P1027: What’s ur rxn?: A student designed chemistry blog

Author: Julia Winter, Detroit Country Day School, USA

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Date: 8/7/14

Time: 10:35 AM10:55 AM

Room: MAK A1151

Related Symposium: S76

This blog project was conceived as a method to “check the box” associated with the College Board’s requirement to show a method of connecting chemistry outside the classroom as part of the AP chemistry audit process. By involving students in all stages of decision-making in the design of the assignment, the blog project became so much more than merely fulfilling a requirement. From the creation of the rubric, to organizing the peer-editing process, to putting together the artwork and layout of the actual blog, students were given the opportunity to take leadership and ownership of the project. Students were also able to write with a much more creative and colloquial voice than they usually use in writing assignments and could explore current scientific discoveries that they found interesting. On the teacher’s side, this project was designed to be completely paperless and cloud-based through the use of Microsoft’s OneNote and OneDrive applications. The students were thrilled to publish their work to a global audience using Blogger and spread the word of their publication with an associated Twitter account.