Investigating the effects of humans on the local school ecosystem using the Google Suite for Education with SNC1P students
Using the power of Google Forms and Sheets to create large datasets that allow for a rich analysis of student-collected inquiry data.
Students will fill out a Google Form on the ecosystem data that they collect, which will then be exported into a Google Sheet and analyzed so that students can see trends in their class’s dataset without much effort on either the student or teacher’s part. The students are empowered to analyze their own data while teacher is a guide on the side.
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This resource is part of STAO’s Technology Enabled Learning Collection.
The Chemistry department at the University of Waterloo is doing another collaborative periodic table project! If you missed out on participating in our 2011 Periodic Table Project, this is your opportunity to have your students celebrate and be part of a worldwide initiative.
This link provides details on of the contest: 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table Timeline of Elements | Chemistry
U of W has received over 200 applications for 118 elements for our 2019 International Year of Periodic Table project. There will be representation from 26 countries, 38 US states and all Canadian provinces and territories. There still is a way for all your students to participate in the timeline — Mendeleev Mosaic.
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STAO has Oxygen
The Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario has the oxygen tile. Contact Karen_Dodds@stao.org with any questions. Schools can hand in their completed tiles to the STAO Curriculum Coordinator Michael Franfort at email@example.com.
The STAO deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019. This will give STAO one week to decide which tile to submit on behalf of Ontario teachers. You can find out more at the STAO conference playground or Chem 13 News exhibit booth at the annual STAO conference this November.
It’s a crowd-pleasing party trick: Cut a grape in half, pop it in the microwave, hit “start” then sit back and watch the dazzling “grape balls of fire.” Now a team of Canadian scientists has figured out how grapes generate plasma in your kitchen.
Source: Why microwaving grapes creates a dazzling plasma light show | CBC News
I’ve written about incentivizing students as a way towards engagement. I recently hit upon a great idea — a real brain wave. AP Chemistry students completed a challenging lab where they carried out (and analyzed) a bunch of redox reactions. Afterwards, we had a discussion, which included repeating several of the reactions as teacher demonstrations, with explanations along the way.
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Molecule model on periodic table of the elements
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Researchers find certain bacteria may make compounds that affect mental well-being
Source: Evidence mounts that gut bacteria can influence mood, prevent depression
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