It’s been a slow few months for me, as I’ve been bogged down with school work. But I’m back on a bit of a writing schedule, so I hope to be more active this year.
ChemEd X-Change just published a blog post of mine about an iPad App (Chemical Detectives) that gives students an opportunity to practice identifying compounds using spectra (C-13 NMR, proton NMR, Mass Spec and IR, along with percent composition data). It’s one of the best free iPad Apps I’ve ever seen, actually.
Check it out here.
Until next time, keep it #MintyFresh
Wow, I have been really bad with blogging lately. No excuses this time.
But I am working on a series of blog posts over at ChemEdX-Change related to giving feedback on lab reports. This is a big emphasis of mine this year as I’ve got a group of seniors in the first year of a new IB Chemistry syllabus. I’d love to see some really high quality lab reports – and I think meaningful feedback could help with that.
The first post is related to the logistics, aka work flow, I’ve created for providing the feedback on student lab reports. Here is the link. The next blog post will be about creating a comment bank to use for the lab reports. I’ve written about that previously here, but I’m re-exploring the idea and trying it again. More on that later.
Until next time, keep it #MintyFresh!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.