Reflection: Routines and Procedures Types of Chemical Reactions - Section 3: Student Activity


We recently had 1 to 1 Google Chromebooks issued to each student. The students pick up their Chromebook at the beginning of the day and return them to the school library at the end of the day. We debated about having each teacher issued a class set and allowing the kids to get a different laptop each period. It was decided that the laptops would be better cared for if the laptops were officially issued and assigned to each student.

Each Chromebook has the student's name attached to it along with an identifying cart number for return charging. The laptops are charged overnight and do a very good job of being charged over the course of the day. On the first day of use two laptops were dropped and damaged, but so far (2 months) the kids have taken very good care of them. They are not allowed to take them home. I was told that if students took them home, teachers would assign homework with the Chromebooks. Since Chromebooks require the internet to function, district administrators were afraid that they would be required by law to provide internet access. A free education could not be provided if school work required home internet access that every student may not have.

We use Google Classroom as the default replacement for paper assignments. You first create a classroom account and are issued an access code that allows your students to gain access to your account - its really easy. Within Google Classroom you can issue assignments and track the students progress. 

Since we've only had classroom Chromebooks a few months I havn't written a set of classroom policies, I'm just presenting observations that will influence next year's set of rules/procedures.

1) Students can look very busy doing internet research and not get anything done. They love surfing the web and looking at science websites. They seem to be genuinely interested in doing research about a topic. However, their time-managements skills suck and they don't get work done.

2) Sometimes paper/handwriting is better. We're don't have printing privileges from the Chromebooks. A sheet of paper is sometimes more effective than a screen. I feel that students get more out of handwritten lecture notes than typing then same notes onto a computer.

3) Writing has improved. Using Google Classroom has had a positive effect on their writing skills. It may be that the laptops are still a novelty, but having a spell checker has had a positive influence.

4) Commenting on their writing is really fun and bonding. Within a Google document I can leave digital comments. Its very personal and private. A real bond can from between me and my students.

5) The kids and will still abuse the system. The same students that would pass paper notes in class now do the same thing, but digitally. Successful rule/procedures for a paper classroom are still effective for a digital classroom - they just need to be updated/enforced.

  Lessons learned from using laptops in class
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Types of Chemical Reactions

Unit 5: Chemical Reactions
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to pull from prior knowledge to explain four different types of chemical reactions.

Big Idea: Using knowledge gained from previous lessons, students will diagram and illustrate the four different types of chemical reactions (synthesis, decomposition, combustion, replacement).

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