I made significant content to a wikibook on the simplified English website. Biology (simple English book)
I like to think out loud, but this page is not about that, so I'm going to put my notes on my sandbox.
Jan08 I'm going to make a new book Understanding Scientific Terms, Greek and Latin word roots for Scientists.
I am using it to teach this Wikiversity course.
-- New project: Making the Ktorrent manual into a wikibook
I have gone back to school to become a High school teacher. I tried to list the things that were required to pass the educators exam here but it was erased for being copyrighted. Can you believe that? A list of subjects to study for can be copyrighted? What is this world coming to?
It was a daunting task to study for a science test which required me to review all the science that I have had, and it is a lot. It's hard to fit into your head things that you know you've had but may not slip off the tongue as quickly as they used to.
I wanted to make study aids in the hope that they would eventually make a new Wikibook, but the best laid plans of mice and men gang oft aglay.
I'm thinking of starting a series.
They've given me chemistry to teach this year. I've taugh biology, botany, biology and molecular biology labs, but never chemistry. Here is my chemistry online ideas links list:
The Merlot Chemistry portal
MERLOT stands for "Multimedia and Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching". This site has numerous online teaching resources, as well as examples of other's chemistry tutorials.
Chem1 is a website by a guy named Steve Lower. He has educational resources for chemistry including online textbooks.
Educational resource lists - very comprehensive.
General Chemistry online
Has links to software and chemistry programs.
Their headline service is a compound library that gives information on a compound if you type in the name. To get an example of what it can do, type in "phenol", "iron" and "copper sulfide". It gives different information for different chemicals, and may include melting point in C Fand K, molecular weight, Ksp, density, appearance and formula.
This could be a good resource for students trying to get a hang of formulae.
Their Exam survival guide has tips on test taking as well as sample chemistry exams.
Demonstrations and labs
I found a technique for turning water into wine
Here is an online demonstration of the Millikan oil drop experiment that showed the charge of the atom
This comes from the site of an educational educator called Charles Hamper. He also has illustrations for the speed of an orbit, a pH meter, atoms, and many more on his website. Check out the atom module under "more" on his menu.
The NSF supports a Kennesaw university set of chemistry case studies which go into the politics, safety, and decision making processes involved in approving new chemicals for public release. These include nutrisweet, olestra, gatorade, and others.