Circles of Innovation

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Thank you for coming to the session today.  As we noted in the presentation,  this page is your outsourced memory for our session. Feel free to take our ideas and remix them and share them as you see fit. If you have additional questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to email me.

Sparksintroductory activities that are fun or thought provoking in some way. Sparks are used to foster engagement and community. They are also often selected to promote benevolent contagion.

Transactive Memory –  a psychological hypothesis first proposed by Daniel Wegner describing the mechanisms through which groups collectively encode, store, and retrieve knowledge.

Bricks – brick and mortar teaching strategies that can be applied by any teacher without the need for technology

Clicks – digital teaching strategies requiring the use of technology.

Force Multipliers –  a tool/attribute or a combination of tools/attributes that dramatically increase or multiply the effectiveness of any given person or group.

The Adjacent Possible – Recently Popularized by Steven Johnson, the Adjacent Possible is “a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” And an interesting truth about it is that with each new thing you learn, you open doors to new ways to combine and remix the possibilities. Consider YouTube.


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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?

Are You BG?


Now that you have met Sophia, what are your thoughts? Where are we headed? Are you more H.G Wells or George Orwell?  Will AI bring about a Utopian or Dystopian future? Go ahead, take a minute and think about it. Then share your thoughts with someone sitting next to you.

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.

Teaching Idea:  share this video/activity when your feel your students need a little Creative Confidence, something that is becoming more and more important as divergent thinking and transactive thinking continue to become primary forces in the 21st century.

Force Multipliers for Ideation

If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most ofthem will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away – Linus Pauling.

padagogyGood Books – Learn from  Tom and David Kelley’s book on Creative Confidence or the Bootcamp Bootleg, shared from the Institute of Design at Stanford. Their active toolkit was created to support these types of thinking. Another good book for ideas is Classroom Assessment Techniques by Angelo & Cross

Conference Presentations

  1. Find the Flaw
  2. Quiz Quiz Trade
  3. Lightning Rounds
  4. Facilitated Agreements/disagreements
  5. Four Corners Walks
  6. Elevator Pitching
  7. Playing 21 with 1 Minute Papers
  8. Word on the Street
  9. 6 Degrees Challenge
  10. Virtual Field trips

Social Media Feed from your social networks Twitter, Pinterest, & LinkedIn

Blogs and other Websites – Idea FeedsRead Write Think,  SophiaIdea channelTEDVsaucesmartereveryday,edudemicmashabletechcrunchreadwritewebwiredtwitter, lifehacker21st century learningiTunes Uedutopiaclassroom 2.0iLearn TechnologyEdTechTalkinfinite Thinking MachineDangerously, etc.



Today’s Meet 

Google Forms – Introduction Survey – Results

  Audience Feedback with Plickers

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.”

How do you communicate with students? Are you using Remind? Have you tried Calendly as a personal assistant? Need someone to to to proofread that an email before it goes out? Have you considered using text-to-speech? Here is how to do it on a Mac, and here is the same solution for a PC. What about Grammarly?

Have you ever tried Text Expander or Phrase Express?

Would you like a free permanent clip board?


Have you considered Screencasting?

Screencasting is a Teacher Trick that should be in every teacher’s toolkit. Simply put, screencasting is recording your computer screen while recording your voice to make a video that can be shared with others. You can make instructional videos, feedback videos, showcase videos, interactive videos and more. While there are many tools that teachers can buy for screencasting, there are now some really great ones that are free and play right in the browser. Below, we have put a quick introduction to Screencastify which is a plug in for the Google Chrome browser. This tool lets teachers and students make screencasts and easily share them to their Google Drive accounts or to their Youtube accounts. Enjoy!


Have you considered teaching in a Giffy?


For those of you not familiar with the Gif file format, GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and it is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987. And just so you know, Steve Wilhite and his fellow creators at CompuServe have long fought for the word to be pronounced Jif with a soft “G” /ˈdʒɪf/, like the peanut butter. In fact, it has been noted that CompuServe employees would often say, “Choosy developers choose GIF.”

Today, making Gifs is easy. Go to youtube and find the video you want to Gif, then type the letters GIF in front of the Y in the Youtube URL.

Test a new 


SkypeGoogle HangoutsTalky Video Conferencing & Google Hangouts On Air 



What did you learn today?

Benevolent Contagion as a force multiplier.

Tangentially connect experiences to learning so that you give your students something to talk about outside of class


Have you tried Google Expeditions?  

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. When paired with Thinglink, 360 content can even be made interactive.

Another trick to get people talking is to pair Fun Theory with Active Learning

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 – Google Gravity – Zerg Rush

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon – What is Your Bacon NumberMark_Twain

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

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

PowerSearching with Google

Safe Share TV to make your Youtube videos safe!

And don’t forget to design your lessons in a way that lets users get to and share the content.

Ideas can’t go viral from behind a firewall.

Perhaps try some new tools. Consider designing in a blog.  Have you seen Sway? 


Visuals are very powerful force multipliers. Don’t believe me, check out  Dr. John Medina’s work on Brain Rules. There he notes that “retention soars with images. You can get up to six times better recall from information presented with images.” But, how do you find great images? 

Piktochart or Canva

A little touch up? Free Fun with Pixlr  


Embedding 101

What other tools can you use? Have you considered Powtoon?

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How can you get your students to be more active while learning? 

In 350 BCE, Aristotle wrote that “exercise in repeatedly recalling a thing strengthens the memory.”

Take advantage of the the “Testing Effect,” also known as “Retrieval Practice” to make the most out of your instruction. Learning is good, but retrieving is better, so may want to consider some retrieval practice games. Have you tried Kahoot? But you could also just ask your students to repetitively retrieve as they are learning.

Possible new perspectives on emotion, cognition, and attention

Active Learning Challenge 1

Who are Sugata Mitra and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi?

Google – Google News – Google Images – Google Scholar

Active Learning Challenge 2

Looking for an engaging way to have your students give a presentation. Have you seen Pecha Kucha? This is a presentation format started by two architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. It is 20 slides each set at 20 seconds for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds of presentation. No stopping, no digressing because the show moves on. If you don’t have 6:40, why not CASE, adapt and adopt. For example, have your students give you a Mini Pecha Kucha. They could do 6 slides (1 intro, 4 content, 1 conclusion), 10 seconds per slide for a 60 second teach back of anything you have taught them or asked them to research?


Pecha Kucha

Instructions: Work in teams. Look back through the ideas we covered today. Pick five things you learned that you think are interesting and that you would want to try/share/discuss with others. Prepare a 10 – 20 second explanation of each of the five things. Prepare to give a 10 – 20 second introduction or conclusion to your five things. Use a smart device and record your 1 to 2 minute Pecha Kucha. Then share what you learned with others.

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