Posts Categorized: Ideas

Digi-know? – Turning text files into audio files for your audiophiles

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Do you have any articles you would like to read, but just don’t have the time to do so? Perhaps a colleague shared a great article, but you just can’t seem to fit the reading time into your busy schedule. Well, have you ever considered converting the article into an audio file that you can […]

Going Walkabout: Picture Assignments

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In our last face-to-face Circles of Innovation session we talked about the power of going Walkabout. We even watched John Medina’s Brain Rule on how exercise helps to stimulate BDNF. Sharon May was kind enough to send Circles an example of how she uses the concept of Walkabout in her Digital Learning Strategies course. For […]

THE Initiatives

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Just saw a very interesting presentation @InnovationsConf #INNA14. Long story short, J.D. Cootz and the team at Lone Star College Montgomery were presenting on THE Initiatives (where THE =Teaching Highlighting Engagement), their new classroom space, and their new theme based courses. The courses are kind of like LinC courses but linked by themes such as […]

Mindful Moments: 50 Micro-Activites for Energizing the College Classroom

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I just went to a very interesting presentation @InnovationsConf #INNA14 about Teaching with the Brain in Mind: What Neuroscience Can – and Cannot – Tell Us About How Students Learn.  Dr. Amy Marin’s work actually came from some work she did for a Cross Papers Fellowship Monograph.   As part of the presentation, she gave out […]

Exploring Virtual Worlds through Minecraft

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Special thanks to Humanities Instructor Kaylin Evans for sharing this creative idea with Circles. For a long time, Kaylin has wanted to build a game that would immerse students in the Humanities and “Bring Things to Life”. Kaylin doesn’t consider herself all that techy and because she wasn’t sure how to build the games, like many […]

Road Signs

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In 1971, the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) stipulated that yield signs should be red with a white triangle in the center and red lettering. The signs were changed in color because red is thought to be more attention grabbing. Prior to the 70s yellow was the most visible color, but the invention […]

How to Rock a Google Search

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How to Rock a Google Search! Understanding Key Commands Before the iPad, and before the mouse, we used keyboards and Both Mac and PC platforms utilize key commands (special combinations of keyboard keys pressed simultaneously or in sequence) to enhance the human/computer interface. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this. For example, one study found […]