Reflection: Real World Applications Temperature - Section 4: Elaborate part I


Within my classroom I have built up a set of Vernier Probeware over the years which I have found very helpful for students to be able to gather data that increases the "real-world" nature of labs, the rigor of labs, and student enjoyment.  The probes I use include temperature, pH, gas pressure, dissolved oxygen, CO2, O2, barometer, conductivity, voltage, and colorimeter.

The probeware increases the real-world nature of labs because this is more closely aligned with how scientists gather data and how students will be gathering data in college. 

The rigor of the classroom is increased because students are asked to perform higher level data collection and analysis using the software.  Also, technology is a component that is part of the science and engineering practices that students should be able to use in the science classroom.

Finally, student enjoyment is increased because they enjoy working with computers, and having data in multiple formats (table and graph) helps students to better visualize the phenomenon at hand. 

If you are interested in reading more about the merits or probeware the vernier_whitepaper goes over data as to why it is important to use in a classroom.

There are multiple types of probes, but I would definitely look into ordering some if your school/department has funds, or otherwise to apply for a grant to buy some.  They are available through Vernier's website as well as other places such as Flinn scientific.

  Real World Applications: Vernier Probeware
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Unit 1: Unit 1: Working as a chemist
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to convert temperature into Fahrenheit, Celsius and Kelvin units by taking notes, performing labs, and practice.

Big Idea: There are multiple ways to measure and record temperature.

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