Posts Categorized: Ideas

Fun Theory and the 2014 Learning Support Luau

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This presentation was designed for the 2014 Learning Support Luau for the Valencia east campus learning support team. Together we discussed game theory & fun theory and Circles challenged the learning support team to think outside of the box and create some new ways to engage students and enhance learning. We also discussed brick & mortar […]

Go the Distance with Space Aliens

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Special Thanks to Shalini Gopalkrishnan for sharing aspects of her lesson on distance with Circles of Innovation. Class: Developmental math II Introduction: When we teach students about distance rate and time, it seems rather academic. This video will engage students on some applications to it. We all know about cars and speed etc. But what happens if we […]

9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

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Special thanks to Shalini Gopalkrishnan for sharing this Good Read with Circles of Innovation. According to Shalini, one of the biggest challenge in Mathematics is motivating students and this articles gives 9 ways to do that. Click here or on the image below to get to the article.  

Critical Thinking and Civil Debate for Ordinary Life (and Ethics, btw)

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This lesson is about how basic critical thinking works, and how important it is when discussing issues that are controversial or personal or are otherwise disposed to unnecessarily heated discussions. I will begin by showing that techniques exist for this, both for regulating emotions and then for proceeding in a rational way regardless of how […]

Supervillains: the real Heroes

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Luke Leonard Title: Supervillains: the real Heroes Before class: I will require them to watch one of these three videos and to begin reading Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I explain that these videos are You Tube and not professionally done, thought the authors in these videos do have some credibility. Entrance […]

Got a meeting, take a walk TED Talk

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Here is a great video found by good friend, Kevin Rushing.  This video talks about a great idea.  The great idea is taking a walk when you have a meeting.  She explains that people want to move and not just sit.  Your ideas will flow when you take a walk.  Check out this great video. […]

“Brick & Mortar” Engagement Strategies

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Week 4 Demonstration of Engagement Practices: From icebreakers to methods to gauge depth of understanding, these active learning techniques will get your students out of their seats and involved in the topic at hand. Here are a few that we covered: Continuum Walk/Line: line up in order of experience (we did years teaching at Valencia, […]

Creative Thinking Spiral

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Businesses already know it’s smart to invest in creativity, so why do we insist on cranking out graduates–and our own children–in a way that asks them to conform to an antiquated (and arguably misplaced) system? Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, Mitchel Resnick, discusses possibility in the piece at this link. 

It’s an Infographic Syllabus!

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  Click the picture above to examine this more closely. It’s an infographic syllabus for an online Comp II class. All the necessary information is included for college requirements. The only thing missing? About ten pages of drollness. This is created using Piktochart, a free infographic-creation software using cloud technology.    

Google Car

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Introductory Video Shoot a video introducing the topic and provide purpose of lesson. Create accounts with YouTube Capture and Amara.org. You Tube Capture allows sharing of video, and Amara allows captioning. Word 2013 will allow translation of text into multiple languages, so that it can be copied and pasted into Amara captioning. Introduction Google Inc. announced […]

How YOUR Videos will revolutionize YOUR classroom

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This posts discusses not just the use of including Youtube videos in your classes, but specifically mentions the benefits of the Professor actually making the videos themselves.  Short videos of a teacher giving a lesson, primarily in an environment other than the classroom, seems to be more engaging not just compared to lectures, but is […]