April 01, 2014

ExploreLearning, a Cut Above the Rest

6a00d8341e234753ef01a51198a2b4970c-320wiThe SIIA CODiE finalists were announced this week, and ExploreLearning Reflex and Gizmos were on the list!

During the past 28 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards have recognized software and information companies for achieving excellence. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognized program, so each CODiE Award serves as an incredible testament to a product’s innovation, vision, and overall industry impact. ExploreLearning has been represented among CODiE finalist for 9 straight years.  

Gizmos was carefully selected as a finalist for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution. This prestigious award recognizes the best mathematic instructional product that provides deep learning experiences for students, supports standards-alignment, and reflects current curriculum practice.

Reflex is among the Best Learning Game Finalists. Reflex was selected for its ability to provide a motivating learning environment and enable students to learn educational concepts.

Review the full list of 2014 CODiE Award Finalists. Winners will be announced in May!

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March 13, 2014

Gizmos and Reflex finalists for 2014 EdTech Digest Awards

EtdAward2014-CTExploreLearning Gizmos and ExploreLearning Reflex are both finalists for the 2014 EdTech Digest Awards. Gizmos is a finalist for Interactive Whiteboard Solution. Reflex is a finalist for STEM Solution, Product or Service and Academic Gaming Solution. The Cool Tool Awards recognize new, emerging and established technology solutions for education, and we're honored to be recognized by EdTech Digest.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 08:55 AM in Press Clippings | Permalink

January 06, 2014

Gizmos chosen for District Administration 2013 Reader's Choice Top 100 Products

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We're pleased to announce that the editors at District Administration have named Gizmos as one of this year's Top 100 Products!

Here was a testimonial from one of the customer's who nominated us:

“In approximately six months of usage in the district, we have seen remarkable increases in achievement on the state wide end-of-course tests. Gizmos give teachers the opportunity to bring science alive in their classroom because it provides them with multiple strategies and ways to incorporate the program into their lessons.”

—Science Advisor, Shelby County Schools, TN

In recognizing the most innovative products, the annual District Administration “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products" award informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel.

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September 30, 2013

ExploreLearning Gizmos win second EDDIE Award

Img13We are pleased to announce that The ComputED Gazette has awarded ExploreLearning Gizmos an EDDIE Award (or Education Software Review Award) in the Multi-level category for the second year in a row, a great recognition of how Gizmos work well with students from elementary school to high school.

ExploreLearning Reflex also won a second EDDIE this year in the Upper Elementary School category.

The ComputED Gazette 18th Annual Education Software Review Awards "target innovative and content-rich programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Some selection criteria are academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and management system."

Read the full press release on our parent company's website. 

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August 05, 2013

ExploreLearning Gizmos wins Readers' Choice Award

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We're honored to announce that ExploreLearning Gizmos was chosen for an eSchool News Readers' Choice Award. eSchool News Readers chose Gizmos as a top education technology product they used to improve teaching and learning in their school. A nominating teacher in Florida said,

 “Gizmos allow my students to have virtual ‘hands-on’ interaction with difficult science concepts. Each student can manipulate the variables, record the results, and arrive at their own conclusions."

Take a free trial of Gizmos today to try our award-winning interactive simulations!

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May 07, 2013

ExploreLearning Gizmos wins CODiE Award!

We're happy to announce that Gizmos has won the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Science/Health Instructional Solution!

This year's award marks ExploreLearning's 6th 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 2013 Award Winners.

Posted by Meredith Cole at 09:10 AM in Press Clippings | Permalink

April 25, 2013

ExploreLearning Gizmos nominated for two AEP Awards

450x130_webpage_Awards_generalWe are pleased to announce that ExploreLearning Gizmos has been named a finalist in the 2013 Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards. One of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind, the AEP Awards are widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value.

Gizmos is a finalist in these categories:

  • Distinguished Achievement Award: Supplemental Resources/ Best Science solution
  • Distinguished Achievement Award: Supplemental Resources/ Best Math solution

Winners will be announced June 4th at the AEP Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C.

See the complete list of AEP Award Finalists.

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April 12, 2013

ExploreLearning Gizmos: 2013 BESSIE Award Winner

We're honored to announce that both Gizmos and Reflex, our math fact fluency program, have won BESSIES -- 19th Annual Best Educational Software Awards from ComputED Gazette in the "Multi-level" category. 

The BESSIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence.

Read the full press release on our parent company's website. 

Take a free Gizmos trial to try out our award-winning online math and science simulations!

Posted by ExploreLearning at 01:37 PM in Press Clippings | Permalink

April 08, 2013

ExploreLearning Gizmos wins "Cool Tool Award" from EdTech Digest

CoolTool_WinnerThe winners for the 2013 EdTech Digest Awards have just been announced, and ExploreLearning Gizmos won a "Cool Tool Award" for STEM Solution. Gizmos was also a finalist in the categories of Interactive Whiteboard Solution, and Product or Service. Cool Tool Awards recognize new, emerging and established technology solutions for education, and we're honored to be recognized by EdTech Digest.

