October 2020 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To Wifi: look for “TLC Volunteer”…use the password on the board.

How to get to today’s agenda: tec21connect.com  and look at the drop down menu for “workshops” for the 2020/2021 Agendas and choose Clinton Township, MI. Select October


Grab a breakfast treat.

Ice breaker for today

  • Make a 3-2-1 Video!! This ties in perfectly with our digital storytelling! Tell us 3 things about yourself, 2 places you love to visit, and 1 job you would love to have if you weren’t teaching.
  • Use adobe spark. You can sign in with your google account.
  • Here’s my example:  Karla’s 3-2-1 Video
  • When you’re done, add your link to this google doc.
Spiritually – 

What can we pray for this month? Add it here.


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In October, we talk about Martin Luther and how he was instrumental in the Reformation. We are Lutheran school teachers! What does that mean to you? Romans 12:6-7 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;”. It is with this assurance that we can enter our classrooms each day, knowing God is using us in His kingdom. 


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12.

2. UPCOMING Conference Opportunities:

MANS: Oct. 12-15, 2020

MSTA Conference March 5-6, 2021 Info here

MACUL Conference March 17-19, 2021 Info 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.


  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.”     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.
Where do I start? Here are some great places to get inspiration.

Five Card Story: Enjoying God's Creation

a Five Card Flickr story created by Mrs. H

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

Waking up, there is beauty all around. Spending time outside reminds us how small we are in the world, yet also we are reminded how important we are to God.

Stop Motion Video:

A stopmotion video is a series of still images strung together at a rapid rate resulting in an onscreen animation.  Below is an example of one a past student created using Stopmotion Studios.  It is a free app (iOS) that simple to use.

Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling

Click edit button to build out your 3rd sub-topic.

Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reins.

Caleb’s Memory Work

Luca’s Logo Book

Collaborative Activity with Brother/Sister Cohorts – we will tackle this in January.

Here are the extra links and ideas from our in-person session on Tues. Oct. 13.

Fun Font Site: Text Giraffe 

Need some extra practice worksheets? Use this: Common Core Sheets

A GREAT free resource for everything google: Tarver Academy- by Tyler Tarver

Remember, you can present a full screen youtube video by copying the whole URL address, then adding _popup immediately after the “watch” in the address.

example: (IT REALLY WORKS!!!)


Wheel of Names- Great randomizer for everything:

Need an emoji for a document or slide? get emoji

Visual noise monitor? https://bouncyballs.org/

UNTHINKABLES…here are the links.

Powerpoint of Unthinkables:  Unthinkable PDF

Powerpoint with video clip examples: Google Slide show with clips

Social Thinking Website  – link to free webinars

Add an additional center-specific topic of your choice or in response to needs/requests of your cohort (if needed).

High School Math and Science

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 discovery.

Digital Storytelling in HS Math (Blog with link ideas)

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

Short videos have dominated the internet for a long time. With Vine and youtube leading the way, we now have GIFS, Memes and other other sorts of short moving stories. Flipgrid makes creating short yet powerful videos a breeze. Click a button, you are recording and then you are sharing. You can view other peoples short videos and give feedback or share some thoughts. It is easy to use and works on most every platform.

Screencasting is a powerful tool that comes in many shapes and sizes. There are many tools that fit many different needs. Screencasting allows you to record a writing lesson or drawing. You can use it to demonstrate how to do something or to share a story with video narration. Screencasting can be an amazing tool for students to share a procedure or provide a personal touch that regular video cannot provide.

You can also do Screencast Submit to push out an assignment and get responses in video form.

Audacity is a great (and FREE) audio recording and editing tool. This is a perfect tool for students to learn how to record high quality audio for voice narration, stories, or podcast creation! It works on PCs and Macs.

WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere.

Educreations allows you to share video lessons with students in a safe and private classroom environment. Have students show what they know by creating their own videos. Provide rich feedback on student work.

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)

StoryJumper  easy tools and a worldwide community to help you create, narrate, and publish your own hardcover, paperback, eBook, or audio book today. Free to push out to your class.

Animoto  is a platform for easily making great-looking videos and photo slideshows.

Classtools.net just about anything you could ever need. Take time to explore fakebook, countdown timers, venn diagram creator, cloze reading creator

Stop Motion Chrome Extension  easy way to make stop motion videos using a  webcam

Pics4Learning a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting.

WriteReader Open-ended tool that promotes creativity, cooperation and curiosity for the written language. Curious? Here’s a how-to video.

AdobeSpark Video and Page allow students to use format templates to create stories with impactful graphics and animated videos in minutes. Record your voice, add pictures or provided graphics, and turn into a video.

VOCAROO lets you easily record audio only.  Once recorded, you have an option to download your sound byte as a link or QR code.  This could be great to have students create a story, read their story aloud while recording, then send parents the link to listen along.  This could also work for original poetry on a parent night.

VOKI 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. Here’s a quick video of how it works.

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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