Sunday, October 24, 2010

5 Good Resources for Learning the Periodic Table

I am at a science conference this weekend which got me thinking about some of the neat resources I've found over the last few years for learning about the periodic table. Here are some of my favorites.

Glaxo Smith Kline's Active Science offers fifteen interactive games covering a range of science topics. The Interactive Periodic Table is a game designed to help chemistry students practice identification of the elements. To play the game students are given some clues about an element's properties. Using those clues the student has to place the element in the correct place on the table.

The Elements is an interactive periodic table on which students can click an element and learn about that element. Clicking on an element describes all of the element's properties and the common uses of that element. If students just need a snap shot of information, simply placing their cursor on an element reveals a snap shot of information at the top of the page.

The Periodic Table of Videos is produced by The University of Nottingham. The table features a video demonstration of the characteristics of each element in the table. Each element in the Periodic Table displayed on the home page is linked to a video. The videos are hosted on YouTube, but don't worry The University of Nottingham provides an alternative server through which you should be able to view the videos.

The Periodic Table of Comic Books is a project of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. The idea is that for every element in the Periodic Table of Elements there is a comic book reference. Clicking on an element in the periodic table displayed on the homepage will take visitors to a list and images of comic book references to that particular element. After looking at the comic book reference if visitors want more information about a particular element they can find it by using the provided link to Web Elements.

The Dynamic Periodic Table is good resource for science teachers and their students. The Dynamic Periodic Table works like this, click on an element and a window will pop up to tell you more detailed information about that element. The pop up windows cover properties, orbitals, isotopes and more. There are even links to more information, like the history of each element, for each element. If this had been around when I took chemistry, I might have done a little better.

North Korea's Military Parade in Slow Motion

When North Korea recently held a military parade to introduce Kim Jong-il's youngest son as his successor, international media was allowed to film it. The Guardian's Dan Chung was one of those members of the international media that filmed the event. The slow motion video Chung created does a good job of capturing the faces of North Korea's military. Watch the video below.

North Korea's Military parade in Slow Motion from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
The video above reminded me of films of the Soviet Union's May Day parades. A quick search on YouTube yields many clips of old Soviet May Day parades (here's one). You could use these video clips to launch a classroom discussion about the role of propaganda in communist governments.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
WWI Video Map
The Bayeux Tapestry Animated
Smarthistory - A Multimedia Art History Book

Listen to the Small School Big Tech Podcast

Earlier this week I had the privilege to join Danny Silva and Andrew Schwab on their podcast Small Tech Big School. Also joining the podcast was Jon Corippo. I was on the podcast to talk about Free Technology for Teachers. Jon was on to talk about some exciting news regarding CUE and MacWorld.

Here's a brief summary of what Jon shared on the podcast. Listen to the whole podcast here. CUE has arranged for an exciting line-up of educators to present at MacWord 2011. These presenters will be showing-off the technology tools that they're passionate about throughout the day. Jon Corippo has arranged for those attending to win some exciting prizes at the presentations. Read the full line-up here. Finally, CUE has arranged for special discount price of only $105 for educators to access all of the MacWorld sessions. That represents a discount of nearly $300.