June 26, 2008
Shockwave (for Director) Plug-in
In recent months Adobe has updated the Shockwave plugin to version 11. This is to enabled MacIntels to run Gizmos without having to use Rosetta mode (a good thing!).
Recently the plugin has stopped functioning on older Macs (PowerPC Macintosh), and we have reported this issue to Adobe and they are aware of it.
If you are on a Mac and Gizmos will not properly load, please drop a line to customer support ([email protected]) and let us know. We have put together some documentation that will help people with older Macs get version 10 of the plugin running on your computer so you can enjoy the Gizmos.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in the near future. We are hoping that Adobe will get the plugin fixed in the next few weeks.
Note: For MacIntels version 11 of the plugin is working without any known problems. We are also working on updating our help page related to plugin issues.
Update: Adobe updated the plugin this morning (June 27, 2008) so Shockwave 11 works properly on PowerPC Macs.
Gizmos Cited as Effective Educational Technology Tools
ExploreLearning Gizmos have been discussed in two recent best-selling educational books, Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, from the Association of Superintendents and Curriculum Directors (ASCD) and Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), and Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom, from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
According to Howard Pitler, Ed.D., Senior Director for Curriculum and Instruction at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) and lead author of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, ExploreLearning's Gizmos are an effective and engaging way to move students to inquiry science and math. We show examples in the book of a number of the nine categories of effective instructional strategies that are truly enhanced by this excellent resource.
Randy Bell, Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and co-editor of Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom notes, We included ExploreLearning Gizmos as examples because they embody what research points to as characteristics of effective simulations. Gizmos are content focused, they encourage inquiry instruction and they actively engage students in learning. These features are very well aligned with the findings of more than two decades of research on the effective uses of computer simulations in science instruction.
We are honored to be included as examples of effective educational technology in these books!
Read the entire Press Release here.
June 12, 2008
Gizmos Are Creating a Buzz in Canada too.
We recently received this testimonial from a new Gizmo fan in the Prince Edward School District Board in Ontario, Canada:
"I have just spent a very enjoyable and worthwhile amount of time exploring "Gizmos", which I understand has been recently licensed in Ontario by OSAPAC. I recall seeing your sales rep about this at NCTM in Richmond, VA last October, and in my summary report to management indicating it was one of the only worthwhile applications we should explore further.
I must confess that my positive remarks at that time were understated. After using the simulations and seeing the high-quality videos you have, I am even more convinced that you have an outstanding product. And speaking as our office's resident curmudgeon, I seldom give out that kind of praise.
Thanks for making such a high-quality item."
William S. Lundy
I.T.S. Department, Mathematical Literacy/SMART Board Lead, The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
Thanks for this endorsement of Gizmos, Bill!
June 10, 2008
ExploreLearning Wins Award
We are pleased to announce that ExploreLearning was awarded the Association of Educational Publishers' Distinguished Achievement Award in the Mathematics Instruction/Website category.
For 38 years, the Distinguished Achievement Awards have honored the diversity and quality of supplemental publishing products made for the home and school. In 2004, the AEP expanded the categories to reflect the growth of electronic publishing and the expanding educational publishing industry. Additional information can be found at the AEP Awards website.
A special thanks to the AEP, who made the awards banquet a fabulous event, and gave us the chance to meet with many people devoted to education.
Shown in the photo from left to right are William, Raman (that is me!), Julia, and Dan. Since Dan is our main "math guy" he got to go up on stage to receive the award earlier in the evening.