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Chemistry Comes Alive IV: Oxidation/Reduction

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, took place on Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters John Moore, Lynn Diener, and Shannon Stahl shared experiments, methods, and resources for teaching oxidation and reduction.

Dr. John Moore, W. T. Lippincott Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Institute for Chemical Education and Dr. Lynn Diener, Assistant Professor at Mount Mary College featured materials from the Chemistry Education Digital Library of NSDL. Through hands-on activities, online tutorials, videos, and interactive online resources, the presenters showcased ways to teach concepts related to oxidation and reduction reactions. Oxidation and Reduction reactions occur in everyday situations like using a flashlight or through alternative energy sources like hydrogen fuel cells.

Dr. Shannon Stahl, chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also presented some of his team’s research using molecular oxygen as an oxidant, especially as an alternative to carbon-producing energy sources.

Thirty-eight (38) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Two participants joined from countries outside of the United States: Romania and Canada.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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

  • “I am teaching AP chem for the first time this year and it helped me understand redox reactions better.”

  • “It was valuable/relevant in the fact that it provided resources to use in classrooms, although they are geared towards a higher grade level than what I intend to teach.”

  • “It has given me valuable resources, which I plan on using in the classroom.”

  • “I plan to utilize the resources listed; particularly video and interactive online as appropriate to teach basic chemistry concepts to 8th grade students. The videos on alkali metal reactions will be great!! I am restricted from doing experiments even as demos that involve fire, explosive etc.”

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


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