Cellphones in the Classroom

Thank you for attending Circles of Innovation Today. We hope you left with some valuable ideas and some practical strategies that you can use with your students. Your memories for today’s session have been outsourced for you below. Enjoy!

You might recall that we started with our Kahoot! Click on the image below to play again.

14th century or 21st century?

Why use games in the classroom?


New perspectives on measuring cognition. Click here to link to the  article behind that image. 

Special Thanks to William Rankin -Director of Learning at Apple – for the share.

Let’s Play Another Game…

Do you have something to write with?


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 Psychology 63: 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


Don’t Be the Lid

The Apptivity – Who/what is that?


Brick and Mortar Idea

Have you tried the Sherlock Journal? Put students into teams and give each a different task.

1. DaVinci — the illustrator draws or finds a picture to represent the learning.

2. Webster — the lexicographer defines the key concepts

3. Sherlock — the inquisitor develops a list of questions

4. Katie Couric/Jon Stewart – the summarizer/reporter develops summarizes the teams findings.

Clickable Ideas for the Classroom

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.

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.

EasybibApple  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 Nearpod platform 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.