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March 27, 2013

"Abby and the Number Line" in "Teaching Children Mathematics"

1022DETKurt Rosenkrantz, Gizmo designer and curriculum writer for ExploreLearning, wrote a nice piece in the "Backtalk" section of "Teaching Children Mathematics." In "Abby and the Number Line," he describes using the Number Line Frog Hop Gizmo to teach his six-year-old daughter addition and subtraction. 

You can find the full article on the NCTM website.

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March 20, 2013

ExploreLearning Gizmos: 2013 CODiE Award Finalist

For the eighth straight year, ExploreLearning Gizmos have been nominated as a finalist in the annual SIIA CODiE Awards — this time for Best Science/Health Instructional Solution. 

ExploreLearning Reflex has been named a finalist in two prestigious SIIA CODiE Award categories: Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Education Game or Simulation. We are honored that both our products have been recognized in this elite group. 

Find the full list of 2013 CODiE Award Finalists on the CODiE website.

Read the full press release on our parent company's website.  

Posted by ExploreLearning at 02:21 PM in Press Clippings | Permalink

February 06, 2013

Middle School celebrates National Digital Learning Day with Gizmos

A Middle School in Round Rock ISD took advantage of National Digital Learning Day on February 1 to try out Gizmos in their science classrooms.

"This is not just something we can do for only one day," their instructional technology specialist said. "Digital Learning Day has taught us technology can be used as an educational tool and not just as a toy. We want to get it into the classroom and into the students' hands."

Check out the full story or take a free Gizmos trial to give them a try in your classroom. 

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January 28, 2013

LiveScience: The science and research behind ExploreLearning Reflex

IMG_7296[2]Want to know more about how ExploreLearning Reflex works and how the most effective (and the most fun!) math fact fluency solution is transforming math education?

Check out this article on ExploreLearning Reflex on the LiveScience news site. The article gives a "Behind the Scenes" look at how Reflex was created, and how it works to improve math fact fluency for students of all ages and levels. 

Want to try it out? Take a free 14-day Reflex trial and find out how fun it is.

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November 07, 2012

ExploreLearning Reflex wins Tech and Learning Award of Excellence!

ExploreLearning Reflex was named a New Product winner in the 30th annual Tech & Learning Magazine Awards of Excellence! We are honored to receive this award for Reflex. The program honors software, hardware, network, and Web products, and includes innovative applications that break new ground as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. A panel of more than 30 educators chose the winners. 

Gizmos won the award twice in 2008 and 2009.

Look for more details on the award in the December issue of Tech & Learning magazine.

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September 24, 2012

ExploreLearning Gizmos win an EDDIE Award

We are pleased to announce that The ComputED Gazette has awarded ExploreLearning Gizmos an EDDIE Award (or Education Software Review Award) in the Multi-level category, a great recognition of how Gizmos work well with students from elementary school to high school.

ExploreLearning Reflex also won an EDDIE this year in the Upper Elementary School category.

The ComputED Gazette 17th Annual Education Software Review Awards "target innovative and content-rich programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Some selection criteria are academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and management system."

Read the full press release on our parent company's website. 

 

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June 26, 2012

Two math Gizmos highlighted in NCTM article

A recent article in the NCTM magazine Teaching Children Mathematics describes an activity, designed by two professors, that aims to help teachers select clear, effective technology for their classrooms. The article lists five criteria for selecting technology (National Research Council, 2001):

  1. Transparency: How easily can the idea be seen through the representation?
  2. Efficiency: Does the representation support efficient communication and use?
  3. Generality: Does the representation apply to broad classes of objects?
  4. Clarity: Is the representation unambiguous and easy to use?
  5. Precision: How close is the representation to the exact value?

Based on these, the teachers selected a variety of applets to use in their classes. Among these, they chose two Gizmos that provide nice visuals to help teach number sense with the number line.

The Rounding Numbers (Number Line) Gizmo is noted for its use of "hills" on the number line to help illustrate rounding. In this Gizmo, points can be dragged onto a dynamic number line. When in "hill" mode, the points will slide to the nearest valley (the nearest 10 or 100), helping students to visualize rounding. (By the way, interesting things happen when points are exactly halfway between two valleys – like, for example, 35 when rounding to the nearest 10, or 350 when rounding to the nearest 100. Why don’t these points slide to a valley right away? Thought-provoking discussions about the "round up" convention can ensue!)

Also, the teachers chose Number Line Frog Hop (Addition and Subtraction) Gizmo, in which Fred the Frog hops along a number line to try to catch flies. If Fred hops more than 10 units, he can jump as a "single jump," "tens then ones," or "ones then tens." The latter two modes highlight the "parts" of a number (place value, essentially). In addition, as a teacher points out in the article, you can show repeated addition in this Gizmo as a bridge to multiplication.

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June 06, 2012

Math Gizmos Win 2012 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award

ExploreLearning Gizmos have again been recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers. This year, Math Gizmos won the Distinguished Achievement Award: Supplemental Resources/Mathematics.

One of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind, the AEP Awards are widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value.

Congratulations to the developers who work so hard to make Gizmos the best library of online simulations for math and science. And thanks to all the educators who use Gizmos to bring the power of inquiry-based learning to their classrooms. 

