Saturday, June 8, 2013

ChemThink

ChemThink is a website that I can across this year and am eager to try with my students this year.  Students can sign up for it individually, but if they register as part of your class you can track their progress.
It's a very simply designed website, but the basic principle is good.  You can assign students various sections of the site based on what you are currently teaching.  They can go through a tutorial if they need a refresher or some more information about the topic or they can go right to the question set.  They have to get 10 questions right before they can more on.  If they miss too many in a row, they will have to restart the problem set.  The questions also increase in difficult as they move through the set.
There is also a feature that allows you to correlate to your textbook.  This make the question sets match up to the chapters in your textbook.

I am looking forward to using it next year as my school doesn't purchase subscriptions to sites like Castle Learning and this looks like is a nice substitute (you know me....anything that is free is great!).

Do you use any online questioning sites with your classes?  What are your favorites?

9 comments:

  1. ChemThink does a good job with simple explanations. However, I found the students to be a little bored, and almost none did the exercises on their own. This is not so much a problem for the site as I think it is a problem with students' expectations of what their computers usually provide them (fun, not study).

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  2. I have loved ChemThink in the past, but now I cannot get it to work. Any ideas that might help me get going again?

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  3. OOPS! Forgot to click 'notify me'.

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  4. I have loved ChemThink in the past, but now I cannot get it to work. Any ideas that might help me get going again?

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  5. cannot believe it is gone...I've used it for the past several years and loved it!
    now when I go to the site I get this: "Chemthink is currently not operational.

    Chemthink's hosting provider has upgraded its database software and this has caused issues with the code that runs chemthink. I'm working on finding a solution but the code was written 10 years ago and may require a complete rewrite to make it work. If that is the case I will first work to make the site available without the database functionality.

    I hope to have an update and time estimate by 8/23/2015.

    Sorry for the inconvenience at the start of the school year."

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    1. still nothing...sorry to see this site down, anything our there that may be an alternative?

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  7. We're bringing Chemthink back! We have already posted 5 of the original tutorials on www.simbucket.com, and are collaborating with the creator of Chemthink to port everything over to HTML5 over the next few months. Stay tuned!

    -Chris Bruce, Lead Developer, www.simbucket.com

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  8. We're bringing Chemthink back! We have already posted 5 of the original tutorials on www.simbucket.com, and are collaborating with the creator of Chemthink to port everything over to HTML5 over the next few months. Stay tuned!

    -Chris Bruce, Lead Developer, www.simbucket.com

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