Posts Categorized: How to

Virtual Reality Kits

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Special thanks to the Valencia Foundation and the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise for “Connecting the World to Valencia and Valencia to the World – A Virtual Reality.” This year, as part of my endowed chair work, I got the opportunity to learn about some amazing teaching applications for Virtual Reality and […]

Skype Conferences with Students

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Special thanks to Lauri Lott for sharing her strategy for using Skype to better connect with students. As a part time faculty member I don’t have office hours nor an office to have them.  So, instead of asking my students to come to me, I go to them.  During our course, I schedule Skype video conferences with […]

What is BackChanneling?

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BackChanneling is the practice of using computers to maintain live-time or near live-time conversations alongside live events. The term was coined in the field of Linguistics to describe listeners’ behaviors during verbal communication, Victor Yngve 1970. In the classroom, a “backchannel” provides teachers valuable feedback and helps to better engage students. There are a wide […]

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 […]

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 […]

Enhance Your Research With Google Scholar

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Google Scholar is a powerful tool that can be set to search Valencia’s Research Databases.  Google Scholar also has several useful features for faculty that are conducting literature reviews, pursuing publication, or working on an advanced degree.  Students doing research papers can take advantage of Google Scholar as well.  The video below will demonstrate how to […]

Playbuzz: Viral Quizzing for Gen C

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So, if you have been on a computer or smart device in the past few years, you have likely taken a survey, quiz, or personality inventory. You know the type I am talking about: “Name that Veggie” “The Star Wars Quiz.” Facebook is loaded with them, and most would have a hard time finding news and information […]

How do you Sli.do?

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Are you looking for a FREE tool that will allow you to poll students/participants and let them ask questions and then social rank those questions in live time? Sli.do is an easy-to-use, device agnostic (works on any device),  audience polling technology that is my current favorite for large and small audience interaction. Teachers can use it for […]

Screencastify

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Screencasting is a Teacher Trick that should be in every teacher’s toolkit. Simply put, screencasting is recording your computer screen while recording your voice to make a video that can be shared with others. You can make instructional videos, feedback videos, showcase videos, interactive videos and more. While there are many tools that teachers can buy […]

The Reading Is In Your Pocket!

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Listening to articles in pocket is great for auditory learners! Pocket was founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed […]