Thank you so much for coming to my presentation this week. I hope you learned a few things and have some good ideas for ways you can use some of the technologies we discussed to better engage your ELL students. Remember, it is not about the APPs, it is about the Application! How do you plan to apply some of these ideas to help your English Language Learners?

Wifi: RIT-GUEST      Password: Put in phone #, RIT will text you a pin.

Before We Got Started

legosAs you came in, you likely noticed some Legos. I asked you to Lego Your Imagination and build something. More specifically I asked you to build a duck (No worries, chances are we tied that to content later). However, to figure out what you were supposed to do, I asked you to scan a QR Code. If you didn’t have a QR code scanner, I likely recommended i-nigma (My personal favorite).  Not sure how I created that QR code for the instructions? Click here, QR Stuff is a great tool for making any internet link into a QR Code.  It is also a great tool for differentiating content in your classroom. Need to be in more than one place at one time? QR code can be your buddy.

Now that you have a QR code scanner, feel free to scan this code to follow along in today’s presentation.

or simply go to http://teachertricks.org

Imgur – turning videos into looping GIF files

NEW TRICK: Go to Gifs.com to turn any Youtube Video into a Gif

MASHUP IDEA– Use GIFs or Videos with Total Physical Response

Jenny’s Number –  “Paper Is Not Dead” was the starter video we used to spark some conversation on teaching and learning preferences and how our expectations for learning continue to evolve. For example, should we take notes on computer or by hand? Should we be taking notes at all? What has recent research had to say about lecturing?

The impact of these data should be like the Surgeon General’s report on “Smoking and Health” in 1964–they should put to rest any debate about whether active learning is more effective than lecturing.


Douglas Adams – Rules for Innovation After 35!

Hello & Welcome!

Who am I?

Who are you?Let’s get some Face Time! What are you here hoping to learn about?

Parking Thoughts in Parking Lots


Today’s Meet 

Google Forms – Introduction Survey – Results

To play along, click here or go to kahoot.it

Kahoot (Presenter Link)

To play along with nearpod, click here or on the image below


Nearpod (presenter Link)

Audience Feedback with Plickers



Questions – Concerns – Comments – Ideas


Bricks and Clicks

Cold Calling, No Opt -Out & I don’t Know…YET!


Post Its in the Classroom!  Post it Plus App (iOs)  SamplePostitPlusBoard

Padlet   Linoit

Stick Pick & ESL Learners (iOS)

Post-It Printables

Are You BG?

Have you met Sophia?

Have you met Tega?

A 2013 study by researchers at Oxford University posited that as many as 47% of all jobs in the United States are at risk of “computerization.”

According to Pew Research “A two-thirds Americans predict that within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work currently done by humans”

There have also been recent reports of Chinese factories looking to automate 90% of their workforce within the next few years: Everwin Precision TechnologyMidea Appliances

And of course Pepper is now working at Pizza Hut.

Melody Guan a the Harvard Political Review  hinted at the positive “While the percentage of Americans that plowed the fields dwindled from 33 percent to two percent over the last century, for instance, countless unforeseen occupations materialized.” while also sharing some darker more dystopian perspectives on the future.

Mark Prensky’s on Digital Immigrants & YouTube is the Literacy of the 21st Century

Although it is a very difficult thing for many educators and other people to hear and face, and strange as it sounds, the truth is that for most people in the twenty-first century reading and writing are not the best ways to communicate.

Digital Natives

14th Century Classroom

Today’s Classroom

According to Allan J. Kimmel, we can thank professors Jan Kietzmann and Ian Angell for the term.

“Generation C refers to Constantly Connected Citizens who are Creative, Capable, Content-Centric Curators, Copiers and Combiners who are Community-oriented, Collectively Communicative, Collaborative, and Co-developing Consumers of Common Content.”


Engagement & Gamification

Possible new perspectives on emotion, cognition, and attention

Who are Sugata Mitra and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi?

Lev Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development – Soduku, Road signs & Junior Mentors

Download the app from iTunes here, and the Google Play Store, here.

 FlowFiero and Naches

Questions – Concerns – Comments – Ideas


Ideation and Reverse Mentors

Turn to page 11 in your book.

How many of you had trouble with the circles task? What types of ideas did you come up with? Were your ideas fluid? Flexible? Original? How many of you looked up the answers on your smartphone? Why didn’t you?

Planning your PLN: Mavens, Connectors & Feeding

In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell describes three characters and you should do your best to identify at least two of them (Mavens and Connectors) and add them to your PLN. Here are some FEED ideas:

Twitter   Join Me


Linked In

Facebook  – Writing with the Stars

ESL Links

Idea FeedsRead Write Think,  SophiaIdea channelTEDVsaucesmarter every dayedudemicmashabletechcrunchreadwritewebwiredtwitter, lifehacker21st century learningiTunes Uedutopiaclassroom 2.0iLearn TechnologyEdTechTalkinfinite Thinking MachineDangerously IrrelevantCirclesofinnovation.org, etc.

