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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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.

Recent activity: 1 year 5 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 6 months ago
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Thu, 08/20/2015 - 22:40

PBS has a wonderful new mini-series titled, "The Mystery of Matter:  Search for the Elements".  At the time of this post, the series is freely available to stream through your local PBS station.

Recent activity: 1 year 6 months ago
JumpRope
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 19:47

Earlier in the summer, I was shopping around for a standards-based gradebook.  As the lone teacher at my school venturing into this unchartered territory, I did what any responsible techie teacher would do.  I turned to the twitterverse for suggestions.  I quickly identified the two most recommended platforms.

Comments: 1
Recent activity: 1 year 6 months ago
Rust
by Scott Robowski
Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:43

A great book for summer reading is "Rust: the longest war".

Cars rusting! Bridges collapsing! Rust, and corrosion in general, is probably the most important topic that is not on most people's radar. This is definitely something people should be paying more attention to.

Recent activity: 1 year 7 months ago
by Hal Harris
Tue, 07/28/2015 - 15:32

This book is not about chemistry, and it probably is the most "literary" book that I have written about in these pages.  It is a beautiful story about the lives of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, who escapes during the Nazi occupation of France with her father, the master locksmith of the Paris Museum of Natural History, to St.

Recent activity: 1 year 6 months ago
AMTA
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Wed, 07/08/2015 - 22:06

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) website is the official source for information on Modeling InstructionTM (MI).  Whether you are an experienced Modeler or simply interested in learning more about MI, I encourage you to visit the newly redesigned site and check out the available resources.

Recent activity: 1 year 7 months ago
KWIPPED
by Amanda Taylor
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:55

KWIPPED is a highly efficient, no-cost resource for chemistry teachers looking to rent equipment for projects. If you need to source equipment that is too expensive to buy, KWIPPED.com is a great way to find short or long-term rentals that will fit your budget. 

Recent activity: 10 months 4 days ago
by Hal Harris
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 16:34

Critical reviews of "Beyond" by Chris Impey, "How We'll Live on Mars" by Stephen L. Petranek, "Exploration and Engineering: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Quest for Mars" by Erik M. Conway, by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Recent activity: 1 year 9 months ago
Making Thinking Visible
by Allison Tarvin
Thu, 04/23/2015 - 19:01

This book has helped me to uncover student misconceptions and look into their thought processes regularly. A supervisor gave me the book in August, and it sat on my nightstand for several weeks.  In my mind, it was going to be another book about visual learners and strategies for using images to increase engagement. I WAS WRONG. This book is different. It is not about visual learning; it focuses on making student thinking visible to the teacher. While still learning to use the visible thinking routines, I really feel more conscious of students’ understandings than ever. 

Recent activity: 1 year 10 months ago