Bond with James: 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Density Lab (Acrylic Cylinders): Observe & Record Data!

This virtual lab focuses on observing and recording data from a density experiment. It is recommended that the individual rewind or pause the video to allow time to accurately and precisely record each measurement. When finished, calculate the density for each of the purple (acrylic) cylinders.

If you're a teacher using this in the classroom, you may want to create a Pre-Lab questionnaire. I normally have students create their own data tables. This lab is straightforward and is a great starting point for developing that particular skill. However, in case you're wondering, you could have students create something like this:

The purple cylinders are composed of acrylic. The true value provided with the activity set was given as 1.17 g/mL. If you Google the acrylic density, it is listed as 1.18 g/mL (or 1.18 g/cm^3).

I forgot to mention this in the video. Depending on your grade level and population of students, you should direct students to take the average of the values and use that to compare to the true value of acrylic. When creating a Mass vs. Volume graph, instruct students to draw a line of best fit. The graph will be a straight line. Of course, obtaining accurate and precise data from the video will be affected by various factors (e.g., human error 😂🤣). However, I recorded data and calculated the density by watching the video, and my measurements were fine. Moreover, you could use the video as an opportunity to discuss recording accurate and precise measurements (i.e., significant figures/digits).

I hope this helps you and your students while we navigate distance learning during this COVID-19 era.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Back to School with Distance Learning

An overview of my Canvas course setup begins at 1:32.

The school board pushed the start of the school year back by three weeks and we will start with a distance learning program. As of now, I know the board sent in a request to extend remote learning by an additional 4-weeks. However, I do not know what the current status of that request is. Given my experience with creating blended learning activities for my students, the shift to creating distance learning material wasn't too difficult. However, my main issue lies with particular teaching strategies that I regularly employed in a face-to-face format.

In the event that we do go back, my focus is not to decorate or fix up my classroom because we most likely will not go to a regular schedule that involves students moving around. However, I'll speak about this in another vlog. Also, I will be able to show more of my Canvas distance learning setup and/or answer any comments people have about this particular vlog.