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What's UR Rxn? A chemistry blog project

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Presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at GVSU in Allendale, Michigan, August 2014

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What's UR Rxn? A chemistry blog project

  1. 1. jwinter@dcds.edu @OChemPrep @Whats_UR_Rxn #BCCE2014 What’s UR Rxn? Blog Project Julia Winter Detroit Country Day School
  2. 2. Why teach writing in science?
  3. 3. Why teach writing in chemistry?
  4. 4. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is:
  5. 5. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: • Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written
  6. 6. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: • Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written • Use primary sources, if available
  7. 7. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: • Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written • Use primary sources, if available • Include copyright-free images
  8. 8. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: • Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written • Use primary sources, if available • Include copyright-free images • Add an avatar and description of yourself
  9. 9. Timeline Buzz!
  10. 10. Timeline Buzz! Discovery Day Everyone chooses a topic
  11. 11. Timeline Buzz! Discovery Day Everyone chooses a topic 1 week Rough drafts due Peer edits in class
  12. 12. Timeline Buzz! Discovery Day Everyone chooses a topic 1 week 1 week Rough drafts due Peer edits in class Final drafts due Let the grading commence! Publish!
  13. 13. Student input incorporated “This sentence that you're currently reading, which is not really necessary and a bit of a run-on, restates exactly what I just said about adding a sentence to increase the length of one's writing through superfluous words, when actually it doesn't serve a useful purpose,…”
  14. 14. Completely cloud-based
  15. 15. Use a peer-edit process [This paragraph is definitely more complicated and confusing than the previous paragraph. I would suggest simplifying the process more so normal people who don’t have too thorough of an understanding of chemistry can follow along.] (underline mine)
  16. 16. The DCDS Yellowjacket
  17. 17. The DCDS Chem Bee
  18. 18. Blog background, take 1
  19. 19. Blog background, much better
  20. 20. Finished blog design
  21. 21. “With a knack for relating chemistry in a clear and engaging way these self- identified ‘chemjournalists’ are the ones to watch.” The Sceptical Chymist, Tien Nguyen, guest blogger
  22. 22. What’s UR Rxn? •Structure assignments with student input
  23. 23. What’s UR Rxn? •Structure assignments with student input •Craft opportunities to write in new voices
  24. 24. What’s UR Rxn? •Structure assignments with student input •Craft opportunities to write in new voices •Allow for creativity: writing and visual design
  25. 25. What’s UR Rxn? •Structure assignments with student input •Craft opportunities to write in new voices •Allow for creativity: writing and visual design •Publish their work to the world
  26. 26. What’s UR Rxn? •Structure assignments with student input •Craft opportunities to write in new voices •Allow for creativity: writing and visual design •Publish their work to the world •Share with other teachers
  27. 27. Thanks to my DCDS students!
  28. 28. Contact information Class blog: whatsurrxn.blogspot.com Twitter: @Whats_UR_rxn Julia’s blog: OChemPrep.blogspot.com Twitter: @OChemPrep Email: jwinter@dcds.edu

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