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March 29, 2007

ExploreLearning on the Road to St. Louis!

Join us in St. Louis for the National Science Teacher’s Association annual conference (NSTA). The theme of the St. Louis conference is Science: A River of Connections, March 29 – April 1.  Science educators from around the country will be arriving in St. Louis for the latest in science content, teaching strategy and research. 

Visit the ExploreLearning booth, 2841, and see for yourself how ExploreLearning Gizmos bring research proven strategies to life in Science.  Plus, catch a sneak preview of our new Elementary Science Gizmos, coming this fall!

Posted by Julia Given at 01:12 PM | Permalink

ExploreLearning in Anaheim and Atlanta

Some of our staff just returned from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) convention held in Atlanta. At NCTM, we held booth demonstrations of Gizmos and we sponsored an on-program session to help enthusiastic attendees learn more about the power of Gizmos. Prior to NCTM we participated in the Association of Superintendent and Curriculum Director’s annual conference (ASCD), held in Anaheim, CA.  At ASCD, ExploreLearning sponsored a breakfast where we discussed our relationship with McREL (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning). On hand were Ceri Dean, Vice President of Field Services at McREL, David Frost, Vice-President for New Business Development at McREL, and Dave Shuster, Founder and Publisher of ExploreLearning Gizmos. Attendees learned about McREL Professional Development programs for educators designed to raise student performance in Math and Science.

Thanks to all who visited with us at both ASCD or NCTM!

Hope to see you in St. Louis!

Posted by Julia Given at 01:11 PM in Road Trips | Permalink

March 22, 2007

ExploreLearning In The News

ExploreLearning Gizmos Will Spark Lasting Learning in Michigan Virtual University Summer Camps for Math & Science

ExploreLearning, a division of ProQuest Education, announced today the expansion of its relationship with Michigan Virtual University (MVU). Under this new arrangement, MVU's new Math and Science Virtual Camps will be centered around the use of ExploreLearning's award-winning Gizmos(TM) for math and science education.

The MVU Math and Science Virtual Camps provide challenging, interactive activities that will fuel students' passion for learning about math and science. Students strengthen study habits and deepen understanding of demanding math and science topics, which also prepares them for the challenges of Michigan's new high school graduation requirements.

"This is a wonderful project and we're proud to be a part of it," said Dr. David Shuster, founder and publisher of ExploreLearning. "Michigan Virtual University is widely regarded as a leader in online education and these innovative new Virtual Camps are further evidence of that leadership."

Virtual Camp Math course topics covered with Gizmos will include fractions, similarity and transformation, ratio and proportions, graphing in the coordinate plane, polynomials and probability. Science course topics include ecosystems, matter and energy, living things and heredity, and the solar system, galaxy and universe. Students will spend about 20 hours over the two-week camp period working through these topics using Gizmos.

"What is really exciting about these camps is that they provide great opportunities for both struggling and advanced learners to leap ahead in math and science," said Robin Kyburg, Ph.D., curriculum developer at MVU. "Because Gizmos are interactive and fun, students become quickly engaged and master content critical to success in the coming school year."

About Michigan Virtual University Math & Science Virtual Camps

Michigan Virtual University (MVU) is a private, not-for-profit Michigan corporation established in 1998 to deliver online education and training opportunities to the citizens of Michigan. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual High School, which was started in 2000. Math & Science Virtual Camps are two week camps with guided online instruction. For more information on the Math & Science Virtual Camps, visit http://www.mivhs.org/camps Financial support for the virtual camps is provided through a federal E-Learning and Virtual School Initiatives Grant and state funding awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

About ExploreLearning

ExploreLearning Gizmos are the world's largest library of interactive, online simulations for math and science in grades 6-12. Gizmos catalyze research-proven instruction in classrooms across the country and they are correlated to state and national standards as well as leading textbooks. With more than 400 Gizmos online, ExploreLearning's growing base of inquiry-based learning materials provides a powerful enhancement to the way teachers teach and students learn. For more information, please visit http://www.explorelearning.com

SOURCE ProQuest Company

Posted by Raman at 05:13 PM in Press Clippings | Permalink

March 14, 2007

3.14 = pi = March 14, 2007

For those that enjoy math don't forget that today is Pi Day. I never realized that there is also a day called Pi Approximation Day (July 22nd).

Here in the office we were wondering when e Day would be. Using the approach they did for Pi Day, we guess that would be on April 12th. We are looking forward to it!

Posted by Raman at 10:44 AM in Math (Real World) | Permalink

March 02, 2007

Lunar Eclipse on March 3, 2007

The first of two total lunar eclipses in 2007 is unique in that it is partly visible from every continent around the world. Here in Virginia it will occur at the same time as the moonrise. I'll try to get a picture if we have clear skies.

Several Gizmos can help you understand an eclipse. These include the Penumbra Effect Gizmo, the 2D Eclipse Gizmo, and the 3D Eclipse Gizmo.

More information about eclipses can be found at these sites:
NASA Eclipse Home Page
Lunar Eclipse Computer

Posted by Raman at 03:39 PM in Science (Real World) | Permalink