Periodic Table Apps – Two Free Learning Games Reviewed

High school and college students have a number of free apps available to help with chemistry class. After browsing the App Store I selected two periodic table apps that were free, high quality, and which seemed efficacious for learning. These selections can aid a student who is rehearsing the elements for an exam, or anybody who would like to be more familiar with the periodic table. Continue reading

The Day the Tech Took Over Campus

"Education in the Year 2000" Image Source: uh, the Internet? Gosh who knows where things originally came form these days. [Okay fine--I'll Google it. Credit: Villemard, À l'École (1910).]

“Education in the Year 2000” Image Source: uh, the Internet? Gosh who knows where things originally came form these days. [Okay fine–I’ll Google it. Credit: Villemard, À l’École (1910).]

The claim “Technology is changing everything” is a maxim that is often heard, especially in the field of education. Since I have been out of school for six years, I wondered whether new tech really is changing everything. I happen to have two good friends from my high school class of 2003 who went to college first right out of high school, as I did, but who have returned to school this last year at the University of Wyoming where they have just wrapped up their spring semesters. These buddies know what college used to be like nearly a decade ago and what it is like now. These two students are in the perfect place to make observations about the impact and pace of technology’s forward march. Continue reading

PhET Provides Interactive Learning for Chemistry

PhET does not stand for Physics Education Technology. Once upon a time it did, but not since they branched out into learning tools for other subjects like chemistry. The PhET team at the University of Colorado in Boulder has long set the standard for online simulations for the sciences.

Their Flash simulations provide learning opportunities both for the chemistry classroom and for the student at home struggling to understand a concept. I picked through their catalogue of free chemistry sims in order to review a selection of what they offer. Continue reading

A Free Online Toolkit for Math and Science Courses

Desmos Calculator, courtesy of Desmos.com.

Desmos Calculator, courtesy of Desmos.com.

We’ve assembled an online set of tools for use by a teacher or tutor looking for high quality free resources, or by a student who needs a little math, physics, or chemistry homework help. The following resources have been selected by our editors as representing the best of what is offered freely on the Internet. Continue reading

BugOut! Live — New Learning Environment Goes Online

For the last six months, in parallel with the research work we’ve been documenting here on our Learning Laboratory site, we at Sheridan Programmers Guild have been building some custom software for a truly remarkable customer.

Dr. Meghan Jeffres is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, Nevada.  She is a specialist in infectious diseases (ID).  She teaches courses in statistics and infectious diseases to pharmacy and dental students in a classroom setting and precepts pharmacy students and medical residents in a clinical setting. Continue reading

Classroom Content: It’s all been done. Why reinvent the wheel?

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Creating exceptional and engaging lessons is time consuming no matter how you slice it. And it feels good to be creative and to bake up brand new course material. However, why not see what is out there before you start from scratch? The following resources just might be your new favorite toppings for easier and more effective lesson planning. The following useful content resources include ready-made video lessons, self quizzes, and complete college level courses – all for free! Continue reading

Five kinds of E-learning resources to whet your appetite

 

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New e-learning software is being developed to support learners and teachers in a myriad of ways. However, just having new learning technology out there does not guarantee improved learning. It is essential that instructors know what technology is available and how to employ it effectively in the classroom if the technology is going to create positive learning outcomes. So, what’s out there?

Let’s start by defining some terms.  Simply stated, e-learning is a sweeping reference to any learning or teaching that is supported electronically. While m-learning, a sub-category of e-learning, generally refers to technology specifically created for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Therefore, a huge number of technologies – from vintage image projectors and new Smartboards inside the classrooms to online learning games and even learning management systems such as Moodle and Blackboard – all technically fall under the e-learning umbrella. Check out this College of Charlson infographic to get overview of current e-learning buzzwords.

The following five categories of e-learning resources exemplify how varied, personalized and creative learning technology can be. Continue reading