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September 21, 2006

Visit ExploreLearning in Phoenix!

Show Me the Mathematics—Learning through Representation is the theme for the NCTM Western Regional Conference in Phoenix, October 5-7. Visit ExploreLearning Booth 118 and see how ExploreLearning can show you the mathematics through our highly interactive and visual representations called Gizmos. 

In addition to seeing the power of Gizmos at our booth, make time in your schedule for Dr. Cheryl Malm and Dr. Patricia Lucido's session, Using Computer-Based Simulations to Promote Inquiry in Mathematics and Science on Thursday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in room 105A (Phoenix Convention Center). 

Both Malm and Lucido are part of the PRISM Project, an acronym for Promoting Reason and Inquiry in Science and Math – a professional development project currently underway at Northwestern Missouri State University.

Our Western Educational Consultants Ken Turner and Susan Rosch look forward to seeing you in Phoenix October 5-7.

If you let us know you read about this in the Buzz, you will receive a special prize!

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September 20, 2006

Teacher ideas incorporated into updated Gizmos

Since beginning work here in Charlottesville a year ago I haven't had much chance to get out of the office, so I jumped at the chance to do several teacher training sessions lately. One of the really nice things about training sessions is the chance to talk to teachers about Gizmos. Several recent teacher ideas have been incorporated into our Gizmos. For example, two teachers from Dekalb County, Georgia, requested more specific information about the role of enzymes in our Building DNA and RNA and Protein Synthesis. Their suggestions have been added.

A teacher in Iowa was bothered by the fact that the parent mice were housed in separate cages in our two genetics Gizmos: Mouse Genetics (One Trait) and Mouse Genetics (Two Traits). So we put them in the same cage, and revised the Exploration Guide and Assessment Questions of the Two Traits Gizmo as well. (For a bit of fun, try holding the "Shift" key down while pressing "Breed". Nothing bad, we promise!)

Updated Gizmos

Other recently updated Gizmos and/or Exploration Guides include Greenhouse Effect, Electron Configuration, DNA Fingerprint Analysis, Additive Colors v2, and Subtractive Colors v2.

New Gizmos

Ray Tracing - Lenses is beautiful to look at and is a big addition to our optics offerings. Inclined Plane - Rolling Objects complements the new "Inclined Plane - Sliding" Gizmo and allows students to compare a variety of rolling objects - rings, disks, solid balls and hollow spheres.

In the coming weeks, we will be working on several other customer requests, including a new math Gizmo that covers adding and subtracting integers with algebra tiles. So keep on telling us your great ideas for Gizmos!

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September 18, 2006

Site Maintenance Scheduled

In order to perform routine maintenance on our servers, the ExploreLearning site will be unavailable for approximately 2 hours between 2:01 - 4:00 am EDT on Tuesday, September 19, 2006.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you.

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September 08, 2006

Catch ExploreLearning in the Windy City

The NCTM Midwestern Regional Conference "Winds of Change" meets in Chicago September 20-22 and ExploreLearning looks forward to being a part of this conference as well as part of a change in mathematics instruction.  Over 350 conference presentations address best practices, the latest research in mathematics instruction, and effective strategies and skills for teaching math.

Visit ExploreLearning Booth 617 and  get a feel for the ExploreLearning Gizmo experience, what we like to call the "A-ha!" moment. See how Gizmos promote inquiry in the mathematics curriculum.   

If Chicago is not on your fall travel itinerary, visit the ExploreLearning booths at the NCTM conferences in Phoenix and Atlantic City.

Posted by Eve Solomon at 03:15 PM in Road Trips | Permalink

September 01, 2006

Labor Day Holiday -- Office Closed Sept 1st and Sept 4th

ExploreLearning's offices will close at 3pm EST on Friday, September 1 and will be closed Monday, September 4 in observance of U.S. Labor Day.

We will respond to customer service and technical support calls on Tuesday, September 5.

We sincerely appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience during this time.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend.

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