October 2021 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Padlet Check In

  • On the Padlet board below, click the “+” icon in the column for today’s date. Create a post that has your name and something you did with technology since we met last month.
  • Then read each other’s posts and comment directly on their Padlet posts to learn about what worked and didn’t work as well as asking questions.

Also Happy Reformation! A quote from Martin Luther’s Last Table Talk (1546): “Printing is a divine gift by which God promotes the spreading of the Gospel. It is the last flame before the extinction of the world. It is God’s gift at the end. The holy fathers at rest desired to see this day of the revealing of the Gospel.” 

What do you think Luther would say about the Internet today? A divine gift of God for spreading the Gospel?

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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


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.

Individual Goals for October 2021


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 18.

2. The 2021 Minnesota Lutheran Education Conference is Thursday, October 21, at Mayer Lutheran High School with the conference theme of Deeper Understanding, based on Romans 11:33, “Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!”

3. Old Becomes New: Music for the Church Year | October 16 New texts set to familiar tunes for Reformation, All Saints, Thanksgiving, Advent I, Christmas, Epiphany. Personal teaching by Dr. Jeffrey Burkart packed with ideas for using these brand new hymns in church and school settings. Digital files for full musical scores, lead sheets, and hymn texts keyed to Bible passages for Bible study and application.

4. Digital Citizenship Week: October 18-22 CommonSenseMedia materials

5. Wait Upon the Lord: Devotions for Advent  Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing published a new Advent devotional! Check it out.

6. Overcoming Life’s Sorrows: Learning from Jeremiah  What do you do when life goes off the rails and you’re left with questions such as “Can I keep going through with this and not be destroyed?” or “How can I keep a kind heart when it’s been wounded and broken?” or even “Is there a way out of suffering and back to the way life was before?” Author Reed Lessing says yes-there is hope. The prophet Jeremiah begins with life as it is, not how he hoped it would be or should be. He provides examples of experiences that exceed the ability to cope and carry on-public humiliation, mockery, conspiracies, death threats, depression, times of doubt, imprisonments, forced exile-and becomes a God-given example of how to overcome. When you wonder where sorrow fits into your faith and belief that God is merciful, just, and kind, Jeremiah points you to Jesus.

7.  October 21-24: Jesus Christ Superstar


CSP Theatre’s fall production will be “Jesus Christ Superstar.”


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.

Digital Storytelling

Digital Stories using a variety of tech tools

Everyone has a story to tell! What’s yours? 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. Choose from the following list of four tech options: Book Creator (web or app), Toontastic 3D (for iPhone, iPad, or Chromebook), or Powtoon (web). Sit near/connect with someone who will use the same tool so you can assist one another. When you finish, share the link to your project and technology tool used in our shared Google Folder  as Technology Projects Created in Class for all to see.

Sample Book Creator 

Sample Toontastic 3D

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

“I Am From” Adobe Spark Video Stories

Create an “I Am From” story about you. This will include where you are from, something about your family, and some of the key phrases and events that have shaped your life. Use this student sample and Adobe Spark Video to create your story. Here is an I Am From stories Template to provide more ideas.

“Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories in Google Forms

With a partner, lay out your story using straightforward questions with a list of multiple choice answers. Each answer leads to a new section telling what happens. Your following questions will be based on their response. Once you have accumulated a certain number of questions, transfer your questions and answers to Google Forms. Offer multiple endings to make sure the story can be completed in some fashion. Feel free to create dead ends that return the taker to previous questions. Here is a YouTube video explaining the process.

Paper Slide Video Stories

Watch the following YouTube clips on how to create a Paper Slide Video, then create your own paper slide video. Great option for very young children or classes with fewer devices.



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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

Please feel free to reach out if you ever need any help with technology integration or you have questions about something we covered in TEC21! I am always happy to help.

email: LFriedrich@csp.edu         Twitter: @FriedrichLaurie         Cell: 402-641-5967 (call or text)            Blog: http://laurieteachingblog.blogspot.com/ 


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