UF Presentation on Bricks, Clicks & Teacher Tricks

Hello and welcome! I am so excited to be coming in virtually to share some teaching ideas with fellow Edugators! Prior to us meeting though, I am hoping you will take a few minutes to watch some introductory content, download a few apps, and answer a few questions. Please start with the introduction video below. It explains everything and links you to the apps you will need. I will also put additional information about the apps below. On the day of our session, this page will be active with a variety of content and QR codes. It will also be your outsourced memory for our session, so make sure you save the link. Not sure how to do that? Watch the Gifs below to learn how to turn a link into an app on your smart device.


P.S. The video below is a 360 video (In other words, it was shot with a special camera and uploaded in a way that allows you to remote view to my campus. (We will be discussing applications for Virtual Reality and Remote Reality when we meet) The video will work best if you use your Android device or an iOS device that has the YouTube app loaded on it. If you don’t have a smart device, you can scroll around through the picture using the grey arrow toggles in the top left part of the screen. If you would like to try watching the video with your device, scan this QR code. Not sure what a QR code is? Watch the video below.

Introduction Video

The Survey

Prior to us meeting, it would help me prepare if you could take a few seconds and answer a few questions for me. Please scroll through the survey below or at this link and answer the questions. Make sure you click submit. Thanks!

QR Code

So, what is it?

Alright, so maybe you haven’t heard of QR Code, but chances are you soon will. With the proliferation of smartphones and pad technologies (all now including auto-focusing cameras), you will begin to see QR codes everywhere. So, what is it? The quick answer is that QR (or Quick Response) code is a two-dimensional code that was developed by Denso-Wave (a subsidiary of Toyota) back in 1994. The code was originally developed to track auto parts in vehicle manufacturing. Today, QR codes are used for a variety of things. You can use QR codes to display text, share website links, share vCards (i.e. virtual business cards), open programs to send emails or text messages, and much more.

Why should you care?

Because there are a variety of FREE QR code generators on the net, and there are also a variety of FREE QR code readers to download to smartphones and other devices. QR code is a great tool in every teacher’s bag of tricks. As you develop content for students, you can save the content on the web; you can then develop QR codes that take students directly to your content. For example, imagine you have made a handout for class, but because of budget cuts at your school, you can’t afford to get copies of the handout for the students in your classes. What do you do???

1. Save a PDF of your handout online (e.g. upload it up to Google Drive, iCloud or Office 365  for FREE; set share settings to share with everyone on the web.)

2. Create a QR code linking to it with a FREE generator (e.g. http://qrstuff.com )

3. Have others download a free QR reader (e.g. i-nigma QR Reader from 3GVision LTD.)


Nearpod is a really great tool for creating interactive presentations. Here is a video to give you a little more background on the app.

Turning a Link into an App

One Last Share Before We Meet

Just wanted to give you one last share to get you thinking before we meet next week. Have you seen Prince Ea’s recent video? It is a must see for future educators.


Thanks for joining my session today a I hope I was able to help you open some doors to a few adjacent possibilities for engaging your Generation C students. Please remember, this page was designed to function as your outsourced memory for today’s content. Feel free to use it and share it as you see fit. And, if you think of some ideas that I missed, feel free to share those with me.  I am always happy to help guest authors share their favorite Teacher Tricks.

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.

14th Century Classroom

Today’s Classroom

Mark Prensky 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.

ztype  (30-38)

Learning in a Giffy!  

Generation C

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.”

Click here to go to kahoot.it on your smart devices 

Why Gaming?  No really?

Road signs,  Flow, Fiero and Naches

Reverse Image Searching  and the Many Faces of Google

Google – Google News – Google Images – Google Scholar – Google MOOC Skills

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

The Candle Problem


We Cant See What We Cant See!

Only 71 companies remain today from the original 1955 Fortune 500 list


The Adjacent Possible

This term was originally coined by the biologist Stuart Kauffman, but it was recently popularized in Steven Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From. You will find an RSA Animate video summary of his book at this link. Basically, it refers to the fact “that at any given time – in science and technology, but perhaps also in culture and politics – only certain kinds of next steps are feasible.” For example, growing in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, many of today’s teachers learned or were made aware of adjacently-possible techniques for learning and sharing ideas (The book, the pencil, the notebook, the phone, Microsoft Word) Today’s kids live in a world with 1.6 million apps available from Google Play and 1.5 million apps available in iTunes (Statista, 2015). How many Adjacent Possibilities do these apps allow for? Are we sharing these possibilities with our students?

Teacher Tricks to Engage Gen C

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.

Appy Hour and the Adjacent Possible

Ok, so the basic instructional idea is to allow for an APPy Hour in your classroom. Now technically, this doesn’t actually have to be an hour-long activity (although it could be); the APPy hour could simply be an activity in the first 5 or last 5 minutes of class where students and teachers can share APPs that they are currently using to help them learn or be more productive.  APPs in the classroom open doors to a world of Adjacent Possibilities.

QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) allow smart device users to easily connect to the mobile Internet, and the Inigma QR code scanner is the fastest and most widely used QR code scanner on the market, simply point and connect. Use this with your students and connect them to anything you can share with them in the digital world. They will immediately be able to download, books, articles, quizzes, videos and more. To learn more about QR Codes, click here.

Cerego is an adaptive learning technology platform based on principles of neuroscience and cognitive science. Cerego’spatented technology uses the scientific method of spaced rehearsal as the basis for memory retention for content available via their website.

Quizlet’s free study tools are used by millions of students and teachers every day in every country of the world (196 if you’re counting) – from grade school to grad school to language learners to vocational students. They are building learning tools that let any level student improve their performance immediately.

Accessing Wikipedia has never been faster and easier than with Wikipanion, designed for easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking that not only bookmarks individual entries, but individual sections within an entry.


Capture App – The Youtube Capture App allows you, or your students, to capture great moments in the classroom and then easily stitch them together to tell a story. You can then edit and crop your videos on the go and even add music backgrounds. Once finished, you can easily upload them to Youtube and share. Adjacent Possibilities: Record a presentation and share with students or have students share with you, have students record a 1 minute Pecha Kucha teach back, Use the Capture app to make a video and then use that video in EdPuzzle. (Android users should check out WeVideo)

Thing Link App – Use ThingLink to instantly add video and text to images. Create unforgettable greetings,
interactive travel photos, and capture best moments. Share images to your friends on Twitter or Facebook — and communicate in new ways.  Adjacent Possibilities: Have students search for images, videos, and handouts then take a picture of something you are learning in your textbook and have students bring that image to life with Thing Link. Have students find infographics on the content you are teaching and ask them to Thing Link the infographics.

Kahoot  With Kahoot, you or your students can create, play and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free! Adjacent Possibilities: Have your students create a first 5 game (a game/quiz that you play in the first 5 minutes of class) to refresh/summarize content learned in the last class.

TED App –  Apple  Android  – TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Adjacent Possibilities: Give extra credit assignments for students who watch in discipline TED talks and then write a reflection. Search for great TED talks to use in your classroom. Use those same TED Talks to flip your classroom with EDPuzzle.

Remind – Remind is a communication tool that helps teachers connect instantly with students. Send quick, simple messages (with attachments) to any device. Send a one-way message to every student in your class. Subscribers receive Announcements as texts, emails, or smartphone notifications. Create a private chat network with your students. Manage communication by setting availability and enabling or disabling Chats. And it is all FERPA safe. Adjacent Possibilities: Open up new ways to do virtual office hours. Share handouts, visuals, and questions with students. Share related classroom content to give your students interesting things to talk about.

Easybib – Apple  Android – EasyBib allows you to automatically create citations for your bibliography in seconds. Log in with your Easybib.com account to quickly add citations to your project, right from your mobile device! Create perfect and accurate citations because they’re checked by librarians and teachers. Instantly create citations by scanning book barcodes with your phone’s camera. Use the search tool to create citations for books and websites. Export to email so you can send your citations to your inbox quickly. Switch between MLA, APA, Chicago and over 7000 citation styles, including Harvard, ASA, AMA, CSE and ACS formats with one click!

Lino – Lino is a free, collaborative sticky note and & canvas service that is device and browser agnostic. From your phone or computer you can take and post notes, pictures and sticky notes, set reminders on the notes, add in videos, share and present to others and more. You just kind of have to see it to understand it, but when you do, it will likely open up some adjacent possibilities in your classroom.

Veracity – With Veracity, you can perform reverse image searches on any image, otherwise known as “search by veracityappimage” if you are a Google Images fan. Adjacent Possibilities: Bring in pictures of the content you want your students to learn. Rather than teaching it, have them do the reverse image searches to learn the content and teach you back what they learn.

Nearpod – Nearpod is a must have application for teachers and students who have access to tablets, smartphones, Chrome books, or PCs/MACs. For the most part it is device agnostic. The Nearpodplatform enables teachers to use their tablet to manage content on students’ mobile devices and computers. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. Lot’s of Adjacent Possibilities with this app.

Plickers – Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. So, if you want to quiz your students, but don’t have good wifi or they don’t have access to smart technologies, Plickers is your solution. Adjacent Possibilities – Break students into groups for multiple choice or family feud style gaming in your classroom without having to teach them technologies.

Google Cardboard – iOS or Android – Get it, fold it and look inside to enter the world of Cardboard. It’s a VR experience starting with a simple viewer anyone can build or buy. Once you have it, you can explore a variety of apps that unfold all around you. Here is a link to my current favorite Google Cardboard maker. 

 Stepping Things Up!

Have you tried Augmented Reality with your students?

Color Alive

How about lightboards?