Daily Archives: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Funny Song-I Hate Public Speaking!

Posted by & filed under Circles, Destinations, Speech, Video.

This song on YouTube identifies (in a humorous song) many of the symptoms of speech anxiety.  This could be used as an Attention-Getter for a discussion on Stage Fright in a speech class, or prior to any class where you might be assigning students to give a presentation.  You might then follow with helpful tips […]

Using AMARA to caption videos

Posted by & filed under Destinations, Technology, Video.

During Destinations Week 3 we covered the requirement that videos used in class should be captioned, and discussed several software programs that can help you to accomplish this task. We viewed an example TED talk, which are captioned in multiple languages, and compared it to typical YouTube videos, which often lack captioning. We reviewed the […]

An incredible video on the power of cultural fictions

Posted by & filed under Circles, Education, Ideas, Sparks.

Happy Wednesday! Below is a short (and disturbing) animated video that explores how cultural fictions (especially ideas of supremacy) get passed down from one generation to another. I plan to use this video as a conversation starter regarding our cultural assumptions that are rooted not in fact but in constructed discourse of one’s specific culture. […]

TV Ads Get Real (People)

Posted by & filed under Business.

You’ve probably seen this ad from Swiffer. The campaign features spots featuring people who are not often seen in TV ads. Dove was a pioneer in this area with its “Real Beauty” campaign. That won a Titanium Advertising Award, and, I’m sure, lots of new consumers and supporters.

Post-It notes to increase survey responses

Posted by & filed under Good Reads, Strategy.

In 2005, Garner found that response rates doubled when Post-It notes with hand-written requests were attached to survey materials. In 2012, the Irish Revenue replicated the study and found that among the 300 randomly assigned businesses, after 15 working days, response rates were 36% for the trial group and 19.2% for the control group (p […]