Learning in the Cloud

Thank you for attending “Learning in the Cloud.” We hope you had a good time and look forward to seeing you next month for “Brain Rules.” Below you will find today’s content, links to additional reading and more. (If you are joining the West Campus Circle, and you would like to see the presentation live in the cloud, click here.)

Guiding Questions

  1. What is Daniel doing here? Why?
  2. How does this apply to school?
  3. How do we foster lifelong learning from the cloud?


Empty Outlines – The instructor provides students with an empty or partially completed outline of an in-emptyoutlinescreenshotclass presentation or homework assignment and gives them a limited amount of time to fill in the blank spaces. Used to help faculty find out how well students have “caught” the important points of a lecture, reading, or audiovisual presentation.  Angelo & Cross – Page 139

Word Journal – Students first summarize a short text in a single word, and second, the student writes a paragraph or two explaining why he chose that particular word to summarize the text. This technique helps faculty assess and improve the students’ ability to read carefully and deeply and the students’ skill at explaining and defending, in just a few more words, their choice for a single summary word. Angelo and Cross – Page 188


Dropbox File Requests are a fun and an easy way for teachers and students to share files, pics and more to the cloud. To demo this teaching technique, today we are going to try a selfie/groupie challenge.QRforfilerequests

Step 1: Use your smart device to take a picture or find your favorite picture on your laptop.

Step 2: Click on this link or scan the QR Code and share your file with the Circles team. 

Step 3: Click here to see the files that have been shared by Circles teams on the other campuses. 

Would you like to learn more? Here is a video

Ping Pong is a neat new app that allows teachers to poll students, raise attentiveness in class, allow students to backchannel questions to the teacher and more. To demo PingPong for you, we thought it might be fun to have a…Want to play?

Go to http://gogopp.com/ and launch the web app, or if you would like, download the app to your device. Your Fellow’s Class Codes are listed below.

James – professormay

Claudine – profbentham

David – droge8

Cloud Trivia Quiz

1. What is the name given to the stratus type of cloud that appears very close to the ground? (Hint: some professor’s brains are said to be in this before their morning coffee)

2. Cumulus clouds are:

a. flat and featureless, appearing as layered sheets.
b. puffy, like cotton floating in the sky.
c. thin and wispy, appearing high in the sky.

3. Draw a picture of a cloud

Would you like to learn more? Here is a video

Further Reading:

The Cloud Imperative –  Read more about “How Treating computing as a utility, like electricity, is an old idea. But now it makes financial sense—a historic shift that is reshaping how we live

Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips – Transactive memory is Wegner’s construct from the 80s, but here is a recent piece bringing it back to life learn more about what Betsy Sparrow, Wegner and team found.

Is Google Making Us Stupid – is a must read piece from Nicholas Carr in The Atlantic. Read this article to learn more about what Google and the Internet are doing to our brains.

Further Learning in the Cloud:

LibGuide: What is it? This is a customized guide to library resources supporting your course or assignment. It can include live links, instructions, tutorials, images and more. A faculty member can have administrative access to edit and contribute content to the LibGuide. See http://libguides.valenciacollege.edu for examples.

Pros: Can provide a large amount of content in a form that is easy to access. Students can return to it over and over as needed. Provides instruction in a passive form, much like a digital textbook. Can be used with or without a live instruction session. A permanent resource that can simply be updated from semester to semester.

Cons: Since this method is not active, it relies on the student to access, use the guide and follow up with questions.

Click here to link back to our first Learning in the Cloud session.  In that session, in addition to discussing strategies for learning in the cloud,  we shared ideas for using jigsaws in the classroom as well as using comic strips as cognitive sparks.