October 2020 Agenda—Las Vegas, Nevada

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To WiFi: Faith Guest WiFi: cooler-weather
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Talk with your your fellow TEC21 participants and catch up!
  • Shortly we will do another ice breaker activity to continue to get to know one another!


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God can do everything and anything. He is all powerful and He is uncomprehendingly loving. Life is beautiful but there are ups and downs as well. When we are low we can find ourselves blaming God, or running to Him and surrendering. When we are weak He is strong. And when we are on top of the world, we need to stop and acknowledge who put us there. God is loving and He is always with us, carrying us through the valleys and the hard times. …I’ve felt the pain of heart break, And I’ve seen the brighter days…’ Life has its ups and its downs. We face heart break and loss but the next day we may face great joy! It is hard when life seems to be a roller coaster but we have to keep putting our trust in God. ‘…No matter what I have your grace is enough, No matter where I am I’m standing in your love…’ We need to fix our eyes and our hearts on Jesus no matter what the situation is. God is truly in control and He can lift you out of the valleys if you just ask Him for His grace and for some help. His grace is sufficient and His love is never ending. …On the mountains I will bow my life to the one who set me there, In the valleys I will lift my eyes to the who sees me there…’ We need to surrender to God and acknowledged that He isn’t just our savior but our Lord. His sacrifice has saved us for eternity and I am so grateful for what He did for me. We need to bow and give Jesus the highs and when we face the lows we need to lift up our eyes and look for strength cause when we are weak He is strong. Let’s never rely on our own strength to save us because Jesus had the power to do that. Let’s never praise ourselves for getting to the top and living a great life, God fills our lives with joy and hope.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Times will come when life stinks and it feels like you are in a valley and there is no one who can help you. You should not run to friends or family first but God. ‘…When I’m standing on the mountain, I didn’t get there on my own, when I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone…’ We must know that we can’t do anything in our own strength but through God we can. Lift up your life to Him and ask for wisdom, strength and His help. Always acknowledge that God is the Lord, no matter if you are loving life or if it is really hard.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for November 12, 2020. (9:00-2:00)


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Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Open this folder and add this to your drive.  Now  Click here and make a copy of this slide show.  Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.  We are going to be adding to this slide show each month, so we have a log of everything we have implemented into our classroom this school year.


  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.
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.

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
5-Card Flickr
  • How can we practice telling stories?  Let’s take a look at a quick and easy start-up.  5 Card Flickr
Book Creator
  • Book Creator is the easiest way to make, read, and share interactive books on any device!

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

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.

Create impactful graphics, web pages and video stories in minutes with Spark’s free graphic design app.

Explain Everything is the interactive whiteboard platform that allows people to collaborate, share, and learn without boundaries!

Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept.

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)

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

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!

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

Google Slides works well as a platform for basic storytelling, screencasting, and even stop motion animation!

Ed.VoiceThread is a platform where students develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.

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!

Metaverse is a democratized platform that lets anyone created interactive content in augmented reality.

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

Fakebook is just one option on ClassTools.net.  It allows students to create realistic-looking Facebook pages for anything or anyone!  This is great for making timelines of the lives of historical figures!

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

Kelli Ongman

E-mail Address: ongmank@flhsemail.org

Cell Phone: 952-221-1277

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.