Repeat after me: “Technology is my friend.”

I spent the afternoon chatting with Dr. Brooks and Mrs. Barthel about using new types of technology and interaction in the classroom. I shared with them some of my insight on Voicethread and its many uses (to which you will become very accustomed) and they shared with me some really cool apps that you and I will be able to use over the course of the year.

With that in mind, as we get closer to the first day of school I will post some information on what apps you will need and practice using some of their features. Some of that information can be found now on the new page “For Students” listed at the top of this page.

I’m looking forward to experimenting with these new toys and working with you to figure out the best way to incorporate them in our class.

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The Quest Starts…

Irish Football kicks off the 2012 campaign and the quest for Cathedral’s first ever 3-peat State Titles with two-a-days tomorrow. Just remember that games are not won on paper and that we are everyone’s superbowl. Meetings start at 7 AM.

“The will to succeed is important but what’s more important is the will to prepare” – Bobby Knight

New Documents Page Added

I have added a Semester 1 Documents page to the blog in the hopes that I will be able to post important documents, handouts, and other class related material there. As of right now I am still in the “tinkering” stages of figuring out how Dropbox and Google Docs work. Since I am still working on mastering this process (and it’s the first time I’ve done something like this) I’m asking those of you using the page to please be patient and if you have comments or suggestions I’d love to hear from you.

New Notes Page Added

Over the course of the year, we will be taking class notes in a style known as Cornell Notes. It involves the use of a left margin for writing main ideas in the form of questions, then answering those questions in the main body of the page in the form of notes. At the end their are conclusion/summary questions based on the main ideas that each students should be able to answer.
To go along with this particular style, after each day’s lesson, the notes will be available on this site on the Semester 1 Notes page. These could come in hand if absent, stuck on a problem of homework, or studying the material for an upcoming exam.

Less Than a Month

Believe it or not we’re less than a month away from the beginning of a new school year. Please, try to contain your excitement… Seriously though, I’ve spent some choice moments over the last month beginning to put together some reference materials, activities, and labs to follow the curriculum map Mr. Fogel and I created at the end of May. Over the next month we’ll solidify our plans, look for technology to include, and start building some momentum to carry us through the first few weeks of August. We’ll see you then.

Bookmark this page!

Welcome to Mr. Kubuske’s Chemistry Blog. My hope is to use this Blog in connection with our students iPads to create a seamless integration of information, links, and classroom resources. Please bookmark this page. When you have an opportunity, please become familiar with some of the features of this blog. Here’s to the beginning of an exciting new school year!