The recognition that students who are exposed to cooperative learning in the classroom perform better than those taught in a lecture - based system has led to many recent efforts to encourage active participation by students to acquire knowledge. In the last few years many approaches such as the “ConcepTests” devised Mazur for physics, “Interactive Engagement” methods promulgated by Hake for physics and “Active Learning” espoused by Felder in engineering have been gaining acceptance. Recently a pedagogical strategy known as “Just-in-Time Teaching”, devised by Novak, Patterson, Gavin and Christian for physics, which combines high tech (the www etc.) and low tech (classroom) to create a learning environment that responds to the needs of the students and encourages active participation. The adoption of these techniques to teaching First Year General Chemistry is in a formative phase. Currently we are exploring the the use of Information Technology to implement the Gutenberg Method (the students read portions of the textbook prior to coming to class and are tested with a pre-reading quiz on the web), Just in Time Teaching in which the class discussion is adjusted to reflect student misconceptions revealed by the on line pre-reading quiz, and Interactive Engagement Methods employing ConcepTests in a First Year General Chemistry class. The implementation and experiences with this approach are described in the following link http://pubs.acs.org/cen/education/8110/8110education.html.