P910: Elements of change: Chemistry through the eyes of a student

Author: Robyn L. Ford, Denton High School, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 2:45 PM3:05 PM

Room: MAK A1151

Related Symposium: S67

My journey as a chemistry student has lasted for many years! This journey has provided me with an abundance of opportunities to grow and adapt both personally and professionally. I will share how this journey has made me a better teacher and advocate for my students. I will also share a couple of classroom and lab activities that I use with my students.

P260: Use of online computer programs to measure student success in high school chemistry

Author: Robyn L. Ford, University of North Texas, USA

Co-Author: Diana Mason, University of North Texas, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:20 PM

Room: HON 148

Related Symposium: S4

Secondary schools of the 21st century have been faced with many issues regarding the preparation of students for future careers. High stakes testing, college and career readiness, and fast advancing technology have played key roles in the development of curriculum and programs for these schools and their stakeholders. What type of material will increase student achievement the most has been the number one and at the same time the most difficult question to answer when selecting materials and/or programs to facilitate student success. Do students need more content or more problem solving skills? A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of chemistry content online drill versus web-based brain training on first year chemistry student achievement at the high school level. This study compares two computer programs: Sapling Learning (content online drill) and Lumosity (brain training which includes logic spatial training). The progress of a group of high school, Pre-AP chemistry students was monitored over a twelve (12) week period. The student progress was measured using two pre/post instruments: Group Assessment of Logical Thinking (GALT) and the California Chemistry Diagnostic Exam (CADx) to measure content attainment. The results of the effectiveness of these two programs on this group of students will be discussed.