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by Doug Ragan
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:54

Having completed a unit on stoichiometry,  I was looking to review with my HS students some key topics before Spring Break.  I had received from FLINN scientific their "It's Elementary--March Madness" activity:

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by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:06

In this post I'll describe how I use an iPad App, Educreations, to interact with my students in a few different scenarios. First, I use it to answer questions sent to me by email. Second, I use it to create simple help videos for students relating to our work.

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by GREGORY RUSHTON
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:35

I've read this a couple times and have been thinking about its potential impact on our K12 community as we begin to consider the challenges and the opportunities associated with the

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:48

Did you know that Pyrex glassware used in chemistry labs is different than Pyrex glassware used in kitchens?  Pyrex glass used in chemistry experiments is made of borosilicate glass, whereas the Pyrex used when baking is made of soda lime glass.

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by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 03/29/2014 - 08:14

In a previous post, I discussed the work of my grade 10 class as we read the non-fiction story, The Case of the Frozen Addicts. We've continued working our way through the book, taking one class every two weeks to delve into the issues presented. Just this week, we engaged in a fish-bowl discussion. To help steer the discussion, I started the class with a quick warm-up activity asking students to suggest topics or questions that they would want to talk through in the fish bowl.

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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:44

How many likes does your page have? How many followers do you have? How many reads for that particular blog post? Page views? Downloads? Number of times cited? Impact factor? In the online world, much of life is lived by the numbers.

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by Doug Ragan
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:09

Have you ever been curious about the chemistry of a lemon? What about the chemical structures of adrenaline, dopamine, or serotonin? Would you like to share with your students the elements that make up their smartphone? Or what how about a beautiful “infographic” representing each of the families of the periodic table? Then Compound Interest at www.compoundchem.com has you covered and then some.

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by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 03/01/2014 - 12:13

As chemistry teachers, there are many ways we can relate our subject to the world around us. Linking with an effort to increase literacy at my school, I've started reading a non-fiction book with one of my chemistry classes titled, “The Case of the Frozen Addicts: Working at the Edge of the Mysteries of the Human Brain."

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by Sarah Kong
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:22

It's interesting to me how a word can define a class. The longer I teach, the more excited and quickly I can cover a concept. However, this pace does not necessarily fit well with my students, so we have a code word:  Traxoline (thanks to Judy Lanier).

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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:09

“How Much Turmoil Does the Science Project Cause Families?” reads the tongue-in-cheek science-fair-style poster illustrating parent Susan Messina’s views on science fairs. Her materials list includes: at least 1 grudging parent, half-baked idea of very dubious merit, and procrastination.

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