This is a neat little website that answers questions that you had when you were young and curious about the world and then became apathetic to later in life and just accepted for granted. I recommend this text to teachers to bring out the little kid full of wonder within them and also their students for the same reason. I mean this text explains this phenomenon at a basic level but one that is sufficient for 10th grade Chemistry. The way I'd use it in a classroom is probably as light individual readings assigned and have students do concept maps on them.
STEMbite was created by Andrew Vanden Heuvel, mostly because he needed something to do with his Google Glass. Andrew loves trying to do interesting and cool ...
If you're at all familiar with Google Glass, you know that it is a heretical technology that threatens to cause the downfall of mankind (along with a large consortium of other factors). I mean have you seen the visual display of the Terminators? It all started with Google Glass. That being said, it is nice to see Glass being used to further the interests of makind in the form of educating our younger generations. I would recommend this to teachers because the more tech-savvy teachers can certainly appreciate this use of the Glass to create educational science and math videos. In a chemistry classroom, I would use some of the biology, physics, and math videos that Heuvel has up because they strongly apply to certain topics in the curriculum. Some students might benefit from the Point-of-View style of the videos by seeing the world through the lenses of the video creator.
Though we don't often recognize it, chemistry defines nearly every element of our everyday lives. From the reactions that fuel the sun to the biology…
Teachers are busy people. Between planning our classes, grading homework, tending to disipline issues, and actually teaching we don't have much time to ourselves. Hopefully, this set of chemistry videos can be used to facilitate some of the teaching for us. I recommend this text to chemistry teachers because these are a set of interesting videos that can help enhance the curriculum and engage students. I can see a teacher using this resource on days when the class needs a little visual stimulation to get their chemistry juices flowing. Care must be taken to preview the videos and discuss them as a class or else it will become just another time-filler and a wasted opportunity for meaning-making to take place.
The Mole - for anyone inspired to dig deeper into chemistry
The Mole is the Royal Society of Chemistry's magazine for "students and anyone inspired to dig deeper into chemistry". I recommend this text because it provides chemistry content in an interesting casual format that allows the lay students to understand the chemistry behind common everyday phenomenon that is relevant to their lives. I can easily see teachers assigning a different issue to each of their students and have them share their understanding of the articles as a class just like how real research lab groups have literature sharing days.
Chemistry includes articles about the properties of chemicals and chemical reactions. Learn about chemistry on the HowStuffWorks Chemistry Channel.
HowStuffWorks is a great website that teaches the lay person why their world functions the way it does. I recommend it to teachers because this text has a collection of articles that relate directly to real world phenomenon and applications. I'd use some as a text for students to read for homework and come prepared to discuss it in class. I'm not a big believer of heavy homework but I'm not averse to some light reading that challenges students to confront their understanding of the world around them.
In cooperation with the National Science Foundation, NBC Learn explores presence and function of chemistry in everyday life and in world around us.
NBC Learn provides us with this awesome resource that links chemistry to everyday life. I recommend this to teachers because bringing relevancy into a science classroom can sometimes be difficult in the world of abstract equations and this text will help students relate chemistry to their daily lives. I can see a chemistry teacher using these videos daily over the first month or two school to introduce students to the discipline of chemistry and have them take a more active part in the classroom environment since they can connect with the subject.
This site gives the latest developments that are being developed for weapons from a chemistry/physics perspective. I recommend this text as a way to get a large subset of boys involved in their science courses by appealing to their fondness for things related to conflict and violence. I would use it to have students create logs and add them to a class-created weapons handbook. While this sounds like an unorthodox project for a science class to be engaged in, I would like to direct you to the academic statistics of our nation's urban schools. Desperate times call for unorthodox measures.
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