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by Brian Murfin
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Interactive Simulations for General Chemistry

Added 11/09/2012

This website is excellent for a backbone of visual simulations for a chemistry class. I like the first simulation of the periodic table. It is a great site for students to get comfortable with all of the elements on the periodic table. I like that there is a picture of each element along with information about that element. I also liked the simulations having to do with reactions (for example the link to Hess's law). It is a great way for students to see the change in heat and the reversability of reactions with just a click. I would give this to students as a link to work on after class or as a reward for finishing a class activity early if there was a computer in our classroom. 


BrainPop Health, Science, Technology Animation for Kids

Added 11/09/2012

This is actually a website we used in our ICE class. We are learning the metric system and we watched a video describing the differences between volume, mass, and density. The students liked the clip with the robot and they loved the interactive game afterwards. Since the class is divided into groups. each group had to talk amongst themselves and figure out certain answers to the questions. I would definitely use this in my classroom; even in a high school classroom. It is a great thing to have up your sleeve in case an activity fails or you have a few extra minutes in your lesson (timing can sometimes be difficult!) This is an extra way to relay the information to the students and have them hear about certain concepts with different words.

After playing around with it at home, the noe frustrating thing about the website is that you need to subscribe in order to watch all of the clips and gain access to the quizes. I think the school I work in has a subscription but if I worked in a school that did not have a subscription and it was expensive to join, I wouldnt be able to use this website.


Virtual Chemistry Laboratory

Added 11/09/2012

This is a very interesting website. It gives the user the ability to mix dangerous chemicals on the computer. I like this website becasue it can be a good tutorial for students when going over "what can we find in the laboratory?" I would pull it up on my smartboard and show students the differences between a beaker and an erlynmeyer flask before we go into the lab that way they have an idea of what it looks like. This can also be useful in showing pH changes between strong acids and bases using chemicals or indicators not allowed in the lab or too expensive to have in the lab. Nothing beats hands-on experience but when I don't have access to certain chemicals or lab equipment, interactive tools can at least make them more accessible to students.


Performance Assessment Links in Science

Added 11/09/2012

This is very interesting, and is something I can use for assessments. I found performance tasks for physical science which is a list of different labs for students to do. There is recomended times and a list of all materials needed for the performance task. This is a great resource for labs I can give in my classroom. The lab also states all the state requirements it tests so it will be easy to match them with the state requirements I want to teach in certain lessons. 

Writing labs can often be difficult and even if you have a lab book, sometimes the experiments are subpar or don't fit with the equipment you have on hand. Having extra labs available for printout will really come in handy both for assessment and for regular lab use.


Chemistry Study Cards

Added 11/09/2012

These virtual notecards are great! I would give this to students as a way to study for the AP exam or for their regular exam. They can print out the pages and make notecards, or they can copy the information onto index cards to use. I like the simple and straightforward definitions on the cards and that everything is outlines by subject. This is not only good for studying it is also helpful in teaching study skills such as how to organize notes. I would definitly have students use this site to increase amount of materials to work with and give them great study guides before one of my exams and before the standardized NYS exam given at the end of the year.

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