October 2020 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana (6-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
    • Network: EmmanuelGuest
    • Password: connecttoJesus
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – start by asking each other how the last four weeks have been. What has been a praise? What is something you are excited to work on today?
  • Grab snacks and/or a drink!
  • September’s Agenda Link – Old Agendas can be found at the appropriate bit.ly/  (i.e. bit.ly/FWSepSn12) (FWSepSn12 = Fort Wayne-September-Season12)
  • October’s Agenda Link – bit.ly/FWOctSn12

October Check-In

How are you doing? What is going on in your life? Do you need prayers, want to share something your excited about or have some questions to guide our discussions? Let’s chat about it! Please post some of these things in our padlet for October!

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Even Then

A couple of years ago, Micah Tyler talked about the story behind his song “Even Then”. Check out what he had to say:

“Even Then has become a daily prayer for me and for my family. In the past year I’ve seen some of the most exciting things and been a part of Jesus moving in some ways I’ve never seen before. And it causes me to wake up some days and I feel excitement for the world around me; and I feel loved and I feel joy about going out and telling others about Jesus. And there are some days where I wake up and I just don’t feel that way. I give more my trust over to the fears and anxieties that I have. But I know that in Proverbs 28 it says this “Those who trust in themselves are fools but those who walk and wisdom are kept safe.
I want to wake up and be the kind of person, that no matter how I feel that day, I trust and stand on the Promises of God – promises that say, “in this world we will have trouble but take heart Jesus has overcome the world.” And if that’s the truth and I’m standing on then I can trust him even then.”


1. Each month that we meet, come ready with a goal(s). We talk a lot about long-term goals and short-term goals. Each workshop has a theme that will guide the month’s workshop, but TEC21 works best if you come with an idea that you want to bounce around the room. It could be something simple like, how do I  do “this” with Google Forms OR how do I do “something like this” to get my students to engage more in the classroom?

In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?

  • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
  • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project-based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

2. Are you needing college credit to renew your teaching license? If you are, then you can receive three graduate-level credits at the end of our program through Concordia University, Nebraska. There is no additional work that is above and beyond what you’re doing anyway from month to month so it’s just an added bonus to get credit for your TEC21 experience. Here are the details:

  • The cost is $80/credit hour
  • The online application process opens up on March 1, 2021 and closes May 15, 2021
  • Concordia University is a ministry partner of TEC21 so they will email you from time to time this year to provide you with more information

3. The next workshop date is scheduled for Friday November 13th, 2020. That is the same day as Concordia Day this year. Do we need to talk about maybe doing Thursday that week instead? Click here to add a reminder to  your calendar that TEC21 will be that week in November.

4. If you have never gone to a technology conference or connected with an educator technology group/organization I would encourage a few of the following options

  • Indiana Connected Educators (ICE)
    • Note: Annual fall conference held near Indy.
    • Note: This year, because of COVID-19 it was held virtually in July. Click on the link above to learn more about ICE and maybe set a goal to go to their annual conference within the next few years!
  • Michigan Association of Computer User Learning (MACUL)
    • Note: Upcoming Regional Conference in March! This year it is scheduled to take place March 17th-19th, 2021 in Detroit, MI. To learn more or to register click here.
  • International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
    • Note: Annual International Conference Held Each Summer. 
    • Note: This year, because of COVID-19, the ISTE Conference will be held online. It is slated for November 29-December 5th. To learn more or to take advantage of early bird registration (before Oct. 1st) click here.

5. Lastly, don’t forget to place your lunch order: https://delivery.panerabread.com/ Lunch will take place between 12:30-1:00PM. **Note: Lunch is later because of the funeral at Emmanuel.


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s workshop! If you would like to see the Fort Wayne TEC21 monthly challenges all in one place, you can SEE THEM HERE. (Note: only September is listed now, but with each passing workshop this document will get longer).

Remember, each workshop has GOALS and we then send you off with CHALLENGES.

Don’t worry, it isn’t homework. 😀 We just want to make sure you know upfront what the focus of each workshop is, and we want to engage you so that you have something to shoot for once you leave each month!

September’s Challenges

  1. Digital: Explore further a tool or idea from today’s session. It can be learner-centered, teacher-centered or a combination of both. Come ready to share your experience when we meet again in October!
  2. Social: Consider following TEC21 on the social media platforms of your choice. Also, be sure to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!
  3. Spiritual: Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, encourage a colleague and be a resource to them between now and October’s session.


  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

What is it? Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component.

The Greatest Story Ever Told…via Twitter?!

