Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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1) Atoms and Molecules2) Macro to Micro Structures 3) Energetics and Dynamics 4) Theory and Practice in Chemical Systems 5) Chemical Design 6) The Chemistry of Life 7) Chemistry and the Environment 8) Chemistry at the Interface
From: Cindy Lee Duckert (duckert@focol.org)
Date: Fri Feb 21 2003 - 11:17:47 EST

At 08:28 AM 2/21/2003, you wrote:
>Dear Reactions in Chemistry Participants,
>I'm sorry you've had problems finding some of the Web sites -- as it turns
>out, we've received a list of corrections from the producers, for sites
>which have changed since they produced the workshop. I'm compiling a list
>of relevant changes, which will be available on the Web today. I'll let
>you know, and if possible I'll also include the list in an email so that
>you don't have to download the PDF. Again, our apologies for the inconvenience.
>Alison Reid
>Annenberg Channel Webmaster

I think when we "publish" websites for our students, we always have to be
aware that websites are much more ephemeral than books, subject to
alteration, address change and deletion without notice. When I use them
with students, I make sure they are aware of these issues. Sites have
disappeared from the time I make a list one day to the next when I ask them
to look something up. Of course, physical libraries can do the same thing
- I checked for a video I wanted to use to illustrate a point one week and
it had been discarded, pulled from the shelves, when I went to pick it up
the next week. And when something appears to have disappeared, I try to
look elsewhere on the hosting site for 1) other good things at a place that
came with a recommendation and 2) a possible relocation of the original
piece because its poster may have graduated or moved on to newer topics or
research and 3) it may still be there but I had or typed in an incorrect

I appreciate the other sites members of this course have listed so as to
increase the resource list for any given topic.

I haven't any good websites, but I do have three resources that are worth
sharing. One of the books we are using is The Extraordinary Chemistry of
Ordinary Things by Carl Snyder. This was written as a chem text for
non-science majors and has a good deal of "useful, everyday" chemistry.
http://www.wiley.com/college/extraordinary Aha, I see that has changed to:

The second is a series of videos from The Chemistry Animation Project at
Caltech. We have Atomic Orbitals - very helpful and Crystals - a bit too
much for my high school aged learners. http://bond.caltech.edu The
information in these is no way is supplied by things I have from elsewhere
(like the Anneberg World of Chemistry tapes with Roald Hoffman.) And 3rd,
I use vignettes from the video series The Ring of Truth by Philip & Phylis
Morrison avaialble from PBS Video. (His kitchen chemistry is done by Julia
Child.) His discussion/illustration of quantum energy levels is
exceedingly clear and visible. Spectrography has been a regular feature in
our work since his explanation. The tapes are from 1987 and no longer
widely available, but many libaries hold tem. For a comparison of his
explanation of the mole concept with some other resources:

Cindy Lee Duckert, duckert@focol.org


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