What's UR Rxn? A chemistry blog project

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Presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at GVSU in Allendale, Michigan, August 2014

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<ul><li> 1. jwinter@dcds.edu @OChemPrep @Whats_UR_Rxn #BCCE2014 Whats UR Rxn? Blog Project Julia Winter Detroit Country Day School </li></ul> <p> 2. Why teach writing in science? 3. Why teach writing in chemistry? 4. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: 5. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written 6. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written Use primary sources, if available 7. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written Use primary sources, if available Include copyright-free images 8. The assignment Write a blog post about chemistry that is: Current, thoughtful, creative, entertaining, and well-written Use primary sources, if available Include copyright-free images Add an avatar and description of yourself 9. Timeline Buzz! 10. Timeline Buzz! Discovery Day Everyone chooses a topic 11. Timeline Buzz! Discovery Day Everyone chooses a topic 1 week Rough drafts due Peer edits in class 12. Timeline Buzz! Discovery Day Everyone chooses a topic 1 week 1 week Rough drafts due Peer edits in class Final drafts due Let the grading commence! Publish! 13. Student input incorporated This sentence that you're currently reading, which is not really necessary and a bit of a run-on, restates exactly what I just said about adding a sentence to increase the length of one's writing through superfluous words, when actually it doesn't serve a useful purpose, 14. Completely cloud-based 15. Use a peer-edit process [This paragraph is definitely more complicated and confusing than the previous paragraph. I would suggest simplifying the process more so normal people who dont have too thorough of an understanding of chemistry can follow along.] (underline mine) 16. The DCDS Yellowjacket 17. The DCDS Chem Bee 18. Blog background, take 1 19. Blog background, much better 20. Finished blog design 21. With a knack for relating chemistry in a clear and engaging way these self- identified chemjournalists are the ones to watch. The Sceptical Chymist, Tien Nguyen, guest blogger 22. Whats UR Rxn? Structure assignments with student input 23. Whats UR Rxn? Structure assignments with student input Craft opportunities to write in new voices 24. Whats UR Rxn? Structure assignments with student input Craft opportunities to write in new voices Allow for creativity: writing and visual design 25. Whats UR Rxn? Structure assignments with student input Craft opportunities to write in new voices Allow for creativity: writing and visual design Publish their work to the world 26. Whats UR Rxn? Structure assignments with student input Craft opportunities to write in new voices Allow for creativity: writing and visual design Publish their work to the world Share with other teachers 27. Thanks to my DCDS students! 28. Contact information Class blog: whatsurrxn.blogspot.com Twitter: @Whats_UR_rxn Julias blog: OChemPrep.blogspot.com Twitter: @OChemPrep Email: jwinter@dcds.edu </p>