calendar give you excellent suggested writing prompt you can use with your students. One for every day of the month for the past ten years. So if the one for today is not good for your class pick one from the weekend … or last month… or last year
Google Classroom now allows you to create your own classes online. Post links to teaching materials, allow students to post links to created materials, go paperless. Also ideas for using Google Classroom outside the Classroom.
Sutori is a website where students can create collaborative timeline presentations. The Sutori Essential version is free. Use templates or start from scratch. Create and curate lessons and presentations for improved student outcomes.
Soundtrap for Education empowers students and teachers to explore creative sound recording in all subjects, for all ages and ability levels. Free for 30 days. A subscription costs $249 for a year for up to 50 users.
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
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.
Phone: 989-790-1676 ext. 12 (school)