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.


Today we are going to do a project together and then you are going to do a “pick-a-project”. Our teaching time today is going to focus on the following:

  1. Google Sites
  2. Paper Slide Video
  3. Stop Motion
  4. Google Slides
  5. ClipChamp
  6. Flipgrid

#1 How to Google Sites

#2 Paper Slide Video

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

#3 Stopmotion 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 that simple to use.  The video below takes advantage of some of the paid add-on features.

#4 Google Slides – Pick Your Own Adventure

Pick your own “Adventure” stories can be great and depending on which age level you teach, really engaging. You could have the students research a character from a story and do a pick your own adventure story as if they were writing a sequel. You can have the students use this to collaboratively write a narrative with other students. There are lots of options and many platforms to do this type of story telling. Many teachers and students build “Pick Your Own Adventure” stories in Google Sites and Forms as well.

Resource Links:

#5 ClipChamp Video Creation

ClipChamp is a great online video editor that has many free features. For students on many different devices (including chromebooks), video editing and creation can be a little bit more challenging. There are several really great video creation tools in the resources below. However, if you click on the button below, you can see a video I made in 20 minutes using ClipChamp.

#6 Flipgrid Practice Activity

Been wanting to find a way to engage students using student created video? Maybe a unique take on assessment OR you want students to share short stories or comments. Look no further with this explore and try activity using FlipGrid!

WORK TIME #1 (before lunch) – We’ll take a break for some ‘MAKE-IT/ TAKE-IT’ time.

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

Google’s Be Internet Awesome Activity

Digital Tools & Resources

Adobe Spark: Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories. Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark

Book Creator is a simple EdTech tool to create ebooks on for iPad, Android, and Windows tablets.  It is also now available as a web app.

Voki is a free collection of customizable speaking avatars for teachers and students that enhances classroom instruction, class engagement, and lesson comprehension.  Welcome!

Educreations is an exciting app that transforms your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. It records your voice, handwriting and also allows you to insert pictures to produce your own personal video lessons that you and your students can share online.

Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.  Example

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.

Screencastify is the easiest way to capture your entire desktop, browser tab or webcam. Forget complicated screencasting software – now you can tell your story in just a couple of clicks.

Clipchamp is a video tool collection for G Suite & G Suite for Education. It lets you and your G Suite users record, compress, convert, edit, upload, collect, save and share video files. Clipchamp works with your existing Google Apps infrastructure and integrates with Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.

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)

Flipgrid (Web) It’s simple, fun and takes only a few minutes! Learners pause and flip their camera while recording, add uploaded photos and videos, trim unlimited clips and include a whiteboard, video styles, text, emoji, inking and more to superpower their stories!

iMovie (iOS) is the default “go-to” video editing tool for iPads and Macbooks. Use the trailer templates to create book previews or unit previews for your class.

Draw and Tell (iOS) is an award-winning creative tool for children of all ages that encourages imagination, story telling and open-ended play. Use the tool to draw, color, decorate with stickers, create animations and record stories.

Explain Everything (iOS) is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

Google Slides is a great platform for creating stop motion videos. You can create each individual slide to act as a frame. Either download the presentation and upload it into a video making app or publish to the web and change the “ms” feature to make internet-based stop motion movies.

Padlet is an awesome online collaborative tool. Perfect for group storyboarding!

Epic! – Kids’ Books and Videos is a digital library and e-reader website and app that makes more than 35,000 children’s books (with more added weekly) available at the touch of a finger. When signing up for a free educator account, teachers indicate the age of their students and a few areas of interest so that the app can target which titles to suggest. Those choices can always be changed later, and teachers can also search through the entire catalog whenever they want. Teachers can set up separate accounts for students, either by hand or by linking to a Google Classroom account. Once accounts are set up, teachers can assign books or entire collections to one or more students and track what they’ve read. Students sign in with a unique code to browse or read what’s been assigned.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal is a robust digital portfolio and learning system where teachers can create meaningful multimedia experiences for students. Using Google, Clever, student emails, or a QR code, teachers assign tasks that engage students with a variety of work in the form of videos, photos, text, images, files, and drawings. Teachers follow up by approving posts, offering feedback, and, if desired, making items accessible to families via the Seesaw Family app (available online and via Android or iOS). Since teachers can view all students’ submissions at once, it’s an easy way to check for whole-class understanding.

Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.

“Working Lunch – 12:30-1:00 PM”

WORK TIME #2 (after lunch) – More ‘MAKE-IT/ TAKE-IT’ time.

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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