Monthly Archives:: February 2014

Muscle from Fishing Line?

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Ok science types, it is time to get into those labs, garages, or hacker spaces and play (I mean study/learn). The video below is a demonstration of how to make heat reactive muscle fibers from twisted fishing line.”The application opportunities for these polymer muscles are vast,” said Ray Baughman, a materials scientist at the University […]

Exploring Virtual Worlds through Minecraft

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Special thanks to Humanities Instructor Kaylin Evans for sharing this creative idea with Circles. For a long time, Kaylin has wanted to build a game that would immerse students in the Humanities and “Bring Things to Life”. Kaylin doesn’t consider herself all that techy and because she wasn’t sure how to build the games, like many […]

Do You Have the Personality to Be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?

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Thank you Dr. Bass for sharing this interesting article with Circles. In it, Thom Markham poses an interesting question, “Do you have the personality to be an Inquiry-Based teacher?” Are you optimistic? Are you open? Are you appreciative? Are you flexible? Are you purposeful? Why are these traits critical to the next generation of teachers? To […]

Think Before You Lync!

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Just got a hilarious share from Rhonda Berger at Miami Dade College. This video should really resinate with those of you who have spent time in video conference calls over the past year or two. It really makes me want to have a some conversations around the idea of “Think Before You Lync: How and When […]