Monthly Archives:: October 2015

Learning Roulette

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So you have missed a few of the most recent posts to Circles of Innovation. No worries! Play a round of Learning Roulette and let the odds get you caught back up. Press “Click to Spin” on the roulette game from Classtools.net. It will randomly choose some learning for you. If the topic interests you, […]

RAK It Valencia – Random Acts of Kindness

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Saw this video at a recent Caffeine Buzz and couldn’t help but think it might make for a fun way to stimulate writing topics or an in class discussion. Try to watch the entire thing and not come up with fun ideas for how to RAK It around campus. Special thanks to Top Trending for […]

Back to the Future 2

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This is just a friendly reminder for all of you fans of the Back to the Future Franchise. This Wednesday (October 21st, 2015) is Back to the Future Day. It is the day Doc Brown and Marty McFly jumped to when they jumped into the future in the sequel to the 1985 hit movie. Last year, […]

Rain Games

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While at TEDLive 2013, I saw an amazing presentation on superhydrophobic chemicals, chemicals that are really afraid of water. In a recent Caffine Buzz, I a saw the video below on Rainworks and how this young artist from Seattle was making interesting works of art with the same product.   As I watched the video, […]

School or Prison?

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Special thanks to Andy Ray (who is currently on sabbatical and traveling through Europe). He just sent us this thought provoking image all the way from Vienna. Click here or on the image below to see the larger, more legible version. Andy, we know you are taking a bunch of pictures, and, hopefully, we will be able […]

Pecha Kucha

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Looking for an engaging way to have your students give a presentation. Have you seen Pecha Kucha? This is a presentation format started by two architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. It is 20 slides each set at 20 seconds for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds of presentation. No stopping, no digressing […]

Enhance Your Research With Google Scholar

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Google Scholar is a powerful tool that can be set to search Valencia’s Research Databases.  Google Scholar also has several useful features for faculty that are conducting literature reviews, pursuing publication, or working on an advanced degree.  Students doing research papers can take advantage of Google Scholar as well.  The video below will demonstrate how to […]

Playbuzz: Viral Quizzing for Gen C

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So, if you have been on a computer or smart device in the past few years, you have likely taken a survey, quiz, or personality inventory. You know the type I am talking about: “Name that Veggie” “The Star Wars Quiz.” Facebook is loaded with them, and most would have a hard time finding news and information […]

Meet Generation C

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  So…Who is Generation C, and more importantly, am I part of it? Chances are, if you are on this page, you saw our “Which Generation Are You?” Survey. If not, feel free to take it. Click here or on the image to the left. You can also learn more about how to make your own […]

Embedding 101

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Special thanks to the inaugural participants of the TED Talks Faculty Development Course. I made this video, in large part, due to their questions related to embedding content. I realize now, after creating the video and the title for this post, that I probably should have called this “Advanced Embedding” because I already made a basic […]

Classroom concerns of gay and lesbian students

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The LGBTQI community can pass as an invisible minority should they chose not to disclose their identity.  This study explores how an invisible minority has implications for college teaching and seeks to understand why an LGBTQI student, faculty, or staff member may not reveal this identity.  Four themes around LGBTQI identity, campus and classroom experiences, […]

Experiences and Needs Trans Community

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Due to prejudice and discrimination in education and employment based on gender identity and expression, transgender and gender nonconforming students may be more likely to attend community colleges than four-year institutions.  This article describes the problems often faced by transgender community college students and offers suggestions for how an institution can become more transgender inclusive […]

How do you Sli.do?

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Are you looking for a FREE tool that will allow you to poll students/participants and let them ask questions and then social rank those questions in live time? Sli.do is an easy-to-use, device agnostic (works on any device),  audience polling technology that is my current favorite for large and small audience interaction. Teachers can use it for […]

16 Ways to be a Transgender Advocate and Ally

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Wondering how you can make a difference in being a trans ally?  Check out this quick list of tips on how you can be an advocate for the transgender community in small but meaningful ways every day! Article 5