Implementing iPads in the Chemistry Curriculum

City, State: 
Atlanta, GA
G. Robert Shelton (Texas A&M University, San Antonio)
19 May 2017 - 21 May 2017


A three-day cCWCS miniworkshop


Friday evening: Reception
Saturday and Sunday:
Full days


This workshop will equip chemical educators with practical activities and logistical training to incorporate iPads into their chemistry curriculum.  The advent of touchscreen technology has altered the way in which we interact with information.  As our students regularly use this technology in smart phones and other devices, it is a logical progression that faculty also adapt pedagogy to include this advanced technology in the classroom.  Using available iPad applications, we have designed and implemented structured activities in our first semester general chemistry classes for science majors and organic chemistry.  These activities introduced, reinforced, or practiced standard topics such as nomenclature, stoichiometry, reaction mechanisms, and named reactions.  During this workshop, participants will gain hands on experience using the iPads, gain familiarity with the general chemistry modules, learn about logistics related to implementation, and develop new activities for the future.

The classroom ready modules developed by the instructors will be shared with workshop participants.  We will also discuss how these activities can be modified for demonstration purposes. The workshop will allow time for the participants to develop new modules; these new activities can also be incorporated into classes after the workshop is complete.  The IRB-approved assessment instruments used by the instructors will be shared with participants as well as an invitation to join an ongoing study of iPad effectiveness.



Evening Reception


Day 1:
Topics will include an introduction to the iPad, information about the instructors implementation of iPads in the classroom, and the modules they developed to use in the classroom. The challenges and successes of implementing iPads on a campus will be discussed, and finally, attendees will engage in module design.  Participants will learn best practices and logistics used to promote active learning, experience the general chemistry modules, and develop new activities.

Day 2:

This day with feature integration of external probes and the iPad, continued discussion of module design and strategic action plans.  Participants will learn about using Vernier probes and processing data on the iPads. Assessment instruments will be shared and participants will be invited to join Project iPad. Unique implementation plans will be developed for each participant to take back to their university.