August 31, 2007
Labor Day 2007 Holiday -- Office Closed
ExploreLearning's offices will close at 3pm EST on Friday, August 31 and will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of U.S. Labor Day.
We will respond to customer service and technical support calls on Tuesday, September 4.
We sincerely appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience during this time.
Have a safe Labor Day weekend.
August 23, 2007
Site Changes For New Video
We've added a new video and cute little video icons to the home page of ExploreLearning.com which may result in display issues. If you are getting what appears to be a "whacky" looking front page on the site, the easiest way to fix this is by way of a "force refresh."
Most of you are already familiar with the refresh/reload button on your browser, but this alone often reloads the page based on what is stored in your browser's cache. The force refresh does just what its name implies, it forces the browser to go and get a new copy from our server.
For information on how to do a force refresh on every browser and operating system, please refer to this Wikipedia page.
While on the EL site be sure to check out our new video and see what other educators are saying about us.
August 16, 2007
Site Maintenance Scheduled
In order to perform maintenance, the ExploreLearning site will be unavailable between approximately 9:00 p.m. on EDT Friday, August 24 and 6:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, August 25, 2007.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you.
August 03, 2007
Algebra in the Real World!
Kim Washington, a high school math teacher in Norfolk, VA praised the real world application that Gizmos gives her Algebra students.
"When we talk about slope and rate of change, they can actually see it in Gizmos. I think that helps them. I struggle to get them to apply Math, to get them to understand that what we're doing, you're going to do every day. You pick the right Gizmo and 'Voila,' the application is there for you!"
Here are just a couple of the real world Gizmos Kim likes to use:
Distance Time Graphs -- creates a graph of a runner's position versus time
Modeling Linear Systems -- a cat and mouse chase modeled with a system of 2 lines.
Director at MAX 2007
Our Gizmos are created using Macromedia Director (now Adobe Director) and a new version of the program will be released around the end of this year. Adobe has just announced that there will be a few sessions at the upcoming MAX 2007 conference in Chicago this fall. I'm hoping to attend the conference so I get a chance to speak with the engineers behind the magic of Director and learn about some new programs along the way.
The new version of Shockwave will let our Gizmos run natively on the modern MacIntel's so we are really looking forward to that. We know some schools are now using the most recent Macs and want to make it as easy as possible for the tech gurus at schools to get Gizmos running everywhere.
ExploreLearning.com Browsing is a Big Help to Teachers
Recently, we visited with Kris Campesi, a middle school science teacher in Stafford County, VA. We talked to her about she organizes her science lessons to incorporate Gizmos. She had this to say about the ability to browse and choose appropriate Gizmos using the textbook and state standard correlations on our site:
"I click on my textbook and 'Whoa!'- you tell me what Gizmo goes with what chapter...and if I'm missing something for an SOL, I don't have to look through the Gizmos to see what Gizmo meets that standard, I just click on VA Assessments and you tell me what Gizmo meets that assessment need. You save me a lot of work and have it so well organized that it's not hard for me to integrate it."
Thank you Kris. We think our browsing capability is superior as well. Check it out on the Gizmo Browsing Page.