Posts By: James May

Digi-Know about Texting Games?

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It may have once been true that computer games encouraged us to interact more with machines than with each other. But if you still think of gamers as loners, then you’re not playing games. The quote above comes from Jane McGonigal, the author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They […]

Games or Gamification?

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Do you remember these? Can you name them? In the early 1990’s, these two games were released as part of Windows Operating Systems to offices worldwide, and many productivity hours were lost; however, Solitaire and Mindsweeper did do their jobs. Believe it or not, these games were designed for more than fun, they were designed […]

Lightboard Fun Too!

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Last fall I had the chance to work with Juan Pablo Castro and Tho Giang on their math projects for Julie Phelps’ Intensive College Algebra course. This year, I had the honor of working with Muhaimen Shaheed and Anael Ais. They were the first students to try out our new Lightboard. The lightboard is currently […]

Interactive Campus Tours with 360 Video

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Special Thanks to Hannah and Jacob for their help in this short proof of concept test. Today we tested the use of YouTube End Screen Annotations to make 360 videos interactive for viewers. By placing end screens in the end of a 360 video, viewers have the ability to jump from one 360 video to […]

A New Perspective on Dance

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Special thanks to Dr. Suzanne Salapa and her dance students for sharing their talents with the Circles team. This morning we recorded some behind the scenes footage of a rehearsal for one of their upcoming performances. To learn more about upcoming dance events at Valencia, click here. The piece they are rehearsing is titled I Am with […]

Avoiding Negativity Bias

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“one cockroach will spoil a bowl of cherries, while a cherry will do nothing for a bowl of cockroaches”. This morning one of my digital feeds sent me an interesting read, one that really got me thinking about negativity bias. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Negativity Bias, also known as the negativity […]

Is Video Texting the Future of Communications?

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  We have all either heard it, said it or thought it before. Why don’t students read their emails? Why do they text message instead of just talking to each other? Why is everything changing so fast? In the last two decades, there has been tremendous change in the way we communicate. Of course, for our […]

Safeshare.tv

Posted by & filed under APPs, Technology.

Ok, so we have all been there. You are trying to share the perfect Youtube or Vimeo video in class but instead you end up waiting for advertising or, worse yet,  you embarrassingly notice that there is inappropriate marketing in the right side of the screen. Why? Can’t someone just make a tool to make our lives easier […]

Switcheroo

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Special thanks to Amanda Kern for taking the time to talk with the Circles team and share her Switcheroo strategy for getting her students to adapt to change.