Posts By: James May

Valencia Technology Club – Green Screen & Remote Reality

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Special thanks to the Valencia Technology Club for the invitation to share and discuss tech. On Wed. Nov 9th, I visited the club and shared some of the work the Circles team has been doing with green screen and remote reality. It is always such a pleasure to get out and bounce ideas with engaged minds. Thanks again, […]

4 year old Russian girl speaks 7 languages

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Special thanks to Nissa Hopkins for sharing this amazing story. Meet Bella Devyatkina, the four year old polyglot. She speaks Russian, English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish & Arabic. She also reads in multiple languages. She has become an overnight sensation thanks to her performance on Amazing People, a Russian television show.

Waffles and Remote Reality Teaching

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Special thanks to Andy Ray, West Campus Professor of Building Construction Technologies, for his help with this post. One of my favorite things to do in my current roll as a faculty fellow is to share new innovations with faculty. It is always amazing to me how many ideas can be generated from a quick, informal discussion. […]

Prince Ea Just Sued the School System

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Special thanks to Rob McCaffrey for sharing this video with the Circles Team. For quite a few years now there has been a growing contingent of faculty and staff  at the college that has been discussing the need for digital and pedagogical shift, but I must admit, I haven’t read or heard anyone put it like […]

Understanding Screenagers

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Special thanks to Carl Creasman for sharing this GoodRead on the topic of students and social media. The article, Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey into the Social Media Lives of Teens, offers some interesting perspectives into the social media world of teens, a world most of us know exists but have never really been to. In […]

Classkick

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Classkick is a learning platform that allows students to do their work and get help right when they need it most. This new tool can be used in the classroom to help monitor and differentiate instruction; it can be used for First 5 activities or Exit Tickets; It can be embedded into online learning management […]

Active Learning in Biology Courses

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In a recent Circles session on Lake Nona, I had an interesting conversation with Dr. Andrew Piercy (Professor of Biology). He was sharing information about a article he had read on the use of active learning in science classrooms. He was kind enough to share the article with Circles (Thanks Andrew). Click here for more information […]

UoPeople

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University of the People is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online, American university. In fact, according to Inside Higher Ed, Uopeople already has articulation agreements with some American Universities.  How will this change the way people look at college?

Any.do

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Special thanks to Neal Phillips for sharing his strategy for staying organized. According to Neal, “Any.do is the phone application you need to stay organized.  And your students can use it too!  Students can even share their lists of things to do — hint, hint — great for collaborative work.  And it is FREE. :)” Web […]

The McGurk Effect

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Is this guy saying Ga, Da, or Ba? Not sure, close your eyes and just listen. The video demonstrates an interesting sensory illusion known as the McGurk Effect. According to Dr. John Medina, the author of Brain Rules, when students receive multi-sensory input, their brains encode the information better and they are able to hold on […]