Monthly Archives:: March 2014

Dragontape: Mixtapes for Learning

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For those of you who remember the 1980s and the power of a good mix tape, you are going to like http://dragontape.com. Essentially, you can use this Web 2.0 application to make mix tapes for your students. Or better yet, have your students make mix tapes of difficulty content in your course. It’s currently FREE […]

Backchanneling

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The practice of using computers to maintain live-time or near live-time conversations alongside live events. The term was coined in the field of Linguistics to describe listeners’ behaviors during verbal communication, Victor Yngve 1970. In the classroom, a “backchannel” provides teachers valuable feedback and helps to better engage students. Today’s Meet is a backchannel  where […]

In a Student’s Lifetime

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The infographic below shows the born on dates for many of the technologies that we take for granted today.  The ages in the circles represent how old students across the grade levels were when the technologies came out. How old were your students when smartphones were created? Click on the image to see the larger version.

TEDxValenciaCollegeLive 2014

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On March 19th, 2014 Valencia’s East Campus hosts TEDxValenciaCollegeLive in the atrium of building 3. During this half day event, Valencia students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to experience the power and wonder of amazing TED talks. Presented in time-delayed simulcast from TED2014 The Next Chapter taking place March 17th – 21st in […]

prEmailing – The Origin Story

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You may have noticed that prior to each Circle of Innovation there are a few emails that come out, usually with videos, games or useful tips. You may also have wondered, why do we send them. Well, welcome to prEmailing – the origin story. Prior to the start of Circles, the team was reading quite a […]

Possible new perspectives on emotion, cognition, and attention

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At the Innovations Conference Bill Rankin made reference the the graphic below. He suggested we take note of the activity (or lack there of) that is happening while in class and joked that if you want activity, you should let your students sleep in class. According to the article, they weren’t really testing education, it […]

IM:\>2 Session

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Yesterday @InnovationsConf #INNA14 I took part in a energizing and informative  IM:\>2 session (read: impromptu session). Now, I am not sure if there is an official name for these impromptu sessions or not (Please tell me if you have seen one), and this was not the first time I have been part of one of […]

Digi-know? – Turning text files into audio files for your audiophiles

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Do you have any articles you would like to read, but just don’t have the time to do so? Perhaps a colleague shared a great article, but you just can’t seem to fit the reading time into your busy schedule. Well, have you ever considered converting the article into an audio file that you can […]

Going Walkabout: Picture Assignments

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In our last face-to-face Circles of Innovation session we talked about the power of going Walkabout. We even watched John Medina’s Brain Rule on how exercise helps to stimulate BDNF. Sharon May was kind enough to send Circles an example of how she uses the concept of Walkabout in her Digital Learning Strategies course. For […]

THE Initiatives

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Just saw a very interesting presentation @InnovationsConf #INNA14. Long story short, J.D. Cootz and the team at Lone Star College Montgomery were presenting on THE Initiatives (where THE =Teaching Highlighting Engagement), their new classroom space, and their new theme based courses. The courses are kind of like LinC courses but linked by themes such as […]

Mindful Moments: 50 Micro-Activites for Energizing the College Classroom

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I just went to a very interesting presentation @InnovationsConf #INNA14 about Teaching with the Brain in Mind: What Neuroscience Can – and Cannot – Tell Us About How Students Learn.  Dr. Amy Marin’s work actually came from some work she did for a Cross Papers Fellowship Monograph.   As part of the presentation, she gave out […]