P1028: Using the power of social media in the chemistry classroom

Author: David Prindle, Byron Center High School, USA

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Date: 8/7/14

Time: 11:10 AM11:30 AM

Room: MAK A1151

Related Symposium: S76

How do you capture your students attention? This year in my General Chemistry class we accomplished this by going BIGÉ.Mythbusters Big. Early in the year we were doing a States of Matter lab where the students made oobleck. However, the students had seen in an episode of Mythbusters that hey “scaled” their oobleck up. So we purchased 150 pounds of cornstarch and a kiddie pool and scaled our experiment up. We recorded it and put it up on YouTube. Later in the year we did a live broadcast using Google Hangouts on air of a 55 gal drum crush. We tweeted this out and had a global audience for the crush. This presentation will detail the use of social media in the classroom and demonstrate how it can be used to engage students.