October 2020 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (EC-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



How does the story of Peter relate to you?

How can we get the story of Peter to relate to our students?

Peter turned out to be one of the greatest witnesses of Jesus. How could we help our students use technology to witness?

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



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.

  • Anyone implement PearDeck, GoogleForms, or any other Google add-ons?
    • How did it go?
    • What did you think about the activity?
    • What did your students think about the activity?
  • What things do you think you will change going forward?

Let’s Collaborate!



  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 story telling is a great resources when you want students to take ownership of their learning.  It works great with math and grammar instruction, but can easily be used across all content areas.

Digital Story Telling in Religion
  • Telling Bible Stories
  • Re-Telling of the parables
Digital Story Telling with ELA
  • Publish student stories in a NEW way
  • Bring novels to life
  • Change the point of view
  • Find a new way of looking at old stories
  • Tell the story using a song
Digital Story Telling in Science and Social Studies
  • Create a living timeline
  • Recreate historic events
  • Bring science-fiction to life

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

Empowers students to tell a story with a variety of presentation themes, embedded video, animations, and more. The new Explore tool in the lower right hand corner turns each slide into multiple options so each slide can be different. Allows for student collaboration to create, and sharing via a link to post in Google Classroom and beyond.

Stop motion films are easy to make with this chrome app.

Draw and Tell is an app that works great with younger students!  Here they get an opportunity to draw and share the story behind the picture.

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad. With over 30 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.

Chatter Pics brings learning and humor together.  Use chatter pics to have your student give their photos a voice that tells a story!


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)

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

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

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

Storyboard That is an online storyboard creator. 

FlipGrid gives your students a voice and takes away the hassle of turning in the video!

iMovie is an easy way for your students to create their own videos.

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

Stop Motion Studio the world’s easiest app to get you into stop motion moviemaking today!
My favorite activity is to have students recreate specific battles using Legos.

Paper Slides (How-To Video) Do you plan to use paper slide videos in your classroom?  Show your students this video to explain what paper slides are and how to create them effectively and efficiently.

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

Email: cbenter@stjohnbc.net
Phone: (248) 495-2159

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.