May 30, 2012
3 sets of new Lesson Materials - math Gizmos
The first two Gizmos are word-tile-based Gizmos that encourage students to think about logic, truth values, and definitions.
The third is a number-tile-based Gizmo that's designed to help algebra students see the connections between synthetic division and polynomial long division. (They're really the same thing, if you see them side-by-side.)
As always, logged-in teachers will have access to all 4 of our Lesson Material documents (Student Exploration sheet, Exploration Sheet Answer Key, Teacher Guide, and Vocabulary sheet), available either as a Word document or as a pdf.
This brings us to 35 math Gizmos with updated Lesson Materials as part of this project. Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more to come!
May 21, 2012
Webinar: Common Core Math Fact Fluency Assessments
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics emphasize math fact fluency as critical to student success. Both PARCC and SBAC are developing assessments that directly evaluate math fact fluency using timed, computer-based assessment instruments.
Throughout May, ExploreLearning is conducting webinars which delve into this major change in student assessment.
Attend one of our 45-minute webinars to learn more about the Common Core, math fact fluency assessments, and how you can prepare for them.
May 08, 2012
ExploreLearning Reflex wins Best K-12 Instruction Solution Award
We're very pleased to announce that our other product, Reflex, has won a SIIA CODiE Award for Best K-12 Instructional Solution! This award honors the best overall education technology solution for curriculum and content for students in K-12 learning environments.
Gizmos won the same award in 2009, and this year's award marks ExploreLearning's 5th CODiE win. The CODiE Awards recognize leaders and innovators across the software, digital content and education technology industries. We are honored to be included among these leaders.
The SIIA CODiE Awards website has a list of all the 2012 Award Winners.
Read the full press release on our parent company's website.
May 02, 2012
Math Gizmos - 3 new sets of Lesson Materials
The math content team is happy to report that we've published 3 new sets of Lesson Materials!
As always, logged-in teachers will have access to all 4 of our Lesson Material documents (Student Exploration sheet, Exploration Sheet Answer Key, Teacher Guide, and Vocabulary sheet), available either as a Word document (for easy editing if you like) or as a pdf (smaller file size).
It's an assortment of topics in this batch - from writing algebraic expressions, to number sense (with prime numbers and factor trees), to triangles. We hope you'll find these useful, and will help you bring inquiry and real understanding to these topics for your students. (It's a fun challenge to walk students through these lessons with questions rather than just telling them what they need to know. Good questions + a Gizmo can be a powerful formula for understanding rather than memorizing. That's always what we're after.)
This brings us up to 32 math Gizmos with new Lesson Materials now, as part of our Math Update project! Lots of outlines and drafts are in progress, so stay tuned for more updated Lesson Materials to come.