Posts Categorized: Sparks

Critters In Your Salad!

Posted by & filed under Biology, infographic, Sparks, Wellness.

Cyclospora cayetanensis is an emerging food-borne parasitic pathogen that has been reported in many outbreaks in the U.S. since the 1990s. Human infection occurs when food or water contaminated with sporulated oocysts is consumed by the host.  The food items implicated in these food infections are imported fresh produce such as: raspberries, basil, snow peas, […]

Can’t Touch It!

Posted by & filed under infographic, Sparks, Technology.

Microbes are everywhere! They’re in the soil, water, on vegetation and some lives in or on our bodies. The majority of them are harmless or beneficial to us but the ones that cause serious diseases scare us the most. As we go out and do our daily routines we come in contact with these microbes […]

Power of Positive Action to Enact Change

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Sparks, Video.

This video can be used to prompt discussions (in a variety of courses) regarding the nature of positive actions, choosing hope to enact change. While the source is an ad for a Thai insurance company, the message is powerful and well done. The end hints that the change may have challenged others who witness kindness […]

An incredible video on the power of cultural fictions

Posted by & filed under Circles, Education, Ideas, Sparks.

Happy Wednesday! Below is a short (and disturbing) animated video that explores how cultural fictions (especially ideas of supremacy) get passed down from one generation to another. I plan to use this video as a conversation starter regarding our cultural assumptions that are rooted not in fact but in constructed discourse of one’s specific culture. […]

Getting Green Done by way of an Electrical Engineering Technology A.S. Degree!

Posted by & filed under Education, Good Reads, Ideas, Math, Science, Sparks, STEM, Strategy, Technology, Training.

Confidently march across that bridge spanning the demand for green jobs and the supply of qualified people ready to fill them by earning an A.S. in EET…your green job credential! This blog post explains the value of an EET degree in the context of obtaining a green job. I found this blog at the Ecotech […]

Renewable Energy Snapshot of 2050

Posted by & filed under Blackboard, Brain-based Learning, Education, Ideas, infographic, Math, Science, Sparks, STEM, Strategy, Technology.

Author: Deb Hall Discipline: Electrical Engineering Technology Text: This infographic highlights the inevitable increase of renewable energy implementation by 2050. I also like it because of its simplicity and connection to something that my students might be doing everyday like make a “cuppa” tea! I also have a theory rolling around in the back of […]

Spies Like U.S.?

Posted by & filed under Destinations, Sparks.

An investigation conducted by FRONTLINE and aired by local PBS explains how the government spies on millions of Americans. Only part ONE is available at this time. Part TWO will be aired on May 20, 2014. Please follow United States of Secrets through this link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/  

Images: Cell Phone use in Classroom

Posted by & filed under Education, Mass Media, Sparks, Technology.

Some educators have policies restricting usage of cell phones at all times in the classroom; this is completely understandable to maintain academic integrity for memory recall quizzes and exams. However, there is an alternate approach that encourages students to utilize tablet devices and data-enabled phones during learning activities to take advantage of the technology with […]

Infographic: Students Like Social Media

Posted by & filed under infographic, Sparks.

To demonstrate how to post to circles, I put together a short sample video using this infographic. It has some interesting statistics that could be used to spark some interesting conversations about digital shift and how our as teachers continues to change. Enjoy the infographic. http://socialtimes.com/files/2012/03/students-like-social-media.jpg

IM:\>2 Walkabout Ideas from TED

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Sparks, TED.

The graphic to the left, and the title sake of this post is pronounced “impromptu.” For those of you not used to text speak…the IM  sounds like M, :\> represents the old DOS prompt (giving us M Prompt) and the last sound is 2 (two) which could represent second try, second session, or speaking with […]

SpaceX and the Future Tense

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Ever wish you had majored in a different field? After watching the video of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 reusable rocket, part of me wishes I had spent more time on my math homework. The video below is the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking its first test flight at the SpaceX rocket development facility. F9R lifts off from […]

Rethinking Cellphone Policies

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Special thanks to Al Groccia who shared this with Circles. The video below makes for a great conversations starter with respect to the conversation of cellphones in the classroom. Long story short, up until this April fools stunt, this teacher’s policy was that if a phone rings in class the student must answer it on speakerphone. […]

Muscle from Fishing Line?

Posted by & filed under Science, Sparks.

Ok science types, it is time to get into those labs, garages, or hacker spaces and play (I mean study/learn). The video below is a demonstration of how to make heat reactive muscle fibers from twisted fishing line.”The application opportunities for these polymer muscles are vast,” said Ray Baughman, a materials scientist at the University […]