June 28, 2010
More updated Earth Science Gizmos
Enhanced curriculum materials have been published for the following five Earth Science Gizmos:
June 15, 2010
New curriculum highlights seasons and eclipses
Just in time for the solstice on June 21, we have published enhanced curriculum materials for five Earth Science Gizmos:
June 14, 2010
ExploreLearning wins AEP Golden Lamp Award
June 04, 2010
Gizmo Recommendations contest winner!
Thank you to the many ExploreLearning subscribers who participated in our recent Gizmo Recommendations contest. We received hundreds of new (and terrific) recommendations for Gizmos up and down the curriculum! Today, we randomly chose the winner for our iPod contest, for subscribers submitting at least 5 new recommendations. The winner is Cathy Hammell from Polk County, FL. Cathy teaches middle school science and had this to say earlier today:"Wow! I am very excited and got a big smile when I read the congratulations email. I love Gizmos. They provide my students with the added visual to what I teach in the classroom. They also provide my students with a clear picture of concepts and fill in the gaps of anything I missed."
Take a look at a couple of the science Gizmos that Cathy recommended: Mystery Powder Analysis and Element Builder. Or, try one of these math Gizmos also recently recommended: Order of Operations and Adding and Subtracting Integers.
Look for another Gizmo-related contest over the summer. Details will be coming in a newsletter soon!
June 03, 2010
Gizmo demo movies are live!
Who says that all the blockbuster summertime movie action is only taking place on the big screen?
We're happy to announce that all 80 Gizmos with the "purple bar on the left side" appearance have a demo movie!
These Gizmo demo movies are quick (~3 minute) how-to movies that show you what each Gizmo can do, and how you can interact with it. The movies don't teach the lesson (see the Lesson Materials or Exploration Guide for that), but they should help get you comfortable with that Gizmo.
Demo movies come with voice-over narration, so be sure you have your sound turned on. (We recommend using headphones if in a lab setting.)
Movies are appropriate for teachers or students.
To access the demo movie, click on the "Demo" button in the purple bar, at the lower left corner of the Gizmo.