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
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.
I just posted some thoughts on improving my teaching through showing my students the chemistr. My seniors are working on organic chemistry and we were learning the difference between reflux and distillation for oxidation of alcohols. My post discusses the use of a demo to help them understand the difference.
Check it out: http://www.jce.divched.org/blog/power-seeing-chemistry-action
I’d love to get more ideas for ways to create more engaging lessons. What changes have you made to your teaching to become more engaging?
I might be slowing down a bit on my blogging here because of a new opportunity. I recently joined as a contributor to the ChemEd X-Change. ChemEd X serves as a bit of a clearinghouse for ideas related to the study and teaching of chemistry. It is focused mostly on the pre-college and 2-year college levels. As a high school – and IB – chemistry teacher, I’ve used this resource for a while to find ideas. I signed up for the email notifications of any new posts. These have included lab ideas, safety discussions and other issues related to the teaching of chemistry. It’s one of my go-to places for resources specific to chemistry.
The front page – and description – for the ChemEd X-Change.
In late December, I got contacted by Deanna Cullen about joining the team at ChemEdX as a contributor. Of course I was thrilled for this opportunity. My first post was published about a week ago and explains my route to the team and the role social media plays in my life as a teacher. You can find the post here: Social media brought me here.
I’ll be posting at ChemEd X on topics that are specific to chemistry – and my use of technology in my teaching. I’ll still likely post here occasionally about general topics, as I like to use this blog in a reflective capacity – a task my ChemEd X contributions aren’t really suited for currently.
Until next time.