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June 29, 2004

ExploreLearning Job Opening

We seek to hire an experienced Teacher Training and Professional Development professional to develop, manage and coordinate a program that ensures broad and enthusiastic usage of ExploreLearning Gizmos(tm) by teachers and their students in customer school districts. More information, including application requirements, can be found here at our Employment page.

This position is an important one to our organization as it will involve developing a program to ensure the retention of existing customers as well as growth in their schools/districts and expansion into other districts.

If you believe that ExploreLearning Gizmos™ rule, or someone you know shares that belief or otherwise fits the bill, please contact us pursuant to the instructions on the web page above or pass this information to the interested party.

Posted by Michael Latsko at 02:41 PM in Edu/Tech, Site Announcements, Using Gizmos, Web/Tech | Permalink

June 28, 2004

A Little Too Much Hands On Education?

At ExploreLearning, we believe in the hands on approach to education; indeed, our research on the effectiveness of Gizmos finds that "they are powerful instructional aids because they enable active, hands-on exploration of abstract concepts."

school busHowever, even we confess that this is taking the "hands on" approach a bit too far:

The five Carroll school board members voted unanimously Monday to accept the resignation of bus driver Melanie Rivers, who is accused of allowing children to drive the bus and then offering to let them bring treats on the bus if they didn't tell their parents. (Hat tip to the EduWonk blog for the link.)

Posted by ExploreLearning at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 21, 2004

Two New Science Gizmos

Two more Gizmos have been added to the science library. They are Porosity, and Mystery Powder Analysis. The Exploration Guide and Assessment Questions are under development. While the EG is developed, there are occasionally some modifications to the Gizmos.

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Posted by Raman at 11:45 AM in Site Announcements | Permalink

June 15, 2004

Six New Science Gizmos

Six more Gizmos have been added to the science library. They are Relative Humidity, Freezing Point of Salt Water, Hurricane Motion, Determining a Spring Constant, H-R Diagrams, and Weather Maps. The Exploration Guide and Assessment Questions are under development. While the EG is developed, there are occasionally some modifications to the Gizmos.

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Posted by Raman at 05:04 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

June 10, 2004

National Math-Science Online Lobby Week Scheduled for June 14-18

From the NSTA:

Join your colleagues for this nationwide campaign to increase federal funding for K-12 science and math education programs. During the week of June 14-18, hundreds of science and math teachers, administrators, supervisors, and professors--in short, everyone with an interest in K-12 science and math education--will be asked to take a minute online to email their members of Congress with one simple request: to increase funds for the Math and Science Partnership program at the Department of Education.

As you know, the Math and Science Partnership program makes funds available at the state level specifically for science and math programs that include collaborative opportunities between higher education, K-12, and the public and private sectors. Since important funding decisions are now being made in Washington, D.C., members of Congress need to hear from you about the importance of this program.

Join us next week, and plan to e-mail your Representatives and Senators for this online advocacy program: It's quick, it's simple, and IT WORKS. For more information on the Math and Science Partnerships, go to http://www.nsta.org/legaffairs.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 01:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 07, 2004

Venus Dances and Transits

Venus will be moving between us (here on Earth) and the Sun tomorrow. It will be visible in many parts of the world. For more information you can read this BBC article (and they have links to many other web sites).

For visibility regions, visit this NASA site.

Posted by Raman at 10:46 PM in Science (Real World) | Permalink

June 04, 2004

Science Library Update

Four more Gizmos have been added to the science library today. They are Period of Mass on a Spring, Ideal Gas Law, Uniform Circular Motion, and Element Builder. The Exploration Guide and Assessment Questions are under development. While the EG is developed there are occasionally some modifications to the Gizmo.

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Posted by Raman at 02:28 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

SATs

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a new study on that most dreaded of standardized tests, the SAT, will soon be published in the Journal of Econometrics.

As you know, the SATs (and other college placement tests) have been derided for years as being elitist and/or promulgating class distinctions.

With that said, I found this from Gail Heriot on the Volohk Conspiracy blog thought provoking:

Moreover, insofar as the children of successful parents do score more highly, the test is measuring something real and not something that will disappear if the SAT is abolished. Such students, on the whole, don't just tend to get better scores, they tend to do better in college too. Ignoring SAT scores just because the children of high-achievers tend to do well would be like ignoring height in basketball players just because the children of tall people tend to be tall.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 10:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 01, 2004

"Even the most reluctant..."

We recently received an order from the Boyd County Public Schools in Ashland, Kentucky. They had tasked one teacher to "check us out" with a no-obligation 30-day FREE trial...Their praise of our Gizmos was short and sweet, but especially meaningful and gratifying to us here at ExploreLearning: "Our contact received a 30-day trial & found that the applications were so well depicted that even the most reluctant student could grasp the concept." Thanks to our new customers...and friends...in Ashland KY for harnessing the power of Gizmos!

Posted by Michael Latsko at 09:28 AM in Testimonials | Permalink