The science education community is at a critical point with regard to the development of curricula that use visualization tools. Although these tools have not seen widespread use, they possess much potential for improving learning. Such tools provide a unique benefit in that they can make explicit information embedded in traditional science representations and provide a visual representation of imperceptible objects.
The Connected Chemistry Curriculum (CCC) project aspires to develop and assess a self-contained technology-infused curriculum for teaching high school chemistry. The project has four aims: (1) design a stand-alone secondary chemistry curriculum that pairs laboratory investigations and computer-based inquiry activities, (2) optimize the curriculum using iterative field observations of classroom practice, usability studies and student interviews, (3) improve chemistry achievement from learning with CCC materials, and (4) design and evaluate supporting teacher materials to prepare teachers for implementing technology-infused curricula throughout the school year.
The latest CCC materials can be found here. The project has been generously supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation