When I was a novice modeler I was constantly searching for quality online video resources to share with my students. I quickly discovered that YouTube was rife with explanatory science videos, but I had a hard time finding ones that fit with my classroom culture.
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.
Go ahead, watch it. It’s worth it. I’ll wait.
While watching this I actually found myself emphatically shaking my head in agreement with Dr. Muller. I might have even shouted, “YES!” at the screen. He described the need to have students voice misconceptions and engage in social interaction – this is what we do during our whiteboarding sessions! I went to his YouTube Chanel, Veritasium, and started searching through his videos.
Here are some of my favorites aligned with the units in Chemistry Modeling InstructionTM:
Atomic Theory: The very first Veritasium Video!
States of Matter: Illustrates how states of matter differ at the particle level
Supercooled Water: Explains the phenomenon and replicates the experiment where water freezes almost instantaneoulsy
Misconceptions about Temperature: Derek compares temperatures of metal and non-metal objects
Misconceptions about Heat: A follow up to the previous video
Cathode Ray Tubes Lead to the Thomson Model: Derek recreates the cathode ray experiment
Thomson's Plum Pudding Model: The first model with subatomic structure is proposed
And then just for fun - here's a video about Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. I don't get to teach this in my first year course, but I show it in my advanced class.
I know many of you are already using Veritasium in your classrooms. What are your favorite videos?
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This has a lot of relevant concepts that we go over in class. I will begin a blended learning pilot program next month with 9 other high school teachers in my district. I wonder how these will fit in better.