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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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CHEMISTRY IN ITS ELEMENT: SERIES ONE The Elements
by Michelle Okroy
Tue, 02/16/2016 - 18:24

Have you ever had a student ask random questions about each and every element? More than ever it seems as if students are excited about the physical sciences and we, as educators, owe it to them to continue their curiosity. With so much information available at their fingertips, we want to verify that the information they are collecting is accurate.

Recent activity: 11 months 6 days ago
Mahjong Chem - Stetson University Department of Chemistry
by Michelle Okroy
Tue, 02/02/2016 - 22:38

Over the past few years puzzle apps have been a favorite amongst high school students. Although each vary in degree of difficulty, most involve recognizing patterns in order to advance to the next phase of the game. 

Recent activity: 11 months 2 weeks ago
by Michelle Okroy
Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:47

                Have you ever wondered why so many undergraduate students struggle with their general chemistry courses in college? Various research studies report that a third of college students taking a STEM related course will either fail, with a D or F, or withdraw from the course with the rate increasing if one focuses on general chemistry specific courses.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 weeks ago
The Doomsday Scam, by C. J. Chivers
by Hal Harris
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:03

For decades, aspiring bomb makers - including ISIS - have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury.  There's a reason they never have.

Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
Be safe
by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 11/12/2015 - 13:54

We continue to hear bad news about chemistry classroom accidents. Please share this with your cohorts. We cannot assume that everyone knows how to be safe when performing demonstrations. 

Comments: 1
Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
Veritasium
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Mon, 10/19/2015 - 09:53

Modeling InstructionTM is specifically designed so students construct meaning without being told what to think and I needed videos that aligned with this philosophy.  That’s when I ran across this TedEd talk with Dr. Derek Muller.

Comments: 1
Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Hal Harris
Wed, 09/30/2015 - 14:15

Amfolenic acid is a dangerous, addictive stimulant, with a fascinating, colorful chemical history.

Recent activity: 1 year 3 months ago
by Tracy.Schloemer
Sat, 09/05/2015 - 20:06

I just wanted to share a resource that I have been using since I started teaching AP chemistry last year.

Comments: 3
Recent activity: 1 year 4 months ago
Graph of the Week
by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 09/03/2015 - 20:59

Helping students to interpret graphs and analyze them is an important for many reasons. Spending time training students to do just that will help them to become critical thinkers. The Graph of the Week website was recommended by a member of our school's English department during professional development designed to help every department incorporate  literacy standards into their curriculum.

Recent activity: 1 year 4 months ago
Chem13 News
by Yvonne Clifford
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:57

Chem13 News has been an integral part of my teaching bag of tricks for (I hate to admit it) over 20 years! It is something I truly look forward to arriving in my mailbox each month.

Recent activity: 1 year 4 months ago