Computer Software and ACS Materials For Chemistry

Brandon, Larry L. Thornwood High School
17100 South Park Ave.
South Holland, IL 60473

Objectives Computer software can provide an acceptable alternative to doing experiments and demonstrations involving dangerous and/or expensive materials. Computers can also provide some effective classroom management tools -- such as record keeping, test making, keeping easily changed worksheets and laboratory instructions on disk for use from year to year. Materials At least one computer is needed -- preferably an Apple // or IBM or compatible - - in the classroom. It helps to have a computer of the same kind at home, or at least readily available at times the teacher is not in the classroom. Recommended Strategies There is a growing recognition that teachers are likely to have only one computer available in the classroom. To that end, it is a great help to have a large
screen monitor available so that the entire class can see the screen.

It is absolutely necessary that the teacher be completely familiar with whatever
program is being used in the classroom. This will require a pretty fair amount of
the teacher's time to become familiar enough with the program being demonstrated.

The monitor screen should be large enough to be easily seen by the entire class.
It is to be hoped that the programmer made things large enough so that the screen is
filled with the object to be seen. These will normally be done in what programmers
call "graphics" if it is a simulation of a lab activity. The programs demonstrated
were wave simulations on a disk called "The One Computer Classroom" published as a
part of JCE: Software by Project Seraphim.

The old address of Seraphim at Eastern Michigan University is no longer valid.
The new address is: Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101
University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706. This is also the address of the Division of
Education, American Chemical Society.

WonderScience is a quarterly publication of the Education Division of ACS and
contains activities for elementary school children to do together with a responsible
adult. For further information, contact: Ann Benbow, Education Division, ACS, 1155
Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. There is also available a set of three
WonderScience posters at $3 each or $8 for the set. The 17" X 22" posters have
content and activities on the topics of color, polymers, and acid/base indicators.

ChemMatters is a publication for high school students, available from the same
address as WonderScience, although the person's name to write to is David Olney.
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