October 2017 Xchange

Dear ChemEd X Community,

As many of you know, ChemEd X was developed from deep roots within the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE). This past year, the ACS Division of Chemical Education's Board of Publications has recognized ChemEd X as a second publication platform that is separate from JCE. (You can read the 2017 ChemEd X Press Release below.) That designation is important to our behind the scenes work, but our readers should not see a difference as our cooperation and collaboration with our sister publication, JCE, will continue. Erica Jacobsen offers a monthly feature, Especially JCE, to highlight JCE articles of special interest to precollege teachers while Mary Saecker provides highlights for the entire issue every month. We often publish reviews of JCE articles. We are always happy to have chemical education researchers augment their JCE articles by sharing here at ChemEd X. (Don't miss Martina Rau's article, .) 

This summer, AACT and ACS Publications announced a membership benefit for AACT members (ACS members already had this benefit); AACT members can now download 25 articles from ACS publications as a part of their membership package. This week (October 18th at 7pm EST), AACT is hosting a webinar highlighting .  I hope that you will join us as we look at how precollege teachers can benefit from JCE. As always, I hope you will feel free to contact me through the ChemEd X .       

I invite you to read our 2017 ChemEd X Press Release:



Deanna Cullen



Check out these experiments that are very easy to perform and also related to the themes for National Chemistry Week in both 2017, Chemistry Rocks and 2018 Chemistry is Out of this World! 

Don't miss the extension of this investigation:  


Does flipping the classroom actually enhance students’ learning, above and beyond just incorporating collaborative activities into classroom instruction? A group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin - Madison conducted a study to find out. This piece augments the recent Journal of Chemical Education article, Unpacking “Active Learning”: A Combination of Flipped Classroom and Collaboration Support Is More Effective but Collaboration Support Alone Is Not. You will also find links to helpful videos designed to explain the research even further.


Once the teacher has created the content in EdPuzzle, they can edit the video by cropping each end to make it a bit shorter. EdPuzzle provides the ability to insert questions. As the students watch the video, it will pause and ask them to respond to a question that has been inserted. This can be a multiple choice question or a free response question. Text can also be added as a description of what is occurring in the video.


If students can’t understand the language of the text in the chemistry classroom, how can they understand the content embedded in it? One way to help make chemistry more comprehensible to students is through literacy stations. Students often complain about reading and writing, but the stations outlined in this article are intended to help increase the amount of reading, writing and comprehension of content in your chemistry classroom. Literacy centers support students by arming them with tools and strategies to utilize when examining text documents, charts, graphs, pictures etc. to take the content and make it comprehensible. 


In January of 2017, Chad Hustings wrote a blog post, Isotopes, Nuts, Bolts and Eggs, about an activity shared in a workshop he attended at BCCE in 2016. With encouragement from many ChemEd X readers that wanted to try the activity for themselves, Bernadette Harkness has shared more details along with student and teacher documents.


Have you ever thought about teaching outside of the U.S.? A ten year veteran with some prior experience in Texas shares her experience. She provides a view into what teaching looks like for her along with resources and tips if you are considering trying something new.


Erica Jacobsen regularly highlights JCE articles that are of special interest to high school teachers. This month, she highlights a hands-on activity using materials that are easily obtainable from a craft or garden store. If you would like to explore the whole issue in more depth, check out Mary Saecker's .


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