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Top Tech for Chemistry Classrooms

Whether students are in elementary school or ready to head to college, the skills they learn in a chemistry class will transfer readily to the real world, from the art of cooking to the chore of cleaning. Chemical analysis is even necessary to ensure we have clean air and water. From the lecture to the lab, these digital picks will help students use augmented reality to model atoms, play with simulations of solubility, explore the periodic table, and watch the inspired work of today's chemists.

American Chemical Society Visit Website: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education.html
Chemistry resources for teachers and kids, straight from the experts
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Toca Lab Publisher: Toca Boca
No safety equipment required as kids spin, heat, and freeze elements
Grades K-5
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Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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PhET Interactive Simulations Visit Website: https://phet.colorado.edu
Massive cache of excellent (and free!) science and math simulations
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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DIY Nano Publisher: The Lawrence Hall of Science
Turn kids into budding nanoscientists who explore the tiniest things
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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ExploreLearning Gizmos Visit Website: http://explorelearning.com
Vast array of science and math simulations impresses
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Ted-Ed Visit Website: http://ed.ted.com
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Inq-ITS Visit Website: www.inqits.com
Virtual labs epitomize the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Grades 5-10
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Elements 4D by DAQRI Publisher: DAQRI
Augmented reality transforms paper blocks in chemical-reaction sim
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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NOVA Elements Publisher: PBS
Info-packed science resource great for teaching the elements
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
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The Concord Consortium Visit Website: https://learn.concord.org/
Vast collection of science resources emphasizes written reflection
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Happy Atoms Publisher: Schell Games
Build molecules with physical models, explore with your device
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Molecular Workbench Publisher: The Concord Consortium
Regularly updated resource features great simulations and modules
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
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Prepmagic Visit Website: https://www.prepmagic.com/
Customize science simulations to highlight phenomena
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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City of Materials Visit Website: http://www.cityofmaterials.org
Gripping crime scenes teach materials science, but are heavy on text
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Ptable Visit Website: http://www.ptable.com/
Definitive periodic table with all the bells and whistles
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Chairs! Organic Chemistry Game Publisher: Alchemie, LLC
Learn chemistry chair conformations through a tactile puzzle game
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Collisions: Play Chemistry Publisher: PlayMada Games
Game-based challenges build crucial chemistry concepts
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad
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Arloon Chemistry Publisher: PARADOX TEAM SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Build, name, explore 3-D chemical models with augmented-reality tool
Grades 10-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone
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