October 2019 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 3:30pm

Getting Connected


How to get to today’s agenda: TEC21Connect.com, Workshops-Agendas (https://tec21connect.com/agenda/october-2019-agenda-seward-nebraska-cune-faculty-cohort/)

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Creation: A TEC21 Digital Story

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1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 3:30-6:00PM.

2.Nebraska Fall Ed Tech Conference, November 1, Kearney. Check out topics on the schedule here. 


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. So many ideas you wanted to work on: Sutori, Thinglink, Screencast-O-Matic…


1. Discover the value of digital storytelling by exploring digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students.

2. Create a screencast to put a class online.

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 

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.

Blackboard: Creating and Posting a Screencast

Today we will create a brief screencast to overview content and introduce materials you want students to cover while you are not meeting face to face. Choose from: Blackboard Collaborate, Screencast-O-Matic, Screencastify, or another tool of your choosing. Then post your screencast in a Module for the day.

Blackboard Collaborate engages students and empowers faculty. It delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools. Create screencasts, set up a video conference to teach your class remotely, break into small groups online, and record the session to share with anyone who missed. Join a Collaborate Session

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects? Check out Common Sense Education free tool reviews and lesson ideas.

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 3: The Pitch

You want to “sell” your idea in a creative and interesting way. Think about this as a commercial for your idea that unveils your genius plan! You will have 1-2 minutes to pitch in November.

Include the following:

  • Your name
  • Reasons you chose the project (story, history, definition, interest, etc.)
  • Materials/resources/technology tools needed
  • First three steps to get started
  • Obstacles you may face in the process
  • Explain how the project enhances learning.

Your presentation may be formatted in one of the following ways:

  • A Prezi, Google Slide presentation, Adobe Spark Video, iMovie or i Movie trailer, or another digital format that is at least 60 seconds, but no longer than 2 minutes
  • Minimum of 6 slides but maximum of 10 slides. Use the bullets for items to include as a guide.

Digital Tools & Resources

Ed Pizzle Introduce students to self-paced learning with interactive video lessons. It’s easy to crop video, add your own voice narration, pause and add audio notes, and insert questions! Check if students are watching your videos, how many times they’re watching each section, and if they’re understanding the content. Use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course and more. If you’d rather record and upload your own video, go for it! How to crop a video in Ed Puzzle.

Shadow Puppet EDU app includes pictures, voice, video, maps and more as you create a digital story. Excellent free tool! Search tool checks NASA, museums, and more for free images!.

Book Creator is the number 1 book app for the iPad in over 90 countries, was voted best educational app in 2015, and just became a free website as well https://app.bookcreator.com/. Allows you to add pictures, video, voice, and publish in iBook format. Students use to write interactive stories, science reports, research journals, instruction manuals, and more. Then build a school library of student-created books in iBooks on your iPad. Here’s how you can add video of sign language to each page of your book with Book Creator! Here is a short sample telling the story of Old Testament History.

Make videos and animations in minutes with Powtoon. Use our library of templates, characters, backgrounds and video, or upload your own! Free. Easy. Awesome.

A few of my samples using different provided templates:  5 Video Tips (informational),  Mission Impossible (snow day assignment post in Blackboard),  Book Report (Pink and Say)

Essential Skeleton

Essential Skeleton 4 is a great free app for reference model of  the skeleton. This is probably one of the best (if not, the best) app for reference of a 3D model skeleton. It provides multiple features such as highlighting and pinning certain body parts as well as fading or hiding other body parts if you want to focus on a certain region/area. It also gives you a brief description of each bone part as well.

Very interesting article that just came out about the use of multiple-true-false questions to identify student understanding of science at the university level. UNL developed this suite of assessments — Biology-Measuring Achievement and Progression in Sciences, or Bio-MAPS — to gauge learning at the beginning, middle and end of a major and provides it at no cost to other institutions. Couch also investigated student attitudes toward interactive learning activities, whose use in the classroom continues to lag behind lecturing despite their demonstrated superiority at teaching and crystallizing concepts. He found that  students requesting lecture may represent a vocal minority, with a majority seeming to appreciate the value of engaging more directly with material in class, especially freshmen.

Screencast-O-Matic lets you record your computer screen and/or yourself. Great way to teach a lesson online, or have your students teach about a section they read or an experiment they conducted. You can bring up anything on your computer screen then talk about it. Screencast-O-Matic provides a pointer for learners to follow as you speak, and it saves the video right at that location so it doesn’t take up storage. You will get a link which you can post in Blackboard or anywhere. Try it!

This was a huge time saver for me this year! I post articles in Blackboard, then have students download them, and then upload into their Google Drive. Here they can click on the + sign in the upper right hand corner to highlight and make comments. I have them create a Google Folder and share it with me. Then I can go in and see their reading and notes as a formative assessment!

Highlight text on websites with a simple right-click or keyboard shortcut. Saves highlights on your device. Simply select text, then right click to select “Highlight” option. All highlights are saved so they will not be lost when you exit the page. They show up only for you! Four highlight colors. Great if you assign or have students find websites as they research so they can highlight the parts they want you to look at. You can remove all highlights if you desire.

Use Clipchamp’s free video editor, compressor, converter and webcam recorder to create beautiful videos today. Whether you need to save time on uploads, save money on storage, or create an entire video from scratch – if it’s anything to do with video, then Clipchamp is the best place to start.

Web-based, type in what you want an avatar to say.  Perfect for story retelling or to hear another character’s side of the story. Voki example of Jesus and Voki example of President Trump. You can make 3 for free, then need to delete or edit to create more.

Tinycards is a new app made by the team that created Duolingo, the most downloaded education app in the world. Students can make their own decks using text and images, or use 10,000 existing decks of flash cards on languages, science, art, and more. Type in Concordia Publishing House in the search to access the Six Chief Parts free. Check out the Ten Commandments-Luther’s Small Catechism.

Students can use Google Maps and Google Earth to tell autobiographies, biographies, book highlight locations, and comparisons of areas over time.  How could they tell a story using maps in your content area?

Kizoa video editor

Easily cut videos into as many clips as you want using our straightforward interface. Use the time-bar underneath the video to drag the beginning or end of the video to whatever second you want. You can preview the video at the same time for extra precision. Add ready made intros and outros. Overlay music and audio.

Just for fun! Have some fun at this abcYa.com website! Carve a pumpkin, then click the darkness icon in lower right corner to see it glow!

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 6:00pm

My Contact Info

Laurie Friedrich

email: Laurie.Friedrich@cune.edu

Twitter: @FriedrichLaurie

Blog: http://laurieteachingblog.blogspot.com/ 

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