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by Samantha Ramaswamy
Mon, 08/17/2020 - 16:15

Card sorts can be used to quickly assess student understanding. The author has modified two card sorts on photoelectron spectroscopy and intermoleculer forces for use either remotely or in a paperless classroom.

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by Josh Kenney
Sat, 08/15/2020 - 09:46

The author describes how he will format his chemistry labs including the use of PhET simulations in his remote classroom this fall.

Recent activity: 2 months 1 week ago
by Kristin Gregory
Sat, 08/08/2020 - 18:05

As many teachers are preparing to teach online, we are revisiting posts from the ChemEd X archives like this one that might be of help. The original Build a Boat challenge was used to help create a classroom culture of teamwork and growth mindset. The author has updated the Build a Boat activity by providing a modified slide show presentation specifically to help those teaching remotely this fall. 

Recent activity: 2 months 2 weeks ago
by Melissa Hemling
Sun, 08/02/2020 - 21:48

Teaming up with a STEM Science Coach or mentor can be rewarding to both you and your students. I was surprised at the impact a science mentor has on students when I recieved an email from a former student.

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by Jerry Godbout
Sun, 08/02/2020 - 14:40

If you only have a few weeks of in-person labs this fall semester, consider this lab content reorganization.

Recent activity: 2 months 3 weeks ago
by Philip Penketh
Sun, 08/02/2020 - 10:03

The application of Hess's Law frequently presents students with conceptual problems. This series of experiments confirms Hess's Law and offers a robust understanding of this principle. This can be done as a demo completed by the teacher or as a lab with groups of students.

Recent activity: 2 months 3 weeks ago
by Scott Donnelly
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 17:09

As autumn approaches it is that time of year to begin canning fruit like peaches. In canning light colored fruits, a chemical pretreatment is used to prevent darkening. This blog describes a classroom activity comprised of questions related to the chemistry of the pretreatment solution. The questions focus on the seminal topics of concentration and molecular structure.

Recent activity: 2 months 4 weeks ago
by Ben Meacham
Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:28

With the school year quickly approaching, science teachers will at some point need to decide the role of laboratory investigation within their new learning environment. To help this decision-making process, the author focuses on two available options that he believes have the greatest potential for offering a legitimate approach toward authentic investigations in a digital environment.

Recent activity: 2 months 3 weeks ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 07/28/2020 - 13:09

Learn how to form a blue-green copper compound on a penny, and then use that compound to make green flames. This is a great summer time activity for your next campfire!

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Recent activity: 1 month 3 weeks ago
by Kristen Drury
Tue, 07/28/2020 - 10:41

These are a few reflections from an AP Chemistry Exam reader after reading the 2020 online AP Chemistry Exam. 

Recent activity: 3 months 1 day ago