The use of technology in teaching offers numerous
amounts of possibilities and can be challenging for
physics, chemistry and geology content courses.
When incorporating technology into a science content
lab it is better to be driven by pedagogy than by
technology in an inquiry-based lab setting. Students
need to be introduced to real-world technology in the
beginning of first year chemistry or physics course to
ensure real-world technology concepts while assisting
with content such as periodic trends on the periodic
table. This article will describe the use of technology
with Raman Spectroscopy and Energy Dispersive XRay
Spectroscopy (EDS) and Fourier Transform
Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) to research chemical
compositions in the real world of unknown samples.
Such unknown samples utilized in this lab were
clamshell (parts of clams that look like shark teeth)
versus shark teeth. The data will be shared to show
how the students (pre-service teachers and in-service
teachers) solved the problem using technology while
learning important content that will assist in the next
level of chemistry, physics and even geology.