Monday July 30, AM Workshops

W3: Introduction to the Connected Chemistry Curriculum

Stephanie Ryan, University of Illinois at Chicago

This workshop serves to introduce The Connected Chemistry Curriculum to high school chemistry teachers.  The CCC is designed to help students learn about chemistry by directly exploring the submicroscopic level of matter and phenomena that form the basis of study in chemistry.  The CCC was designed by teachers, students and researchers through field observations, design interviews, and revision cycles.  It uses computer based simulations to provide a unique submicroscopic perspective of the chemical world for students.  The curriculum is designed to supplement any current pedagogical approaches that teachers employ but some may choose to use it as a replacement for some lessons. The activities are designed to be as flexible as possible to meet individual class needs and each activity is modular so that teachers can add and remove as they see fit.  Each of the 8 units (Matter, Solutions, Reactions, Gas Laws/Pressure, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium and Acids/Bases) have been aligned to national standards and include pacing guides, SWBATs and suggested lesson plans.  Participants in this workshop will observe the submicroscopic world through the computer simulations and participate in inquiry lessons found in the CCC.  Registration fees provide a teacher’s manual for each of the 8 units and a CD containing the simulations.  Student materials are available free of charge online and simulations can be downloaded at our website: www.connchem.org; 3-hour session.

Intended Audience: HS; PC/MAC platforms

$90 fee; limit of 25 participants

Monday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 216 OSM
Monday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 216 OSM

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