Using Web-Based Simulations to Enhance Learning in a Chemistry Class


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This is the presentation from my workshot at CEESA, March 2013. The focus was on using web-based simulations to enhance learning in a chemistry class.

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Using Web-Based Simulations to Enhance Learning in a Chemistry Class

  1. 1. Using Web-Based Simulations/Animations to Enhance Learning in your Chemistry Classroom CEESA 2013 Presented by Lowell Thomson American International School of Bucharest @thomsonscience on Twitter Using Twitter now? Please use #ceesaconf and #chemsims for the backchannel conversation
  2. 2. Agenda • Resources • Quick No-Frills Introduction (and what you will not hear today) • Twitter Backchannel #CEESA2013 and #chemsims • Justification for Simulations • Simulations, Simulations, Simulations • Considerations when using simulations • My next steps… • Your next steps… • Add your own simulations to the resources section • Questions?
  3. 3. Resources I just tweeted a link before starting the workshop…if that works for you. It is also linked on the “handouts” page of the CEESA Conference Website. Paperless…going green.
  4. 4. Quick No-Frills Introduction • • • • • • • • DP Chemistry Teacher at AISB 13 years in the U.S. 3 years in Thailand Currently 3rd year in Romania Love to use technology in my classroom I utilize a flipped model AISB is 1-1, grades 6-10 and BYOD/BYOL,11-12. I’m not the only expert in the room and hope I can be as much facilitator as presenter • Feel free to ask questions on the spot
  5. 5. This presentation will NOT be… • A call to skip wet chemistry in favor of simulations • Me talking the entire 60 minutes (hopefully…) – I want us to explore a few of the simulations together to share ideas – And at the end, I’m hopeful you’ll share a simulation or two that you use on a Google Form I’ve created.
  6. 6. Deliberately not 60 minutes of talking… • I always leave workshops wishing I had a bit more time to play around with the ideas presented. • Therefore, I ask that if it fits your learning style, grab your laptop/tablet and start playing around with the simulations as we’re working through them. • I don’t want you to sit here listening to me read a bunch of slides. Like I just did. We’d all get bored. Fast.
  7. 7. Twitter #ceesaconf #chemsims
  8. 8. Justification For teachers of DP Chemistry, it is required to use simulations at least once during a two-year course. AIMS of Group 4 3. enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology 4. develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information 6. develop experimental and investigative scientific skills 7. develop and apply the students’ information and communication technology skills in the study of science Source: Chemistry Guide, First Examinations 2009, published by IBO.
  9. 9. Justification Source: Chemistry Guide, First Examinations 2009, published by IBO.
  10. 10. Justification Source: Chemistry Guide, First Examinations 2009, published by IBO.
  11. 11. Aim 7 for Syllabus Statements SL: 12 references to simulations in Teacher Notes HL: 7 additional references Options: Many more references to Aim 7
  12. 12. Justification (Non-IB) • My belief: – Best practices should be supported by evidence. • If the opportunity exists, conduct Action Research within your own classes to see if your improvements make a difference.
  13. 13. From The Research “Students who used simulations as part of the instructional sequence outscored students who did not on each of the summative assessments…” Source Brunsell, Eric and Horesji, Martin. “Science 2.0: Simulations in the Classroom.” The Science Teacher, December 2012.
  14. 14. Types of Simulations (aka How I use them) • Quick pre-lab simulation • “Lab” experience • Conceptual understanding
  15. 15. Quick Pre-Lab Simulations Empirical Formula of a Hydrate (Topic 1.2.5) files/stoichiometry/empirical.html Handout provided.
  16. 16. Not-So-Quick Pre-Lab Simulations Titration Virtual Lab (Topic 8 and 18.4) experiment.html And… or/index.html Handout provided, and a separate data sheet.
  17. 17. Full Lab Simulations Equilibrium (Topic 7.1, 7.2, 17.2) /EquKin.htm tml Handout provided for HL and SL
  18. 18. Full Lab Simulations Redox and Activity Series (Topic 9) ions/projectfolder/flashfiles/redox/home.htm Handout provided, and a sample video introduction for my students.
  19. 19. Full Lab Simulations Voltaic Cells (Topic 9.4) projectfolder/flashfiles/electroChem/voltaicCell20.h tml Note: This one loads a bit slowly in my experience.
  20. 20. Conceptual Understanding Equations/Predicting Products (Topic 1.3.2) Handout provided. htm OR
  21. 21. Conceptual Understanding Maxwell-Boltzmann Distributions (Topic 6.2.5) heory/Maxwell.html
  22. 22. Conceptual Understanding Isotopes (Topic 2.1) Handout provided. Mass Spectrometer (Topic 2.2.1) h_lewis_cw1/int/massSpectrometer/0703.html
  23. 23. Conceptual Understanding Periodic Properties ends/periodic_trends.htm Scroll down to the bottom to download an Excel spreadsheet that will give you 3-D graphs of major trends from the periodic table.
  24. 24. Conceptual Understanding Gas Laws And a handout for the following two simulations: projectfolder/flashfiles/gaslaw/boyles_law_graph.h tml projectfolder/flashfiles/gaslaw/charles_law.html
  25. 25. Conceptual Understanding Voltaic Cells (Animation) This is something I’d use in class, or within a lecture video.
  26. 26. Conceptual Understanding Electron Configuration (Topic 12.1.6) wf OR ble
  27. 27. Conceptual Understanding Chemical Bonding and Molecular Shapes (Topic 4.2) Just found this one…will be trying it next week!
  28. 28. Considerations for Using Simulations • Class set of headphones for student use • Video introduction to simulation – Depends on complexity • In class vs. homework? – My preference: At a minimum, I start them in class. • Substitute vs. Supplement? – I don’t have a good answer for this one. • Technology Issues • Limitations of Simulations (ToK issue)
  29. 29. My next steps… • • • • More inquiry-based activities Organic reaction animations More simulations for HL concepts Student-created Flash animations (?)
  30. 30. Your next steps… 1. Add resource ideas if you have them… (next slide) 2. Send me an email with some feedback… (the following slide…)
  31. 31. Add your own resources! • Go to the “Add Your Own Resource” tab to add links to simulations that you use in your classroom. These can be from any subject area. • Then go to “Participant Resources” to see what we’ve added as a group. – I’ve put in a few as examples to get us started. • I’ll leave the website up for indefinetely, so check back in a day or two in case others have uploaded their resources.
  32. 32. What are your next steps? Borrowing an idea from @ewanmcintosh Please email me: 1. Two stars 2. One wish 3. Your next steps in terms of using simulations in your classroom
  33. 33. Thank you Questions? And if you think of something after the fact, feel free to email me with your questions/comments.