Chemical Education Xchange is pleased to announce ChemEd X Talks! These Talks are 30 minute virtual meetings that consist of a short presentation (5-10 minutes) followed by Q&A and discussion. Teachers are asked to keep their video on, ask questions and participate in the discussion by offering their own ideas and experience with the topic. These live Zoom events are free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so register early.
ChemEd X Talks will be recorded. We plan to publish portions of the recorded Talks on chemedx.org. With respect for the privacy of participants the published portions will primarily focus on the presentation and efforts will be made to mask participant identities. By registering for a ChemEd X Talk you are agreeing to be recorded.
Previous ChemEd X Talks (these include recordings and other resources provided by the presenters)
Providing students with meaningful feedback greatly enhances their learning and achievement. With the move to online and hybrid formats, teachers have had to scramble to modify their usual process for communicating that feedback. ChemEd X Talks with Ariel Serkin about the process she is using and how she is providing feedback to her students remotely.
ChemEdX Talks with Melissa Hemling about “whiteboarding” in a hybrid or virtual classroom. Students collaborate in small groups on Classkick.com to digitally analyze data, create and modify models, and/or complete practice problems. Melissa shares how she uses the digital whiteboards to gauge student understanding and pinpoint misconceptions like she did pre-COVID.
Formative Assessment Using Nearpod 2/2/2021
Some of the challenges associated with virtual instruction include connecting with students and checking for understanding in real time. ChemEd X Talks with Michael Farabaugh about how he uses the interactive features of Nearpod to create formative assessment items that provide valuable feedback and facilitate student participation.
Journey with Standards Based Grading 2/9/2021
ChemEd X Talks with Chad Husting about how he has transitioned to standards based grading during a pandemic! He shares a quick trick that has the potential to solve many of the problems that teachers struggle with including having a mix of face to face and virtual students and keeping up with late work, make-up work and missing assignments!
ChemEd X Talks with Katy Dornbos about how she has transformed the way she is assessing her students - particularly on exams. Her new method of assessing was born from her desire to decrease student stress, minimize her grading time and keep the questions challenging enough to encourage deep thinking. Both she and her students are happy with the results!
ChemEd X Talks with Jen Lee about Collisions. This is a system of eight digital games, grounded in the rules of chemistry, that can be used to introduce, teach, and review more than 50 key concepts in your chemistry classroom. Collisions makes abstract concepts tangible by allowing students to visualize and manipulate the building blocks of matter, while providing a safe space to make mistakes and learn by introducing content through gameplay.
Kristen Drury and Stephanie O'Brien presented in a ChemEd X Talk on April 21, 2021 and provided teachers with guidance on fostering student buy-in, student role formation, and POGIL implementation. Additionally, information was shared on how to assess students' participation in POGIL activities holistically and through individual examination of process skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving.
Grades should provide feedback to students, parents, and teachers as to the progress students are making toward learning targets. Meaningful grades require good assessment practices. Erica Posthuma presented a ChemEd X Talk on May 11th, 2021, providing an overview of effective assessment design. She discussed writing and communicating learning goals, developing targeted questions and prompts, and scoring using a standards-based approach.
Formative assessment questions provide a useful lens into students' minds regarding what they are thinking about chemistry. By ascertaining what students are thinking, teachers can make decisions regarding what to do with what they learn. The members of ACCT (Assessing for Change in Chemical Thinking) presented a ChemEd X Talk on the topic on May 26, 2021.