BCCE: Day 2

Yesterday was another good day for me at BCCE. Here are some nuggets:

  • SEE-I Technique: this can be utilized in chemistry to provide students an opportunity to clarify and explain their understanding of a concept. The “-I” part is the most critical, as students are asked to provide an abstract example of what the concept means. For instance, for charles law, you might describe the behavior of a 2 year old being provided with more and more candy.
  • If you read this blog often, you’ll know I have an unhealthy obsession with Google Docs. I use it extensively with my classes, but never considered using the Chat feature to facilitate in-class collaboration during labs. The thought of high schoolers having free reign on a chat window is risky, but one of the suggested keeping it anonymous, and moderating it by adding guiding questions.
  • I’m not a flipper, but I have been creating problem solving videos for my students to access outside of class for particularly challenging topics. One talk suggested using youtube to host videos, because you can gather a lot of information about how effective the videos are. For instance, you can not only track how many times the videos have been viewed, but at what point students stopped watching, and what parts they rewound and watched it again. This information could be informative for making video corrections, or in modifying your future videos.
  • One talk made me consider whether I’m soliciting feedback often enough in my classes. While I probably won’t do it weekly, I think you can gather valuable information about your course’s strengths and weaknesses on a unit-by-unit basis. We’ll see.

That’s all for now. I’m ready for another full day of talks. Follow along with my notes, and add any comments or questions you may have, and I’ll try my best to clarify.

2 thoughts on “BCCE: Day 2”

  1. Just a questions with the chat window; would that be more like a back channel (TodaysMeet) with guided questions posted? Or a true chat window?

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