Category Archives: Ideas

I had a great time today at Tallahassee Community College discussing ideas for how we as educators need to continue to innovate and identify best practices for meeting the digital literacy needs of our students. Moreover, I was honored that they asked me to be a part of it. Special thanks to the faculty and staff at TCC and good luck on your 2014-2015 academic school year. I hope you can use some of the ideas I shared. As promised, here is your outsourced memory from today for those of you who would like to share some of these ideas with others or for those following up on something new to try out this semester.

Employ Brain Rules

Over the past two decades we have learned an amazing amount about the brain and how we learn. This is changing the way we think and teach. There is a great book (by John Medina) that breaks down the research into Brain Rules. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out. Go to

John Medina, author of “Brain Rules” from Pear Press on Vimeo.

Google With Students

Click here to learn more about how to rock a Google search. 

Try Some Apptivities

If you have an android phone, you should try Google Goggles.  If you have an iOS, you should check out Camfind.

Have Them CommonPlace

Learn more about a 300+ year old tradition that has been updated for the 21st century.  

prEmail Them

Take advantage of snap judgements, reach out to your students before the semester begins. Here is a handout. 

Use QR Codes

Learn more about how to use QR Codes in the Classroom

Backchannel With Them

Remind, Google Forms,

Screencast & Video, Screencastomatic

Have Them Remix

Jenny’s Number - here is a sample of some TED talks that have been remixed together to demonstrate how Dragontape works.

Students might also like to remix storytelling using The Wall Machine to create fake Facebook timelines

Try JIT Learning

Who are Sugata Mitra and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi?  Don’t Forget

Flip a Class

Try using TED Ed to help you flip your classroom  

Go Walkabout

Get students up and moving with Walkabout assignments. 

Don’t forget about the free version of Photoshop called pixlr

Use Classroom Clickers

Have students use their smart devices as classroom clickers to increase engagment and learning., Poll Everywhere are all free services that can help you change your game.

Work Your Brick & Mortar

Wait Time

Cold Calling & No Opt Out



Four Corners Walks

Continuum Walks

Who Am I? The Game – You  might also want to try Heads Up and make your own deck.

Exit Tickets: Teach me, ask me, Bumper Sticker, Word Splash, 6 Word Memoir, Text Me! Muddiest Point, 1 Minute Paper, Metaphors Be With You

Augment Reality

Have your students bring any surface to life with Augmented Reality.