March 2014 ChemEd X Newsletter

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Greetings! Thank you for registering an account at Chemical Education Xchange. As we approach spring, I hope you will check out some recent highlights at ChemEd X. You can find tips, activities, videos, safety alerts and more. We have several new chemistry teachers blogging about their chemistry experiences who would love to hear your comments and perspectives.

If you are interested in blogging about your own chemistry education journey, please contact us.

We also offer the opportunity to publish activities, laboratories, demos, articles, and other manuscripts that will benefit the larger chemistry education community.

Cheers, Deanna Cullen


Lowell Thomson shares his experience with using a non-fiction book, The Case of the Frozen Addicts: Working at the Edge of the Mysteries of the Human Brain, to encourage science literacy and initiate real-world science discussions with his chemistry students. He is also integrating technology by having his students create blogs related to the activity. See what his class has done so far.

book cover, The Case of the Frozen Addicts

Erica Adams continues to post about whiteboarding strategies and using modeling to promote conceptual understanding. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced modeler, you will find her posts useful. See Erica’s latest post about Socratic Questioning.


Tom Kuntzleman has a new toy, a Phantom MIRO-EX2 high-speed video camera, which allows him to record reactions and then slow them down so we can watch a step-by-step progression of what is happening in super slow motion. The results have been fascinating, and they have generated a lot of comments and discussion. See his most recent video of the Nail Bottle Demo.

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Those of you who have read JCE may recognize the name Erica Jacobsen, our newest contributor at ChemEd X. Check out Erica’s recent post about Science Fairs. Share your own “science fair” experiences with us by leaving a comment on Erica’s post.


Doug Ragan continues to provide reviews related to social media and technology that support our chemistry curriculum. Check out his recent pick about a web site called Compound Interest.

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cover, Journal of Chemical Education, January 2014

The Journal of Chemical Education is providing open access to the January 2014 issue. If you don't already have a subscription, now is the time to check out what the journal has to offer. The new American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) is highlighted in several articles within the January issue. This will be of special interest to high school teachers. Go to the January issue of JCE.


Sarah Kong has a personal perspective on the formation of the new American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). Read Sarah’s ChemEd X article about AACT and please let us know your perspective by leaving a comment.

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