Posts Categorized: Ideas

Rocketbook: Microwaved Learning?

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Looking for a fun and easy way to save your handwritten notes to the cloud? Well, then you might want to check out Rocketbook. Starting next spring, Rocketbook will allow people to enjoy the pleasure of writing in a traditional paper and pen notebook, while digitizing all notes and sending them to the cloud, using […]

Google Easter Eggs

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An Easter egg is intentionally hidden content or messages in an interactive work such as a computer program,video game or DVD menu screen. The name Easter Egg is supposed to evoke the idea of going on an Easter Egg hunt. I really love the concept of placing hidden (aka Bonus) learning content inside of my courses. So […]

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 […]

The New Name Game

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It’s week one; can you name all of your students yet? Go ahead, feel free to play a round of the name game if that helps you, but the Circles Team has a strategy that might make the task much easier than you think.  In fact, this week, on the first day of class, I am […]

Let’s Hangout

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Like Apple’s Facetime & Microsoft’s Lynk (Now called Skype for Business) Google Hangouts allow teachers and students to get together virtually, to chat, text, videoconference and more. Students can easily install Hangouts on their devices or run Hangouts right from inside of their web browsers. Since many students already have Youtube or Gmail accounts (Remember Google owns Youtube), […]

EDpuzzle: Make Any Video Your Lesson

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As part of Destination 2015: Flipped Learning, the Circles team wanted to share a technology that would  allow teachers to easily curate great videos and then flip those videos to create interactive out of class content.Of the many technologies we tested in preparation for Destination 2015, EDpuzzle was the most robust with the easiest interface. The […]

May the Fourth Be With You in 2015

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Happy Star Wars Day everyone! I know I am revealing my inner geek a little bit here, but I think it is safe to assume that I am not the only Star Wars fan at the college or following Circles. For those of you who don’t know about Star Wars Day, it is a day where Star Wars […]

Jing for Video Feedback

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Special Update: This is no longer the Circles Recommended tool for making screencasts. We would recommend you try Screencastify. Unfortunately, because Flash in no longer a recommended file format and Jing makes it easy to create Flash Files, it is simply better to use a different tool. Unless, of course, you want to try to convert […]

How to Embed Academic Twitter Feeds into Online Courses

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Social media. Is it the bane of our students’ attention span? Have you ever wanted to use it for good rather than for evil? Maybe you’ve considered trying Twitter. Maybe you are constantly finding great resources that you’d like to post on the fly from your mobile device, but your students will never see because […]