October 2019 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (EC-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To Wifi:  Concordia NonSecure Code:  TEC21Workshop

Link to agenda: https://tec21connect.com/agenda/october-2019-age…ska-ec-12-cohort/

Lunch: Submit your order for a special or for something else from the Doghouse Grill menu.


Who has the best “Jesus story?”

Peter: Mark 6:45-51

Jairus: Mark 5:21-43

A Sick Woman: Mark 5:24-34

A Paralytic Man: Luke 5:17-26

A Man Born Blind: John 9:1-12

An Enormous Catch of Fish: John 21:1-14

Go to www.nearpod.com and type the code on the board. We will collaborate with our stories for this devotion.


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

2. LEA: October 10-12 in St. Louis (Please visit the TEC21 booth. Some free t-shirts will be available!)

3. NETA: November 1 in Kearney


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.

Phone a Friend: Was there homework?


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?

Made with Padlet

Storytelling began before written words. The folktales are the oldest genre of stories in literature. As time progressed, those spoken words were recorded into written texts. Now, we have the opportunity to engage in digital storytelling with instant publication for viewing. The capability to communicate in this way opens doors of possibility and also new avenues of responsibility.

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.

Google Slides: A Starting Place for Digital Storytelling

Slides Carnival helps to add sparkle to those presentations!

Learning together in Seward, Nebraska!

Formative Assessment

Quizlet: Formative Assessment

Practice Vocabulary

Quizlet Live: Game On!

Formative or Summative Assessment


We will explore a practice quiz together for Old Testament religion.

Early Childhood Ideas

Common Sense Media has a list of “Best Of” for Early Childhood. You can find lists of apps, websites, books, and other resources. Some are for Apple products, and others are designed for Androids.

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

Voki is a web-based digital tool that allows the user to type what you want an avatar to say. It is Perfect for story retelling or to hear another character’s side of the story. It can also be used as a writing prompt. Voki Example

Jesus on Voki

Emaze enables you to create amazing presentations with more interesting features than PowerPoint. Some formats are 3D, and this allows for more options for digital storytelling and other presentations. Student example from A Wrinkle in TIme.

Storyboard That is an online digital storytelling platform that allows students and/or teachers to use a variety of characters, backgrounds, and props to create original stories or to retell other stories. The website also includes a list of books, topics, and lesson plans for grades 3 and up. These include literature, math, history, science, health, world languages, and a variety of graphic organizers. The site includes a free trial, but then a monthly fee applies. The pricing varies.

Storyjumper is an online tool used to create and share stories. The final product can be printed for a fee if that is wanted as an option.

Christmas Story Example

Adobe Spark provides any easy-to-use format to turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes. Use as a class project; students 13 years and older can use independently. Students 12 and under must have parental consent.

A free tool that can be used to create ebooks. A gallery of drawings is available, and students add the story. The website has a tutorial to help teachers get started.

Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.  Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE! AGES: 6-12. The Kids version found on the link posted here does not allow sharing features and is available on Google Play and Apple. In order to share get the full version of Chatterpix with sharing.

Students can respond to a question, demonstrate a skill, retell a story, or share information in a variety of other ways by recording a short video and posting to the discussion grid.

Try it!

The grid password is: TEC21Seward

Puppet Pals is for IOS and provides the opportunity to create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Tutorial available.

Screencastify is an extension that allows students and teachers to record and share their screen. It is automatically stored in your Google Drive and can transform any visual presentation to include Audio. It’s a great resource for feedback or blended learning.

FYI Screencastify



Use the movie trailer feature to easily create a story, a quick summary, or to spark interest. Spooky Example

Prezi is similar to a traditional slides presentation but adds several additional options to zoom, change the path, and emphasize content. The motion adds an additional component to storytelling.

Student example

Create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice. The link at the left will help guide your exploration with this app. You can download it from the iTunes store.

This is a free Bible app (iPad & Android) for kids with complete Bible, videos, games, daily quests, Bible profiles, and questions to explore and learn.  Many hands-on opportunities available for Bible study and integrating the faith!

This free online writing tool allows students to randomly choose five picture and then write about them. The purposes and styles of writing can vary, and any final drafts can be published online and/or the link can be shared with the teacher.

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

My Contact Info

Add a picture that shows you in your element and provide your contact information so your teachers can get ahold of you for support and encouragement (e.g. email address, cell phone number, and username/handle communication tools such as Twitter, Glide, Skype, etc.)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.