Chemistry (School of Tomorrow) [DVDs and/or PACEs course]
|Publisher: School of Tomorrow
Review last updated: 2009
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School of Tomorrow offers two options for studying chemistry: PACES only or a combination of DVDs and PACEs. This course is vocabulary intensive and requires a familiarity with algebra for math computations. Content is similar to other high school chemistry courses. Lab demonstrations for which students complete lab data worksheets are only presented on the videos; students using only PACEs will not be able to view labs and, thus, will not be able to complete the lab worksheets.
Students read through text material in the PACEs or view each video segment, then complete the questions in the PACEs. Periodic tests cover content only within the PACE in which students are working. There are no comprehensive, cumulative tests.
Famous scientists and historical scientific events are interwoven with the text from time to time to make it more interesting. Each PACE includes a "Teen Life Principles" reading that focuses on character qualities. Although there is little to no connection with chemistry in these readings, questions from them are included in some of the tests. (They deal with issues like dating principles, the value of Bible meditation, and wise decision-making. You might choose to skip these, especially if you disagree with any of the content.)The 24 videos for the course are very professionally done, incorporating computer graphics, lab experiments, film footage of real-life chemistry applications, and even some dramatization. The narration sticks fairly closely to the wording of the PACEs themselves so students can follow along and/or review in the PACEs if they choose. PACEs also include charts students will need for reference as they go through the course. The video presentation is adequate although less interesting than SOT's Physical Science course—the presenter could be a little livelier. I suspect that this course seems less interesting than some other School of Tomorrow courses largely because so much time is spent on vocabulary and definitions.
- Learning Styles: videos will broaden appeal; PACEs alone appeal to Perfect Paula
Suitable for: independent work
Audience: high school
Need for parent/teacher instruction: minimal
Prep time needed: 0
Need for Teacher's Manual: answer keys only
Religious perspective: Protestant
School of Tomorrow
PO Box 299000
Lewisville, TX 75029-9000
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