EdTech Team always has great conferences and during my session I decided to bring more teachers onto using YouTube. The idea was to shift from content consumer, to curator to creator all within one session! Many teachers saw the potential and moved along the continuum.
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Live Stream: (first time trying Hangouts on Air, there were a few technical issues with the projector ((not my fault 🙂 )) and with the lighting, but you will get the idea 🙂
Fun demo we did in my grade 9 class last week. This was a hook to chemical reactions. We talked about how some reactions happen pretty slow but can be sped up with a catalyst. Here we used potassium iodide with hydrogen peroxide (30%) with some soap and food colouring.
The theme for our PLC at school is Eco- Schools. As a department we needed a way to get a message to the school about the lack of recycling the school has and a way to mobilize the staff and students to get involved. We are using humour to look at how the current situation and attitudes in the school are. A waste diversion program called “These Come From Trees” is also featured in the video which i brought to Cedarbrae. We also decided on getting the home forms to write letters asking the TDSB to get involved in recycling programs board wide.
This movie was a way the staff was actually involved but this is a perfect media to get students involved to facilitate change as well. I have done similar projects in science and chemistry classes where they students must look at the environmental and societal impacts of chemicals or processes. The students came up with very good videos.