October 2020 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To WiFi:
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – How has the last month been?


What would you write to yourself as a first year teacher?

What would you add to your letter from the perspective of our ministry?  What about COVID-19?

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7


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

2. Upcoming professional development opportunities:


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.


  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)

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.
Easy Chrome Options
Stop Motion Video

Stop motion can be time consuming, but a great option for students to express their creativity.  Using LEGOs is one of the most popular ways to create a stop motion video.

Tools to try:

California Gold Rush

Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling

Paper slides require a script and illustrations ready to go. They are usually one take videos and go as fast or slow as you would like.

Apps and Tool Guide:
Additional Ideas:
How To Make Editable PDF Worksheets For Google Classroom Tutorial: https://youtu.be/0KIrFhStUXg

How To Use Google Jamboard As A Whiteboard Within Google Meet : https://youtu.be/36ZzwK3ZNfM

Use The Read Along By Google App To Help Kids Learn To Read (Tutorial and Review): https://youtu.be/NsuJ2eqSncc

How To See Your Students While Presenting in Google Meet Tutorial: https://youtu.be/aIpGdCaguss

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

Loom allows you to record lessons, screencasts, or messages to share with students.  It is currently free for educators.  This would be a great alternative to the Meet recording feature that is going away at the end of the month.

Add sticky notes, drawings, images, text and more. Search Google and insert images or webpages. Move images, texts, notes and drawings around on the screen easily. Drag and resize text and images with your fingers. Share your “jams” with others and let them collaborate.  Ditch that Textbook-10 Jamboard Templates for Distant Learning

Educandy makes learning sweeter! Easily create and share your own interactive activities online.  Activities include word searches, crossword puzzles, hangman, anagrams, memory cards, and more.

TeacherMade was made by teachers, for teachers. Using the app, you can quickly remake and assign your favorite classroom papers as online, digital activities for your students. Whether students are in the building or working from home, you know they’ll be getting the best instructional materials– because they’re yours.  Load a PDF or picture, mark it up with places for students to type their answers… and assign it. It will auto-score your students’ work!

TypingClub is the most effective way to learn how to type. It is web based and highly effective. TypingClub is (and will always be) free for both individuals and schools. Three classes with unlimited number of members are free. .Learn touch typing online using TypingClub’s free typing courses. It includes 650 typing games, typing tests and videos.

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)

SlidesMania Similar to SlidesCarnival and SlidesGo, there are different templates for Google Slides (and Powerpoint) that can be used.  SlidesMania also has templates for interactive notebooks, choice boards, planners, and manipulatives.

Unsplash Beautiful free, high quality resolution pictures. Search by your own descriptor, or by categories and collections. You can submit photos as well. When you download a photo it gives you the URL to “thank” the photographer, but you don’t need to include. I usually write “Photo Credit” and embed the link.

Novel Effect  Elevate traditional media with immersive layers of interactive magic. Novel Effect’s ground-breaking voice applications bring the stories you love to life, from the page to the screen—and beyond. This is an app that can be downloaded on your phone, and then just choose a book from a huge library and have instant background music for your books!  Let’s listen as I read The Pout-Pout Fish.

Time Toast Assist your students in creating well organized timelines. Save your sanity and paper!

Toontastic is a website or app that you can use to draw, animate, and narrate adventures, news stories, science reports, or other wacky ideas.

Story Jumper is an online story publisher.  Your students can use story jumper to publish their favorite writing pieces.

Memtasticam allows your students to create their own meme! And who doesn’t love a good meme?

StudentTreasures.com StudentTreasures.com allows your students to write a book and publish it.  This would be a great tool for collaborative projects or final keepsakes for the year.

Icivics.org for teachers has so many wonderful resources for our Social Studies curriculum!  The famous “Win the White House” game is here also! Check out their resources for the 2020 Election!

ControlAltAchieve – Halloween Rebus This site has so many Google activities! A plethora of ideas for all ages of students!  Check out this Halloween activity with Google Docs! Wouldn’t students love creative writing using a rebus?!

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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