October 2021 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



1.   Reminders:  WiFi:  MS Connect  

2.   Grab a breakfast item!   Then do today’s Welcome Activity.


#1 Welcome Activity:  Review

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.

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1.   Let’s take a short walk to get ID badges in the main office.

2.   The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 11, 2021.

#2  Activity:  Spiritual

  • Add to the Prayer Padlet any thoughts you’d like to share.

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I do not get involved with things too great or too wondrous for me. Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul. (Psalm 131:1-2, CSB)

 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  (John 16:33, NIV)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (Matthew 6:34, NIV)

I have calmed and quieted my soul.  (Psalm 131: 2)


We look forward in Workshop #2 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.

#3 Activity:  Digital/Social

Storytelling Activity


VISIT:  Flipgrid and enter the Join Code: 20fdf45c   (Guest Password is TEC21GlenBurnie)

TASK:  What happened in the last month that was out of the ordinary?  Perhaps something exciting… something fearful… something happy… something bizarre…or just something different from your normal routine.  Share your Out-of-the-Ordinary event in a quick Flipgrid recording. This time, BEFORE YOU RECORD, click the EFFECTS option and add a frame, an emoji, a word, a photo…. something a bit extra to your video to enhance it…. and THEN record your 1:30-or-less video.  (You could even experiment with the pause button and have various features appear at appropriate times in that 1.5 minute storytelling time).

Here is my sample.

Digital Storytelling

What is it? Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component.
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
  • Legos
  • Toys
  • Construction paper
  • People

#4 Activity:  Stop Motion Animation

Stop Motion Animator is an easy-to-use stop motion film creator.  It is a Chrome Extension, so you can add it to your Chrome profile, like we did last month.  After getting the Extension, you will find it again in the “puzzle piece” at the top of your browser.

TASK:  Let’s make a quick film to tie into our Devotion today.

(1)  Choose a peaceful scene to serve as a background image.  Tape it in place.

(2)  Choose a bendable person to represent you.

(3)  Choose a transport toy OR create a quick paper vessel …. boat, horse, swing, etc. that is appropriate for the peaceful scene you chose.

(4)  Select a set of words to appear in the sky:  Be Still.    … or  I have Calmed and Quieted My Soul.  Remember that you can add cloud-movement by making some quick clouds and adjusting them slightly in each photo.

(5)  Experiment with creating a stop motion film as you experience the calm of the peaceful scene your little person is enjoying.

(6)  Try slowing down the speed of the playback so you can better see your work.

(7)  Save your scene to your Google Drive.

(8)  Next, upload it into our TEC21 Share folder in Google Drive.

(9)  Go to our Be Still Google Site  and select it from the Share folder to upload.  Now this is a place we can go to remember our peaceful escape when our worlds get nutty!  ?

(10)  See what you can accomplish in 24 minutes.


Book Creator
  • Book Creator is the easiest way to make, read, and share interactive books on any device! With over 30 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picturebooks, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more. Free version allows you to make one book.  Tutorial
  • With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas!  Student Examples  were compiled from Toontastic into a shared Google Drive folder to give viewing permissions to class members, and then into a website to allow class members to easily access them in one fun place.  Tutorial
  • Make videos in minutes with Powtoon. Use our library of styles, characters, backgrounds and video, or upload your own! Free. Easy. Awesome.
Storyboard That
  • Free online storyboard creator that allows students to create cartoons  for whatever purpose you like. It is an innovative tool designed to be easy to use with a simple drag and drop interface and hundreds of carefully chosen pieces of clipart for clear expression.

#5 Activity:  Make a Short Story to Use in Class

  1.  Using a topic you will be teaching in the coming weeks, create a digital story to introduce one aspect of the topic.
    • This can be an example for students to create their own digital story to demonstrate learning in this lesson/unit … OR …
    • This can be something you will use to teach information.
  2. Choose from the following list of four tech options: Book Creator, Storyboard That, Toontastic 3D, or Powtoon.
  3. Sit near someone who will use the same tool so you can assist one another.
  4. When you finish, share the link to your project for all to see.

What about Math and Digital Storytelling?

Here are some others to get you thinking…

More Digital Storytelling Resources…

Resource List 3. Digital Storytelling Examples

Image Resources

Audio Resources

PEDAGOGY:  Digital Storytelling 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 (Link to external site is broken.)

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.
Everyone has a story to tell! What’s yours?


#6 Activity:  Social … Collaborate across the nation and world!

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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.


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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Tracey Gove

Email: tracey.gove@gmail.com

Phone: 443-325-3675 (call or text)

I can also be found on Facebook (@TraceyKretzschmarGove)

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