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.

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Top Picks


American Chemical Society

Chemistry resources for teachers and kids, straight from the experts

Bottom Line: Use the site to stay current on chemistry topics and tidbits, and to research some of your queries; just keep tabs on your time.

Toca Lab: Elements

No safety equipment required as kids spin, heat, and freeze elements

Bottom Line: The game is a fun introduction to chemistry and the elements, but kids won't learn detailed scientific information.

PhET Interactive Simulations

Massive cache of excellent (and free!) science and math simulations

Bottom Line: Instantly add meaningful lab experiences to math and science classrooms for exactly $0? It's tough to beat that.

DIY Nano

Turn kids into budding nanoscientists who explore the tiniest things

Bottom Line: Scientist-reviewed videos and activities relate nanoscience to everyday life.

ExploreLearning Gizmos

Vast array of science and math simulations impresses

Bottom Line: This powerful set of math and science tools puts the learning in students' hands.


Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos

Bottom Line: Excellent, engaging videos and support for flipped-class lessons with an incredible community of thinkers and doers.


Virtual labs epitomize the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Bottom Line: Earth, life, and physical science simulations coach kids through the NGSS Practices.

Elements 4D by DAQRI

Augmented reality transforms paper blocks in chemical-reaction sim

Bottom Line: An innovative, amusing way for students to test predictions about particles that would normally be too small to see.

NOVA Elements

Info-packed science resource great for teaching the elements

Bottom Line: NOVA Elements is an awesome tool that can be used to build knowledge and understanding while keeping students engaged in the learning process.

The Concord Consortium

Vast collection of science resources emphasizes written reflection

Bottom Line: A selection of online science simulations paired with a teacher dashboard to track progress.

Happy Atoms

Build molecules with physical models, explore with your device

Bottom Line: Empower students to learn about molecules -- built with physical models -- using the camera on a hand-held device.

Molecular Workbench

Regularly updated resource features great simulations and modules

Bottom Line: For teachers with the time to prepare, these are great resources for just about any science classroom.


Customize science simulations to highlight phenomena

Bottom Line: Science simulations become more effective with teacher-added edits and formative assessments.

City of Materials

Gripping crime scenes teach materials science, but are heavy on text

Bottom Line: City of Materials is an engaging way for middle and high school kids to learn a new branch of science.


Definitive periodic table with all the bells and whistles

Bottom Line: You won't need any other once you have probed the depths of this truly complete reference resource.

Chairs! Organic Chemistry Game

Learn chemistry chair conformations through a tactile puzzle game

Bottom Line: This fun puzzle game helps students draw chair conformations; teachers will need to add context.

Collisions: Play Chemistry

Game-based challenges build crucial chemistry concepts

Bottom Line: Learn about atoms, ions, and bonding through challenge-based gameplay.

Arloon Chemistry

Build, name, explore 3-D chemical models with augmented-reality tool

Bottom Line: A cool way to help kids learn the names and structures of compounds using interactive 3-D technology.

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