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Dept Chair, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use this to teach students how to interact with concepts of Chemistry through gaming. I think that students could really benefit by using this software. Students use technology on a daily basis, (and most high school students use technology such as gaming daily, so this would be an extension of their learning.)

Strengths: I like that gaming can be educational in that while they are doing so, they are learning Chemistry!!! How cool is that!!! I am excited about the prospect of using this at our school. Thank you for creating this extremely interactive gaming tool to help teach students Chemistry!!!

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) The graphics could improve slightly, but not by much!!! (2) Multiple users could increase (3) Make this more challenging by increasing the Lexile level of the questions for gifted students!!!

Verdict: I would use this because our students really struggle with concepts in Chemistry (and science in general.) I believe that through the use of gaming, they can actually be learning, and not even realize this is educational!!!! Learning the Periodic Table of Elements is challenging for some of the students, and this is a great for that purpose!!!

Cynthia, Chen Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use it as an introductory level and warm ups in my chemistry class. Give them a chance to practice concepts being learned. Would also use it as a review for students who failed the assessment and give them a chance to go back and do it again. Could be useful at the higher levels for differentiation. Great for personalized learning too!!

Strengths: Great graphics. Love the fact they have to manipulate the atoms and move them and make them match.
Higher level thinking skills used!!
Opportunity to create their own molecules to see if their ideas work and follow rules

Suggestions for Improvement: Chromebooks access using touchpad. Not just a website

Include a log in so teacher can follow progress of students.

Add a game module so students can compete and get quicker at it. Learn to visualize quicker!!!

Verdict: Hands on practical learning of concepts they cannot see. Low test scores on this unit every year and going down not up. We already have the devices to do web version. Critical thinking, visualizing and problem solving all in one. There is not much out in market right now for chemistry!!

Michelle, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: This is science specific. And I teach math.

Strengths: Does an amazing job of building a foundational ideas of chemistry.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Add in a chemical balance component.
2. It is not yet available, so it is difficult to exam all of it.
3. It is going to be a subscription. With teacher access to data....I think it would be a fun and easy free app (maybe simplified) for fun.
Has great potential.

Verdict: This is really fun. It show how molecules connect, and when they connect they have equal values.

Teacher, School Type: High School, College Prep School

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Usage: This program provides excellent 3-D visualization for chemical reactions and modeling of chemical structures, so it could easily be incorporated as part of classroom teaching sessions, as well as independent, interactive learning.

Strengths: This program provides an excellent visualization of chemical reactions, is highly detailed, and is very easy to use. It gives the student the ability to vary reactants and media and see the resulting change in products.

Suggestions for Improvement: Additional modeling of organic reactions (nucleophilic substitution, elimination, halogenation, etc.) would be a great improvement.

Additional modeling of equilibrium reactions (weak acid/base dissociation, precipitation, etc.) would be an improvement.

Additional modeling of chemical kinetics for reactions beyond 1st and 2nd order would also be an improvement.

Verdict: Chemistry is a difficult subject to teach without both a hands-on lab component and an excellent virtual model. This software provides excellent visualization of chemical reactions and chemical structures to assist in student learning and reinforcement of chemical concepts.

David, Student. School Type: Elementary School, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this product to help with my math because it's so simple. It would make writing a myth, the electronic age is now. When I was using this product I didn't even think I was doing math. I t would make tough problems easier.

Strengths: This product helps you learn so much easier, it's crazy. For example students with hard times in school can progressively grow in their knowledge. This device same lots of time during hard problems because it takes a different approach but is really the same question.

Suggestions for Improvement: One thing I wish was changed was the difficulty or if there was a meter that could change the difficulty. Otherwise I think this product could be really useful to students with tough times in school or students in general.

Verdict: I would recommend this project to teachers due to the fact that it would helps students with tougher times. Eventually everyone will be extremely smart due to this device.

Doloumar, Santiago High School. School Type: High School, College Prep School

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Usage: This would be great in integrating games into the chemistry curriculum. The students will have fun as they are learning the subject matter content.

Strengths: Students have a difficult time learning abstract Chemistry concepts. This can definitely help students gain access to the material.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. The program needs to have an introduction about the topic.
2. The program needs to have instruction like a goal setting page before the students play the game.
3. Please make the particles bigger. There is so much space on the landing page.
4. Please make it more colorful for the students.
5. Please have more sound effects that encourages immediate feedback for the students.

Verdict: I would recommend it because it is a fun way of learning chemistry. The game though is really a very high level game.

Lynn, Computer Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: I do not Teacher Chemistry or at the high school level.

