Reflection: Routines and Procedures Introduction to Energy: Types, Conservation, and Conversion of Energy - Section 4: Elaborate


As 21st century educators it is imperative that we include technology in our instruction.  I use computers in chemistry in multiple ways, but for this lesson I have students use two activities to help students understand the content.

I chose to use computers for this lesson because the two activities allow students to understand how energy is applicable to their lives.  Over the years I have found that many of my students do not understand where the energy comes from to make electricity in our homes and school.  Through performing the computer activities they are able to see how energy is transferred for many real-world phenomenon.  This in turn helps them better understand the concepts and how they relate to their lives.

There are several tidbits which I have found useful for using computers in the classroom:

  1. I make sure that the websites work on the school computers BEFORE the lesson.  Sometimes websites do not work because of school firewalls.  Other times websites do not work because of the age of my computers.  Either way it is crucial to make sure that the websites work, otherwise students will not be able to complete the activity.
  2. I make sure students know how to turn on an log on to the computers.  I leave the name and password labeled to the computers to help if they forget.
  3. I bookmark the websites that students will be using and if I have time change the homepage to the website we will be using for the particular class.  If I do not have time to do this for each computer than I have first period bookmark and change to the homepage so that it is easier for the following classes. 
  4. In the past I have had a class website on which I would have the daily assignment and could post the websites that students were using in the lesson so they could just follow the links. I do not do this anymore, but it is helpful if this is your type of thing.
  5. When I have students go up to the computers I make sure to explain where they will find the resources that we will be using.  This movie is an example of how I do this in my classroom.

  Routines and Procedures: Using computers in chemistry
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Introduction to Energy: Types, Conservation, and Conversion of Energy

Unit 5: Unit 6: Energy
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to differentiate the various types of energy and explain how energy can be converted from one form to another through taking notes and performing activities on the computers.

Big Idea: Energy can be characterized as potential or kinetic. Additionally energy cannot be created or destroyed but rather can be converted from one form to another.

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Science, Chemistry, potential energy, Exothermic Reactions, kinetic energy, Energy, types of energy, conversion of energy, heat, temperature, specific heat
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