October 2021 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To Wifi: look for “TLC Volunteer”…use the password on the board.

How to get to today’s agenda: tec21connect.com  and look at the drop down menu for “workshops” for the 2021/2022 Agendas and choose Clinton Township, MI. Select October.


Grab a breakfast treat.

Ice breaker for today:

  • Make a 3-2-1 Video!! This ties in perfectly with our digital storytelling! Tell us 3 things about yourself, 2 things you love to do, and 1 job you would love to have if you weren’t teaching.
  • Use adobe spark. You can sign in with your google account.
  • Here’s my example:  Karla’s 3-2-1 Video
  • When you’re done, add your link to this google doc.

What can we pray for this month? Add it here.

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In October, we talk about Martin Luther and how he was instrumental in the Reformation. We are Lutheran school teachers! What does that mean to you? Romans 12:6-7 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach.”  It is with this assurance that we can enter our classrooms each day, knowing God is using us in His kingdom. 


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. The next workshop date is scheduled for TUESDAY, November 16th.

2. If you are attending the Michigan/Ohio/Indiana Lutheran Teachers Conference in November, be sure to seek out the TEC21 presentation!


We look forward in Workshop #2 to making connections to build a lifetime of encouragement and support for one another.

1. Explore digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students.

2. Create a digital storytelling learning activity to use with your students.

3. Be a resource to another colleague by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

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.)

Where do I start?

Here are some great places to get inspiration.

Kathy Schrock– Guide Extraordinaire

5 Digital Storytelling ideas for the classroom

Scratch for classrooms

Five Card Flicker (see example below)

Ditch That Textbook

Flipgrid (See example below)

Five Card Story: Seasons come and seasons go...

a Five Card Flickr story created by Mrs. L.

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

Enjoying the ever-changing beauty of God's creation.

Stop Motion Video:

A stopmotion video is a series of still images strung together at a rapid rate resulting in an onscreen animation.  Below are two examples created using Stopmotion Studios.  It is a free app (iOS) that is simple to use.

Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Digital Storytelling

Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources

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.


To open the reflection in its own tab, select HERE.

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please feel free to reach out if you ever need any help with technology integration or you have questions.  I am always happy to help!

Karla Leidecker
St. Peter’s Lutheran School, Eastpointe, Michigan
5th/6th Grade Teacher
Band/Choir Director

Email: kleidecker@stpeterslutheranchurch.net

Phone: 586-634-0934 (call or text)

I can also be found on Facebook (Karla Jean Thanepohn Leidecker) or Instagram (@karlajean710)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.