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What is the Mole?


What is the Mole?

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This is a StAIR with the goal of helping students learn about the difficult concept of the mole in chemistry.  Students will view and interact with a PowerPoint presentation in kiosk mode. 
Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: June 16, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 21, 2011
Submitter: Kyle Whymer
Keywords: Mole Conversions, Mole


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Primary Audience: High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Cassandra Weddel
4 years ago

Cassandra Weddel (Teacher (K-12))

Kyle, your interactive powerpoint is very straight forward.  Learning the Mole is a hard concept for students to learn and I believe that you did a wonderful job walking them through the process.  Your presentation was neat, organized and contained a lot of information.  One thing that I think would be helpful would be sound and a visual aid.  I think that a video or demonstration on "Moles" would give students a different media to learn from.  I think that this powerpoint is effective for "some" learners.  In order to creat the maximum amount of optimal learning experiences, I think that you would want to include differnt forums of presentation.

I think from a technical stand flowed well and was organized.  I think students now like creativity and engagement.  I think that might be a great focus for the next time you revisit this assignment.

Thanks for sharing.

Avatar for Derek Osborne
4 years ago

Derek Osborne (Teacher (K-12))

Your presentation included a lot of great information about moles. I did not know what one was before seeing this. The quizzes offer a great way for the students to check their learning. Seeing examples of the problems is a great way for the students to learn how to do the conversion.  I am assuming there is some prior knowledge involved with the terms. Overall, the presentation does a great job of teaching the concept, reviewing the information with quizzes, and building to the end. Very good use of scaffolding.

Technical Remarks:

Adding some more sound to the presentation would liven it up for the students. Also, a video of someone doing the calcuation by hand would prove to be useful as well. Following the UDL guidelines, some type of audio support would be useful for students with vision impairments. For the last two questions, make all the multiple choice answers the same format, it will force the students to find the correct answer.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 Minutes

Avatar for Christina Harrison
4 years ago

Christina Harrison (Teacher (K-12))

This presentation offers good examples of calculating moles in chemistry. I found the examples very helpful when attempting to calculate the mole quiz myself. The links to the periodic table was very useful. I also like how if you did not calculate the answer properly it took you back the example to show you how to properly calculate the correct answer.

 A suggestion to improve the StAIR is offer audio. I know for myself, especially in math, it helps me understand formulas if I hear it as I’m looking at the formula.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes