October 2020 Agenda—Arlington Heights, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Wifi:  We good?

Grab a snack!

Today’s Agenda: tec21connect.com


“Think Like Christ” (Phil 4:8-9)

The basis for online behavior and Digital Citizenship.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for November, 12.

2. Events:

Idea Con.  (old link)

Game-Based Learning with Google

Teaching with Bitmoji: Where Pop Culture Meets Education


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. Discover the value of engaging your students in a digital storytelling project.

  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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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.”

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

(stick with me here….)

^^How’d they DO that?!?!?!?

Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling

Paper Slide Videos are a quick way to do a one-take recording of students teaching information. Use your iPad or iPhone in video mode and slide the prepared papers in one at a time as you talk about each, telling the story of what you learned or wrote.

Additional needs/requests:

Other videos you might find useful

How To Make Editable PDF Worksheets For Google Classroom Tutorial: https://youtu.be/0KIrFhStUXg

How To Use Google Jamboard As A Whiteboard Within Google Meet : https://youtu.be/36ZzwK3ZNfM

Use The Read Along By Google App To Help Kids Learn To Read (Tutorial and Review): https://youtu.be/NsuJ2eqSncc

How To See Your Students While Presenting in Google Meet Tutorial: https://youtu.be/aIpGdCaguss

Digital Citizenship Integration

Whether students are learning in-person, remotely or in hybrid scenarios, online learning activities are a part of the education process. As educational leaders, we have the extraordinary opportunity to be a positive influence in their lives when it comes to modeling and teaching them about digital citizenship. Common Sense is a nonprofit organization dedicated to provide parents and teachers lessons and resources to teach children in grades K-12 skills and responsible behaviors to thrive in the 21st century. Below are their six core curriculum topics. Check out their website HERE.

  • Media Balance & Well-being
  • Privacy & Security
  • Digital Footprint & Identity
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech
  • News & Media Literacy

Digital Tools & Resources

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your device (online in Chrome, or iOS app). 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.

Write, read, share online stories.  Web-based, Free

Web Free trial / $24.99 per month (per teacher account = 1 teacher + 20 students.  $1.25 for each additional student.  Or school account for $1.25/per seat with minimum of 30 seats).  Storytelling tool that can be used with for students of all ages, even those who can’t read and write!

“The world’s most popular and easy to use comic and storyboard creator.” Pricing

Easy chrome extension.  Free.

(iOS version: Stop Motion Studios)


How to create stop motion videos on a Chromebook Tutorial, By Richard Byrne

Inspiring prompts and story creation lessons that spark imaginations

Puzzles and challenges that develop grammar and structure skills

Fun, engaging games that increase vocabulary and improve spelling

Ages 6-12

(NOT FREE, 7 day trial, request quote)

Have you ever heard of Genius Hour? Listed below are several resources to help understand what it is all about and why some teachers have been integrating this project-based learning strategy into their classrooms. Jerrita Staehr, one of our workshop facilitators, created all of the necessary assets for TEC21 Teachers to use either for themselves during their TEC21 experience or to make copies and adapt them to use with their students. She’s broken it down into steps and provided wonderful examples and templates. Excellent work, Jerrita, and thank you for sharing this with everyone! Here’s a link to the shared Google folder with all of her resources if you are are interested: Jerrita’s Genius Hour TEC21 Style Resources.

  1. “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)

  2. How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)

  3. Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)

  4. Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)

  5. Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)

  6. 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)

Phet Simulations 

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discover

iPad Mutlimedia Tools

Digital Storytelling Project Examples

Explain Everything

The interactive whiteboard platform where people share and learn without boundaries. Join from any device and collaborate both visually and audibly.

Available in Apple App store, chrome web store, and Google Play store.

With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas!

Storyboard That! Digital Storytelling and powerful visual communication, made easy

Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Digital Story Telling Resources

Using the WriteReader White Label Solution, you can:

  • Teach children to read by enabling them to write, share, and publish their own digital books

  • Transform screen-time into a positive, active learning experience shared among friends and family

  • Provide an interactive, digital companion to more traditional publications and media

  • Enhance existing digital products or amplify your brand with a high- retention, engaging product

  • $39/year/teacher

StoryJumper is a site that gives teachers, students, parents, and authors a fun set of intuitive tools for writing and illustrating stories. Our goal is to inspire anyone that’s ever wanted to write an illustrated story to get started!

ClassHook Easily find educational videos from TV shows and movies to use in your lessons

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

  1. Digital: Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!

  2. Social: Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of a student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

  3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.


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Denise Murphy

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