October 2021 Agenda—Shawnee, Kansas

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



It’s all about attitude!
Psalms 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and saw that she had only three hairs on her head. “Great,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”
So she did and had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “Hmm,” she said, “I guess I’ll part my hair down the middle.”
So she did and had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only one hair left on her head.
“Wow,” she said, “today I get to wear my hair in a ponytail.” So she did and had a wonderful, wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw that there wasn’t a single hair on her head.
“Thank God!” she exclaimed. “I was running out of things to do with my hair!”
ATTITUDE is everything! Let’s be grateful for the things God has given us, press through for the Kingdom, and of course — have a wonderful day!
Now…let’s have some technology fun!
Psalm 23
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
We are going to divide Psalm 23 to create a collaborative visual representation in Google Slides.  I have assigned each of you a verse and a slide on which to type this verse and illustrate it in any way you wish! This will be a nice introduction to digital storytelling.
Title Page: Monica
Verse 1 – Louisa
Verse 2 – Sarah
Verse 3 – Whitney
Verse 4 – Laurie
Verse 5 – Monica
Verse 6 – Lori
Here is the page we will use. 


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.
We’re going to make a Google Slide for each month of our workshops!  To find the slides, click here.
Make a copy for yourself!  Click on “File,” “Make a Copy,” “Entire Presentation”.
Click on the September slide and begin designing it!  Include anything that you tried in your classroom, or want to try eventually!
If you need some reminders from last month, here is the Wakelet from September!


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 18!
2. Are any schools going to LEA next October?


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 Story Telling?
  • The combining of narrative with digital content like images, sound, or video.
How is the story told?
    • movies
    • slides
    • music
What is it for?
    • instruction
    • student projects
    • reflection
    • assessment
    • fun!
Why digital?
    • sharable
    • no mess
    • won’t make it and trash it
    • teaches other skills
How to Integrate Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling can be integrated in any number of ways:
  • Create a virtual tour of a country or historical place.
  • Create a public service announcement on an important local or world issue.
  • Simulate an interview of a historical character.
  • Simulate a debate on a historical topic, such as the Bill of Rights.
  • Create a presentation based on images of local artifacts and architecture.

Low-tech option: Paper Slide Storytelling

Using a smartphone, an iPad, or Chromebook with a camera, have your student make a paper slide video to explain a process in math class, singular or plural nouns, types of communities, or the parts of a cell!  The ideas are endless!  Students can work individually, with a partner, or in a larger group! Here are directions about how to make a paper slide video! Let me show how my 7th graders explain adding and subtracting integers!

7th Grade Paper Slides projects

Made with Padlet

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

Lori Leonardi

Trinity Lutheran School

Atchison, KS



Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.