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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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: 5 months 3 weeks 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: 6 months 3 days 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: 7 months 1 week 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: 7 months 1 week 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: 7 months 4 weeks 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: 8 months 1 day ago
by Doug Ragan
Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:07

If your not familiar with the video series "The Mystery of Matter, Search for the Elements" then I highly recommend their use as part of your curriculum. The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is a PBS series about the amazing human story behind the Periodic Table. The videos, most of them 4-12 minutes long, draw on the interviews, re-enactments, animations and photographs that were shot and collected for the PBS series, with supplementary animations and images as needed. In all, the videos make up about three hours of programming. I shared several of the video clips with my high school students and they really seemed to enjoy them mentioning the reason was because the videos were done using actors to tell the stories and it was similar to watching a movie.

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Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
"Get it, Don't get it" concept
by Nathan Warrick
Mon, 11/21/2016 - 14:35

In teacher preparation, the Vygotsky based theory of formative assessment is integral because teachers and teacher educators who recognize their knowledge as knowledge in formation are better prepared to recognize the value of students’ knowledge. After all, most learners find it easier to build upon prior knowledge when learning material as opposed to having the material dissociated from prior experience and viewed as a completely new and isolated material. 

Recent activity: 9 months 1 day ago
Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary Schools
by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:33

The ACS Committee on Chemical Safety has published new Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary Schools. This document is organized with the R.A.M.P. concept – Recognize the hazard, Assess the risk of the hazard, Minimize the risk of the hazard, and Prepare for emergencies. The online document includes two pages for each letter that could be printed and posted in the classroom to reinforce these principles of safety. The documents are provided to strengthen the safety practices of teachers and help them to promote a culture of safety that their students will take with them throughout their academic and professional careers.

Recent activity: 9 months 1 day ago
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by MeyersChemistry
Fri, 11/18/2016 - 19:25

This week I had the opportunity to attend part 2 of a 3 day PD for Gizmos, courtesy of a district grant working with ExploreLearning. In a room full of middle school science colleagues (half of whom I knew), I was able to glean a ton of great information.

Recent activity: 8 months 2 days ago