July 19, 2006
New Doppler Shift Gizmo
The ExploreLearning development team is proud to present a new Doppler Shift Gizmo. This new Gizmo offers several features that transform a very popular Gizmo into one of our best. Students can listen to a sound file of an ambulance passing by, then manipulate the source speed, wave frequency, and speed of sound. A ruler is provided to measure wavelength in front of and behind the source, and the observed frequency can be displayed as well. Altogether an eye-catching and ear-opening activity!
We have also released an updated version of Photosynthesis - Activity A (the new version is called Photosynthesis Lab). Among other changes, we have added a temperature slider and updated the Exploration Guide and assessment.
July 13, 2006
ExploreLearning Visits NECC
Some of our staff here just returned from the National Education Computing Conference in beautiful San Diego, California.
The conference attracted thousands of educators from all over the United States, including technology specialists, math and science department heads and curriculum directors.
ExploreLearning sponsored booth demonstrations of Gizmos, where our audiences learned about effectively integrating technology into middle and high school math and science curriculum.
We also sponsored a successful luncheon where attendees were treated to an entertaining presentation by our founder, Dave Shuster. On the last morning of the conference, we enjoyed hearing about the successful implementation of Gizmos in the Los Angeles Unified School District at a breakfast meeting that we held in their honor.
Thanks to all who stopped by the booth or attended one of our outside events! Catch us again at upcoming math, science and technology conferences. Details will be posted in the Buzz.
ExploreLearning and the "Bridging the Gap" Conference in Everett, WA
ExploreLearning looks forward to visiting Everett, Washington for "Bridging the Gap," a middle grades mathematics conference on July 25-27. Keynote speakers Dr. Lee Stiff, Professor of Mathematics from North Carolina State University and Dr. Glenda Lappan from Michigan State University, will discuss strategies for closing the achievement gap during these critical learning years.
In addition, teachers who attend the conference will have the chance to hear our own Thom O'Brien speak on how ExploreLearning Gizmos provide a powerful enhancement to the way teachers teach and students learn, in the middle school years and beyond.
If you are interested in knowing more about how your school can Bridge the Gap, check out Dr. Stiff’s presentation, "It Ain’t the Kidz" and see what schools can do to take ownership and make student performance in mathematics a priority.