A new post up on ChemEdX-Change about using Google Hangout for an Online Review Session

Things have been a bit crazy around here, with finals week and marking labs to end the semester assessments. But I managed to put up a quick post about how I used a Google Hangout – at the suggestion of a student – for an online review session to help my IB Chemistry students prepare for their semester final.

Check it out here.

How do you connect with your students?

Thanks.

Lowell

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A New Blog Post at ChemEd X-Change

I just published a post about using Google Forms to collect data and feedback on my videos. Check it out here. If you use something like Google Forms to collect feedback for your videos, I’d love to hear how it works for you. Or any other thoughts to share.

Thanks.

Lowell

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Looking for an Audience for Chemistry Student Blogs

I’m a few months into the school year at my new school (ISB) and things are going well. I’m really enjoying the year so far.

My IB Chemistry students have done a little blogging. What I’ve noticed is that it’s difficult to find a good audience for so many blogs, as I currently have about 60 students in three classes. That’s a lot of blogs to follow!

I’ve created a page to “collate” the first blog post here. To advertise, I’ve sent out some tweets using #Comments4Kids along with a few other hashtags. I’ve also tried to find some larger names in the Twitter world to get some RT Power. It’s starting to work, but there are still quite a few blog posts in need of an audience.

So if you have the time, please follow the link to the chemistry student blogs. Ideally, in that perfect world, you’ll also find time to make a comment or two. And in an even more perfect world – if such a place exists! – you’ll find blogs that don’t have comments yet. Please.

Thank you in advance if you find time to comment. And I’m happy to read a few of your own student blogs to pay it back. Just leave me a blog URL in the comments and I’ll drop in for a visit.

Thanks.

Lowell

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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.

Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Check it out: http://www.jce.divched.org/blog/reflections-virtual-guest-speaker-visit-my-chemistry-class

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