Monthly Archives:: September 2015


Posted by & filed under How to, Ideas, Video.

Screencasting is a Teacher Trick that should be in every teacher’s toolkit, but it is also something that students should know about. Simply put, screencasting is recording your computer screen while recording your voice to make a video that can be shared with others. You can make instructional videos, feedback videos, showcase videos, interactive videos and […]

Mathematica for Education

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Special Thanks to Joshua Guillemette, Professor of Mathematics, for sharing this teaching tool with Circles of Innovation. According to Joshua, Mathematica is a computational engine and data visualization tool that uses natural language input.  Basically you use it to “compute” queries instead of “search” queries.  For faculty across disciplines I think the best feature is that it has […]

Rocketbook: Microwaved Learning?

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Looking for a fun and easy way to save your handwritten notes to the cloud? Well, then you might want to check out Rocketbook. Starting next spring, Rocketbook will allow people to enjoy the pleasure of writing in a traditional paper and pen notebook, while digitizing all notes and sending them to the cloud, using […]

Rocks, Pebbles and Sand

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I saw a wonderful video today at the Academic Affairs & Planning Division Meeting (Thank you Kari Makepeace). It would make for a wonderful conversation starter/Circles Spark. Enjoy!

Google Easter Eggs

Posted by & filed under Blackboard, Ideas, Sparks.

An Easter egg is intentionally hidden content or messages in an interactive work such as a computer program,video game or DVD menu screen. The name Easter Egg is supposed to evoke the idea of going on an Easter Egg hunt. I really love the concept of placing hidden (aka Bonus) learning content inside of my courses. So […]

The Reading Is In Your Pocket!

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Listening to articles in pocket is great for auditory learners! Pocket was founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed […]

The New Name Game

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It’s week one; can you name all of your students yet? Go ahead, feel free to play a round of the name game if that helps you, but the Circles Team has a strategy that might make the task much easier than you think.  In fact, this week, on the first day of class, I am […]