New blog post at ChemEd X-Change

I just put up a post at ChemEd X-Change discussing my use of an introductory video to set the stage for the year with my new students in Bangkok.

Check it out here.

Until next time, keep it #MintyFresh.

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Benefit #5 of Using Twitter with Students: Students Sharing Resources

I’m at a new school now, and will be working to integrate Twitter and blogging into my classes. It’s early in the process, and I’ll be sharing more as I move forward. But even with only a very short discussion of my use of Twitter, one student has already found a way to use Twitter to help the class.

For context, I ask my students to memorize 42 of the most common elements (name and symbol only) as the IB only provides symbols, atomic number and relative atomic mass. The periodic table used for Paper 1 does not provide names. Their first quizzes are relatively easy and cover these 42 elements. One of the students created a Quizzlet to help his studying. I’ve never used Quizzlet, but this application of Quizzlet seemed perfect. He shared the Quizzlet with me and I then asked if he could share it with his classmates using our class hashtag (#ISB212ChemHL).

Needless to say, I think students sharing resources with each other in this fashion is a great benefit of using Twitter in a classroom setting. It extends our interactions beyond the 85 minutes we spend together every other school day and provides a nice forum for the sharing of resources, both by me and by the students.

And  to add some detail, below is the Twitter conversation (with permission from the student to share).

Until next time, keep it #MintyFresh.










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I’ve moved!

This summer my family and I moved to Bangkok, Thailand where I’ve joined the science department in the high school to teach IBDP Chemistry, among a few other classes. We’ve lived in Thailand before, so in many ways it’s like coming home. I already miss my colleagues and students from Bucharest and AISB, but I’m also excited for the new challenges here at ISB.

I’ll be working to integrate technology into my classes and sharing that both here and at ChemEdX-Change. And I’m still acive in the Twitterverse, although I didn’t spend much time there this summer and have just recently gotten back into conversations with others and following/joining some of the chats available.

Until next time, keep it #MintyFresh.

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New Post at ChemEd X-Change

I just published a new post at the ChemEd X-Change reflecting on a guest speaker I had visit my chemistry class recently. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience – and one I hope to replicate in future years.


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Student Blogging: The endless search for comments

My grade 10 introductory chemistry class has been blogging this spring. It’s been a GREAT experience (introduced briefly here), and I’ll probably share more later on the experience.

One part of blogging that I didn’t realize would be so onerous was finding an audience for the student blogs. There are quite a few people in the educational world that highlight the authenticity of blogs, as students write for an audience beyond the walls of the classroom. And while I agree with this, what is difficult is finding that audience. I have struggled to find people that will consistently engage with my students and their writing. There have been a few individuals that have done so, and I’ve tried to thank them through Twitter. But we’re all busy, so finding time to comment is difficult.

I’ve used #comments4kids to publicize the student writing, and that has generated some comments. I’ve RTed student tweets looking for comments. I’ve sent tweets to specific individuals, generating a small uptick in activity, only to be followed by a lull. I’ve had students tweet repeatedly asking for feedback, only to get none (one student in particular comes to mind, as she’s written some great posts worthy of a larger audience). Any time my students have received comments, they’ve been thrilled.

And this brings me to the purpose of this post: To ask for help!

First, if you have time, please read and comment on the blogs (linked here for a list of each student blog, and here for posts about an inquiry lab, and here for their final assessed blog post).

Second, if you have any practical suggestions (beyond what I’ve mentioned above) for increasing the readership of the student blogs, let me know!

Third, if you have some student blogs you’d like others to read, let me know. I’m happy to spend a bit of time giving back to other blogs in an effort to ‘pay it forward’ so to speak.





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New post at ChemEd X-Change: Using Educreations to Interact with Students

I’ve just put up a new blog post at ChemEd X-Change about my use of an iPad app called Educreations. I’ve discovered that I can use this to quite easily answer student questions that come through email.

Here’s the link for you:





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The Twitter Experiment, Benefit 4

If you’ve been following along here, you know that I’m working on using Twitter in my grade 10 chemistry class as a learning tool. Another benefit I’ve found – although I’ll admit I’m not sure how large the benefit truly is here – is having the students share their work through Twitter. This week we worked in groups to create posters about the book we’re reading together, The Case of the Frozen Addicts. I took pictures of the posters with my iPad and put all of them into a shared folder on the SkyDrive. Then I asked each student to Tweet one of the pictures. (Note: I took a picture of just the poster – see them here - and with the students.) They could decide whether to include themselves in the picture or or just include the poster alone. When the students were tweeting their pictures, we used the class hashtag #MT4P and our book hashtag #Frozen Addicts. Some of the students asked, “If one person in my group tweets the picture, do I have to also?” My response: “YES! Hopefully there will come a time when you are followed by people outside of our classroom.”

While the educational benefit of this may not be evident yet, I’m hopeful that my students develop a habit of posting their work and ideas into the Twitterverse. I want them to engage in the world around them!

Below are some examples.

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