Monthly Archives:: May 2014

Extemporaneous Hamsters

Posted by & filed under Speech, Training, Video.

The Extemporaneous Process:  To extensively  prepare and practice to deliver a conversational speech. These hamsters did not wing it and just walk out of the Kia sporting tuxes. They used the extemporaneous process to prepare and practice before presenting. This short clip is a fun way to introduce the extemporaneous process. (1.5 min) Applause (Hamsters […]

Sweaty Teacher

Posted by & filed under Education.

What will you be remembered for as a teacher? This Ted-ed provides a great way to start the conversation on the first day of Introduction to Education (or any education course). The funny video leads to a discussion of one’s favorite teacher; or, worst teacher. The Sweaty Teacher Laments

Globalization and Containerization and how the Modern World was Shaped

Posted by & filed under TED, Video.

Globalization is an ever-increasing social phenomenon affecting nations and peoples across the globe.  It has rapidly changed and transformed our world.  The world has become a a seamless and invisible web of interconnected parts despite all the borders.  Borders do not inhibit communication, business transactions, or the transfer of money and commodities.  As the following […]

Speech Anxiety

Posted by & filed under Destinations, How to, infographic.

Have you assigned students to make a presentation of any sort in class only to find that they are so frightened to speak in public that they “freeze” even if they know the content quite well?  Stage fright is common among college students, so this infographic is meant to help discuss with them some ways […]

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Math

Posted by & filed under Circles, Education, Math, Uncategorized, Video.

The nice thing about math is that in general we always know there is going to be one answer, but sometimes we don’t know what that answer is but we’ll know when the answer “just doesn’t look right.”.  Take a look at this clip of Abbot & Costello, and see if you can figure out […]

Math and Media

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This video post shows just a little bit on how the math that students learn (geometry, trig, graphing) are used in media today such as the building of Disney’s Pixar characters such as Woody from Toy Story and Sulley from Monster’s Inc. Take a look at how math and technology are intertwined.

What color is Tuesday?

Posted by & filed under Brain-based Learning, Music, Science.

Some people have overlapping senses.  For example, a sound may trigger a taste.  In music, this sometimes manifests itself as seeing different colors when hearing specific pitches.  This is a specific form of synesthesia called “chromesthesia.”  It is a fascinating phenomenon that some of the greatest musicians in history have possessed.  

Brain power!

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What percentage of your brain do you use? – Richard E. Cytowic 1. Follow the link to watch a Ed Ted Talk about brain usage. 2. Study the graphics below to see what different parts of the brain do. 3. Do you use the left side of your brain more than the right side?