October 2019 Agenda—Shawnee, Kansas

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  1.  Connect to the Hope Guest Wifi.

  2. Our agenda can be found at tec21connect.com

  3. Make sure to get a breakfast item!

  4. We’ll start at 9am with devotions!


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It’s all about attitude!

Psalms 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and saw that she had only three hairs on her head. “Great,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”

So she did and had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “Hmm,” she said, “I guess I’ll part my hair down the middle.”

So she did and had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only one hair left on her head.

“Wow,” she said, “today I get to wear my hair in a ponytail.” So she did and had a wonderful, wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that there wasn’t a single hair on her head.

“Thank God!” she exclaimed. “I was running out of things to do with my hair!”

ATTITUDE is everything! Let’s be grateful for the things God has given us, press through for the Kingdom, and of course — have a wonderful day!


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 7. Same time, same place!

2. Kansas District Conference – next Wednesday, October 9!  See you at Bethany!

3.  LEA 2019!!  October 10-12!  See you in St. Louis!!

4.  Greg Tang is coming to Overland Park on November 20!  Check out www.gregtangmath.com for all the scoop!


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. Did you get connected with TEC21 on Facebook?  Did you students utilize the games on GregTangMath.com?

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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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What is Digital Story Telling?
  • the combining of narrative with digital content like images, sound, or video.
How is the story told?
  • movies
  • slides
  • music
What is it for?
  • instruction
  • student projects
  • reflection
  • assessment
  • fun!
Why digital?
  • sharable
  • no mess
  • won’t make it and trash it
  • teaches other skills
How to Integrate Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling can be integrated in any number of ways:
  • Create a virtual tour of a country or historical place.
  • Create a public service announcement on an important local or world issue.
  • Simulate an interview of a historical character.
  • Simulate a debate on an historical topic, such as the Bill of Rights.
  • Create a presentation based on images of local artifacts and architecture.
Media Resources
Rich media is the key to a good digital story. The resources below will help students find what they need.
  • Wikimedia Commons – a wiki database of Creative Commons or Public Domain images.
  • Flickr – a photo and video sharing site where most works are licensed under Creative Commons. The Advanced Search allows students to search only for Creative Commons licensed media.
  • FlickrStorm – another way to search through Flickr that provides even more results. There is an option to search for only images that have been licensed for reuse.
  • Jamendo – a music sharing site of all legal to use songs.
  • Google Advanced Image Search – setting the usage rights shows images that are labeled with a Creative Commons license
  • Library of Congress – an online catalog of thousands of prints and photos currently archived at the LOC. Most of the resources can be published without having to seek permission, and they provide terrific digital artifacts for historical stories.
  • National Archives – billions of images, videos, and digital documents can be found and integrated into projects.
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.

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Paper Slide Videos

Using an iPad or chromebook with camera, have your student make a paper slide video to explain a process in math class, singular or plural nouns, types of communities, or the parts of a cell!  The ideas are endless!  Students can work individually, with a partner, or in a larger group! Here are directions about how to make a paper slide video! Let me show you what my students did to explain the percent equation in math!

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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

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad or chrome book. With over 30 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picturebooks, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.  Here is an example!

Story Jumper is another resource that students can use to make books online! They can even be published in hardback form!

Empowers students to tell a story with a variety of presentation themes, embedded video, animations, and more. The new Explore tool in the lower right hand corner turns each slide into multiple options so each slide can be different. Allows for student collaboration to create, and sharing via a link to post in Google Classroom and beyond.  Here is one student’s example.

Adobe Spark is another FREE tool for students to use for story telling!  Check out this example!

Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you’ve visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.  Here is one of my creations!

This site has 10 story telling tools for students to use – include examples!

I LOVE to use Animoto!!  It is a great way to caputre the wonderful moments in the classroom, on field trips, and to promote a trip to parents!  Wonderful for personal use also!  Apply for a FREE ACCOUNT HERE!

Prezi has designer templates, millions of reusable presentations, and a PowerPoint-to-Prezi converter, there’s no need to start from scratch—unless you want to.

Virginia Trekkers is a group of 4 guys who trek around Virginia to share information about the state!  Famous places include The Battle of Bull Run, Washington, DC, and Mount Vernon!  Accompanying worksheets for the podcasts can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers for about $1.00!

Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows you to record your screen and audio easily. Get it from the Chrome store here.

Here is an example of how Screencasitfy can be used in the classroom!

https://studentreasures.com allows your students to make a book and actually publish it!!

This site is everything Google! A plethora of ideas for all ages of students!  Check out this Halloween activity with Google Docs! Wouldn’t students love creative writing using a rebus?!

Have you ever subscribed to the Mailbox Magazine?  It is now FREE for teachers on the Kansas State Library website!  Click here to access the library!

Sometimes we just need to take a break away from the seriousness of our day.  Have you ever seen Gerry Brooks on Facebook?  He not only has TONS of YouTube videos and posts on Facebook, he also has a website with wonderful teaching ideas! Check it out!

Gerry’s YouTube Page:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6WUaQSC_AfKZrinPuhVFw

Just for fun!! Make your own memes!  Think of nouns, verbs, types of sentences….endless possibilities!

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:

Lori Leonardi

Trinity Lutheran School

Atchison, KS




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