The Journal of Chemical Education AP Special Issue is in print. Greg Rushton and I were happy to highlight the special issue for high school chemistry teachers and other stake holders at BCCE in August. If you haven't already taken a look at the articles, I hope you will find some time to check them out. I encourage you to read the first article of the following list.
If you want to liven up your chemistry course with some music, check out the Griep Research Group Website. They are at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Many suggestions for music can be found. You may also be interested in suggestions for movie clips that you might want to include.
The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller.
Tyrone Hayes is a flamboyant, very public scientist who has been campaigning against the herbicide Atrazine for years. The battle between him and Syngenta is pitched and nasty.
The MOSART tests are designed to measure understanding of science concepts. The name, MOSART, stands for:
Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-based Assessment Resources for Teachers
The Periodic Table of Videos has been around for a while, but they are actively updating videos and creating new ones. The videos were created by Brady Haran at the University of Nottingham. They are short and very informative. I like to use them during lessons when my classes are discussing specific elements. For instance, some of us like to demonstrate adding lithium and/or sodium to wate
ChemMatters is an educational magazine containing articles on topics for high school chemistry students. The articles explain the connection between what chemistry students learn in school and the world around them.
Environmental studies can be included in any science curriculum. Whether you are looking for lessons to incorporate ideas related to "green chemistry" or you are looking to use safer methods and materials in the laboratory, you will find many great resources at this site. There are new labs and also replacement labs for some of those familar activities that we shouldn't be doing anymore. Th
The ACS Chem Clubs Web site offers an assortment of ideas to spice up your lesson plans near Halloween. There are many recommended demonstrations including using a Jack-O-Lantern with different color flames or smoke coming out of it. There are activities for dressing up like elements and testing candy just to mention a couple.