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May 27, 2010

Last Chance for subscribers to recommend Gizmos and win!

Have you recommended Gizmos to other teachers on ExploreLearning.com? If you submit five or more recommendations by tomorrow (May 28th) at midnight, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a free iPod Touch. The lucky winner will be announced on June 4th. 

Here are the specific requirements for contest entry:

1)    1) Recommend five or more Gizmos, including informative comments.

2)    2) Make sure you have a User Picture posted, which you can do this from the 'Me' tab of your Teacher Homepage.

3)    3) Finish all of your recommendations by Friday, May 28th at midnight.

4)    4) Please note that only current ExploreLearning.com subscribers can submit Gizmo recommendations.


Here’s a hint from the Help Center: How to recommend a Gizmo

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact ExploreLearning Support. Good luck!

Posted by ExploreLearning at 04:42 PM | Permalink

Gizmos get A+ grade from Arkansas students

For Cheryl Prock, a middle school teacher in Pottsville School District, Arkansas, the enjoyment her students get from using Gizmos in her classroom has not gone unnoticed.  She asked that some of her most enthusiatic students write us a letter to tell us just how much they like Gizmos.  Cheryl also tells us about her experience with Gizmos as a teacher:

“As you will read, these students really enjoy using the Gizmos.  They really have fun exploring the different Gizmos available.  As a teacher, it is so nice to have online manipulatives to extend the students' learning.  They make it pretty obvious that they do not consider it to be more work, yet they feel like they are ‘playing’.”

The letter from three of her 6th grade students adds:

“Gizmos are fantastic, excellent, and superb!  The one we like to play the most is Quilting Bee (Symmetry) because we like to draw unknown, weird, and spectacular images.”

Thank you Cheryl for encouraging your students to write to us.  ExploreLearning is dedicated to deepening conceptual knowledge in math and science, and allowing students to have fun while learning.  It is great to know that these goals are being reached one student at a time!

Posted by Erika Sims at 04:38 PM in Testimonials | Permalink

May 25, 2010

Gizmos win fourth CODiE Award!

Last night in San Francisco, the winners in the Education category of the prestigious SIIA CODiE Awards were announced. We are happy to report that we have won our fourth CODiE Award in five years! The CODiEs recognize leaders and innovators across the software, digital content and education technology industries.

Dave Shuster, ExploreLearning's Founder and Publisher was on hand to receive the company's award for the Best Science Instructional Solution. Dave reports that he is "honored that Gizmos continue to receive this recognition from SIIA. This further validates our position as a top-level provider of Science and Math solutions for today's classrooms. Plus, we'll continue to improve ExploreLearning.com, so that Gizmos serve teachers and students in the future as well."

Ken Wasch, SIIA President added that “CODiE Awards winners are a testament to the power of technology in delivering innovative solutions to businesses and consumers."

For a complete list of winners, visit 2010 CODiE Awards for Education

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Posted by ExploreLearning at 02:11 PM in Press Clippings | Permalink

May 20, 2010

Can you grow the tallest plant?

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During a training workshop for Nassau BOCES in New York we enticed some participating educators to get into the spirit of interactive learning.  We challenged them to compete against each other to grow the tallest plant, using our Growing Plants Gizmo.  Nicole Blumberg (see above photo) was the proud winner of an ExploreLearning t-shirt, but her students, who are experiencing the power of Gizmos, are the real winners.  

Here is what Nicole had to say about Gizmos:

"Gizmos are truly exciting and exceptional tools that are motivating and engaging for all students through an interactive learning experience."

Nicole Blumberg
K-5 Science Teacher
Solomon Schechter Day School, NY

Congratulations Nicole on your victory.  Enjoy your cool t-shirt, and Gizmos too!

Posted by Erika Sims at 05:43 PM in Testimonials | Permalink

May 17, 2010

Arkansas teacher declares: "I love using Gizmos."


With funding from a Title IID grant (EETT), middle school teachers and students across Arkansas are experiencing Gizmos!  After just a few short months of implementation, one teacher wrote to us about how integrating Gizmos has transformed her classroom and lesson planning:

“…I love using Gizmos.  It is so user friendly that I feel comfortable enough to explore a lesson in front of my class. My students totally enjoy the lessons.  We have done them as a whole class, in the computer lab with partners, and as individuals.  They talk math and science when we are using Gizmos.

 

I teach middle school math and science and I find the lessons to be valuable experiences for supporting the content...They are fabulous for giving students an understanding of controlling and manipulating variables.  They are probably one of the most helpful tools that I have received in many years.  I spend hours in lesson preparation, and yet Gizmos only requires a few minutes to find a lesson, comprehend it, and plug it into the curriculum. 


