Teaching “Naked”!

This article by Jose Antonio Bowen appeared in a recent AAC&U newsletter and is based on his 2012 best seller Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. I particularly enjoyed this excerpt: As faculty, if we are primarily concerned with transmitting content, then our value will only decrease. […]

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How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails

I liked the advice in this blog, suggesting that we send emails to 5 categories of people on a regular basis. I’m going to try it to see what happens!   How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails.

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Supersonic Ping-Pong Bazooka

What happens when you shoot a ping-pong ball at speeds faster than an F16 fighter jet can fly? Take a look for yourself. Kind of makes me wish I had majored in Mechanical Engineering. Here is a link to the Perdue web page.

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Taylor Mali: What Do Teachers Make?

I was recently reminded of a poem about teachers that I just needed to share with Circles. For those of you unfamiliar with Taylor Mali’s work, you might want to check out his youtube channel. Here are two versions of his poem on What Do Teachers Make? The first is the more theatrical cut. The […]

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Taylor Mali – The The Impotence of Proofreading

The other day I shared Weird Al’s new video which sparked Shawn Pollgreen to share this “The The Impotence of Proofreading,” by Taylor Mali, so thanks for the share Shawn. It also reminded me of one of my favorite Taylor Mali poems “What Do Teachers Make?” which, I think, is something every teacher should see. Enjoy!

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Weird Al Yankovic – Word Crimes

Special thanks to Deidre Holmes DuBois for sharing this link to Weird Al’s new music video on Word Crimes. Talk about a way to spark conversation about good grammar.

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Fallero 1.2 Is Available for Consumption!

Special thanks to the editors of Fallero (Michael Wheaton, Tori Grajeda, and C. Holliday) for sharing the East Campus-based Literary Arts Magazine with Circles of Innovation. They are muy happy to announce that the Spring, 2014 issue is now available for consumption (including a Florida-flavored essay about Local Mad Cool Writer Zora Neale Hurston as well […]

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Office 365 and Student Advantage

Do your student know that they can download their favorite Microsoft Office programs to their computers and devices for FREE? Well, free if they are Valencia students.  Thanks to Valencia OIT and our current Microsoft Licensing, Valencia students can log in and download the office programs they need through their ATLAS accounts. The quick screencast below, gives you […]

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Shakespeare in the Original Pronunication (OP)

Linked from a rather silly discussion on Reddit of how did “Pirate Speak” come to be so recognizable, was this fascinating video about English actors performing the plays of Shakespeare in the original pronunciation at London’s Globe Theatre. When spoken in modern English, the meaning is lost for original puns or words intended to rhyme, […]

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Destination: Circles Track 2014 Exit Ticket Results featuring Tagxedo

Assessment is often a dirty word in higher education, but we’re getting better at figuring out what can/should be measured every day. On the last day of Valencia College’s annual profession development program Destination, the 2014 Circles of Innovation Track participated in a snowflake activity as an exit ticket for the five week experience. The […]

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