Submitted by John Lee / University of Tennessee Chattanooga on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:43
My Notes

The periodic table video website was developed by a group from the University of Nottingham.  In addition to the link to the website there a link to a publication in Science on the website is included below.  This is a great website that has a periodic table hyperlinked by element to a you tube video on that particular element.  On any given element video you see a mixture of general properties of the element (lecture) and an experiment that shows the element.  In addition, a new subheading has been added at the top for molecular videos where (a somewhat random yet interesting) list of molecules is included.

Learning Goals

A student can see periodic trends in a video demonstration.

The resource can be used to learn other information about an unknown element.







Implementation Notes

This website can be implemented as a video demonstration on a particular periodic trend or properties of a singlular element.  I am going to use this website as needed in my Fall descriptive inorganic chemistry class.  In addition, for those students who come in early before class starts we will have an element of the day, and view that element's video during the down time right before class starts (depending on the length hopefully some interesting discussion will come up before class starts).

Time Required
2 - 10 minutes
Creative Commons License
Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike CC BY-NC-SA
Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College

What a great idea to set up the video before class and hopefully engage the students! I can't wait to do the "element of the day" in my classes. Thanks for a great LO and a great story.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 00:20 Permalink
John Lee / University of Tennessee Chattanooga

I updated the use of this LO during the Fall 2019 semester. Instead of making these voluntary I required students to submit a reflection on what they learned from at least 2 out of the 3 videos (MWF class) for the week. The 2 reflections helped for weeks when we had a test and only watched 2 videos before class. I provided them prompts:

"Fill-in-the-blank element name and symbol

Please write in complete sentences, use spell-check, and remember a paragraph is on average 4 sentences. Some questions to consider in your reflection:  What was interesting about the element? What did you learn about the element? What would you like to learn more about for the element? Any other thoughts from the specific video?"

The students submitted these electronically to me by Sunday evening at midnight each week for the previous week. Being relatively short I read all of them even though I gave a completion grade (1/2 credit if they only wrote 1 or 2 sentences), and other than just a few instances the vast majority took these very seriously. I enjoyed reading them as it gave me a glimpse into their thought process. In particular, for what I took for granted as "common chemistry knowledge" that I thought they remembered from general chemistry.

The students learn some additional descriptive chemistry and the grade went toward their class participation grade and I got a glimpse into what they think and remember in regard to the periodic table from general chemistry as well as an excuse for me to not cover descriptive chemistry in lecture.

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