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Formula Mass Definition and Example Calculation

The <b>formula mass</b> of a molecule (also known as <b>formula weight)</b> is the sum of the atomic weights of the atoms in the empirical formula of the compound. …

Chemistry

The Lowdown on Longhand

There has been much debate on the use of laptops for note taking in classrooms. The pro side sees laptops as an efficient way of collecting and …

Education
Education

Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

Metacognition plays an important role in all learning and life experiences. Beyond academic learning, when students gain awareness of their own …

Pedagogy

5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

1. Set the Tone<p>I firmly believe that a student's misbehavior in the past does not necessarily equate to future indiscretions. At the beginning of the …

Teaching

7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Our students <i>know</i> how we feel about them. If we don't like them -- or if we see them as a behavior problem -- they know it. Even if we don't say it, …

Teaching

Generating Effective Questions

• Seeking out evidence: “What makes you think that _____?”<br>• Explaining: “What are some of the causes that led to _____?”<br>• Relating concepts, ideas, and …

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

• In what ways do students feel respected, feel valued, and feel part of the whole group?<br>• In what ways do students have ownership of the classroom? Do …

Pedagogy

Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

"The fox leapt high to grasp the grapes, but the delicious-looking fruit remained just out of reach of his snapping jaws. After a few attempts the …

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Address Behavioral Issues Affecting Academic Achievement<p>Points off for late work may not motivate students. I know that when I took points off for …

Pedagogy

(Video) Outrageous Life Hacks That Actually Work. I Tried Them to See for Myself!

Life hacks seem like a waste of time to watch, but the truth is there are a lot of helpful tricks you can pick up on that will likely come in handy …

The Best States to Support Your Off-Grid Lifestyle

The decision to make a life change such as that involved with a job, a move or otherwise, can be stressful. It takes time and research to become …

(Video) Learn a Genius Survival Trick to Prevent Any Infection

So many outdoorsmen are convinced they are above injury or wounds. Granted, the fact the highly trained warriors can do what they can, are …

How Preppers Can Transform Empty Tin Cans into Useful Items

If you recycle, then you're already doing your part to create a cleaner environment. Since the concept of upcycling has become popular, people are …

Of Babies and Bathwater: A Call to Thoughtfulness as We Embrace Individualized Learning

Let me be up front. I am a big fan of individualized learning. In many ways, it seems to be the promised land that we have sought as teachers for a …

Teaching

10 principles of formative assessment

In the latest issues of Educational Leadership, Carol Ann Tomlinson discusses the 10 principles that should guide the use of formative assessment. …

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz<p>Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the …

Social Media

Barber on the Future of Education - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - EdTech, Innovation

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) commissioned the Brightlines team led by Sir Michael Barber (@michaelbarber9) to consider …

Forget Gold Coins and Badges: The Real Value of Video Games for Learning | MindShift

"Game-based learning is not gamification!" exclaims Jordan Shapiro, author of <i>FREEPLAY: A Video Game Guide to Maximum Euphoric Bliss</i>.<p>"We don't need …

Flipboard As a Textbook Replacement

OK…so let me clarify that title. I honestly think textbooks are on their way out…or at least I hope they are. Really it should read “Flipboard as …

Social Media

The Pace of Change in Education: Expectations vs. Reality

Those reading Michael Feldstein’s post, “Why VCs Usually Get Ed Tech Wrong,” understand that education is a complex space. There are too many …

The Rise of Online Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Posted on March 7, 2014<p>As more institutions, experts, as well as average citizens are publishing or broadcasting their content online, the Internet …