Feedback - November 2012

Discussions from the magazine, website and social media

Talk Chemistry

Talk Chemistry - connecting chemistry teachers

Leonard Winning asked:

Our department has just been issued with an iPad and asked to evaluate the use of apps in our teaching.

Can anyone suggest anything good that we might look at?

Alessio Bernardelli recommended Elemental. Robert Slinn's suggestions included Chemistry World and ChemSpider. Our very own David Sait put forward 3D molecules edit&drill, which was reviewed in our September issue. Take a look at the full thread to see all the suggestions and add your own.    

Duncan McMillan   asked for advice about the benefits of chemistry tutors: 

A friend of mine's niece is struggling with her A-level chemistry. [.] this prompted me to wonder if I would have benefited from a chemistry tutor. I had fairly inspiring A-level and GCSE teachers, so didn't need much of a motivation to learn. 

But in the absence of an engaging chemistry teacher can a tutor make the difference to a student's understanding and interest, or can they only nudge a student towards a higher exam grade? After all, students don't exactly have lab benches and exotic reagents to hand at home.

Catherine Cattermole replied: 

I have both tutored and watched my students being tutored independently. A good tutor differs as much from a bad tutor as good teachers and bad ones do. A good tutor allows a student to own up to not knowing stuff they 'should know' but don't. Perhaps they weren't listening or perhaps it wasn't explained well, or the teacher is a dragon, or their mates would laugh... 

A good tutor is definitely worth it, as long as the student buys into it. 

Join in the discussions on the Talk Chemistry website.

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Build and edit 3D molecular models

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Blind students

From Diyan Gunasekera 

I am writing to you to request for some information/help with teaching chemistry to the blind. I am currently working as a full time chemistry lecturer. This academic year, one of my students who is studying on the science degree foundation programme cannot see and is completely blind. 

Do any readers of Education in Chemistry  teach (theory and practical) to students who are blind? I would like to contact any such members to request for guidance/help.

If you are able to help Diyan please contact us and we will pass on your details.

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Top tweets

Here are some of our favourite tweets this issue:

  • David Smith (@professor_dave) retweeted the results of our survey on how chemistry teachers use social media and added: Interesting data on Twitter vs Facebook! 

Neil Pickles (@napickles) responded:
@professor_dave @rsc_eic I use Twitter for teaching, but not Facebook. Easier to keep personal things away from Twitter.  

  • Helen Rogerson (@hrogerson) needed some ideas for chemistry club activities. We offered some suggestions from the RSC outreach resources webpage that are clearly appreciated which were clearly appreciated.

  • Dyland (@dpw_uk) at the University of Leicester is clearly impressed with the outreach activities offered by the RSC:
    Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is such an amazing activity - it reaches so many students #HESTEM
    Find out more about how this scheme can benefit your school at on the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase website.

  • Science4real (@Sci4real) tweeted their blog post about the ChemEd 2012 conference that was held in Dublin. Take a look to find out about inquiry-based methods in science education and the 'Chemistry is all around us' project:
    New post: Chem-Ed 2012 includes links to resources mentioned on the day 

  • If you didn't come across Mole Day - October 23 between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM (6:02 in 10/23 in the US date style) - then Unstable Isotope (@UnstableIsotope) had this reminder:
    In honor of mole day, here is #xkcd with a mole of moles.

    Take a look to find out 'What would happen if you were to gather a mole (unit of measurement) of moles (the small furry critter) in one place?'

  • Finally, don't forget that most of our more recent articles are freely available on our website Michael Seery (@michalekls) uses back issues with his students: 
    Raiding back issues of @RSC_EiC and @ChemistryWorld to provide students a first reference for posters they'll be preparing. Great resource. 

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The results are in - how do you use social media?

28 August 2012

The results from our survey into how chemistry teachers use social media

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Find out how this activity can benefit your school

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Find out what you missed in Dublin

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What would happen if you were to gather a mole(unit of measurement) of moles (the small furry critter) in one place?

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