Author Archives: Andrea

About Andrea

Welcome, I found myself in video classroom teaching Biology, Ecology and Earth Science through distance learning this fall. I use this blog as a central place to store my ideas and resources. I am always eager to share and connect with others too.

Green Chemistry Curriculum

Green Chemistry Curriculum

Are you a Chemistry of Physical Science teacher who would like access to free resources that support greener labs and teaching about sustainability? Check out the resources available at Beyond Benign. This group supports professional development, teacher collaboration and the publication of free curriculum. Their lessons are designed to improve upon traditional chemistry labs done in science classes by using safer chemicals and challenging students to think about new ways to use science to reduce chemical impact and use naturals resources more sustainably. I had a chance to join one of their online collaboration sessions and I am thrilled to discover the idea and resources.


Teaching the Nature of Science

The Holidays bring many gifts. Some of the best gifts have been shared by dedicated educators through the Creative Commons. I am eternally grateful to the wonderful scientists and educators who shared in this way. My latest rediscovered gem is the work of Larry Flammer. He published a student text on the Nature of Science called Science Surprises. This text is a great companion to the hands on lesson ideas that are archived at his ENSIWeb site. Below are some other fantastic resources that are shared without cost to educators. Enjoy the season!

Other Nature of Science Teaching Resources:


Screen Recording Using Slide Show Tips

Here are some tips for annotating screencasts using a Google Slide, Power PowerPoint, or Keynote slide show. Using screen drawing tools and images can really add to your instructional video’s impact.  If you aren’t used to screencast tools that allow you to annotate,  there are some tricks to learning how to record and still have access to your screen recording menus. You don’t want to open the full-on presenter mode while recording and annotating, but you can present in a window. This allows you to see a preview of your show without taking over the whole screen. These are also very good strategies for sharing presentations in Zoom so that you can access your other tools while presenting. Here is a quick screencast on how to do this.


  • Avoid bullets and animations in your slides
  • Power Point – View, Reading View
  • Google Slides – Present, Presenter View
  • Keynote- Play, Play Slideshow in Window



Turn your smartphone into a document camera

IPEVO IDocCam is a great tool for repurposing your iphone or an ipad into a document camera. The app costs .99 a month or $9.99 a year. Once you download and install the software the only trick is creating a stand. Of course IPEVO sells a really nifty smartphone stand for $59.00. You can also use a cookie rack and a stack of books and position the camera through wires. A piece of plexiglass is also a good tool.

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IPEVO Annotate

IPEVO AnnotateIPEVO Annotate. This is a free download from IPEVO. It allows you to mark up anything that displays on your computer. You can also pop up a whiteboard to solve problems on.

You can also use IPEVO Annotator in Whiteboard mode. Here is a video to explain this.

For and ipad like experience, you can use a Wacom graphics tablet that comes with a pen. This will allow you to annotate with the pen and is much easier to draw equations with.