October 2021 Agenda—Portage, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



October is Reformation Month! It is a great time to ask, “Why are you teaching at a Lutheran School?” This week I got a letter from State Superintendent Rice informing me that there is a teacher shortage and encouraging me to teach in the public schools? This got me thinking about why I serve (right now teach) in a Lutheran School. I think this article by Wendy Greve a now-retired Lutheran teacher here in Lansing and his YouTube video say it best!


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 November 18, 2021.

2. Connections Conference November 22-23. Who is going? Let’s talk about meeting up!


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 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 (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.

Work Smarter not Harder!


First, we will need to get set-up on Pixton.

Go to Pixton.com
Click “For Educators”
Sign up for free

Here is a great starting project to do with your classes!

Paper Slide

Students are placed into a group to illustrate visuals on blank paper, write scripts that explain these “slides”, and then videotape the delivery of the script while moving the slides in time with the narration.  No expensive programs, no special effects, no fancy editing—just some paper, a few markers, a well-rehearsed script, and an easy to use video recorder (Flip Cameras are my personal favorites!), and you’ve got a very cool end product!


While you may be thinking that flannelgraphs are far from being digital the same concept can still hold true with Digital Storytelling. Who remembers the Martin Luther Flannel Graph coming out for this month? My fourth graders always drew pictures from the story to create a book. This could easily be turned into a digital story! BONUS: Here is a digital version of the flannelgraph complete with the script! Happy Reformation!

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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

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