Monthly Archives:: May 2014

Take a picture of text on a smart phone and translate the text into a different language immediately. Awesome!

Posted by & filed under Business, Education, How to, Information Technology, Science, Technology.

Google purchased Quest Visual on November 19, 2013. Quest Visual is known for developing Word Lens. Word Lens permits an owner to snap a picture of printed text on Apple’s iPhone, iPod, and iPad as well as for a selection of Android smartphones and Google Glass to have it translated into another language utilizing optical […]

A Great Ted-Ed About the Effects of Massive Incarceration on Minority Communities

Posted by & filed under Brain-based Learning, Chart, Circles, Destinations, Education, Humanities.

Happy Friday! I just wanted to contribute this important lesson which pertains to the effects of mass incarceration rates on minority communities. The reason that this video grabbed my attention is because a student raised his hand this last semester and asked, “Is the War on Drugs a war on black men?” – I had […]

Destination: Circles of Innovation Week 3

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In our week three prEmails, we challenged you again to search for clues, this week many of you emailed in your best guesses. And many of you figured things out. Perhaps we made it too easy on you. This Week’s Emails Monday we shared Word Lens & Piano Stairs – The Fun Theory Tuesday’s  Digi-know was  Dragontape  Wednesday […]

1800 Girl Power

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  The real origin of the franchise. Narrated by Sir Harold Evans (5:48) Description: One of the most successful business models is the franchise, but it didn’t originate with McDonald’s. Sir Harold Evans describes the remarkable story of a beauty salon that allowed hundreds of women to own their own businesses.

Don’t have to be Friends to Rule my Facebook Group

Posted by & filed under Destinations, Education, Faculty Development, Good Reads, How to, Ideas, Information Technology, Library, Mass Media, Social Media, Technology.

As many of you know, I have been using private Facebook groups in my classroom for a year now to encourage discussion beyond the classroom.  So far, it has been very successful.  I found this information as I was looking for support for why using Facebook in an educational way.  It explains how you don’t […]

The key to media’s hidden codes

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The key to media’s hidden codes This is a 5:59 video lesson from Ed.Ted Description: Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. Learn to decode the intricate systems of symbols that are a part of everyday life — from advertising messages to traffic signs.

Old Spice Library

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Library, Social Media, Video.

Even though this is an oldie, it’s still funny and I’m posting because it may be new to some. It has over 3.5 million views on youtube. It’s an example of using ‘safe’ humor. I’ve used it to transition to a new discussion or activity in class, but not lately as I’m not sure our […]

ADA Compliant Video and Audio Guidelines

Posted by & filed under Blackboard, Education, Technology, Training.

Do you use video in your courses? If so, are they captioned? Captions, which are the textual representation of a video’s soundtrack, are critical for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), states that communications with individuals with disabilities must be as effective as communications with others, therefore […]

Silence the Craziness

Posted by & filed under Ideas, TED, Wellness.

Many college students feel the same way I do right now: overworked, overwhelmed and anxious about tomorrow. We let all of our responsibilities overwhelm us, impeding the completion of any. What we need is some down time, away from it all, a chance for our brain to re energize and refocus. Take a peek at […]

The power of passion – Richard St. John | TED-Ed

Posted by & filed under Education, English Composition, TED.

This video would be a great way to engage students in conversations about the broader topics of passion, success, love, and wealth, and the importance of each in their lives. These conversations could then be used as a springboard for a writing activity in which students reflect on what passion means to them- how its […]

The Mystery of English Spelling

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I teach English as a Second Language. English spelling and vocabulary give students a lot of trouble and are sources of great stress.  Spelling and vocabulary can be thought of as two different skill sets yet are also intertwined.  I used this in class, and I think it could be useful in either a unit on […]