For this project, students were required to portray the potential dangers in a chemistry lab when students do not follow proper instructions. Some students made videos while others made posters for this project. In Mrs. Bates's chemistry classes, she encourages students to work together as a team and bounce ideas off of each other. Working in a group was a highly effective route for this project, especially since this assignment required several creative ideas.
At the beginning of the year, Mrs. Bates searched for videos about lab safety to help introduce her chemistry classes to the course. Mrs. Bates looked through pre-made videos about lab safety, she came across a video promoting safety around trains called 'Dumb Ways to Die'. video inspired Mrs. Bates to assign a project centered on the students learning about safety in the chemistry lab through interaction with other peers and other research.
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The iPads have also been very successful in increasing the depth of learning. About this, Mrs. Bates said, "As we have this tool available, I now use similar amounts of time on concepts, but we are able to explore, think and apply the concepts at a much higher level -- going beyond just memorization to more active inquiry and synthesis."
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