Friday, November 20, 2009

BBC Bitesize

The entire first Quarter of Chemistry in 2 minutes, how is that for digesting information?
I am going to play this in class today before starting balancing equations.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wolfram Alpha

If you have not yet tried Wolfram Alpha yet, then you don't really know the power of the internet. According to its own desctiption it is not a search engine, it is a computational knowledge engine. It sends back an answer rather than links. If I type in two stocks it will return a chart comparing market cap to shares outstanding. If I type in third cousin's great grandson it will return a family tree of that relationship... Earthquakes in Italy... a map with dots that I can deliniate a date or historical period.

It is just cool,  Mathematica cool.

Read more about it at Discover Magazine

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Science Room at Make Magazine  

This is a cool website and the science room may have a lot of potential for the layered curriculum lab setting. Teach yourself chemisty through lab experiences. However the mantra of the site " all Lab no Lecture" does not hold true, I had to read a lot of background info to get to the acid base lab. Useful to find labs organized by topic.

Teach them how sciecne works...

Discussion on Science education and the future of Science Literacy in America. Take a listen to this pod cast.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Carl Wieman directs the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia and the Colorado Science Education Initiative.

(Sep 22, 2008 at Cornell University)

Wieman emphasizes the importance of making science education effective and relevant for a large and diverse population. The approach, he says, is to transform how students understand and use science, and this calls for teaching them to actually think like scientists.

Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science on Huffduffer

The Periodic Table of Videos

The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham

Cool reference for all the elements.

"We've done all 118 - but our job's not finished. Now we're updating all the videos with new stories, better samples and bigger experiments.?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Science Nation Online Magazine
Science Nation
is an online magazine that each week looks at discoveries and researchers that will change our lives: an artificial retina that can help the blind to see, new materials for building things stronger and lighter, what we're learning from organisms in hot volcanic vents, and ice core secrets that could reveal answers to global warming.  (National Science Foundation)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Video Download helper

Video Download Helper for Mozilla Firefox. Useful tool to have copy of YouTube videos when internet access is slow or unavailable.  As teachers we always need a contingency plan in case our lesson plans do not work out.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Science is Fun Good site for kids type science demos and examples

General Chemistry Online
The Classic online chem textbook

Phase Diagrams and Kinetic Molecular Theory

Three good animations for Phase change and Kinetic Molecular Theory.

Interactive Phase Diagram

Molecules in Motion

Phases of Water

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Layered Curriculum Day here in Chemistry class. Four Lab stations, four different labs going on, all kids engaged in science. One pair working on determining which of 5 different ionic compounds are exothermic or endothermic, another is determining the heat of fusion of candle wax. A different group is calculating the number calories consumed by an alcohol burner and a third is prepping a lab for next class by melting mass quantities of wax in a water bath and weighing out equal test tube fulls of the stuff.
I am starting them to clean up and have no grading to take home. Sounds good to me.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Super conductors and Mag-Lev trains cooled with Liquid Nitrogen

Friday, September 18, 2009
Fun with white phosphorus

watch this video on phosphorous

Thursday, September 10, 2009
OooHH Creepy Halloween Science. First some more science demos and tricks you can do to your holiday decor.
Mad Scientist Party
In order to score high points on the Halloween decorations, you need a smoke machine...
Green fire is the coolest fire ever. Now put it in a cool Jac-O-Lantern.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Science Magic

My friend Bill said his son enjoyed some of the links I posted, so I have some kid focused sites related to how I got interested in science, Magic Tricks! I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

This is a blank Layered Curriculum Template that you can add your own content to.
I am modifying many of my teaching units to use a layered style of grading.

Here is an example I am using for unit one Scientific Measurement and Method.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Science at HULU
Chemistry in the news
Chemistry Cheat sheets for help on class topics. I like these so students can teach themselves as they need it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Experimental ideas
How long can you stretch a rubber band before it breaks
Is the Dixon Ticonderoga the strongest pencil?
What substances can control an iPod click wheel other than your finger?

Chemistry in 2 minutes
Quarter 1-3 in about 2 minutes

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chemistry applets

Good link for chemistry applets

Biggest Chemical Companies in The World

The biggest companies in chemical industry on Earth are listed with business volume in billions of Euros.

  • Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik (BASF)(D) 28 (formerly IG-Farben)
  • Dow Chemical (USA) 27
  • DuPont (USA) 24
  • Bayer (D) 20 (formerly IG-Farben)
  • ExxonMobil Chemicals (USA) 20 (formerly Standard Oil)
  • Atofina (F) 20
  • BP Chemicals (GB) 13
  • Mitsubishi Chemicals (J) 12
  • Deutsche Gold- und Silber-Scheide-Anstalt (DEGUSSA)(D) 11(formerly IG-Farben)
  • Shell Chemicals (NL/GB) 11

links for me Good PPTs tough to open Comic Periodic Table Links Excellent resources and Worksheets ready to go careful with print format to standard American printers
Site with lots of potential for online chemistry projects for laptops give this one some time and research It is just junk now!!!

Chemistry Videos?

know how to use and read correct measurements from laboratory equipment such as a triple beam balance, graduated cylinder, ruler, thermometer, temperature probe, and pH probe.

Links I would suggest for student laptops

General Chemistry Online: Full of helpful tutorials and quizzes

Mr. Guch Explains
: One of my favorite sites, here are some tutorials for extra help

Tutorial and Quiz on Significant Figures

Chemistry Demos

Monday, July 6, 2009

lazy daze of summer

New students for summer school then came home and took nap.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summer School Prep Day

Started working summer school today.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fire up the Blog

Starting to Make Blob for my classes, I mean like THE BLOB from the horror movie.
Should be quite the in class demo.
ANY How.
Summer school starts tomorrow for preparation.
I intend to work on making my lessons into a layered curriculum. I had much success
with a unit on stoichiometry during the spring 09 and would like to repeat the process
for other units.
I enjoy the one on one assessments and focus on learning not on completion.
Students work at their own pace and once my prep has been done ahead of time, I can focus
on student learning too.