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December 29, 2006

ExploreLearning Offices Closed for New Year's

ExploreLearning's offices will be closing at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 29th, and reopening at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, January 2nd. Customer support will be unavailable during this time.

During this period, you can still activate a 30-day Free Trial directly from our website and instantly have access to our full library of ExploreLearning Gizmos.

Thank you for your support and we wish all of you a Happy New Year.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 11:21 AM in Site Announcements | Permalink

December 28, 2006

New Features for Assessment Results

Recently, we incorporated a great user-suggested improvement to the way Gizmo assessment questions are stored.  Previously, teachers were unable to assess a given class or student multiple times, since student assessment answers were permanently recorded.  Now, teachers can reset assessment results for a single student or an entire class, as many times as they (not the students!) wish.

Secondly, as we continue updating the assessment questions for certain Gizmos, it's possible that existing assessment results will be rendered obsolete.  Rather than clearing the data, we archive these student answers for a period of at least 45 days.  If this happens to one of the Gizmos you use, special instructions will appear above your class's results table in the assessment results window.

We always enjoy receiving ideas from our users on site improvements, so please keep 'em coming!

Posted by ExploreLearning at 02:42 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

December 22, 2006

ExploreLearning Holiday Hours

ExploreLearning's offices will be closed from Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 26.  Customer support will be unavailable during this time.  We promise to get back to you as soon as possible when our offices re-open on Wednesday, December 27, 2006.

During this period, you can still activate a 30-day Free Trial directly from our website and instantly have access to our full library of ExploreLearning Gizmos.

Thank you for your support and we wish all of you Happy Holidays.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 02:20 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

December 13, 2006

ExploreLearning Customer Support Scores an A+

ExploreLearning user Mary Kost recently encountered a problem launching Gizmos. Through careful questioning and step-by-step guidance, our Customer Service Specialist, Charlotte Wilt, was able to detect a technical problem with Shockwave and help her solve it. Afterwards, Charlotte got this rave review:

Dear Charlotte: Everything is working perfectly. I have never had such good help when I have encountered problems with programs. You are a gem and if I were there I would kiss your feet.

If you have a question or if you need help with anything Gizmo-related, please give Charlotte a call!

Posted by Julia Given at 03:44 PM in Testimonials | Permalink

Scientific Classics

The end of the year has arrived for the Gizmo coders! During 2006 the two main goals were 1) to update the important "Classic" science Gizmos, and to build new Gizmos to broaden our collection in the sciences.

The Classic Gizmos were created many years ago (some as far back as 1997). Several that we updated include: Shoot The Monkey, Inclined Plane, Density Lab, Air Track, and Doppler Shift. Several screen shots comparing the Classic Gizmo to the modernized Gizmos are shown below. Needless to say, we are excited about the new and improved versions. Besides just the graphical enhancement, a tremendous amount of work went in to improving the overall user friendliness and the feature set of each Gizmo.

Compare appearance of classic and modern Gizmos

Our other goal was to increase our coverage in the sciences. Several of our new Gizmos include Phase Change, Pulley, Refraction, Star Spectra, Evolution: Natural and Artificial Selection, RNA and Protein Synthesis, and Orbital Motion - Kepler's Laws.

All in all we modernized 20 Gizmos, and created 22 new Gizmos. It has been a very busy year and we are looking forward to creating a wealth of new Gizmos next year. We always hope you are finding the Gizmos a great benefit to your teaching. We love getting feedback from teachers so that we can continue to make improvements to current Gizmos, as well as make new Gizmos from your ideas.

We are looking forward to an exciting 2007, and we hope you are as well. See you then.

Posted by Raman at 11:33 AM in Our History, Site Announcements | Permalink