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August 24, 2010

Welcome back to school!

It's that time of year again, with everyone a little sad that summer's over but excited to start a new school year. At ExploreLearning we've continued our curriculum enhancement project, and have just published five new sets of expanded curriculum materials:

Potential Energy on Shelves

Energy of a Pendulum

Energy Conversion in a System

Period of a Pendulum

Simple Harmonic Motion

This is our first batch of physical science Gizmos this year, and we will be focusing on physical science for the remainder of the year. Enjoy the Gizmos, and good luck in the new school year!

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August 20, 2010

Survey of PA 8th graders reveals stellar results

Anthony Jackowski, Assistant Principal of Springton Lake Middle School, PA, conducted a survery among 8th grade students to see how they were responding to Gizmos.  He graciously shared their responses with us, and the comments speak for themselves:

"I like Gizmos because..."

•"...I was able to use an interactive website which gave feedback."

•"...They are very convenient. Doing them from home is nice."

•"...I am a visual learner and they were well illustrated."

•"...They are very easy to use. They are fast and simple with hardly any flaws."

•"...We don’t have to waste real materials: we can use [Gizmos] on a computer."

Rating based on a 1-10 scale (10 being the highest):

•"I would rate Gizmos a 10 on how much they help understand the science concepts. You don’t always know if you understand a concept until you are tested on it and Gizmos help to reinforce what I learned."

•" I’d give [Gizmos] a 10 because you can move around objects to get your answer, which may be easier than doing it mentally."

•"I would give Gizmos a 9. It helps me because I actually get to see and experiment on what we’re learning."

We are always thrilled to hear directly from our student audience. Happy students learning more with Gizmos is what ExploreLearning is all about!

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