Posts Categorized: Sparks

You’ve Gotta Love Millennials

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Special thanks to Sarah Courtmanche from St. Lucie for sharing this video with Circles of Innovation. It is definitely a conversation starter! Sorry Millenials, you may not find it as funny as some of us Boomers/Xers do, but you have to appreciate this guy’s mashup skills (Learn more about Mashups here). For those of you looking for […]

Will Tega Take Our Jobs?

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How strong is your social/emotional intelligence? Not sure? Feel free to test your skills at Lab in the Wild or at Berkley’s Body Language Quiz. Both of these tests are designed to test your ability to identify people’s affective states.  The ability to read the emotions of others is an important skill for teachers. It allows us […]

Magic in the Classroom

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In some ways, teaching is like magic, it is usually done in front of a crowd, and when teaching is done right, it inspires wonder and excitement. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a magic trick at a conference, and I started thinking about how I could incorporate magic into my classroom. I had […]

Robot Journalism

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A few weeks ago at Educause, I saw a presentation by Kyle Bowen and the team at Penn State on Robot Writers and the Future of Open Learning Materials. Basically, Kyle and his team have been working on algorithmic approaches for creating open-content textbooks outlined by authors and written by robots. In the presentation, Kyle indicated that […]

RAK It Valencia – Random Acts of Kindness

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Saw this video at a recent Caffeine Buzz and couldn’t help but think it might make for a fun way to stimulate writing topics or an in class discussion. Try to watch the entire thing and not come up with fun ideas for how to RAK It around campus. Special thanks to Top Trending for […]

Rain Games

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While at TEDLive 2013, I saw an amazing presentation on superhydrophobic chemicals, chemicals that are really afraid of water. In a recent Caffine Buzz, I a saw the video below on Rainworks and how this young artist from Seattle was making interesting works of art with the same product.   As I watched the video, […]

School or Prison?

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Special thanks to Andy Ray (who is currently on sabbatical and traveling through Europe). He just sent us this thought provoking image all the way from Vienna. Click here or on the image below to see the larger, more legible version. Andy, we know you are taking a bunch of pictures, and, hopefully, we will be able […]

Meet Generation C

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  So…Who is Generation C, and more importantly, am I part of it? Chances are, if you are on this page, you saw our “Which Generation Are You?” Survey. If not, feel free to take it. Click here or on the image to the left. You can also learn more about how to make your own […]

Rocks, Pebbles and Sand

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I saw a wonderful video today at the Academic Affairs & Planning Division Meeting (Thank you Kari Makepeace). It would make for a wonderful conversation starter/Circles Spark. Enjoy!

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 […]