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TITLE OF TEACHING RESOURCE
Iniciación Interactiva a la Materia
(Interactive Introduction to the Matter)
IMAGE
NAME OF AUTHOR(S)
Mariano Gaite Cuesta
NAME OF PRODUCER
ITE, webmaster@ite.educacion.es, Ministerio de Educación
DATE OF PRODUCTION
2005
TYPE OF PRODUCT
Online course, Web Site/Portal
LEVEL OF CHEMISTRY KNOWLEDGE
Medium, Advanced
PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH
Modelling, Experiential learning
SUBJECT AREA
Fundamental Chemistry, History of Chemistry
TARGET GROUP LEVEL
Lower Secondary School, Upper Secondary School
LANGUAGE/S OF TEACHING RESOURCES
Spanish
TUTORIAL SUPPORT
No
DESCRIPTION
Prerequisites:
This website does not require downloading any additional special software for functioning.
Concepts on general chemistry for secondary school level are needed.
Contents:
Multimedia material about behavior of matter, where there are different aspects that define it. It contains a large number of simulations, games and interactive models, developed to illustrate, clarify, and experience different concepts, theories and models of physical and chemical sciences. It also has interactive exercises that the students have to complete.
The materials are organized into seven sections with contents closely related to each other and follow a sequence of increasing complexity. Each page presents a content unit, which generally consists of three parts:
- A brief and concise text to explain the fundamental concepts and ideas.
- A simulation model or interactive experience, which allows students to experience manipulation and display in an active way the concepts discussed.
- Reinforcement activities and self-evaluation.

Aims:
- Develop and facilitate ICT-based learning activities in the context of teaching chemistry.
- To provide a training to students in methods of science.
- To have the student appreciate, learn and understand chemistry's basic concepts through computer models.
- Develop a historical perspective of science.

Use in classroom:
The educational materials are designed for classroom use in
1º ESO / Nature sciences
3º ESO / Physics and Chemistry
4º ESO / Physics and Chemistry
1º Bachillerato / Physics and Chemistry
COMMENTS
Points of strength:
- Scientific rigor in the contents.
- Visually attractive simulations.
- The website is divided in didactic units and include reinforcement/consolidation and selfevaluation activities.

Points of weakness
Not found.

Scientific reliability
Excellent.

Pedagogic value:
High pedagogic value. It´s one of the best spanish resources about matter properties and atomic structure.
NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION
CECE

Comments about this Publication

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Date: 2012.10.03

Posted by Davide Parmigiani (Italy)

Message: The website is well organized. It’s composed of main 8 pages subdivided in subpages correlated with the respective topic. Each page is correlated with other ones through links which are connected to texts, pictures, and simulations.
The teaching resource is mainly focused on general topics of chemistry. It is indicated for pupils of lower secondary school.
From a graphical point of view, the website is attractive so I think it can raise the students’ motivation toward chemistry. In addition, the texts and materials included in the website are clear and simple, so probably they should help the students to understand the topics and remember them.
From a didactical point of view, the website presents some simulations that allow students to be active. The website doesn’t indicate if the proposed activities have to be carried out individually or in group. Probably, the website has been built to be used individually, even if some activities could be carried out in group. It depends on the teachers and their organization of the class. Anyway, it would be better to include some activities that require different contribution and discussion clearly to suggest to the teachers to organize group activities.
The website is also interesting because it provides some assessment activities which allow pupils to check their own progress and learning processes.

National Reports on successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry The national reports on chemistry successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry are now available on the related section of the project portal. The reports presents examples of successful experiences in the partner countries and the results of testing of ICT resources with science teachers.

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