Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chemistry Career Videos

These videos from the American Chemical Society, introduce elementary and middle level students to unique careers involving chemistry. In All About Droughts, for example, students meet scientist Collins Balacombe, who works to keep drinking water safe and find new ways to reuse water. And in Transforming Tech Toys, students meet research professor Aydogan Ozcan, who creates mobile chemistry laboratories from cell phones. He’s transformed cell phones into a blood analyzer, a bacteria detector, and a waste tester!


Inquiry Lesson Notes and Videos: K-6

Ask project

In the ASK (Adapting Science for Kids) Project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, K-6 elementary teachers from rural Missouri and Iowa are creating science inquiry lessons that not only teach science concepts, but also facilitate instruction in other curriculum areas, such as reading, writing, and social studies. Lessons address topics in Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Science Processes, and Physical Sciences. Notes and videos describing how their lessons are adapted are available at (free registration is required). Teachers can comment on the posted materials, as well as submit their own adapted science lessons to the project.

Hey guys! I have been working on a project for next year for my classroom, which involves using the students smartphones as a formative assessment tool. Problem is…some students cannot afford a smartphone and I do not want them to feel left out. I wrote a grant to help supply my classroom with 5 iPod touches to provide to students in my classroom who cannot afford smartphones. If you are interesting in supporting, please visit. If you cannot contribute, I would appreciate it if you could share this post to see if any of your friends/family would want to contribute. If not…well…thanks for your time 🙂

Do Now Ideas…

iPods as clickers

I am currently knee deep in reading literature for my lit review for one of my graduate classes. I took a quick break to get your feedback on something interesting I ran across:

Colleen Ruggieri, and English teacher at Canfield High School, in Canfield, Ohio, makes use of virtual response systems as part of the assignment that the students see when they enter the classroom, what some of us call a “Do NOW” or “Bell Ringer”. She projects a list of the day’s activities on her interactive whiteboard and has students vote on the day’s first exercise by tapping the screen on their iPod touch. She states that she knows what needs to get done during the class, but this option gives students a say in what they’re going to do.

1) How do you feel about this?
2) Would you be willing to try this in your classrooms?
3) Does this make you nervous? If so…why?

Read the original article here 🙂

Demski, Jennifer. “A Quicker Clicker.” THE Journal 37 (Mar. 2010): Issue 3, P17-18. A Quicker Clicker –. The Journal, 01 Mar. 2010. Web. 10 July 2014.

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