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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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: 1 year 4 months 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: 2 years 3 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: 2 years 5 months ago
by Hal Harris
Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:54

Even if they can overcome the physical and medical challenges of a year-long (one-way) space trip to Mars, will humans be able to bear the psychological stress?

Comments: 1
Recent activity: 1 year 6 months ago
Haber Film
by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 07:37

The HaberFilm.com website is a helpful resource for teachers that have interest in using the Haber video in their curriculum. Reading materials and lesson ideas are available. I recently used a lesson that my colleague created directly from the provided materials. You can check out that lesson here. The lesson included some background reading, viewing the video, participating in an excellent discussion and a follow up writing assignment.

Comments: 2
Recent activity: 2 years 4 months ago
Material Question
by Hal Harris
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:15

Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what's it for?

Recent activity: 2 years 8 months ago
by Hal Harris
Wed, 11/05/2014 - 15:52

xkcd is a nerdy Internet daily cartoon that is written and drawn by a former NASA "roboticist". The subject matter is all over the map [yesterday's (11/4/14) is about TypographicChemistry], but tends to favor physics and computing. He encourages readers of the cartoon strip to send him outrageous questions, and he supplies outrageous but scientifically accurate responses. Some of the best of these have be come a surprising NYT Best Seller.

Comments: 1
Recent activity: 1 year 4 months ago
JCE AP Special Issue
by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 20:47

The Journal of Chemical Education AP Special Issue is in print. Greg Rushton and I were happy to highlight the special issue for high school chemistry teachers and other stake holders at BCCE in August. If you haven't already taken a look at the articles, I hope you will find some time to check them out. I encourage you to read the first article of the following list.

Comments: 1
Recent activity: 2 years 11 months ago
Vandana Shiva
by Hal Harris
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:14

An activist's controversial crusade against genetically modified crops neglects the truth

Recent activity: 2 years 12 months ago
Griep Research Group
by Deanna Cullen
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:22

If you want to liven up your chemistry course with some music, check out the Griep Research Group Website. They are at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Many suggestions for music can be found. You may also be interested in suggestions for movie clips that you might want to include. 

Recent activity: 3 years 2 weeks ago