Daily Archives: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Evernote: Note Taking in the 21st Century

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In the fall of 2013, we piloted a new course on Valencia’s east campus. The course was SLS2930, and it was called Digital Learning Strategies. The purpose of the course was to teach students how to use their smartphones and other smart devices to enhance learning. In the spring, Terry Rafter-Carles and Sharon May continued […]

Slowing down for life

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In the 21st century, the fast paced lifestyle most people lead can have a negative effect of their life: from health issues to performance issues at work to personal relationship problems, taking time to “smell the roses” is an important part of life.  Carl Honore’s lecture demonstrates the advantages of taking time to do some […]

A different perspective on introverts

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Since introverts are approximately 1/3 of our population and are often misrepresented as shy, reclusive, non-social, solitary, and withdrawn, there value in society that praises the outgoing extrovert has always been reduced.  This video shows the unseen strengths of introverts and that they can fit in quite well if placed in a job that value […]

Saving Lives One Shock at a Time

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The AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is an extremely valuable tool that saves many lives every day.  It can be used by citizens as well as the Emergency Medical Services professional.  Malls, airports, and many businesses have AEDs available for the bystander to use.  As an EMT, we do not often witness a patient’s sudden […]

Stayin’ Alive: Citizen CPR Saves Lives

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EMT students are certified in CPR at BLS for Healthcare Provider level prior to entering the EMT Program.  Many do not know that Heartsaver CPR (Citizen CPR) is different- the layperson is not taught to ventilate the patient via mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-mask.  This video is a fun, perhaps irreverent way to illustrate the difference between […]

The Anti-hero

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  This video explains what an anti-hero is and compares it to a hero.  The anti-hero is not the villain, but also is radically different from a hero and an idea we are more familiar with today.  It does a good job of separating the classical, mythical hero from the hero of today.  I will […]

The Heroes Journey

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This video condenses Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces into to 5 minute video.  I will use this as part of an introduction to my Supervillains course offered in the Fall. What Makes a Hero from TEDEd

Creative method to teach Roadway Curve Design

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The concept of horizontal and vertical curves in roadway design is new to almost all students that enter the Highway Drafting and Route Design course.  There are a numerous design characteristics and equations to remember.  To aide in describing the horizontal curve of a roadway, Sandra Bowling presented a road model using the Micro Chargers […]

Video Clip: Battle of the Somme

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World War I was the most futile war fought in human history. Millions of soldiers died in campaigns that saw little to no territorial changes due to the use of outdated tactics despite the addition of new weaponry. The attached video clip was created by the History Channel and provides an overview of one such […]

Infographic: Map of 3-Field System

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During the early Middle Ages agricultural production soared as the 3-Field System was emplaced. The 3-Fieldy System was far more efficient than traditional crop rotation as it allowed for the cultivation of 66% of the land instead of only 50% and allowed for two growing seasons instead of one. Not only did this system increase […]

Seminole State PERT

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Retrieved from Seminole State College. The Accuplacer Diagnostic was the organizational computerized system for the original Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT).  There was a need to create an alternative to the Developmental sequence, therefore the Accuplacer Refresh modules were created that allowed students computer access for 10 weeks. This progression of modules would equip students to […]

Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT)

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Retrieved from Florida Department of Education. This information is crucial to the many students who must pass the Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT). Unfortunately, there is a significant number of students who cannot pass the PERT and are placed into developmental courses. The Developmental course sequence takes from one to eight semesters to complete, consequently, students […]