Thank you for designing a program that does not require a doctorate in computer language and operation.  Thank you for lessons that have beautiful, appealing, captivating presentations and applicable content.  This is so wonderful!!”


Catherine Alexander

Street Middle School

North Little Rock School District, AR

We love to hear that Gizmos are making a difference in Arkansas schools!   Thank you Catherine for sharing!

Posted by Erika Sims at 01:19 PM in Testimonials | Permalink

May 13, 2010

For our subscribers: Recommend Gizmos and win an iPod Touch

What are your favorite Gizmos? Have you recommended them to other teachers on ExploreLearning.com? Well, now is the time to do so. To add some motivation, if you submit five or more Gizmo recommendations between now and May 28th will be automatically entered into drawing for a free iPod Touch. The lucky winner will be announced on June 4th.
 

Here are the specific requirements for contest entry:

1)    1) Recommend five or more Gizmos, including informative comments.

2)    2) Make sure you have a User Picture posted, which you can do this from the 'Me' tab of your Teacher Homepage.

3)    3) Finish all of your recommendations by Friday, May 28th at midnight.

4)    4) Please note that only current ExploreLearning.com subscribers can submit Gizmo recommendations.


Here’s a hint from the Help Center: How to recommend a Gizmo

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact ExploreLearning Support. Good luck!

Posted by ExploreLearning at 09:37 AM | Permalink

May 05, 2010

Explore the atom with updated Gizmos

Five more Gizmos have been updated with expanded curriculum materials (Student Exploration, Answer Key, Teacher Guide, and Vocabulary Sheet). Four of these Gizmos explore the structure of the atom and/or discuss the beginnings of quantum mechanics: 


Nuclear Decay

Bohr Model: Introduction

Bohr Model of Hydrogen

Photoelectric Effect

The fifth updated Gizmo discusses two chemical reactions that are essential for building and breaking down organic molecules:

Dehydration Synthesis

We have now updated all of the chemistry Gizmos on the set. Next stop, earth science!

Posted by krosenkrantz at 12:17 PM in Site Announcements | Permalink

Gizmos are finalists for six AEP awards!

ExploreLearning Gizmos have been named a finalist in six categories for the 2010 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Awards. Gizmos are finalists in three Curriculum categories, two Technology Innovation categories, and most notably for the Golden Lamp, AEP's highest award.

 

The Association of Educational Publishers' (AEP) Awards program recognizes excellence in educational products and education marketing. ExploreLearning has won three previous awards from AEP and have been nominated numerous times as finalists. This year's winners will be announced on June 8, 2010.

See the complete list of finalists: http://aepweb.org/awards/finalists.htm

Posted by ExploreLearning at 09:41 AM in Press Clippings | Permalink

May 04, 2010

Jacob Hesselschwardt: Gizmo Educator of the Month

photo of Jacob Hesselschwardt Jacob Hesselschwardt is our May Educator of the Month. Mr. H. (as he is known to his students) teaches Middle School math in Bossier City, Louisiana. He uses Gizmos in classes ranging from 6th grade math to Algebra. Jacob has contributed one lesson material and seven Gizmo recommendations as part of the ExploreLearning Community.

Jacob had this to say about Gizmos: "ExploreLearning Gizmos are fantastic online, virtual manipulatives for facilitating discovery based learning in mathematics and science. Students are able to get a deeper, more personal knowledge of the content through explorations with the Gizmos than what they can through simply using textbooks and workbooks."

Jacob's contributed lesson is for the Fraction Artist Gizmo, a popular Gizmo on our site. Since Jacob teaches at the Middle School level and his students are computer savvy, he modified the Student Exploration Sheet to allow insertion of student-developed fraction scenarios as screen shots. Jacob's students are used to completing assignments directly on the computer and then submitting them electronically to him via the school's intranet.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 03:30 PM in Case Studies | Permalink

May 03, 2010

NYC Science teacher uses Gizmos to convey abstract ideas

Jeanne Lotito, New York City High School Science teacher and ExploreLearning subscriber since 2008, describes what she loves about Gizmos:

"As a science teacher I sometimes find it difficult to convey abstract ideas.  The ExploreLearning Gizmos are an excellent tool for bringing these ideas to life; allowing students to visualize these concepts and solidify their understanding.  In addition, as students are interacting with the Gizmos, I have the freedom to be more mobile throughout the classroom and provide more individualized instruction.  I am confident that any other teacher who chooses to try ExploreLearning Gizmos will be equally satisfied."

We are so happy to hear about the continued success Jean is having with Gizmos in her classroom.  Thank you Jean for your strong recommendation!

 

Jeanne Lotito

High School for Arts and Business

Community School District 24, NYC

Posted by Erika Sims at 09:28 PM in Testimonials | Permalink