Posts Categorized: Sparks

The Next Generation Infographics: GIFographics

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Combining animated GIF’s into Infographics makes them more eye-catching and keeps the attention of those who are easily distracted (SQUIRREL!). These sites showcase how this technique can be used to create compelling presentations of data, and could inspire students to challenge the static PowerPoint slide: www.gifographic.co.uk www.dailyseoblog.com/gifographics/ blog.visual.ly/animated-gif-infographics  

Man versus Ape Experiment

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Sparks, Video.

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 […]

What is it?

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Every once in a while, someone shares a picture, cartoon, or other conversation starter with me related to education. My father-in-law recently sent me this one. I had to post it. How different is the world today from the one we grew up in? Can you think of a better caption than “What is it?” […]

Nightly News: Homework Diner Serves Up Success

Posted by & filed under Education, Sparks, Strategy.

One of our Strategic Goals at Valencia College is to “Partner with the Community”.  A recipe for success in academia must incorporate partnerships with multiple pathways and support from varieties of disciplines.  To truly be a “gem” of a program there can be a little love and dining – simply sharing a meal still is one […]

Standing up to High School Bullies

Posted by & filed under Good Reads, Sparks, Strategy.

For those of you who are parents with school age children, you may find the inspiring story of Maya Van Wagenen useful when counseling youth on navigating the corridors of high school. While there have been many books  (and movies by John Hughes and others) which explore what can be a minefield of awkward positioning […]

Threaded Lesson: Is the War on Drugs a War against Minority Communities?

Posted by & filed under Education, Humanities, infographic, Sparks.

Heather Bryson Lesson: The War on Drugs Introduction: Is the War on Drugs a War on Minority Communities? Short Lecture: History of the 15th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act, and the War on Drugs Video: Ted-Ed – Bryan Stevenson “We Need  to Talk about an Injustice” http://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice Group analysis(5 or 6 small groups): Analysis of […]

How to Kick Ass with Words

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Without a doubt, fight scenes are a necessity of fiction. Even the most celebrated “literary” fiction writers include aggressive confrontations. Authors like Flannery O’Connor and Tobias Wolfe recognized the importance of violence in writing about humanity. It would be a bald-faced lie to claim that in our Friday night entertainment we don’t yearn for it. […]

Laugh your eyes out!

Posted by & filed under Blogs, Circles, Library, Passion, Sparks.

A kind-hearted blog that might be used for comic relief, Googly Eyed Literature could be used in a lesson in which you want to discuss a work of fiction and introduce the discussion with a chuckle. This blog has so many classics with googly eyes. Click on the book for more titles.  

6 Ways to Save Your Life — and Your Company | LinkedIn

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6 Ways to Save Your Life — and Your Company | LinkedIn. During the year I served as Valencia’s Faculty Council president, I found myself missing the fifteen or so hours per week I was walking around a classroom. After just two months of sitting in meetings and at my office computers I had gained […]

Musical Microbiology: A Happy Mix

Posted by & filed under Biology, Music, Science, Sparks, STEM, Technology, Video.

Music videos are great in a science class. It can be used as ice-breakers at the beginning of a lesson, such as this one on Food Safety. Food borne diseases are frequently reported in the news media. Many of these ailments are of microbial causation. You might have heard some people complaining about abdominal pain […]

You Are Learning Something Important When It…

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Thanks to Shahnaz Kanani for this post on creating engagement for a subject: This post discusses one of the important aspects of teaching and learning: becoming involved, interested, and passionate about a subject matter. Personally I believe until I don’t help students become interested in the concept covered in a class session, they do not […]

Can Video Games Make You Smarter

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Thanks to Ann Testa for this edition of the ASAPScience video blog. Lots of interesting information on how the brain works. Are video games a waste of time or can they make you smarter?? Does the cognitive function in your brain increase after playing video games?!  The video provides some interesting brain exercises.

Lesson Plan: A Lazy Electron Wake-up Call around Series-Parallel Circuits

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Deb Hall Title: A Lazy Electron Wake-up Call around Series-Parallel Circuits Class: EET 1214C Introduction to Engineering Technology Introduction: I selected this particular topic because many of my students seem to find measuring current within a circuit to be most challenging. I think that these tools might help engage my audience because it will capture […]