Posts By: Robert McCaffrey

Adobe Voice: Show your story. In minutes. – YouTube

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One of the biggest requests I get as a Digital Media instructor is for advice on easy ways to do visual storytelling. I haven’t had a chance to use this app yet…but the price tag is listed as ‘free’ and the YouTube promo looks impressive. Adobe Voice: Show your story. In minutes. – YouTube.

Screens in the Classroom

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I’ve taught for nearly a decade in a computer lab where every student has access to a computer, so it catches me off guard when I run into a colleagues deliberating how to get computers (and now, tablets and phones) out of their classroom. The concern is usually that the students are distracting themselves from the […]

6 Ways to Save Your Life — and Your Company | LinkedIn

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6 Ways to Save Your Life — and Your Company | LinkedIn. During the year I served as Valencia’s Faculty Council president, I found myself missing the fifteen or so hours per week I was walking around a classroom. After just two months of sitting in meetings and at my office computers I had gained […]

The future of the tech industry: Buy your own or universal access | LinkedIn

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The future of the tech industry: Buy your own or universal access | LinkedIn. Courtesy of the “Technology-Using Professors” group on LinkedIn.com, this short article discusses the possibilities provided by a “sharing” economy. Citing examples of direct sharing services like Airbnb and Uber, free Wi-Fi provided by communication companies and businesses and other examples of […]

Leadership in the Classroom | LinkedIn

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Leadership in the Classroom | LinkedIn. This short article comes courtesy of the “Technology-Using Professors” group on LinkedIn.com. It gives a succinct description for some of the ways you can lead your students to success.

Edu-nology

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Thanks to Reneva Walker for this post: Need some suggestions on how to incorporate technology in your class? Read what other educators are doing…this captured my attention. Top Ten Technology Blogs for Education

Best Buy’s Website is Trying to Take on Amazon

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Thanks to Jan Mangos for this post: In Business, we’re deep into the study of amazon as the “retail disrupter.” A disrupter is a power so big and so strong that it can forever change the face of an industry.  Best Buy, along with other retailers, has been suffering because it could not adjust its […]

Does Texting Hurt Your Grammar?

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Thanks to Ashley Miller for this post: This article gives an overview of recent recent findings on how texting has affected students’ grammar, and what those findings suggest. The entire image of the infographic can be accessed in the article. I like the infographic because it presents detailed findings related to the article and presents […]

You Are Learning Something Important When It…

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Thanks to Shahnaz Kanani for this post on creating engagement for a subject: This post discusses one of the important aspects of teaching and learning: becoming involved, interested, and passionate about a subject matter. Personally I believe until I don’t help students become interested in the concept covered in a class session, they do not […]

Memorize Speeches? No Way!

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Thanks to Debra Hodges for this blog post on public speaking horror stories: Professional public speaker/communicator shares negative view of memorized speeches/talks

Physicsworld

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Thanks to Irina Struganova for this physics periodical: News and multimedia related to physics, technology, applications, and social issues. http://blog.physicsworld.com/

Can Video Games Make You Smarter

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Thanks to Ann Testa for this edition of the ASAPScience video blog. Lots of interesting information on how the brain works. Are video games a waste of time or can they make you smarter?? Does the cognitive function in your brain increase after playing video games?!  The video provides some interesting brain exercises.

The Lean Startup

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I’ve been reading business books this summer as I try to update the curriculum for Digital Industry Practices. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries finally got me to understand concepts like ‘minimum viable project’ and ‘fast iteration’ that I hear my web developer friends talking about so often. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous […]

Green Screen

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During Destination Week 3 we discussed several ways to produce media. I ran a session on creating media with green screens. This technology leverages a computer’s ability to display pixels as totally opaque (full opacity) or totally invisible (full transparency). If you’ve ever created a photo slideshow with cross dissolves, you have seen how a […]