Posts By: James May

5 Apps Every Teacher Should Have

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QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) allow smart device users to easily connect to the mobile Internet, and the Inigma QR code scanner is the fastest and most widely used QR code scanner on the market, simply point and connect. Use this with your students and connect them to anything you can share with them in […]

Screen Captured!

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I get quite a few questions about Screen Capturing and Screen Casting. “How do I do it?” “Will the technique work on my phone?” “Can I do this on my tablet?” “Is it easy to teach students?” Simply put, both screen capturing and screencasting are easily and freely done on just about any device. If you […]

Planar: Clear Concept Awards

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Today, Rob McCaffrey and I submitted our applications to the Planar Clear Concept Awards for a chance to win a Planar® LookThru™ OLED transparent display. If you haven’t seen one of these yet, you should take a look at the video below, or click here to read about the 9 Things You Need to Know about […]

A Trip to Serendip

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Special thanks to Steve Cunningham for sharing this “Good Read” on Serendipity – A talent for detective work! A recent New York Times article How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity by Pagan Kennedy has the Circles team thinking about how best to take students on “Serendipitous Trips” into learning. In the article, Kennedy notes that while […]

Outsourced Memory for the Screencasting Course

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This month,  I had the honor of working with a brave group of 15 Valencia educators who took on the challenge of learning screencasting during the final 2 weeks of the semester as part of  LTAD-3388-3326 – Screencasting. You may have seen Screencast Tag (another Circles Post), which was a part of that course. Anyways, long […]

Playing with 360 Video

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Special thanks to Rob Mccaffrey and Kyle Snavely for sharing their new toy and their expertise on 360 video. I have so many ideas for how to use this technology, I didn’t even know where to begin. I shot some footage yesterday, which I am still working editing (More on that later). And while talking […]

Screencast Tag

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Tag You’re It Hello and welcome! This page was designed to help you learn a free and easy tool that will allow you to better communicate the things you do on your computer. Do you use a computer? Do you ever need to teach someone or share something that you are doing on your computer? […]

NomadCast – Live your Life

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NomadCast – the first ever mobile application to let you video stream LIVE to your Facebook Friends & Twitter followers Special thanks to John O’Keefe for sharing NomadCast with Circles of Innovation. According to John, “It is basically Periscope but better. The only drawback is that it requires an iPhone or iPad to stream. However, […]

Magic in the Classroom

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In some ways, teaching is like magic, it is usually done in front of a crowd, and when teaching is done right, it inspires wonder and excitement. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a magic trick at a conference, and I started thinking about how I could incorporate magic into my classroom. I had […]

Plickers

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Looking for an easy way to assess students without having to worry about wifi? Then you might want to try Plickers.  Plickers is an app that runs on the teacher’s smart device. The teacher uses his or her camera to take a scan of the room. Students hold Plicker cards which identify the student and his […]