Posts By: James May

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 […]

Brain Science or Bunk?

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In preparations for this month’s Circle on Brain Rules, I stumbled upon this good read from NPR. Can you tell the difference between the Brain Science and the Bunk? Do those brain games from companies like Lumosity actually help? Well, you might be surprised by the recent findings. Click here to read more from the Morning […]

Screening and Screenagers

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In his book, The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly, a leading technology thinker and writer, identifies 12 technological forces that will be shaping our future, and one of these 12 is screening. Kelly suggests, “We are no longer people of the book, we are now people of the screen.” We wake up and check our screens; we look at […]

Blue Energy

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Could fresh water boundaries be the future of energy? I read an interesting article this morning and just had to share. Long story short, researchers at the Ècole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) may have found a way to use osmosis at the boundaries of fresh and salt water to harvest power. Moreover, the EPFL is working with […]