Picks

ChemEd X contributors and staff members are continually coming across items of interest that they feel others may wish to know about. Picks include, but need not be limited to, books, magazines, journals, articles, apps—most anything that has a link to it can qualify.

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Screen shot of app description on iTunes store
by Doug Ragan
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:11

According to the app store description, Chemical Formula Challenge is "An educational game to improve your ability to form chemical formulas from chemical names. You can either play it yourself or challenge a friend". The app features different levels of play such as easy, normal, and hard regarding the difficulty of the ions. As an example, beryllium chloride is considered "easy" while lead II nitride is considered "hard". The app then gives the user several ions to choose from and the user must then select the correct number of ions needed to balance the formula correctly.

Recent activity: 5 days 22 hours ago
by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:43

I was at a workshop recently, when a friend suggested I read, Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Atkins, Oxford University Press. The friend suggested the book would not take long to read, and given the name included the phrase "A very short introduction" who was I to argue? So I bought the Kindle Version of the book for about $7 U.S. and got to reading.

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Recent activity: 1 week 1 day ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 03/12/2017 - 10:45

 If this is a site all about chemistry teaching, what in the world does a book called "10% Happier" have to do with anything? Let me explain....I'll try the short, condensed, one page executive summary.

Recent activity: 2 weeks 22 hours ago
by Deanna Cullen
Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:11

Women’s History Month (March 1 - 31, 2017) honors the contributions of women to American culture and society. The American Chemical Society has selected some women scientists that contributed to important discoveries during times of rampant gender discrimination. Consider sharing these with your students.

Recent activity: 3 weeks 4 days ago
Beaker app logo
by MeyersChemistry
Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:40

This week, one of my students alerted me to some mobile apps featuring chemistry. One, in particular, seems to be mostly free and incorporates a hands-on approach to conducting virtual laboratory experiments. The app is called BEAKER - Mix Chemicals and is offered by THIX on the Apple and Google Play Stores. My student demonstrated how the app works and I gotta say - it's pretty sleek.

Recent activity: 1 month 2 days ago
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:02

Chem 101 is a FREE (for a limited time) app for any apple or android device designed to improve engagement in college chemistry courses. Although the intended audience is college level, there are modules appropriate for high school as well. Students can use the app to practice on their own, or instructors can create in-class or at home assignments.

Recent activity: 1 month 1 week ago
The Girls of Atomic City (cover)
by Hal Harris
Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:35

The untold story of the women who helped win World War II by separating the atomic bomb isotopes.

Recent activity: 2 months 2 weeks ago
White-footed mice are the reservoir for Lyme disease
by Hal Harris
Fri, 01/06/2017 - 15:21

CRISPR and gene drive technology have the potential alter the biology of life on earth, and possibly control some of the most destructive human diseases.

Recent activity: 2 months 2 weeks ago
American Modeling Teachers Association
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:47

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) is an international, professional community comprised of over 2800 passionate, innovative, and connected educators. Members include high school and university level STEM educators, educational research professionals, as well as pre-service and retired teachers.

Recent activity: 3 months 5 days ago
making structures with ChemDraw
by Lowell Thomson
Tue, 12/20/2016 - 21:00

In this "Pick" I'll briefly describe how I use the ChemDraw iPad App for creating structures for my teaching. I also provide a link to a tutorial where I share some tips on how to get started using ChemDraw on your iPad.

Recent activity: 3 months 1 week ago