Posts By: James May

A New Perspective on Dance

Posted by & filed under Dance, Humanities, Video.

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

Posted by & filed under Ideas.

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.

Bricks & Tricks with Rhonda Atkinson

Posted by & filed under Education, Ideas.

Special thanks to Rhonda Atkinson for taking the time to chat with the Circles team about some of her favorite Brick & Mortar strategies for the classroom. In the video below, she discusses how she uses a simple deck of cards as non-digital classroom clickers. She also shares one of her favorite bricks, the Fake […]

Lightboards Across the Curriculum

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Last Friday I had the opportunity to share our latest innovative tech tool with some colleagues from the Tampa Area. Special thanks to Tony Erban, Chair of Education at the University of Tampa, and Silvina Iglesias a Spanish teacher at Robinson High School in Hillsborough County, for dropping by, brainstorming, and trying out some new ways to use […]

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.

The Adjacent Possible

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For those of you not familiar with the term “The Adjacent Possible,” it was originally coined by the biologist Stuart Kauffman, but it was recently popularizedin Steven Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From. You will find an RSA Animate video summary of his book at the bottom of this page. Basically, it refers to the fact […]

Waffles and Remote Reality Teaching

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Video.

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

Posted by & filed under Good Reads, Ideas.

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

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Math, Technology.

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 […]