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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | December 4, 2019 College-level Labs That Can be Done in 50 Minutes or Less

    Do you need college-level labs that don’t take 2-3 hours? In this webinar, Linda Cummings will describe five meaningful labs that take less than 50 minutes each. These labs will cover the topics of kinetics, hydrolysis, entropy, Ka and Ksp and are appropriate for AP/IB classes and general chemistry classes at a college or university.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | November 6, 2019 Using NGSS Practices to Explore Chemistry Concepts: Arguing from Evidence

    In their first webinar, Jessica C Levine and Emilie Mosko shared how existing chemistry curriculum can be easily modified towards an NGSS storyline with a groovy phenomenon—the lava lamp. In this webinar, Jessica and Sara Hoofnagle will continue to explore NGSS practices, specifically arguing from evidence.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | October 16, 2019 Doc Saves Everyone – A Framework for Equilibrium

    Equilibrium problems can be straightforward but can quickly escalate in difficulty when applied to solubility and acid-base problems. After working with students to improve the process I have developed a framework I call “DSE”, or the Doc Saves Everyone method. The approach not only addresses the algorithmic skills needed but, more importantly, also helps develop a stronger conceptual understanding. The approach is not necessarily the fastest way to solve the problem, but it does provide a valuable methodology for thinking through complicated chemical systems.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | October 9, 2019 Modeling Energy in Chemistry

    Establishing a common, correct conception of the particle-nature of matter and energy is key to the effective learning of chemistry. This webinar will introduce a curriculum (developed by AACT members) as well as instructional practices to help students develop a particle-level model of energy. Students will build arguments around how energy is transferred between matter via conduction and how changes in energy impact matter. Students will use their models to explain phase changes at the macroscopic level, symbolically through bar graphs and at the particle-level. Lastly, we'll explore how this early foundation lead into quantifying energy, developing the concept of chemical energy and connecting to energy ideas in other science courses.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | September 25, 2019 Activities and Demonstrations Aligned with the 2019 National Chemistry Week Theme, “Marvelous Metals!”

    Because about 80% of the elements on the periodic table are metals, we should not be surprised that metals are involved in a lot of interesting chemistry! Exploring the properties of metals allows for facile connections to a variety of chemical topics including density, oxidation-reduction reactions, conductivity, and phase changes. In this seminar you will learn how to use familiar, inexpensive, and easy-to-obtain items to explore the physical and chemical properties of metals.

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    Lab & Safety | July 23, 2019 AACT and Middle School Chemistry at ChemEd 2019

    Please join us live from North Central College in Naperville, IL on ​Tuesday, July 23rd, from 8:00 am – 2:20 pm​. We'll livestream four chemistry workshops with hands-on activities from the ACS's middleschoolchemistry.com and from AACT. These workshops are great for middle school chemistry teachers.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | February 27, 2019 Why (not) Inquiry Labs? It's easy!

    How do you make a rainbow cylinder? What ratio of hydrogen:oxygen is most explosive? How do we unmix it? What part of the flame is the hottest? These are the questions that drive inquiry-based labs. The standard for labs in many classrooms is still the packet with pre-lab introduction reading, some basic pre-lab questions, a prescribed procedure, pre-formatted data table, banal conclusions questions and probably some exam practice questions to finish it all up. Student thinking, writing, and learning is minimal. If your school or state mandates a minimum number of hands-on lab minutes, these meet the requirement and have little other benefit. Students truly enjoy these cookbook labs about as much as teachers enjoy grading them. So why keep doing labs this way? With a few changes in mindset, both teachers and students can turn almost any cookbook lab into an inquiry learning lab that is rich in writing and thinking. This webinar will provide examples of old cookbook labs, from easy to difficult, that are successfully converted to inquiry labs. An example lab report template based on Google Slides will be shared and some advice on useful grouping strategies will help teachers transition their lab assignments to something closer to inquiry learning that aligns with NGSS and State standards derived from the same.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | January 30, 2019 Chemistry Experiments with Familiar, Inexpensive, and Easily Obtained Materials

