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Ioanna Karachaliou
3rd Lyceum of Koropi
Teacher involved
Materials for Special uses: Polymers
Topics related to the resource
Organic chemistry, polymers, absorption, effect of temperature on polymer chain
Examples of learning objectives
- Students understand how the results of chemical research can find useful applications in everyday life activities
- Some absorptive polymer everyday life materials such food products, baby nappies, water crystals can be studied in detail with safety and with impressive educational results
- Even though the worksheets available by the teaching resource were translated into Greek, the Introductory text was presented to the students in the original English language in order to introduce them to English terminology and make them more accustomed with searching for scientific information from a much wider variety of resources
Practical information regarding the use
of the site/simulation...
-The teaching resource is immediately available with a mouse click. No need to download any other program first.
Information about the class
3rd Lyceum of Koropi (Upper secondary school), 2nd grade (16-17 year old students), 15 students following the scientific educational track
Suggestion for use
- The testing took place during two consecutive teaching hours
- Students worked in small teams of four people each (one team consisted of 3 students)
- Each team studied a different material
- The materials and the necessary instrumentation were prepared in advance by the teacher for each team separately
- During the first set of teaching hours students conducted the experimental procedures. A short discussion on the results took place.
- During the second set of teaching hours the results of the experiments were discussed extensively and presented by each team to the rest of the class.
- Alternatively, students could conduct the experiments alone at home (Note: the English language knowledge was of very high level among the students of the class).
Insights into student
use / thinking
- The students conducted the experiments and studied the texts of the teaching resource with no difficulty
- Students expressed large enthusiasm with the overall teaching approach. For them it was a nice change from the class routine, taking also into account that organic chemistry is a quite demanding subject in upper secondary school
- Students collaborated smoothly with their classmates. The synthesis of the small teams was done by the students themselves.
Teacher’s conclusions
- The use of teaching resources available on line is a good opportunity for practical application of multidisciplinarity (English and Informatics along with Chemistry)
- The specific teaching resource proved ideal for teaching organic chemistry in 2nd grade upper secondary school because it provides new interesting information but mainly because it makes students realize how closely related chemistry is with everyday life
- Chemical concepts such as absorption and polymers were approached more easily by the students via an enjoyable and fun activity

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