In doing a real quick search for a balance/scale showing an equal amount of atoms on each side, and not finding one, decided to make one in 3D (yay Blender!). This is free to use, but not for commercial works. (right click and save-as - it is a 720p HD size.)
I like the easiness of just entering grades into a computer, finding the average, and I'm done.
But - I wish more schools (including post-secondary) were not so focused on percentages and averages, but actually looked at the proficiency and improvement of a student over time through a given unit. See this example article which is awesome!
I know which student I would use to pack my parachute. Before the "older" generation chime in, recognize that there are a lot of researchers and professionals who study assessment practices, what works and what doesn't, and how to properly guage student success before getting emotional about the 'fact' that an average grade is not necessarily the best method of showing what a student knows.
because I couldn't find one anywhere online through a google image search... Here's one that you can freely use. The bond angles are not accurate - I just threw it together in 3D quickly - but it shows the lewis/electron dot configuration of the valence levels, and how they are stolen from the red aluminum atoms to make 3+ cations, and received by the blue oxygen atoms to form 2- anions.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
My workflow has been to link a youtube video, then immediately following, I create a "quiz" with only ~4 questions about the video to allow the students to demonstrate understanding of the concepts in the video. I use this as a formative assessment, to see areas where I need to focus, or give additional help to certain students.
Student engagement/buy-in is still challenging, even though there are assignments which are for report card marks and lecture videos only available online. I'm open to suggestions from others about this topic in the comments below...
For the students who have engaged - it is a good way to have a lighter view on the class topics - to find articles, youtube videos, or just comments and questions about science. It's familiar facebook-like appearance help in this case, also.
I will be doing more of a professional project around this topic, and creating a resource for the school admin and teaching staff which includes some research, interviews, and 'how-to' information. I'll be keeping the blog updated infrequently with details and findings as I work through the semester.
This isn't a perfect image, but here's a larger (1200px tall) version of the WHMIS symbol organized by class, for use in powerpoints, or printing for student learning.
With a little googling, I was able to find a solution for emulating the TI-83 (or other similar TIs) on your mac if you want to use the calculator for screencasting of science or math subjects.
See the video below if you want a walk-through, or if you want to figure it out on your own, the links are here:
Photography is one my hobbies here in Lethbridge, it helps keep my creative juices flowing, and lets me get out on my own a little bit (as an introvert, I thoroughly enjoy this!).
After a few positive comments, I've decided to start offering some of my favorite/best photos for sale through a print-on-demand service. If you're looking for some Southern Alberta canvas, acrylic, metal or poster prints - check out my online store!
I've even got some new abstract digital art!
Update: I've recently sold a Milky Way print on canvas - you can get your own copy of my Milky Way print here!
I'm starting to use Scoop.it more, and started a new topic of interest in my account for favorite resources about online education (or any form of education, really).
This is a concept map I made up this past spring to show how I visually broke down the curriculum for the physics/energy unit of the Science 10 curriculum.
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Well if you didn't learn about me in the home page for this site, the mind map on the left should give you a good enough of an overview. I suggest you browse both of them in order to learn more about me.
In a nutshell - I'm a physics major working on completing a combined B.Sc/B.Ed with a technology specialization at the University of Lethbridge. I'm fairly quiet, introverted, and enjoy my solitude. I'm older than most students in the program, and have some previous post-secondary schooling already complete. I drive a Mac right now, but have exhaustive experience with Windows also.
I've taken two online learning classes at the U of L - they both just finished a week ago; one was about virtual reality systems in education, the other was a communications technology course. Both were intended to help broaden my horizons as to some options and ideas around online learning.
For ED4767 at the U of L, I'm hoping to learn more about some efficient ways to interact with students via online LMS, and how to get them more engaged. My experience with using moodle for a science 10 class didn't turn out the way I was hoping - so maybe there are a few things to learn :)
In connecting with members of this class, I will be using more comments and feedback, youtube, brainshark, mind mapping, etc. I will attempt to find something new - might be a challenge for me, though (most things are just a different twist to something I've already tried).
I've also created my first Glog here with some of the same info: http://www.glogster.com/deschnell/dwayne-intro/g-6klenfnoir9k5t55s8k65a0 I'm not too sure I'm a fan of how it works, I'll have to play with it some more.
Have a good day exploring! Leave some comments below to introduce yourself, and share links to your portfolios. :)