October 2020 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

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Imagine the Possibilities! How can you empower your students to tell the old, old story in a new and relevant way? “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

BibleGateway: Matthew 19:23-26


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 12. Could we adjust our ending time to 1:30? Start at 8:30 or take 30 minute lunch? Thanks for considering.

2. Discussion of plan for remote workshop time if needed.

3. MN South Pastor’s Conference, October 12-13

4. Advent workshop: The Book of Micah, led by CSP’s Dr. Reed Lessing, October 30, 2-5PM. In person at CSP or online. Register here.

5. 2020 Vern Gundermann Reformation Lecture: Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation at the Margins: Rev. Dr. John & Monique Nunes, Concordia College New York
November 4, 2020, CSP, 7:00 p.m.
Click here for Zoom Link


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge, or a lesson learned. Reflect on the goals you set in September and add a link to a project if you have one to share.



  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.”     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.
Sub-topic #1: Screencasting on Chromebooks

Check out Loom Chrome Extension to record your desktop, an individual tab, or use your webcam. Free tool that creates and saves up to 10 minute videos. Also check out settings to use Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify and others on Chromebooks. FreeTech4Teachers blog

Sub-topic #2: Planning your Story & Gathering Resources

Planning your story:

  1. Problem
  2. Outline (graphic organizer, storyboard)
  3. Write story
  4. Find multimedia to accompany or replace text
  5. Create!
  6. Save & Share

Some tools:

Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling

First prepare your paper slides to tell your story. Two students can work together so one tells the story while the other moves the stack of papers from top to bottom or left to right. To make it into a video you set up a camera or iPad above the papers.

1.Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad. 2. Swipe to the right once in order to switch from photo to video mode. 3.Tap the capture button and start recording. 4.Remember that you can tap to focus any time while recording. You can also lock the focus if you want by holding down until you see the AE/AF Lock text appear. Just tap the screen again to manually focus if and when you need to. 5.Tap the capture button again when you are done recording

Collaborative Activity with Brother/Sister Cohorts

Let’s add to our Wakelet of ideas for remote learning by collaborating asynchronously with our Brother/Sister Cohorts! By sharing this link people from the four collaborative TEC21 workshop sites will all be able to add their ideas to this Wakelet. Click on this Wakelet link, type in your name to join, click on Edit Collection, click on the green +, add your idea, website, Google Doc link. We can create best practices right here!

Remote Learning

Let’s create a short screencast to present a lesson and assignment to your students. Then have them use this information to create a project and post the link online (in a Google Doc, an assignment in Google Classroom, Seesaw, or your learning management system. This method could be used if you are teaching remotely and we have a TEC21 workshop to prepare the lesson in advance and students view the screencast and complete the lesson on their own. Create a 2-3 minute screencast teaching a topic  you are currently teaching. (suggested tools: Educreations, (Links to an external site.) Screencastify (Links to an external site.)Screencast-O-Matic, , Seesaw or another tool you like. Post the link in this Google Doc so we can see different examples of screencasting.
Create a screencast to present a lesson, then assign a project for students to do asynchronously. Have them post their project in a shared Google Doc, in an assignment in Google Classroom, in Seesaw, or in your learning management system. If the tool has the option, make one with your video in the corner to personalize learning for students.

Additional center-specific topics in response to needs/requests

Sub-topic #1: Developing a Website

If you don’t have your own website at your school/church website you may want to consider creating one. A place to share announcements, assignments, websites, videos taken during class, contact information, and more. Google Sites has new options. How to Make a Google Site

Sub-topic #2: Digital Notebooks for Classees

How will you organize each class’s material online? Practice on your learning management system, or try a new tool like Google Folders in Google Drive or OneNote digital notebook if you use Microsoft.

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

Book Creator is the number 1 book app for the iPad in over 90 countries, was voted best educational app in 2015, and just became a free website as well https://app.bookcreator.com/. Allows you to add pictures, video, voice, and publish in iBook format. Students use to write interactive stories, science reports, research journals, instruction manuals, and more. Then build a school library of student-created books in iBooks on your iPad. Here’s how you can add video of sign language to each page of your book with Book Creator! Here is a short sample telling the story of Old Testament History.

Make videos and animations in minutes with Powtoon. Use our library of templates, characters, backgrounds and video, or upload your own! Free. Easy. Awesome.

A few of my samples using different provided templates:  5 Video Tips (informational),  Mission Impossible (snow day assignment post in Blackboard),  Book Report (Pink and Say)

Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories with Adobe Spark! Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark. Easily add photos, video clips, icons, or your own voice. Select from professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion—and voila! Here is my sample Adobe Spark Page.

Shadow Puppet EDU app includes pictures, voice, video, maps and more as you create a digital story. Excellent free tool! Search tool checks NASA, museums, and more for free images!.

Sutori timelines allows you and your students to create collaborative timeline presentations. This student-centered approach to learning and demonstrating learning fosters students’ creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills. Use templates or start from scratch. Check out the examples here to get ideas for how students could use this tool in your courses. Here is an example Sutori Timeline on the children’s novel Refugee including significant events happening in Berlin, Cuba, and Syria at the time of the writing. Notice the vertical timeline format.

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)

Screencast-O-Matic lets you record your computer screen and/or yourself for up to 15 minutes. Great way to teach a lesson online, or have your students teach about a section they read or an experiment they conducted. You can bring up anything on your computer screen then talk about it. Or read a story to your class. Screencast-O-Matic provides a pointer for learners to follow as you speak, and it saves the video right at that location so it doesn’t take up storage. You will get a link which you can post for students/parents. Try it!

Screencastify.  Google Chrome extension that downloads into your Chrome browser bar so you can screencast at any time. Limit of 5 minute screencasts for free. Saves to Google Drive, Google Classroom, or YouTube to get a link to share.

Seesaw. Learning Management System that allows students to post their work into a digital portfolio for teacher and parents to provide feedback. Students use built-in annotation tools to capture what they know, including recording their voice reading, telling about a drawing, or sharing their writing. Teacher can share information with all parents or just one child’s. Student icon can be whimsical animal for young children, initials or pictures for older students. 5 Seesaw Features including Making Screencasts as a Student

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. Voki example of Jesus and Voki example of President Trump. You can make 3 for free, then need to delete or edit to create more.

Flippity.net. Easily turn your information into a gaming activity for learning. Begin with a Google Spreadsheet, use the template provided, and you have flash cards, Jeopardy, a random name picket, an interactive scavenger hunt, a timeline, a Bingo game, and much more. This would be a great way to add an experiential learning component to your lesson! Or have students create one to review learning. Flippity Random Name Picker to randomize groups, teams, seating chart https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2019/07/create-your-own-mobile-friendly-random.html

AnswerGarden. AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback. Just click on the + in top right corner, write out a question, and share the link with your students. They can type in a word/words in real time to create a word cloud F2F or remotely.

Educreations. Allows you to write on the screen as you record and your voice explaining. Even young students can also make an Educreations screencast to explain learning. Here is an Educreations screencast that teaches the process of making a screencast and the importance of keeping the length short. Educreations is an iPad app.

Ten Distance Learning Writing Lessons.  Some great short screencast ideas you can make to teach writer’s workshop remotely! This format can be used for any topic!

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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Laurie Friedrich

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