How to Create Animations in Order to Better Support and Demonstrate Studentsí Understanding of Chemistry and Physical Science

This screencast demonstrates how teachers and students at the middle and high school levels can create animations using Chemsense in order to: compare atom and ion sizes; show how different bonds are made; show the differences in kinetic energy of different states of matter; and compare physical and chemical changes at the molecular level. Teachers can help students develop animations that clarify how atoms and molecules behave, such as the differences between water boiling and water undergoing electrolysis. Animations can become a fantastic formative assessment for teachers of chemistry and physical science.

Tara Redican teaches chemistry to high school students at Manhattan Village Academy.