Posts By: James May

Meet Zenbo – Your Smart Little Buddy

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Zenbo is described as a, “capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families.” What do you think? Would you want one? What about Zenbo for the classroom? Would you like to learn more? Click here. 

Five Things: Blackboard Vs. Canvas

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Last month, Liza Schellpfeffer and I kicked off a new video series called “Five Things.” The plan is to release a short video each month on the five things you should know about Canvas and/or our Transition to Canvas. If you have questions, or would like to see something featured in one of our five things […]

VR Kits: A Quick How To

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If you have been hesitant to try out the new kits, we know this lesson will having you exploring VR in a GIFfy. It is easier than you might think.  Special thanks to Kevin Thomas for his help with the videography and to Amanda Molina for her acting talents, and, of course, special thanks to the […]

Introducing Hypothes.is

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The Hypothesis Project is an effort to implement an old idea: A conversation layer over the entire web that works everywhere. Imagine having your students interact with each other in an online conversation that takes place in a content layer over an existing website, image, infographic, news article, poem, etc. You don’t need permission from […]

Faculty and Instructional Development at Valencia

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Click the image below or this link to view the 2017 Faculty and Instructional Development Graphic. Valencia College has a Teaching and Learning Division which houses Faculty and Instructional Development, the Teaching/Learning Academy for tenure-track faculty, Online Teaching and Learning, and Strategic Learning Initiatives (such as our QEP). The division is led by an Assistant Vice […]

5 Keys to a Successful Team

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I recently read an article in the New York Times titled What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team. Interested in the topic, I then found the Google Re-Work post  The five keys to a successful Google team. Long Story short, researchers at Google spent over two years conducting 200+ interviews with the employees and looking […]

Virtual Reality Kits

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Special thanks to the Valencia Foundation and the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise for “Connecting the World to Valencia and Valencia to the World – A Virtual Reality.” This year, as part of my endowed chair work, I got the opportunity to learn about some amazing teaching applications for Virtual Reality and […]

Air Hockey: Smartphone vs Human

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Chances are you have played Air hockey, the classic arcade game. Some of you may have even played Air Hockey on a smart device with others or against the computer, but have you ever seen real life Air Hockey against your Phone? Would you like to know more about how they did this? Want to […]

Skype Conferences with Students

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Special thanks to Lauri Lott for sharing her strategy for using Skype to better connect with students. As a part time faculty member I don’t have office hours nor an office to have them.  So, instead of asking my students to come to me, I go to them.  During our course, I schedule Skype video conferences with […]

Service Learning Across the Curriculum

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Special thanks to David Stendel for the share. David has recently created a service learning project for his Intro to Programing course. Curriculum Plan Service Learning Prof Dev – COP 1000C The idea of the project is to provide a way for the students to earn course credit while helping the community, by gathering the […]

The Teaching Professor: Bricks, Clicks, & Teacher Tricks

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Thank you for coming to our session today at The Teaching Professor Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. As we noted in our presentation,  this page is your outsourced memory for our session feel free to take our ideas and remix them and share them as you see fit. If you would like to contact either of us, please […]

Transactive Memory

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Transactive Memory –  a psychological hypothesis first proposed by Daniel Wegner describing the mechanisms through which groups collectively encode, store, and retrieve knowledge. Today, students don’t remember things, they remember where things are. Then, they go and retrieve them when they need them. This is also known as the Google Effect.  This powerful effect is changing how and when students […]

What is BackChanneling?

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BackChanneling is the practice of using computers to maintain live-time or near live-time conversations alongside live events. The term was coined in the field of Linguistics to describe listeners’ behaviors during verbal communication, Victor Yngve 1970. In the classroom, a “backchannel” provides teachers valuable feedback and helps to better engage students. There are a wide […]

Creativity and Adjacent Possibilities

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Special thanks to the Valencia Technology Club for the invitation to share and discuss tech. On Wed. Apr 5th 2017, I visited the club and shared some of the work the Circles team has been making with our robot and our lightboard. We also discussed creativity and how we could bring a MakerSpace to East Campus. It is […]

FarmBot

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Have you seen this? FarmBot Genesis is humanity’s first open-source CNC farming machine designed for at-home automated food production. Pre-order your FarmBot at 25% off during July only to save $1,000. Learn more at https://farmbot.io