Posts By: James May

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

Storing Data in DNA

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Where do you keep your data? Do you store your files on on your home computer? in your Dropbox? on your Google Drive? on Facebook? New research may change the way we store our data in the future. Researchers out of Columbia University say the new strategy allows for 215 petabytes of data to be stored […]

Metaphors Be With You!

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For those of you who attended our February session of Circles on Creativity, you may remember the TEDx talk we used featuring Graham Shaw. In that video, Graham showed us how all of us can be artists if we learn a basic process for drawing. Below you will find another TEDx talk by Graham. This […]

Alamo Colleges Visit

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Special thanks to our visitors from Alamo Colleges for allowing the Circles team to share some ideas with them today. As promised, here is the outsourced memory mixtape of our session. Question Framing/Functional Fixedness Discussion It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. Mark Twain […]

Playing with Robots

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This week we got to test an idea that has been in development for a couple of months now. Basically, we finished our build and tested a telepresence robot, and all in, it cost about $40.00 dollars (Thanks again Dick for your investment in this project). Our prototype is not yet ready for prime time, so you won’t […]

Pay It Forward with Pizza

Posted by & filed under Empathy, Humanities, Video.

I recall a humorous example of dangling modifiers that I saw years ago. “With one quick call, three pizzas saved the day!” How can pizza’s save the day? Well… This video shows just that. This touching video can make a great spark for empathy. Learn how a pizzeria owner solved a community issue of feeding the […]

Do You Have FMOOWMP?

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Special thanks to the team at ASU for putting together this humorous take on Office Hours. Do you or your students have FMOOWMP? Click here or watch the video below to learn more. After posting this, we got some feedback offering some interesting ideas for how to increase engagement and reduce FMOOWMP. Do you have […]

Creativity in the Classroom

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Would you like to communicate ideas more effectively? Have you ever considered using images that you draw while you communicate? Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin, shows us how to be generative with our ideas through the use of pictures. Can’t draw! Well… as long as you know how to draw these […]

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 […]