Monthly Archives:: May 2014

Can’t Touch It!

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Microbes are everywhere! They’re in the soil, water, on vegetation and some lives in or on our bodies. The majority of them are harmless or beneficial to us but the ones that cause serious diseases scare us the most. As we go out and do our daily routines we come in contact with these microbes […]

Power of Positive Action to Enact Change

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This video can be used to prompt discussions (in a variety of courses) regarding the nature of positive actions, choosing hope to enact change. While the source is an ad for a Thai insurance company, the message is powerful and well done. The end hints that the change may have challenged others who witness kindness […]

Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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The Constitution of the United States contains the government’s rights i.e. 1. establish justice; 2. provide for the common defense; 3. promote general welfare and 4. secure the blessings of liberty. The Bill of Rights protects citizens from the government. It safeguards our freedom. Link: http://digital.films.com.db29.linccweb.org/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=7984&loid=12751&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Bill%20of%20Rights:%20Bill%20of%20Responsibility&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=#

What does it mean to be poor in America?

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Although the United States ranks among the most developed countries in the world and it is, perhaps, the richest nation on the planet, many people still live in poverty. The following infographic summarizes the meaning of poverty in the United States. Andy Warner, the author, mines data compiled by the Bureau of Census. http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2013/10/07/poverty-explained/

Funny Song-I Hate Public Speaking!

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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 […]

Green Screen

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During Destination Week 3 we discussed several ways to produce media. I ran a session on creating media with green screens. This technology leverages a computer’s ability to display pixels as totally opaque (full opacity) or totally invisible (full transparency). If you’ve ever created a photo slideshow with cross dissolves, you have seen how a […]