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October 31, 2006

Testimonial: "The outcomes after testing were phenomenal!"

Another teacher let us know how successful her students have been using Gizmos to prepare for Texas state testing.

Deanna Showalter, a teacher in Grapevine Colleyville, Texas writes,

The student feedback was great!  The interactions with the programs took them farther, faster than anything else I have worked with... The outcomes after testing were phenomenal!

Thank you for letting us know how well your students are doing with Gizmos, Deanna!

Posted by Julia Given at 05:11 PM in Testimonials | Permalink

October 30, 2006

New Math Gizmo - Adding and Subtracting with Chips

It's been a busy year on the science side for ExploreLearning, but I'm happy to announce that we've uploaded a brand new math Gizmo...

Adding and Subtracting Integers with Chips

Using chip models can make adding and subtracting integers more visual and tangible for students... and with this Gizmo you can use chips without dealing with the post-lesson clean-up!

The trickiest concept that this Gizmo can help with is subtracting negatives. By using "zero pairs" in the Gizmo, students can really understand (rather than just memorize) why "minus a minus is a plus."

Enjoy... We hope this helps you and your students!

Posted by Dan at 03:07 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

October 27, 2006

ExploreLearning Hosts VPTC Tech Tour

This Thursday, ExploreLearning was proud to host two groups of high school students participating in the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council’s Tech Tour. The goal of the Tech Tour is to expose local students to careers in technology.

After introductions and a brief history of the company, we showed off some of our favorite Gizmos, including Moon Phases, Chicken Genetics, and Doppler Shift. We then asked the students what kinds of people they would need to hire to start a company like ours. They quickly came up with some of the obvious positions: web designers, programmers, and salespeople; but also dug a little deeper for database architects, learning specialists, curriculum writers, QA testers, customer service, investors, accounting and legal positions. We wrapped things up by talking about some of the varied backgrounds of the people in our company, from designing tee-shirts to private detective. Not all of us came straight from the worlds of computers and education!

All in all it got the students thinking about some of the career opportunities available at a small company like ours, as well as the kinds of skills they need to achieve their own goals. We hope they enjoyed the visit as much as we did!

Posted by ExploreLearning at 12:02 PM | Permalink

October 16, 2006

Using Seismographs To Look For Explosions

Investigating_seismographWhen you think about a seismometer (or seismograph) an earthquake is often the first thing you think about. In the real world seismometers have several uses. In recent news scientists throughout the world were trying to determine if a nuclear weapon was detonated in North Korea.

This picture shows data from multiple seismometers which scientists analyzed in an effort to understand the location and magnitude of the underground explosion.

To gain a greater understanding of what scientists try to do when looking at all those lines you can use our Earthquake Gizmos.

Links:
BBC News: Underground nuclear testing
Earthquake: Recording Station Gizmo
Earthquake: Determination of Epicenter Gizmo

Posted by Raman at 10:15 AM in Science (Real World) | Permalink

October 12, 2006

Site Maintenance Scheduled

In order to perform routine maintenance on our servers, the ExploreLearning site will be unavailable from Saturday 10/14/06 at 5:00 PM to Sunday 10/15/06 at 7:00 AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 03:29 PM in Site Status/Known Issues | Permalink