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Chemistry Comes Alive! II
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar, developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) took place on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. In this program, participants explored a number of chemical phenomena using various digital resources available for chemistry teachers.

Understanding abstract concepts such as hydrophobicity and solubility provide ideal opportunities to use online interactives, lab activities, and video segments that use real-world examples and eye-catching demonstrations to supplement your curricula. In this seminar, our presenters from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Dr. Lynn Diener (Outreach Specialist for the ChemEd Digital Library) and Dr. John Moore (W. T. Lippincott Professor and director of the Institute for Chemical Education) provided a view through a treasure trove of resources that can enliven any classroom chemistry syllabus.

The Journal of Chemical Education has many of the resources mentioned during the seminar that will become a part of a broader, “one-stop” location for chemistry materials available through the NSDL ChemEd Digital Library, launching later this year.

Sixty-eight (68) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. One participant attended from Ecuador. Participants received an NSTA SciGuide for attending and completing an evaluation form.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "This was my first web seminar and I enrolled because of a professional development requirement for one of my graduate classes. This was highly enjoyable and informative. The movies were great and so was the shaving
    cream activity."

  • "This was a great opportunity, especially for those of us that don't have the
    chance to go to other seminars. Wonderful!"

  • "I always enjoy hearing / reading what other people have to say, and it was
    great to have input from people who are more accomplished than me in the classroom. These seminars are always a humbling experience; they keep
    me grounded because I realize how much more I have to learn!"

  • "The movies, projects, and websites give the teacher a way to transfer these materials to the classroom. We can share these topics with our students
    since you provided the links and cool movies to carry on this enthusiasm."

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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