October 2020 Agenda—Collinsville, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

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Today’s Agenda:  https://tec21connect.com



1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th.
2. Illinois Education & Technology Conference- Virtual
November 16-21, 2020
Cost: $40
3.  ISTE- International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE 2020 Live conference- Virtual
November 29- December 5


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.
We are going to do this using Peardeck!  (We will be visiting this tool later today.)


  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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“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.
Where To Begin…
A great article to get started!  Get Started with Digital Storytelling

A guide to MANY storytelling tools: Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Digital Storytelling

A picture storytelling tool.  Pick your photos and then write your story!  You can use screencasting tools to make a video recording, also.
Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling
This is a great digital storytelling option because you could use so many different devices and you really don’t need any special software or apps!  Watch the video for how to get started.

Collaborative Activity with Brother/Sister Cohorts – Moved to January

Additional Topics to Explore Further

Flipgrid can be a powerful tool for encouraging classroom sharing.  Videos can be shared to the class or kept between just the teacher and student.  Students can be creative while sharing created content.  This would be a great place to have them share stories and projects.
Check your email for link to try sharing!
Show and Tell
Project share
Read a story
Share idea
Sharing a point of view
Recording memory work
Google Sites can be a great way to share or put information in one spot.  Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and YouTube videos embed easily.
Class website
Subject Area site
Share student work
Collaborate with other classes
Collect and display information

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

Seesaw is a powerful tool for teachers and students to be able to communicate with each other.  Parents can also view student portfolios making it a wonderful way to share what is happening in your classroom.  Students can share work, create work, and record themselves.  Free and paid versions available.
Powtoon is a great tool for creating animated videos and presentations.  There are free and paid versions available.  To get started, here is a video.
Check out this awesome Google Slides Add-on.  Peardeck allows you to use already created Google Slideshows (or start one from scratch) and add an interactive element to your classroom.  Students can work at the same pace as the class or at their own pace.
Create videos easily with Animoto.  Add your own photos and customize your video.
Flipsnack is a fun way to create a digital presentation or story.  Create your file in powerpoint and save as a PDF.  Then upload to the Flipsnack site.  You can also create from scratch on the site.  Here is an overview.
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)

EdPuzzle A great tool for self-paced video and assessment.  Upload your video and add questions and stopping points for assessment.  You can trim the video to only use what you want.  Edpuzzle content can also be used among co-workers.

AnswerGarden This is a feedback tool that allows participants to collect data in an interesting digital format.

Voki Create a talking character!

Educreations Whiteboard app for iOS that allows the user to create a video or screen recording.

Explain Everything Digital whiteboard that allows you to record within the application.  Free and paid accounts available.

ABCya Animate Easy to use animation tool for students.  Creates a digital flipbook.  Can be printed out for a paper flipbook.

Toontastic Cartoon animated storytelling.  Available for iPads and Chromebooks.

Storyjumper Book creator site.  Integrates with Google Classroom and very user friendly.  Students can add voice, music, and sound recordings to their books.

PBS Learning Media Excellent source of interactives, photo, video, websites, etc.

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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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please reach out to me with any questions throughout the year.  I am here to help and guide you on your journey!

Email: kathymaske@gmail.com
Phone: 618-980-1286

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