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Thanks for coming to my session today at TESOL 2016. 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.

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 Have You Met Tega?

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.


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.”

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Why Gaming?

Road signs,  FlowFiero and Naches


Today’s Meet 


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

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?

Bricking, Clicking, and the Adjacent Possible

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


Stick Pick & ESL Learners (iOS)

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

Post-It Printables

Prefix Suffix - String NetIntroduction Video

Who said books will be obsolete in 10 years? 

Trivia Challenge

Reverse Image Searching  and the Many Faces of Google

GoogleGoogle NewsGoogle ImagesGoogle Scholar - Google MOOC Skills - Kids Rex

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.


More Bricks and Clicks

New Trick: Add GIF to the beginning of any YouTube Video link

Brick and Click?- Use GIFs or Videos with Total Physical Response

Music and Video – Garage BandAxis of Awesome

Pecha Kucha & Video - TESOLPechaKucha - Brain Rules

Capture App – The Youtube Capture App allows you, or your students, to capture great moments in theclassroom 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.

Letter to Learn By    Group Work Assignment

Readers Theater  - Sock PuppetsToontastic – Green Screen – Fake Facebook

Legos and Minecraft -

Coloring and Augmented reality

Infographic: Millennials Rack Up 18 Hours of Media Use Per Day | Statista