October 2021 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana (6-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
    • Concordia Lutheran High School Network Name: ACE
    • No Password
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there. In the future you can access agendas by going to TEC21connect.com where you can click on “workshops”.
  • To each other – start by asking each other how the last four weeks have been. What has been a praise? What is something you are excited to work on today?
  • Grab snacks and/or a drink!
  • Last month’s agenda: If you are interested in visiting something from last month again, you can do so by clicking here.

October Check-In

How are you doing? What is going on in your life? Do you need prayers, want to share something your excited about or have some questions to guide our discussions? Let’s chat about it! Please post some of these things in our padlet for October!

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Even Then

A couple of years ago, Micah Tyler talked about the story behind his song “Even Then”. Check out what he had to say:

“Even Then has become a daily prayer for me and for my family. In the past year I’ve seen some of the most exciting things and been a part of Jesus moving in some ways I’ve never seen before. And it causes me to wake up some days and I feel excitement for the world around me; and I feel loved and I feel joy about going out and telling others about Jesus. And there are some days where I wake up and I just don’t feel that way. I give more my trust over to the fears and anxieties that I have. But I know that in Proverbs 28 it says this “Those who trust in themselves are fools but those who walk and wisdom are kept safe.
I want to wake up and be the kind of person, that no matter how I feel that day, I trust and stand on the Promises of God – promises that say, “in this world we will have trouble but take heart Jesus has overcome the world.” And if that’s the truth and I’m standing on then I can trust him even then.”


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.

September’s Challenges

1. Digital: Explore further a tool or idea from today’s session. It can be student-centered, teacher-centered or both. Come ready to share your experience when we meet again in October!

2. Social: Consider following TEC21 on the social media platforms of your choice. Also, be sure to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!

3. Spiritual: Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, encourage a colleague and be a resource to them between now and October’s session.

Here are some responses to last month’s workshop!


1. Each month that we meet, come ready with a goal(s). We talk a lot about long-term goals and short-term goals. Each workshop has a theme that will guide the month’s workshop, but TEC21 works best if you come with an idea that you want to bounce around the room. It could be something simple like, how do I  do “this” with Google Forms OR how do I do “something like this” to get my students to engage more in the classroom?

In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?

  • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
  • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project-based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

2. Are you needing college credit to renew your teaching license? If you are, then you can receive three graduate-level credits at the end of our program through Concordia University, Nebraska. There is no additional work that is above and beyond what you’re doing anyway from month to month so it’s just an added bonus to get credit for your TEC21 experience. Here are the details:

  • The cost is $80/credit hour
  • The online application process opens up on March 1, 2021 and closes May 15, 2021
  • Concordia University is a ministry partner of TEC21 so they will email you from time to time this year to provide you with more information

3. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday November 11th, 2021Click here to add a reminder to  your calendar that TEC21 will be that week in November.

4. If you have never gone to a technology conference or connected with an educator technology group/organization I would encourage a few of the following options

5. Lastly, if you are in Fort Wayne, don’t forget to place your lunch order: https://delivery.panerabread.com/ Lunch will take place between 11:30-12:30PM.


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

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.

The Greatest Story Ever Told…via Twitter?!

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.


Today we are going to do a project together and then you are going to do a “pick-a-project”. Our teaching time today is going to focus on the following:

  1. First, we are going to look at how students can create digital portfolios using Google Sites.
  2. Second, we will explore a low tech but fun and creative way for students to tell a story or share a tutorial using Paper Slides.
  3. Third, we will each create a mock Instagram post from a favorite historical (fiction or real) person using Google Slides.
  4. Lastly, we will explore the power of video using Adobe Spark.

#1 How to Google Sites

Using websites as a way to have students showcase work can be really powerful. Here is an example of a high school student that made a website (through weebly): CLICK HERE.

#2 Paper Slide Video

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

#3 Google Slides – Create Your Own Instagram Post

Social media has a huge sway over our students, and yet it can also be a way in which we connect with them. If you want the students to practice both empathy and seeing things through a different lens, then fake social media posts can be a powerful way to do it.

You can use the provided template to create a fake instagram post. I have provided an example so you can see what it can look like when you are done.

Instagram Template via Slides

Fake Instagram Post Example

#4 Adobe Spark Video Creation

Adobe Spark is a great online video editor that has many free features. For students on many different devices (including chromebooks), video editing and creation can be a little bit more challenging. There are several really great video creation tools in the resources below. However, if you click on the button below, you can see a video that was made at ESM last year to share the story of a teacher who had just passed.

Last year, we had students make quick videos about what being a student at our school meant to them. Here is the google doc guide we created quickly to get them started: CLICK HERE

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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