October 2020 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



1.   Reminders:  WiFi:  MS Connect  

2.   Grab a breakfast item!   Meet our two new TEC21 participants, Diane and Emily, and then do today’s Ice Breaker.

Activity #1:  Digital/ Social

Ice Breaker

VISIT:  Flipgrid and enter the Join Code:  tec21glenburn202021

TASK:  What happened in the last two weeks that was out of the ordinary?  Perhaps something exciting… something fearful… something happy… something bizarre…or just something different from your normal routine.  Share your Out-of-the-Ordinary event in a quick Flipgrid recording. This time, BEFORE YOU RECORD, click the EFFECTS option and add a frame, an emoji, a word, a photo…. something a bit extra to your video to enhance it…. and THEN record your 1-minute-or-less video.  (You could even experiment with the pause button and have various features appear at appropriate times in that 1-minute storytelling time).

Here is my sample.  (Code 171e19f8)


1.   We will need to take a short walk to get ID badges with our driver’s licenses in the main office.

2.   The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Activity #2:  Spiritual

  • Add to the Prayer Padlet any thoughts you’d like to share.

Made with Padlet


I do not get involved with things too great or too wondrous for me. Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul. (Psalm 131:1-2, CSB)

 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  (John 16:33, NIV)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (Matthew 6:34, NIV)

I have calmed and quieted my soul.  (Psalm 131: 2)


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.

Activity #3:  Social and Supportive


While discussing, please open your Google Slidedeck that you began last time to store your TEC21 Classroom Explorations.  This is a great time to update it as we discuss.

  • What did you try?
  • What worked?
  • What didn’t?
  • What else can you continue to try?

Remember to use that Speaker Notes section as a place to store your thoughts and experiences!

All of this is GREAT MATERIAL for Celebration Day in April!

Today’s Goals

  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?

Activity #4:  Social … Collaborate across the nation and world!

Made with Padlet

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.
Check out this example:   Following Jesus on Twitter.
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.

Stop-Motion Animation

Stop motion animation is a film making technique that makes inanimate objects appear to move on their own.

Ideas for Use with Stopmotion

Activity #5:  Stop Motion Animation

Stop Motion Animator  is an easy-to-use stop motion film creator.  Let’s make a quick film to tie into our Devotion today.

(1)  Choose a peaceful scene to serve as a background image.  Tape it in place.

(2)  Choose a bendable person to represent you.

(3)  Create a quick paper vessel …. boat, horse, etc. that is appropriate for the peaceful scene you chose.

(4)  Select a set of words to appear in the sky:  Be Still.    … or  I have Calmed and Quieted My Soul.

(5)  Experiment with creating a stop motion film as you experience the calm of the peaceful scene your little person is enjoying.

(6)  Save your scene to your Google Drive.

(7)  Next, upload it into our TEC21 Share folder in Google Drive.

(8)  Go to our Be Still Google Site  and select it from the Share folder to upload.  Now this is a place we can go to remember our peaceful escape when our worlds get nutty!  🙂

(9)  See what you can accomplish in 17 minutes.

Book Creator
  • Book Creator is the easiest way to make, read, and share interactive books on any device! 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. Free version allows you to make one book.  Tutorial

More Digital Storytelling Resources…

Image Resources

Audio Resources

PEDAGOGY:  Digital Storytelling 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 (Link to external site is broken.)

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.

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

Activity #6:  Digital Exploration

In our Ice Breaker activity, you highlighted a recent event that was Out-of-the-Ordinary in your life.  Below in the DIGITAL TOOLS & RESOURCES section are 5 resources that I’d like you to choose from to try to bring that Out-of-the-Ordinary event to life in a fun and quick way.

After a short introduction to each one, please choose a tool to focus on first, and give it a few minutes to explore.  Obviously, you will not become an immediate expert right now, but I’d like you to get a quick feel for at least ONE of these five… though I’d highly recommend using your Out-of-the-Ordinary event as a starting block for exploration in any number of these!

Digital Tools & Resources

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.  Wonderful resource!  This can be sampled for 30-days for free (with a watermark on videos produced during that time), but then comes with a cost.  It is absolutely worth the money if you will use it.  Tutorial

With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas!  Student Examples  were compiled from Toontastic into a shared Google Drive folder to give viewing permissions to class members, and then into a website to allow class members to easily access them in one fun place.  Tutorial

Book Creator is a popular tool for creating multimedia ebooks. It can be used in your web browser for free or you can purchase the iPad app to use it. Students can add pictures, drawings, and videos to their pages. Drawing tools are built into the service. Students can even add their voices to their ebooks. Watch this tutorial to see all of the ways that students can add content to their Book Creator ebooks. For the new school year Book Creator added an autodraw feature that will suggest drawings to insert into a page. You can see the autodraw feature in action in this video.

Story Bird  Select artwork by theme, drag onto page left, right, or whole page layout, add text, publish. Can be used as a collaborative tool with several students.  Even young Kindergarten students can find success with this program.  Older students may find it limiting.  Share URL with parents!   Access Tutorial here.


Storyboard That is a free online storyboard creator.  It allows students to create cartoons  for whatever purpose you like. It is an innovative tool designed to be easy to use with a simple drag and drop interface and hundreds of carefully chosen pieces of clipart for clear expression.

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)


1. NetSmartz Promotes Digital Citizenship by helping kids make safer choices online.  This company provides videos to help with understanding internet safety, including cyberbullying, online exploitation, and more for elementary, middle, and high school age groups  (NetSmartz Videos), as well as games to promote internet safety … some for younger kids (NetSmartzKids) … and some geared for older grades (NSTeens Games)

2. Voki Type in what you want an avatar to say.  Perfect for story retelling or to hear another character’s side of the story.  Check out this Voki example of Jesus.  You can make 3 for free, then need to delete or edit to create more.  More options open up with a paid plan, including a Voki Classroom platform that allows students to be organized into classes for ease of management of assignments and tasks.

3. Chatterpix  Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, or creative cards. And best of all, it’s FREE!  Tutorial   Tutorial 2

4. Haiku Deck  Haiku Deck Presentation and slide show app/website. Amazing search feature for free images to illustrate your digital story. Also create easy clear charts and graphs to demonstrate learning.  Haiku Deck Overview   Kid Reviews   Tutorial (10 minutes)

5. 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.  Tutorial

6. Animoto is a online video creation tool that many people really enjoy! The free version allows up to 60 seconds. 4 minutes if you set up an educator’s account.

7. Little Bird Tales is a website that allows teachers and students to upload, record, and create stories using images. You can use images that you already have or you can draw your own! You have the option to share tales through email once you are finished, but they are not made public unless you want them to be. Little Bird Tales is a creative way to encourage student self-expression. It is also a fun way to help reinforce reading and writing skills in your students!  From what I can see, it is a paid site, but you can get a 21-day free trial.

8. Storyjumper is a highly-rated website for making digital stories. It can automatically translate the book into 38 different languages to share with students, parents, and relatives who don’t speak English. Use your own pictures or graphics provided. Quick Video Intro

9. Flipgrid  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!  Ideas for Classroom Use… including brainstorming story ideas.


10. Build a Jack-O-Lantern with Google Slides Students can “build” their own jack-o-lantern with this fun and educational Google Slides activity. This is a great way for students to be creative and to work on their writing skills by describing or writing about their Jack-O-Lantern.

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

Tracey Gove

Email:  tracey.gove@gmail.com

Cell phone:  443-325-3675

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