Feeding Trivia – How many apps in the app store? How many songs in iTunes?

Need a Little Creative Confidence?

Humanistic AI – Which is better? 92.5% – 96.6% – 99.5%

In his recent TED Talk, Tom Gruber (The co-creator of Siri also shared part of this video from autodesk)

How many of you felt limited because you didn’t think you were good at drawing? How many of you think you can draw? If we could prove to you that you can draw in the next 5 minutes, would you be open to trying some of the other ideas we have to share with you today?

If you would like to learn more about making your ideas visual, check out Graham Shaw’s The Art of Communication or Dan Roam’s The Back of the Napkin.

Consider Putting Junior Mentors to Work

Challenging them to build – Challenging them to Make



MIT App Inventor

Minecraft  – Microsoft acquires Minecraft EDU


Let’s Play Another Game…

Work with a partner and see how many words you can come up with by combining the following letters.


Question Framing/Functional Fixedness

Duncker, K. (1945). On problem solving. Psychological Monographs. 58(5, Whole No. 270).

Glucksberg, S. (1962). “The influence of strength of drive on functional fixedness and perceptual recognition”. Journal of Experimental Psychology63: 36–41. doi:10.1037/h0044683.PMID 13899303.

Wolchover, B. N. (2011). How Accurate Is Wikipedia? Retrieved January 24, 2016, from http://www.livescience.com/32950-how-accurate-is-wikipedia.html

Lesson Ideas

Words from letters

Prefix Suffix  COCA Corpus (page 27) Word Reference

Mad Libs App iOS  Android Version

Read Theory


Rewordify  Sample Readings to Rewordify

Text to Speech Natural Reader


Diff Checkers


Trivia Challenge

Questions – Concerns – Comments – Ideas


Common placing in the 21st Century

How many of you are currently using Google Drive, Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Facebook, Pinterest? Then you are Common Placing! (page 20)

Using Blogs  kidblog.orgbloggerwordpress.comedublogweebly.com

Writing in the Clouds

Google Drive, iCloud, Office 365 (page 48)

Google+ Communities (page 45)

Letter to Learn By    Group Work Assignment

The Power of Infographics

Brain Rules

Go ahead, Google Infographic on Infographics! Google MOOC Skills

A little touch up? Free Fun with Pixlr  


Piktochart  Canva

Going Walkabout

360 Images and Remote Reality Viewing

The RICOH THETA S is a camera with two hemispherical lenses that allows users to shoot pictures with a 360 degree perspective. Users essentially take spherical images or movies in one shot that can be easily loaded up to the web and shared with others. In the space below, I will place a group shot from our session today, but if you simply can’t wait until then, here is a sample  shot by Dana in California. 

Google Expeditions

Want a cheap way to play with 360 with your students? Have you heard of Panoform?

Best Uses For iPads in the Classroom

Things You Should Know about iPads But Might Not! For Example, split keyboard, jumping home, four finger swipes, & making an a page into an app.

Increasing Time on Task with Guided Access

Becoming a Google Ninja

Who is this?

Google – Google News – Google Images – Google Scholar

Consider letting students use their phones in the first five minutes of class for a  Reverse Image SearchesGap Fill, Fact or Fiction, Show Me What You Know, or Six Degrees type assignment. Then share some fun and strategies with them.

Google Easter Eggs – Atari Breakout – Askew – Google in 1998 – Barrel Rolls

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon – What is Your Bacon Number

Guns & Rock-n-Roll – How to Rock a Google Search

PowerSearching with Google

Enhanced Google Searching  List of Google Search Skills

Making the best use of browsers Rover & KidsRex

Best Practices for Youtube

Introduction to Youtube

186 of the best YouTube Videos

prEmail   Handout


TEDed, Hosting TED events

Skype, Google HangoutsTalky Video Conferencing & Google Hangouts On Air (page 46)

Pecha Kucha  MASHUP IDEA

Infinite Looper




Reading  Unite for Literacy

Screencasting and Screencastify


Dance Parties

PE & Exercise   Massive Multiplayer Fun

***Please remember that there are laws and rules governing the downloading and permanent copying of YouTube videos. Try to err on the side of Fair Use*** Clip Converter

Enhanced feedback: Screen Casting & Pad Casting

Reflector App

Final Countdown

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday we rob our children of tomorrow” John Dewey

Sock Puppets




Readers Theatre

Tellagami Edu

Cheap and Easy Greenscreening

If you would like to try out greenscreen on your ipad, click here. 


Greenscreen by Do Ink

Augmented Reality –Tagging Reality!

You are going to want to see this!

More apps that you might want to check out.

According to Sir Arthur Clarke

Clarke’s first law

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

Clarke’s second law

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Clarke’s third law

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.



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