Posts Categorized: Ideas

Interactive Seuss Trivia Challenge

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Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! Born in 1904, today would have been his 111th birthday, and while he has been gone nearly a quarter of a century, in many ways, he is still with us. So, to honor the doc that rocks, the Circles team is sharing this Interactive Seuss Trivia Challenge, a game that […]

LikeYoYo and More Fun with GIFs

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Special thanks to Carl Creasman for sharing this idea with Circles of Innovation. After discussing yesterday’s post, Learning in a Giffy, Carl read about a new web app called LikeYoYo which turns GIFs into interactive animations. To read the Fast Company article he was reading, click here. LikeYoyo is a new online app from Turkish […]

Learning in a Giffy (Pronounced Jiffy!)

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Here is an idea for you… Use animated Gifs to help with instructions in online assignments and assessments. Update: Now you can freely and easily make any YouTube video into a gif by simply adding the letters gif to the front of the word YouTube in any YouTube Video URL.  For those of you not familiar […]

Lync with Your Community

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As many of you know, this month we are discussing Valencia’s Strategic Goal #4 Partnering with the Community. In preparation for that Circle, we wanted to share a digital click with you. Why not use Lync to Partner with Your Community? We tried to summarize the idea for you in the 1 minute video below, and […]

Learning Day 2015: Gamification, Fun Theory and the Impetus for Change

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Puzzles and Solutions “If we teach today as we taught yesterday we rob our children of tomorrow” John Dewey In a student’s lifetime 14th Century Learning Students Today Challenges – Active Learning – Gaming in the Classroom Road signs? Flow      Fiero     and     Naches Who are Sugata Mitra and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi? Possible new perspectives on […]

Learning Day 2015: Fun with Greenscreen

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So what is green screen? Why do they use green and blue material? How can it help me with students? Osceola Studio West Campus Studio DIY Kit We have pop out greenscreens and iPads with easy to use Greenscreen software installed. (The Video On Demand instructions for using the software are posted below) Cheap & […]

Great Scott, It’s Back to the Future Day!

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Twenty-five years ago this fall, Back to the Future II was released in theaters all across the country. And in the highly popular sequel, instead of jumping 30 years into the past to 1955, we traveled with Doc Brown and Marty McFly thirty years into the future to October 21st, 2015, or one year from today! Of […]

Man versus Ape Experiment

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Assignment: Remove the nut from the shaft Are we teaching the right things at school? Thanks in large part to my participation in Circles of Innovation – Fun Theory Challenge, I have been trying some new things with my First Five this semester. For those of you not familiar with the term, the term First Five relates to […]

Action Required

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Looking for a way to make sure you don’t miss your most important emails? You might want to try setting up a rule in Outlook that sends you a text message alerting you to when those important “Action Required” emails come in. If you are like me, you get a lot of emails. So perhaps, […]

Fun Theory Challenge – Ideas Have Started Coming In

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Last week, we had our first Circles of the season, and I am happy to report that ideas have already starting coming in supporting the Fun Theory Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with the topic, Fun Theory Challenge is a circle around the idea that something as simple as fun is often the easiest way to engage people and […]

Teaching “Naked”!

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This article by Jose Antonio Bowen appeared in a recent AAC&U newsletter and is based on his 2012 best seller Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. I particularly enjoyed this excerpt: As faculty, if we are primarily concerned with transmitting content, then our value will only decrease. […]

Destination: Circles Track 2014 Exit Ticket Results featuring Tagxedo

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Assessment is often a dirty word in higher education, but we’re getting better at figuring out what can/should be measured every day. On the last day of Valencia College’s annual profession development program Destination, the 2014 Circles of Innovation Track participated in a snowflake activity as an exit ticket for the five week experience. The […]

Facebook for Educators

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Many educators like myself are apprehensive about using social media tools in our classrooms.  After looking inward and analyzing why I was fearful of this, I realized that I cannot afford to be fearful of social media.  If I continue my path of fear, my students will lose a tremendous opportunity to learn how to […]