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December 22, 2010

ExploreLearning Scheduled Maintenance

Technical upgrades to explorelearning.com are scheduled for Sunday December 26, between 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. EDT.  The website will be unavailable during this time. 

Posted by ExploreLearning at 10:29 AM in Site Announcements | Permalink

December 15, 2010

Add Gizmos to your holiday wish list!

When shopping for the hottest items this season, don't forget to accessorize your classroom too!  Gizmos provide powerful interactive visualizations of concepts, helping students develop deep and lasting understanding.  Chemistry teacher Towana Baldwin loves what they have done to enhance her science lessons:

"Finally! An effective resource that science teachers can use to make science come to life! Gizmos are awesome! They go beyond scientific visualization, and incorporate independent learning...This semester I introduced students to Gizmos in reviewing Balancing Chemical Equations. After working with Gizmos, many understood that balancing equations involves actual molecules and atoms. It amazed me that after all of my instruction my students still needed to SEE science to UNDERSTAND it. That’s why I love, love, love Gizmos! It’s a must have for teachers."

Tamona J. Baldwin
Chemistry Teacher
Portsmouth Public School District, VA

Bring the “Ah-Hah!” moment to your classroom with Gizmos. Your students will reap benefits the whole year through!

Posted by Erika Sims at 05:26 PM in Testimonials | Permalink

Gizmos Subscribers: Contribute Lesson Materials and Win a Flip Camera!

Flip-shot Gizmos subscribers: if you have a new angle on math or science concepts covered by Gizmos, we encourage you to share your lesson materials (lesson plans, worksheets, etc.) with the ExploreLearning community!

As added incentive, subscribers who submit new and original lesson materials between now and January 31, 2011, will be entered in a drawing to win a top-of-the-line Flip minoHD 8GB camera. It even has a unique Gizmos cover design.

Here are the specific requirements for contest entry:

1) Login to ExploreLearning.com and make sure you have a User Picture posted on ExploreLearning.com. (You can do this from the 'Me' tab of your Teacher Homepage.)

2) Navigate to the Gizmo for which you have new and original lesson materials. Scroll down to the "User Lesson Materials" section, click on "Contribute Lesson Materials" and upload your file.

3) Complete your submission(s) by January 31, 2011. You will receive one entry into the contest for each lesson that is accepted.

Submitted materials will then go through a quick internal review and, if approved, will be posted on our website. A drawing will be held on Friday February 4, 2011 for one grand-prize winner of the Flip camera, and three grab bag winners of assorted EL merchandise.

If you're the lucky winner, we hope you'll use your new Gizmos Flip camera to contribute classroom video to the ExploreLearning Facebook or YouTube pages as well!

Posted by Ed Pastore at 01:47 PM in Using Gizmos | Permalink

December 07, 2010

Kandy Froehlick: Gizmo Educator of the Month

Kandy Froehlick Kandy Froehlick, also known to his students as "Mr. F" and "Fro," has been teaching since he graduated from University of Lethbridge in 1997. He teaches several high school science courses, plus Forensic Science, Paleontology and Marine Biology at Rimbey Junior/Senior High School in Alberta, Canada.

Three years ago, his assistant superintendent asked him to learn more about Gizmos and possibly become a trainer. When he got together with ExploreLearning's training consultant, he was really impressed with the product and became involved in training other Alberta educators. He has been using Gizmos in his classroom ever since.

Mouse Genetics Mr. F points to the Mouse Genetics Gizmo as a great way to effectively demonstrate genetics to his ninth graders. They can actually see how two black mice could produce white offspring, if the parents have recessive genes for white fur. His students can also learn about the probabilities of fur colors via Punnett square predictions and repeated trials. He reports that after using this Gizmo, assessment scores were higher than previous years on the same genetics quiz.

“Gizmos are absolutely great for showing the students ideas that are abstract or too impractical to collect the data. Everything from balancing chemical reactions and being able to see the molecules to food chains and being able to see how the numbers are affected generation after generation. Gizmos make concepts real and fun to learn.”

Go Gizmos!

Posted by ExploreLearning at 03:46 PM in Case Studies | Permalink

December 02, 2010

More new math lesson materials

Three more math Gizmos have a brand new set of Lesson Materials!  (As a reminder, "Lesson Materials" include a Student Exploration sheet, an Answer Key, a Teacher Guide, and a Vocab sheet.  You'll need to be logged in to see all of those documents, and students will not see the Answer Key or Teacher Guide, for obvious reasons.)

The 3 Gizmos with the new Lesson Materials in this batch are:

Sums and Differences with Decimals

Percents, Fractions, and Decimals

Ordering Percents, Fractions, and Decimals Greater than 1

Hope you and your students enjoy!  And of course, stay tuned for more to come.

Posted by Dan at 05:47 PM in Site Announcements, Using Gizmos | Permalink