Strengths: - It allows the teacher to have instruction delivered through an engaging game prior to in class instruction.
- The game teaches a the idea of a concept without the details of the lecture. I think it could give students prior knowledge to help them be successful when the complete lesson is taught.

Suggestions for Improvement: I had trouble understanding the game at first but with many attempts / errors I had figured out my issue. Maybe include a help on the use of the game vs the science concept.

Verdict: If at a high school I would definitely recommend it. Without knowing anything about the lesson the game gave plenty of prompts to help me learn the concept with a lecture from the teacher. If I had time I would have sat down to try the higher levels!

Instructional Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: In a classroom setting there are a lot of students who do not understand chemistry and all it entails. This program would be great to reinforce lessons in chemistry and it is interactive. I would most likely set this in a small group setting.

Strengths: It allows students to learn something in a game format which would be easier for most students to grasp as opposed to learning by seeing. They are now learning by doing.

Suggestions for Improvement: If a pre-assessment was given on this game it could allow teachers to see where the students are and then that way the game can start students on their levels.

Verdict: This program is highly interactive making abstract concepts such as covalent bonding more tangible for students to understand.

Tracy, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: It's high school chemistry. I teach 2nd grade. I did have fun with it, though!

Strengths: This was interactive and engaging. I think students would enjoy it. It really made you think as there are no prompts.

Suggestions for Improvement: If I was dealing with struggling students, I think they'd need prompts. Once you move up, there's no way to know if you are correct until you complete the pattern. It's frustrating to continually redo if you don't know what you did wrong.

Verdict: It's very engaging. I didn't even realize I was doing chemistry. I think my high school son would love this.

Kinder/First, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School

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Usage: I wouldn't use it because I am a primary grade teacher.

Strengths: The product really shows how chemistry could be fun. It's something that teens can collaborate well with.

Suggestions for Improvement: it's a higher more complex subject that I don't teach, but I was still interested in checking it out. The presenter presented in such a teacher friendly way.

Verdict: It wouldn't be something for my school because we are elementary, but I liked seeing the whole picture (Chemistry) in a program.

Val, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: After trying out this product, I do not believe that my elementary students would be able use successfully, even my more advanced students.

Strengths: The demo I witnessed looked like a prototype. The graphics were good, but the tutorial was a little difficult to maneuver. It is a game, so definitely something a student may enjoy, which means they will be learning at the same time.

Suggestions for Improvement: Design programs that reach different grade levels, but still focus on concepts in science. I like that it is considered a 'game', but as a teacher, I would appreciate a increased focus on academics.

Verdict: It is geared towards high school students and is a game that does not allow them to 'compete' with others. However, I can see it as a product that would allow HS students to review class lessons.

Dept Chair, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use this software to help students in Chemistry and Physics class learn how things work in an interactive and fun way. I believe that when students can learn in an interactive way, they are learning and don't even realize they are learning!!! This is a concept I highly adopt in my classroom, "learning can be fun!!!" Let's face it, Chemistry is not an easy subject, so this is critical to students!!!

Strengths: I am so amazed at this product. Students will benefit greatly from this!!! I am so excited about the possiblities of this product!!!

Suggestions for Improvement: I believe that students will benefit greatly from this product. I am so excited that the district could be offering this to our students!!!

Verdict: I would definitely recommend this to my administrator!!! This will help our school EOC scores in a big way!!!

Lisa, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I think that this product is a great tool to show kids visually the world of chemistry as the app state that it does. I really enjoyed the hands on approach and ease of use with the atoms. It has potential to create many more american scientist out of our kids.

Strengths: The product makes it easy to understand the concepts of chemistry by presenting challenges in a visual way and allowing students to create mistakes that leads to learning.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would have a web based form of it, the use currently is just on an app.

Verdict: It allows the user to actually work with atoms and how they interact. The part I played with on the app was the octet rule and it showed me how the electrons need to be organized and how you have to move the atoms orientation.

Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use this to engage students in learning chemistry. This will be used to reinforce content and assess student learning.

Strengths: This product helps students to break up content and allows teachers to chunk materials. Product provides remediation for topics taught.

Suggestions for Improvement: Provide more background information at the middle school level and elementary levels. Include a vocabulary section.

Verdict: I would recommend this tool because students would be able to take a different approach in learning chemistry. Students will find this engaging and will be excited about learning the chemistry content.

RSP Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School

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Usage: This is a program to teach high school chemistry. I teach k-5 so I would use it myself to learn more chemistry and also recommend it to my parents with older siblings.

Strengths: Teaches concepts of chemistry to students who historically have not had access due to learning difficulties or lack of strong math skills.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would suggest creating versions of the game for younger learners.

