Posts Categorized: Strategy

Resetting Canvas Wiki Pages

Posted by & filed under Canvas, Strategy.

Some teachers like to use “Find the Flaw” challenges with their students. For example, I like to give my students a letter to fix. This is a lesson I have used in my classroom for years. Long story short, I stumbled upon the following letter on a trip to the National Archives in Washington, DC. In […]

Enhance Discussions with Kaltura

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Strategy, Technology, Training.

Special thanks to Jeff Hogan for sharing this training video with the Circles team. In the short video below, Jeff demonstrates how to use Kaltura which is a new tool for both teachers and students that can be found in the BlackBoard Mashups area. This tool allows students to easily and safely record videos and […]

Screen Captured!

Posted by & filed under Ideas, images, Strategy, Technology.

I get quite a few questions about Screen Capturing and Screen Casting. “How do I do it?” “Will the technique work on my phone?” “Can I do this on my tablet?” “Is it easy to teach students?” Simply put, both screen capturing and screencasting are easily and freely done on just about any device. If you […]

Learning in a Giffy (Pronounced Jiffy!)

Posted by & filed under Ideas, Strategy, Technology, Video.

Here is an idea for you… Use animated Gifs to help with instructions in online assignments and assessments. Update: Now you can freely and easily make any YouTube video into a gif by simply adding the letters gif to the front of the word YouTube in any YouTube Video URL.  For those of you not familiar […]

Padlet

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Special thanks to Dr. Susan Dunn for sharing how she uses Padlet with her students. Click here to try it out for yourself.    or go to    https://padlet.com/ For those of you who haven’t seen it, Padlet is an easy-to-use, free, interactive web tool that can be easily employed in any class format! In short, […]

Learning Day 2015: Gamification, Fun Theory and the Impetus for Change

Posted by & filed under Brain-based Learning, Circles, Good Reads, Ideas, Strategy.

Puzzles and Solutions “If we teach today as we taught yesterday we rob our children of tomorrow” John Dewey In a student’s lifetime 14th Century Learning Students Today Challenges – Active Learning – Gaming in the Classroom Road signs? Flow      Fiero     and     Naches Who are Sugata Mitra and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi? Possible new perspectives on […]

Learning Day 2015: Teaching with iPads and Smart Devices

Posted by & filed under Circles, Strategy, Technology.

  Who said books will be obselite in 10 years? Douglas adams     Are you nomophobic?   10 Tips & Tools for Engaging Learners QR Codes & QR Stuff Google A Day    &   Search Tips and Tricks First 5 Trivia Challenges (Fact or Fiction) For Example “Mike” Backchannels – Todaysmeet (Basic) Slido (Kicking […]

Using Greenscreen for Video Introductions

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The other day, I got a request from Buffy Pilloud, Professor of Yoga and Meditation, to get together and discuss using greenscreen to help her make a welcome video for her students. (Thanks Buffy for letting me share your video with Circles!) Long story short, we set an appointment and met yesterday. I brought my pop-up greenscreen and during […]

Movenote: Presenting Made Simple

Posted by & filed under Faculty Development, Strategy, Technology, Video.

Special thanks to Professor Richard Gair for sharing this App with Circles of Innovation. As soon as I saw it, I had to give it a try. I downloaded it to my phone and made the test video below in just under a minute. It was super easy! It definitely has me thinking about how I […]

Teaching “Naked”!

Posted by & filed under Creative Assessment Techniques, Education, Faculty Development, Good Reads, Ideas, Strategy, Technology.

This article by Jose Antonio Bowen appeared in a recent AAC&U newsletter and is based on his 2012 best seller Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. I particularly enjoyed this excerpt: As faculty, if we are primarily concerned with transmitting content, then our value will only decrease. […]

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 […]

“Is the Way We Lecture Outdated for Today’s Students?” by Matthew Stoltzfus, Ohio State University – YouTube

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I met Dr. Matthew Stolotfus’ during our weekend seminar hosted on the campus of Wagner College, last summer. Lecturing was a necessary educational tool prior to the Gutenberg press, yet many colleges and universities continue to depress engagement of students by continuing in this practice.  With the revolution of engaging practices from business, and needs for […]

Screens in the Classroom

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I’ve taught for nearly a decade in a computer lab where every student has access to a computer, so it catches me off guard when I run into a colleagues deliberating how to get computers (and now, tablets and phones) out of their classroom. The concern is usually that the students are distracting themselves from the […]

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 […]