    Conducting experiments with materials that can be obtained at local grocery and retail stores provide a variety of advantages to chemistry teachers. By using commonly found items in experiments and demonstrations, teachers provide students with familiar and natural connections to investigations in chemistry. Such materials are generally convenient to obtain, allowing teachers to acquire supplies only a few days (and in some cases a few hours) prior to conducting lessons. In this presentation, several experiments and demonstrations that illustrate the chemistry of common materials will be explored.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | October 9, 2018 A Teacher's Toolbox for Lab Safety

    Join Jenny Bishoff to learn how you can use AACT resources to create a safer chemistry lab environment.

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    Lab & Safety, Advanced Chemistry, Technology | December 6, 2017 Integrating Virtual Labs into the AP/IB Chemistry Curriculum

    Virtual chemistry labs can not only help teachers meet specific learning targets in the AP chemistry curriculum, but they also enable students to take an investigative and experimental approach to learning chemistry. Virtual labs can bring textbook concepts to life as students run "what if" experiments on their laptops.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources | November 8, 2017 Chemistry on a Budget: Green and Effective Labs on a Dime

    Chemistry teachers from all types of schools around the country are tasked with teaching a well-rounded chemistry course that has robust and safe lab activities. Unfortunately, many do not have the resources to order chemicals and lab supplies from traditional sources. Luckily for them, Beyond Benign has lots of safe, green, and robust laboratory experiments for high school chemistry that use common household items that are not only inexpensive, but easy to find. In this webinar, Annette Sebuyira will share her experiences using Beyond Benign resources to teach chemistry at various levels to her students at Guilderland High School in New York. You will also hear from Mollie Enright, a Program Manager at Beyond Benign, and learn about the variety of free, high school resources available for download from their website.

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    Lab & Safety, Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources | February 1, 2017 Time For Student Investigation: Chemistry in a Petri Dish

    This webinar shows you how to transform the “Chemistry in a Petri Dish” experiments which originally focused on acid rain, into a full lesson using other AACT resources. It also provides basic information about how to run the experiments and includes alignment with NGSS--which calls for students to be involved in developing and implementing investigations that center on real world problems. These experiments are easy for the teacher to prepare and are fast enough that students can run them several times in a class period, giving them an opportunity for investigation.

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    Lab & Safety | May 10, 2016 Considerations for Chemical Disposal

    Jennifer Bishoff outlines a four-part approach to chemical disposal: Planning, Collection, Storage, and Disposal. Specific topics include legal issues, pre-lab planning, segregation of incompatible wastes, hazmat pickup, and sources for information about the disposal process. This webinar is a follow-up to her "Managing Chemical Wastes in the High School Lab" article in the May 2016 issue of Chemistry Solutions.

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    Lab & Safety | March 22, 2016 Green Chemistry

    Learn how green chemistry can be used as a platform to teach core chemistry concepts in a way that inspires students to seek solutions to real-world environmental challenges. Learn about the additional benefits of teaching green chemistry, including enhanced safety in the classroom, budget-friendly labs, and the use common household products. Useful for all levels of chemistry, including advanced and AP.

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    Lab & Safety | December 8, 2015 Creating a Culture of Safety

    As teachers we are responsible for generating general safety understanding within the laboratory setting, and for creating a culture of safety in the science classroom from day one. Together we'll examine important aspects of a safe science laboratory, and participants will learn how to create a culture of safety in their own science classroom.

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    Lab & Safety | November 4, 2014 Teaching Chemistry Safety

    Join high school teacher Jenny Bishoff as she discusses how to teach lab safety in the chemistry classroom, and points to useful resources that can help you do so.

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    Lab & Safety | September 16, 2014 Chemical Safety for Teachers

    Professor and chemical safety expert Sammye Sigmann discusses laboratory standards, stockroom management, and answers your questions about safety in the chemistry classroom.