Cheating is such a frustrating part of my job. I know that kids cheat on homework assignments and lab reports. So I have to work to safeguard my assignments from mindless regurgitation of facts. I create assignments with answers that cannot be googled.
The series ‘Flipping the chemistry classroom’ by Nicholas Key was excellent. Nicholas and his colleague David Greisman deserve kudos for sharing their experiences; their results are impressive. I base my opinion on experience. My serendipitous conversion to a form of flipped learning took place in 1974-75 when I was a faculty member at Dawson College (CÉGEP) in Montreal.
Some teachers ignite methanol or other alcohol vapours in a plastic 20-L container. Although they take appropriate safety precautions, I have always been nervous about any combustion in an enclosed space. The ‘Whoosh Tube’ is a dramatic — see photo page 2 — and (I believe) safer alternative.