Verdict: In speaking with the promoter, I am very much in favor of the concept of teaching chemistry at the conceptual level. It also allows access to chemistry without a strong math background.

Art, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: My grade level and subject area are not chemistry

Strengths: I find chemistry boring. Having a game to play to teach it would be so much better engage the students.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would need to work further with the game to give suggestions on improvements.

Verdict: If I were teaching chemistry I would definitely recommend it. I have always done poorly in regard to chemistry but this game definitely would have allowed me to be more proficient

Anne-Marie, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: practice on chemical configurations and basic review of the fundamentals in chemistry

Strengths: this really covers the main molecular topics for chemistry and is a great alternative to basic worksheets given by teachers for practice

Suggestions for Improvement: fix minor bugs withing the app, create new content, and fix time issues with checking answers

Verdict: this covers a large portion of high school chemistry in the first and early second semester topics

Teacher/Personalized Learning Team Leader, School Type: High School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: Possible with some cross curricular aspects for math.

Strengths: Time saver, anticipatory set. Kids will absolutely love it. Game based aspect will keep them engaged. You can use it as you see fit.

Suggestions for Improvement: Maybe add more math related, some sort of chemical equations balance for some cross curricular opportunities.

Verdict: It seems super cool. Concrete ideas for students, game based. Fun to play with. Kids will be engaged.

Kim, Tech TOS. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: I would not use it myself in elementary, but high school chemistry students might find it useful and interesting.

Strengths: It is so nice to have a variety of ways to have kids practice skills. This is one of the ways that might appeal to some but not others.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would love if this was available in elementary. would love if it was more splashy. would love more feedback

Verdict: First, if I am recommending to a hs teacher I would let them know there are no loud buzzers or beepers, and that students would need to use this product independently. Second, I would be interested in an elementary version once NGSS come out.

Shannon, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this product in my blended learning groups.

Strengths: Makes abstract concepts tangible. Makes the learning process fun.

Suggestions for Improvement: Nothing

Verdict: It is highly interactive, it makes learning fun through a game concept, it teaches by trial and error.

Dwight, Teacher. School Type: High School, Blended Learning

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Usage: Excellent alternative to chalk and talk

Strengths: Match the symbols used on the software with the elements used in a chemistry course

Suggestions for Improvement: Use the electron symbol instead of the infinity sign

Verdict: Excellent advantage to chalk and talk Chemistry

mikayla, Student. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population

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Usage: I would use it to do math because its fun and interesting.

Strengths: it could solve math problems.

Suggestions for Improvement: i wold change that it should give directions.

Verdict: it might be fun for them because it is not so complicated.

Deborah, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This is a highly interactive abstract style of learning for science students . I could create games for my entire class even space exploration.

Strengths: All of the components

Suggestions for Improvement: None

Verdict: I would recommend this tool because it provides real world experience for the students and collaboration for the teacher.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: As an alternative lesson

Strengths: Playing games is an easy way to teach students without out them often realizing that they are learning. Students are so focused on the game that they tend to forget about the learning aspect

Suggestions for Improvement: nothing

Verdict: it is inexpensive, offers something fun for the students to do

Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this product to teach reading, vocabulary, thinking skills, etc.

Strengths: Overall, it works wonders

Suggestions for Improvement: can't think of any right now

Verdict: I would recommend it becuase it will greatly help the students.

Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School

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Usage: I would use this for assisting students with understanding chemistry.

Strengths: Idk

Suggestions for Improvement: Idk

Verdict: Students benefit from fun ways to learn difficult material.

iGloria, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Blended Learning

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Usage: to help improve my learning goals

Strengths: it is a great addessment toool

Suggestions for Improvement: I would not change a thing

Verdict: student goal achievement

TEacher, School Type: Middle School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use this product to encourage my students to complete homework and answer review questions for what we have learned in class. It's a great tool for review and enrichment for Middle School students

Strengths: Interactive and challenging

Suggestions for Improvement: Intructions, color scheme, easy of use

Verdict: This product integrates reviewing academic lessons with online gaming. It is a good motivator, especially for higher grades, to have students review what they know.
I would like for it to have directions for middle school students.

Teacher, School Type: High School, Project Based School, College Prep School

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Usage: ITs away from my school level.

Strengths: Simple procedures

Suggestions for Improvement: INterface is difficult to manipulate

Verdict: Its a bit difficult to follow and it does not provide enough scaffolding.

Media, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: I am not very strong in Chemistry and when I wasn't successful I didn't want to continue.

Strengths: For a struggling student like myself I didn't find many opportunities to be successful.

Suggestions for Improvement: More color
Pop up clues
Simulations

Verdict: It wasn't engaging enough for me. The interface was a little bland,