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Video Demo: Water Electrolysis

I recently presented at the CSTA Conference and I was able to pick up a few new demonstrations.  In the past it was really difficult to demonstrate or do a lab activity that involved the electrolysis of water.  Luckily I sat in on Tara Krisch's (Orange Grove Middle School) presentation on compounds.  She shared a simple way for students to do water electrolysis.  The second demo also shows electrolysis, but in a slightly more colorful way.  


Video Demo: Sugar Goo

Thirty ml of sugar (sucrose) (C12H22O11) is mixed with 30 ml of sulfuric acid (H2SO4).  A chemical reaction takes place to produce carbon, water (H2O) and sulfur trioxide (SO3).  It's a fun chemical reaction to observe because there are dramatic changes in color, smell (make sure good ventilation is present), and temperature (so much heat is released that it melts the plastic cup).  Gases are also produced which add to the drama.


Video Demo: Magnesium Reacts with Oxygen

This is a short video demo and explanation of how magnesium reacts with oxygen.


Video Tutorial: Isotopes


I purchased Camtasia Studio over the summer and have used it to create tutorials for teachers that use our school's gradebook program.  I just discovered a feature in the software that allows quizzes to be embedded in a video.  I create Power Points all the time that are designed as mini tutorial/review sessions for my students.  Camtasia has a plugin for Power Point that allows you to capture screen video and audio.  So I decided to do a screencast for my isotope review/tutorial and then embed questions that students can answer to check their understanding.  I'm very pleased with the results.  I think I might do screencasts in the future for subs to run during an absence. It will be like I'm in the classroom, when I'm not.


Video Demo: Expanding Soap

Ivory soap has air whipped into it during the manufacturing process, creating tiny holes with minuscule water droplets inside.  When microwaves hit the water, it vaporizes and expands it, causing the bar of Ivory soap to expand.