Monthly Archives:: September 2014

The Next Generation Infographics: GIFographics

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Combining animated GIF’s into Infographics makes them more eye-catching and keeps the attention of those who are easily distracted (SQUIRREL!). These sites showcase how this technique can be used to create compelling presentations of data, and could inspire students to challenge the static PowerPoint slide:  

The Library – Not for stuffy stuff anymore!

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I never thought that the library only contained higher level contemplation material.   But then, I live here.  I get to see a lot of the fun stuff in our collection all the time.  I only hear whispers of people postulating about ancient texts and boring books.  Really?  In our library?  Not a chance!  We have […]

Man versus Ape Experiment

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Assignment: Remove the nut from the shaft Are we teaching the right things at school? Thanks in large part to my participation in Circles of Innovation – Fun Theory Challenge, I have been trying some new things with my First Five this semester. For those of you not familiar with the term, the term First Five relates to […]

Action Required

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Looking for a way to make sure you don’t miss your most important emails? You might want to try setting up a rule in Outlook that sends you a text message alerting you to when those important “Action Required” emails come in. If you are like me, you get a lot of emails. So perhaps, […]

Fun Theory Challenge – Ideas Have Started Coming In

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Last week, we had our first Circles of the season, and I am happy to report that ideas have already starting coming in supporting the Fun Theory Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with the topic, Fun Theory Challenge is a circle around the idea that something as simple as fun is often the easiest way to engage people and […]

What is it?

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Every once in a while, someone shares a picture, cartoon, or other conversation starter with me related to education. My father-in-law recently sent me this one. I had to post it. How different is the world today from the one we grew up in? Can you think of a better caption than “What is it?” […]

Fun Theory Challenge – Now Accepting Submissions

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Fun Theory is simply the idea that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. Want people to take stairs instead of the escalator? Turn the stairs into a piano! Want people to use hand sanitizer? Have the sanitizer machine talk to them as they walk past! […]

Movenote: Presenting Made Simple

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Special thanks to Professor Richard Gair for sharing this App with Circles of Innovation. As soon as I saw it, I had to give it a try. I downloaded it to my phone and made the test video below in just under a minute. It was super easy! It definitely has me thinking about how I […]

Coffee Pot Challenge

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Circles of Innovation is back, and we are kicking off the 2014 -2015 season with the “Fun Theory Challenge,” a circle around the idea that something as simple as fun is often the easiest way to engage people and change learning behaviors for the better. Please join us if you can. It is going to […]