Chemistry - Tom Kameroski

Ideas for implementing technology in a chemistry classroom

Use Vernier Go! Links or PASCO probes to collect data directly onto laptops through USB port.

Use Google Docs to create group lab reports and projects collaboratively.

Have students record data for whole-class use in Google Spreadsheets.

Podcast or vodcast mini lessons for students who are absent or who need additional instruction outside of school. This is especially helpful if you walk students through several sample problems for the more mathematical parts of the curriculum.

Nothing can replace a good hands-on lab but as a second-best alternative, there are lab simulations available online.

Use a chatroom in class for on-topic discussions about a video being shown. Teacher-supervised chatrooms can also be used for peer study prior to a test.

Utilize visualization tools such as Jmol for molecular modeling.

Use Excel to model changes in data. For example have Excel calculate the pressure for a certain temperature and volume of a gas at STP then change either temp. or volume to see what happens to the pressure.

Don’t neglect the opportunity to collaborate with other chemistry teachers using listserves, discussion groups, wikis, social bookmarking (, Diigo) and others.

Use Moodle, Blackboard, WebCT or even your textbook’s testbank to create interactive review sheets and practice tests.

Use the features of Moodle or other course management system to differentiate your instruction. Supplemental assignments can be provided through Moodle for those who master the concept before others in the class. Remedial instruction can also be provided.

Interesting chemistry websites; (just a few examples)
Free interactive online courses in stoichiometry bridge course situated in an authentic real-world problem-solving environment. Chemical equilibrium course proven to improve student performance. Virtual chemistry lab course with over 35 lab assignments.