Mary Veith 6.16.10 LAI 552 – CRSP#4 Reflection The purpose of this reflection is to explain the purpose of the texts in my blog. The bullets are in order of the posts as you go down the blog. My title is a play on words on the branch of chemistry to be investigated, green chemistry. I wrote it in green to go along with the idea of “going green,” and capitalized the word tree because of its relationship to the environment. The first post, a music video, was an important inclusion because it was a popular song a few years ago and I think students will find it easy to relate to. As I was driving home from class one day, I had the inspiration to include this video because I always thought it was so pertinent to the environmental concerns of today, and is unique because it is not a topic that is usually sung about. I asked the viewer to post other songs, videos, or images that pertain to the theme of green chemistry because just as I randomly thought to put that song on, other people might know of other texts that relate to the theme. In this way students are using their identity to begin to think about the issues regarding the environment. I thought the picture of the Earth in a bulb flask was an excellent representation of green chemistry, but is valuable because images can have different interpretations. The next two videos are of two chemical companies supporting green chemistry. They give insight to this branch of research along with its benefits. Because these videos represent chemical companies’ perspectives, I asked the viewer to note any biases they might have to practice critical literacy skills. The next post links to several current event articles and I asked the viewer to comment on what they learned from the article or how it made them feel. In this way, the viewer is reflecting on what they read and can relate to how green chemistry relates to authentic problems in the world. The final post is of a professor who has been doing years of research in green chemistry. I chose this video because I got a kick out of how goofy he was and because of the passion that this man has for the subject. I included other Gadgets because I thought they were fun and interactive ways to think about chemistry. Though they didn’t relate directly to the topic of the blog, I thought it was important to include them because it provides students with a different, more light-hearted view of such a challenging subject.
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