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Learning Log- iGoogle

I have actually used iGoogle in my classes last year.  I try to keep informed with current events and articles that I can use in my classes to give the students authentic examples of how chemistry is used in reality.  I like to use this application as a way to keep a constant news feed for my classes.  I like to watch particular blog posts using Google Reader, where we can simply browse the headlines in the feed.  An example of this would be looking for introductory videos from 60 Second Science.  Once Reader displays the topic I can just click and go to the video to start off a class discussion.  If I were to ever use Twitter in my classroom I would be able to incorporate that into the classroom procedures as well.  Ultimately, iGoogle is a great way to save time and focus class attention efficiently.  Not to mention there is a countdown gadget that you can use to countdown the days of school left.


Learning Log- Standards for the 21st Century Learner

I am very much in favor of these standards.  Being a science teacher I am always working with inquiry based learning styles within the classroom.  I feel that science is a subject that easily lends it’s hand to this type of learning and by implementing these standards  the learning style is continued throughout multiple content areas.  Furthermore, these standards have a great outcome anticipated for them.  They are attempting inspire digital responsibilities that students should adhere to.  Responsibility in the digital realm is always a positive feature for every student to learn and follow.

Learning Log-Module 2

This was an extremely challenging module.  I think the main challenge was with the amount of work that was required.  I spent many hours trying to familiarize myself with the new technology to the point where I was proficient enough to provide explanations and tutorials on how to control the programs.  Utilizing this type of technology in everyday lessons requires an immense amount of planning with regards to what objectives you are trying to meet, what materials you are using to accomplish these objectives, and how to organize the presentation of the information.  All these factors need to come together to have a successful screencast, photostory, or iMovie.  This would be a growing process that would ongoing until all units had digital resources to contribute to the lesson.

Digital Story

My story is actually an introduction into a Chemistry I laboratory called “Identifying Metals vs. Nonmetals”.  This Laboratory would be appropriate for grade levels 10-12 and falls about half way through the curriculum.  In this story I display the Frederick County Public School curriculum standards at the start to ensure that it is aligned to county requirements. This story provides the student with general safety procedures for the laboratory while informing them as to what materials are needed to complete the laboratory.  Finally, I attempt to remind students as to what types of properties we are focusing on in order to be accurate in the exercise.

Digital Story Link

Learning Log- Flickr Slideshow

This is the only thing I would you Flickr for.  To me I could use this function to introduce the materials in a laboratory.  This would give students time to be familiar with what the chemicals are before we would be gathering them.  It would eliminate a great amount of searching for supplies.  Students could be given the link to the slideshow within the laboratory instructions and flip their way through the slideshow.

Flickr Slideshow

SC.CHI.65.02      Students will classify elements as metals, nonmetals, or metalloids. (CS 4.12.5*, CLG 4.1.3*) TA

SC.CHI.65.02.a         Using physical and chemical properties TA

SC.CHI.65.02.b         Using their location on the Periodic Table TA

Learning Log-Flickr Galleries

I personally am not a fan of Flickr.  I think it is a uni-tasking application.  However if my arm was twisted hard enough I would use it to provide examples for elements and compounds.  The gallery that I have created is based off of that idea.  There are several photos of pure elements and some compounds.  This would lead the class into a discussion about the differences between the two and the hierarchy in chemistry.


Flickr Link


SC.CHI.55.02      Students will determine the chemical formulas for inorganic molecular and ionic compounds. (CS 4.12.3*, CLG 4.4.1*)

SC.CHI.55.02.a         When given elements/ions

SC.CHI.55.02.b         When given the compound name (including: elements with multiple oxidation states; polyatomic ions, binary and ternary acids; and hydrates)

SC.CHI.55.03      Students will analyze chemical formulas.

SC.CHI.55.03.a         Determine the type and number of atoms represented by a given formula (CS 4.12.3*, CLG 4.2.5*)

SC.CHI.55.03.b         Differentiate between empirical and molecular formulas

SC.CHI.55.03.c         Recognize the standard uses of empirical and molecular formulas (e.g. empirical formulas should be used to represent ionic compounds)

Learning Log- Module 1

Our objectives to the first module were clearly set out.

  • Collaborate with others improve teaching practices using the NETS standards for teachers.
  • Articulate and model the responsibilities of digital citizenship regarding intellectual freedom, intellectual property, and the right to privacy
  • Use current and emerging technologies to communicate information to other members of the school community.

Through this module I feel that I have a better understanding as a result of accomplishing these objectives.  I was able to become more familiar with the technology standards that are starting to become implemented.  These standards are being implemented to have struggling schools follow a standard that allows a seamless transition for their students who choose to further their education.

The copyright portion of this module was enlightening to me because it provided the material for me to understand the significance of copyright material and fair use of material.  This deeper understanding gives me the basis to better inform and distinguish the fair use of material for my students.

Finally, this module allows me to keep current and try new technologies to better communicate information with my students and their parents.  We all know or will soon know how difficult it is to keep student’s attention along with provide clear lines of communication with parents.  The blogging technology allows for this both to happen simultaneously.