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by Josh Kenney
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 09:35

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly across the globe, life is drastically different. Schools, in particular, have been forced to adapt to the new norm of social distancing, closed facilities, and virtual learning. The author shares how he has structured his new Virtual Chemistry Course.

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by Chad Husting
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:54

We are now in a situation in which the most compassionate response each of us can express toward anyone is to stay six feet away. Regardless of the circumstances, we still need to find a way to help our students.

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by Melissa Hemling
Wed, 03/18/2020 - 14:04

Card sorts are a great way to bring powerful retrieval practice into your classroom. Here are some of my favorite Card Sort Hacks you can use to step up your game!

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by Josh Kenney
Mon, 03/16/2020 - 08:44

Gameful learning isn’t about playing educational games; instead, it’s about creating a highly motivating and engaging learning environment by implementing proven game design elements into a course structure. With gamified learning, students are challenged and motivated to construct knowledge that goes far beyond the basics of an educational game.

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by Melissa Hemling
Sat, 03/14/2020 - 23:55

With millions of teachers and students facing remote-learning because of COVID-19, a global experiment may be a great way to engage students at home.

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 03/11/2020 - 23:23

ChemEd X will keep a running list of tips and ideas for remote / online instruction as long as COVID-19 keeps schools closed. We hope you will comment below if you have something to share that you don't already see here. Check back as this is a work in progress.

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by Scott Balicki
Wed, 03/11/2020 - 16:44

As teachers, we can leverage fruitful discussions about chemical control with students to elicit more about students' initial ideas and ways of reasoning. From asking students to clarify their own thinking, we can identify students’ own productive ideas that we can capitalize on to advance their thinking.

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by Melissa Hemling
Mon, 03/09/2020 - 21:57

Particulate diagrams are all the rage in chemical education. Learn simple tricks to create your own!

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 03/05/2020 - 18:35

Solutions of copper (II) dissolved in acetone are easy to prepare, and can display orange, yellow, green, and blue color depending upon conditions. Such solutions allow for a variety of demonstrations and experiments that illustrate principles of chemical equilibrium. 

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by Michael Farabaugh
Tue, 03/03/2020 - 13:23

In this article, the author describes how he uses student misconceptions that are mentioned in the Chief Reader Report as a guide to help him design and write multiple-choice items for AP Chemistry.

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