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Join Us for ChemFlip 2014!

I would like to invite you to join us on October 24, 2014 in Austin, TX for ChemFlip 2014. This event will feature a keynote address on the nuts-and-bolts of building a flipped classroom from Pam Mills and Donna McGregor of Hunter college, as well as a panel discussion and workshops around some of the key challenges of building a flipped classroom.

Finding the Right Tablet

Thanks to the pioneering work of several of my colleagues at Murray State, I was introduced to the tablet PC in 2006, and have used it in my classes ever since. However, even though tablets have become mainstream, I'm continuing to search for a tablet that can handle the needs for a flipped classroom, such as annotation, recording/editing, and projection.

Welcoming Grace Eileen

This has nothing to do with flipped chemistry, but congratulations to my son Jamie and his wife Megan on the birth of Grace Eileen, born last Friday.

Learning About Learning - While Trying to Improve Teaching

Over the years that my children were making their way through elementary school, I became the go-to science volunteer. Times were tough for the teachers as they were adapting to new science achievement testing. Many of my elementary school teacher friends were feeling the pain of not only having to beef up their own science content knowledge, but to also learning to teach science using active, inquiry methods. The days of opening the book and defining science vocabulary words were over!

What's the Best Way to Deliver Video Content?

This year, I’ve spent a huge amount of time developing video content for my classes. So far, I’ve done a tablet-only video style, using a skeletal PowerPoint presentation, which is annotated with a tablet as I narrate. This works well for presenting information cleanly and concisely - but it’s boring. I’m continuing to ponder how I can improve my format to be more engaging and effective.