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December 28, 2007

ExploreLearning Offices Closed for New Year's

ExploreLearning's offices will be closed December 31st and January 1st for New Year's.  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 12:40 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

December 21, 2007

Begin the new year with new Gizmos!

With 2008 right around the corner, we are happy to announce five new grade 3-5 science Gizmos.

Happy holidays and have a great start to the new year!

Posted by krosenkrantz at 03:05 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

ExploreLearning Holiday Hours

ExploreLearning's offices will be closed December 24th & 25th.  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 26, 2007.

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 11:02 AM in Site Announcements | Permalink

December 12, 2007

Seasonal Gizmos

Two new Grade 3-5 Gizmos will help you and your students understand why winter is cold and summer is warm.

The first, called Heat Absorption, explores the heating of materials through radiation of light from a very powerful flashlight. Students will see that light is much more concentrated (and therefore much more powerful) when it is vertical than when it strikes at a low angle. This relates to seasons because sunlight is much more direct in summer than in winter. Students can also use this Gizmo to explore how different colors of light interact with various colored objects.

Seasonal changes are further explored in the Summer and Winter Gizmo. In this Gizmo, students can directly compare the angle of sunlight, day length, and temperature on June 21 and December 21 for any location. They will see that during winter days are shorter and sunlight is much less direct than during summer. They will also see that southern hemisphere seasons are opposite those of the northern hemisphere. In Australia, summer is just about to begin!

This would be a great Gizmo to present to your class on the solstice next Friday, December 21!

Posted by krosenkrantz at 09:03 AM in Site Announcements | Permalink

December 05, 2007

ExploreLearning Gizmos are a AT&T Blue Web'n 5-Star Resource

ExploreLearning Gizmos have been recognized by AT&T's Blue Web'n site as a 5-star resource for education in Math and Science. Additionally, ExploreLearning.com was recently profiled as the Blue Web'n Hot Site of the week.

Blue Web'n is an online library of outstanding Internet sites for Education, categorized by subject, grade level, and format. Sites are hand-picked and are AT&T's choices of the most useful resources for instruction. The sites in Blue Web'n are chosen by their Education Advocates, who have advanced degrees in education and numerous years of teaching experience.

Browse the resources they've chosen at:

http://www.kn.sbc.com/wired/bluewebn/contentTable.cfm

Gizmos are listed under the Math, Science and Education content areas, and as lessons, resources and activities. Or, simply search for Gizmos!

Posted by Julia Given at 11:21 AM in Testimonials | Permalink

Florida's Polk County using Gizmos as part of technology-infused curriculum

Polk County, FL has recently initiated a pilot program to infuse technology into its secondary mathematics and science curriculum. John Miller, Curriculum Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics, explained the sound reasoning behind his county's adoption of Gizmos as part of this initiative like this:

"...the focus of this initiative, and the reason we are providing you with Gizmos and technology support to go with it, is to help students better comprehend mathematics by allowing them to be more engaged in (excited about) the learning process in our math classes and see math in a more visual and connective way."

— John C. Miller, Curriculum Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics, Polk County Public Schools, Florida

The district has purchased projectors, interactive whiteboards, and ExploreLearning Gizmos for 160 of its secondary teachers. Each teacher is receiving training on the new technology, including work with ExploreLearning's Professional Development team. Gizmos have proved to be a wonderful way for teachers to quickly integrate educational technology into their instruction and improve student performance!

Posted by Julia Given at 10:56 AM in Testimonials | Permalink