Posts Categorized: Sparks

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 […]

My Favorite No

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While not originally intended as a quote for teachers, Donald Rumsfeld once said, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we […]

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 […]

Paper Is Not Dead!

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For those of you still holding out, for those of you who know in your heart of hearts that “Paper Is Not Dead!”, this video is for you! Actually, I think all of you will get a kick out of this one. I am a digital guy, but after watching this, I have to admit, paper is […]

History of Ideas – short podcasts

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BBC animated podcasts, from 90 seconds to 12 minutes in length, can be useful discussion sparks or background reference material for your classes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3vVjcY47k2p5Wsnj3ZFHV5W/a-history-of-ideas

The Next Generation Infographics: GIFographics

Posted by & filed under Circles, infographic, Sparks, Technology.

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]