New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT)

Concord, MA
July 29-31, 2019
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The aim of the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT) is to promote the teaching and learning of chemistry. The theme of this year’s summer conference is “Celebrating the Periodic Table.” The conference will take place at Middlesex School in Concord, MA.

Tuesday, July 30

Enhancing Student Inquiry in the Chemistry Classroom

Dan Damelin, Tom Farmer

10:00 – 11:30 AM & 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Having students learn science by doing science encourages student agency and engagement, and builds greater understanding of the phenomena being explored. However, engaging in inquiry in the classroom can be difficult because of time, tool, and resource constraints. In this session participants will learn how to engage with free software, curricula, and pedagogical strategies to overcome these constraints, making student-centered inquiry and experimentation more possible.

Participants will learn to use a unique free tool called CODAP, which provides a central place for gathering data from multiple sources such as hands-on experiments, simulations of phenomena, and public datasets. CODAP has been designed from the ground up for students to explore and learn from data. By having one application for doing data collection and analysis with supporting student and teacher materials, the constraints of time, tools, and resources can be minimized, allowing students to engage in sense-making through student-centered experiments and analysis.

Bring your own laptop or Chromebook.

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