Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Periodic Table of Videos #edtech

I bet you remember learning the periodic table by listening to Tom Lehrer's "Periodic Table of the Elements Song".  I mean who could forget the catchy tune that reminded you of "There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium. And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium..."  And while this song was cute and helped you remember the names of the various elements, did you really learn anything about them?  Well, there are a number  of applications out there that takes this much further.  Today I want to tell you about a periodic table mashup from the University of Nottingham called The Periodic Table of Videos .  This site provides an interactive Periodic Table.  When you click on an element it opens a YouTube video presented by "Martyn Poliakoff, CBE, is a research professor at the University of Nottingham and a pioneer in the field of green chemistry." Each video provides essential information about each element and really allows you to learn something.  This is great for the visual learner.  While Professor Poliakff is no Bill Nye the Science Guy, his presence in the videos is engaging and as is the way he presents the information.  I'm sure there are some features I'm missing, but I want you to be able to investigate the tools I share with you on your own, so that you can determine how they will work best for you.. This is a great tool for science teachers - make sure you share it with one you know!
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