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The Making of wRiteFormula: Issues and Considerations for a Chemistry Nomenclature app PROCEEDINGS

, , Ministry of Education, Singapore ; , Raffles Instittution, Singapore

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-16-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Chemistry nomenclature rules are commonly introduced in middle school chemistry courses, where beginner chemistry students have to grapple with abstract concepts, and use symbols, numbers, formulae, chemical equations, and structures to communicate. However, many beginner chemistry students do not apply the nomenclature rules accurately to write the chemical name and formula of ionic compounds effectively and efficiently, and are not motivated to learn and practice them as they find nomenclature rules complicated, confusing and uninteresting. This paper shares the design considerations and prototype (Build 17) of the wRiteFormula game that was created to help beginner chemistry students master ionic compound nomenclature with less arduous memory work through the use of gamification, timely feedback, principles of discovery-learning and social constructivism.

Citation

Thong, C.H., Chia, P.X. & Kang, Z. (2015). The Making of wRiteFormula: Issues and Considerations for a Chemistry Nomenclature app. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015 (pp. 215-221). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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