It's been a long time coming, but at long last, every elementary science Gizmo has a demo movie! (That's 40 of them, if you're keeping score at home.)
The "movies" are short (about 2 minutes each) and have a simple "how-to" approach. They show how to use the basic features in the Gizmo. If students are brand-new to a Gizmo, the demo movie would be a nice brief introduction to it.
The movies feature a voice-over, so be sure audio is turned on before watching. (In a lab setting, you probably either want to project it for the whole class to watch and listen to, or have students use headphones.)
To see a demo movie, click on the "demo" icon at the bottom left corner of the Gizmo, in the purple bar, as shown below.
(Note: Demo movies will only appear in elementary-level Gizmos – the ones with the purple bar on the left side.)
Tip: To find the 40 elementary science Gizmos, either click "Browse Gizmos" and browse through the grade 3-5 science offerings, or just type "elementary science" (without the quotes) in the search field.
Enjoy! We hope these are useful for both teachers and students.
By the way, the elementary math Gizmo demo movies will now slowly start appearing also! We hope to have all 40 of them complete by the end of 2009.