Using the Hypothes.is API in a Google Apps Script

I've started using the Hypothes.is annotation tool more lately, mostly at the behest of Kris Shaffer. He started writing about it's potential for public discourse on research back in April and has since created Pypothesis to turn his annotations into a blog post using Python and the Hypothes.is API. The API is pretty simple -Read More

The Education Freeconomy Gobbles Up Another

Free in education is a big deal. Don't bother mentioning paid apps in front of teachers because you'll lose the group. Last year, we saw Geddit close it's doors. This year, there are two notables closing shop before the fall: Curriculet and Snagit for Chrome. The two are in slightly different boats but they're closingRead More

The Line Between High Expectations and Impossible Expectations

I absolutely hate teaching bonding. The abstract nature of atoms, the minutiae of nomenclature, and the details of writing formulas bog students down and I struggle to meet their needs. So, we do POGILs, simulations, speed dating, labs, and drills. Lots of time is spent trying to correct patterns of work to meet the learningRead More

I Need to Remember to Post Answer Keys

Everything I do in class is geared toward building understanding. I want students to be able to both complete the task and understand why they're completing it. Learning is more than a collection of disconnected skills. Especially in chemistry, the more you see the interconnectedness, the easier it is to learn. Today, I gave aRead More

Question Mark Answers

We played Jeopardy today in class (with some major upsets coming during final Jeopardy...quite exciting) to review atoms and the periodic table organization. It's a super-short chapter that sets up a foundation for bonding, naming, and chemical reactions. It's also nice because it's mostly review (or should be) of 8th grade physical science. There's stillRead More