 

Posted by Meredith Cole at 10:25 AM in Press Clippings | Permalink

May 08, 2012

ExploreLearning Reflex wins Best K-12 Instruction Solution Award

CODiE-2012-Winner-175We'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.  

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April 19, 2012

Math Gizmos: 2012 AEP Awards Finalist

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ExploreLearning Gizmos have been named a finalist in the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards for the 8th year in a row. One of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind, the AEP Awards are widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value.

Math Gizmos are a finalist for a Distinguished Achievement Award: Supplemental Resources/Mathematics.

Winners will be announced June 5th at the AEP Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C.

See the complete list of AEP Award Finalists.

 

 

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March 19, 2012

Gizmos are 2012 CODiE Award Finalists for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution

For the seventh straight year, ExploreLearning Gizmos have been nominated as finalists in the annual SIIA CODiE Awards — this time for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution. We are honored to be recognized in this elite group again this year.

Review the full list of 2012 CODiE Award Finalists, and visit the Gizmos Facebook page to "like" this news.

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June 09, 2011

Gizmos Win AEP Distinguished Achievement Award

AEP WinnerExploreLearning Gizmos have again been recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers. This year, Gizmos won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Curriculum for Best K-5 Science solution.

One of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind, the AEP Awards are widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value.

Congratulations to the developers who work so hard to make Gizmos the best library of online simulations for math and science. And thanks to all the educators who use Gizmos to bring the power of inquiry-based learning to their classrooms.

Check out photos of the award ceremony on the Gizmos Facebook page.

Click here for the official press release.

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May 04, 2011

Gizmos are 2011 AEP Awards Finalists in Three Categories

Aep-DA-2011-final125ExploreLearning Gizmos have been named a finalist in the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards for the 7th year in a row. One of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind, the AEP Awards are widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value.

Gizmos are finalists in these categories:

  • Distinguished Achievement Award: Curriculum/ Best K-5 Science solution
  • Distinguished Achievement Award: Curriculum/ Best 6-12 Math solution
  • Distinguished Achievement Award: Technology/ Best Website

Winners will be announced June 8th at the AEP Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C.

See the complete list of AEP Award Finalists.

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April 13, 2011

Its here! Reflex: the next generation in math fact fluency

ReflexLogo We are happy to announce the launch of Reflex, ExploreLearning’s ground-breaking new online product for the development of math fact fluency.

Reflex is a revolutionary new online program that helps students develop math fact fluency better than ever before. Reflex continuously adapts and individualizes instruction, creating an optimal experience for every student.  The program also provides educators with intuitive and powerful reporting, helping them effectively monitor and support student progress. For students, Reflex utilizes engaging, fast-paced games and rewards for effort and progress, creating a compelling, motivational environment.

“With Reflex, our goal was to develop a truly 21st century solution that is much more effective (and much more fun) than anything than has come before it.  After years of work, we are thrilled to be launching Reflex this week...” said David Shuster, Ph.D., Founder and Publisher of ExploreLearning.

Reflex and Gizmos offer you two “best-of-breed” online solutions to improve student learning in math and science. Visit www.reflexmath.com and check out this amazing new product for yourself.

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April 12, 2011

Gizmos are 2011 CODiE Award Finalists in Two Categories

For the sixth straight year, ExploreLearning Gizmos have been nominated as finalists in the annual SIIA CODiE Awards — for both Best Science/Health Instructional Solution and for Best K-12 Instructional Solution. We are honored to be recognized in this elite group again this year.

CODiE FinalistGizmos were selected from many high-caliber products as one of the best in the educational software and information industry. 425 products were nominated in the education technology category, and all went through an intensive review by judges via live demonstration, trial product access, and analysis of product documentation. 

Karen Billings, Vice President of the SIIA Education Division, added that "The CODiEs reflect excellence and innovation in the education technology industry. We are pleased and proud to have so many companies participating this year and to have so many moving on to the member voting phase.”

Review the full list of 2011 CODiE Award Finalists. Winners will be announced on May 23rd during the SIIA 2011 Industry Ed tech Summit In San Francisco.

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March 08, 2011

ExploreLearning to Appear on Florida Knowledge Network’s “Teacher Talk” Program!

We are happy to announce that ExploreLearning will appear on Florida Knowledge Network’s “Teacher Talk” program in its Teacher Appreciation episode on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. “Teacher Talk,” sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, showcases Florida teachers and innovations in the classroom.

ExploreLearning was one of 20 companies selected to participate in the live studio show at Walt Disney World’s Saratoga Springs Resort.  Our own Florida Project Manager Jane Owen demonstrated the Growing Plants science Gizmo to 100 Florida teachers in the studio audience:

"When I asked if any of the teachers had Gizmos at their school, at least half raised their hands.  After the presentation I asked who would like Gizmos at their school and everyone raised their hands!"

The "Teacher Talk" Teacher Appreciation episode featuring Gizmos will air on March 8, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. through local Florida Knowledge Network channels and will be webcast on the DOE website. We are grateful for the support of all of our Florida gizmologists.  Go Gizmos!

Read the full press release on our parent company's website.

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January 10, 2011

Ontario Gizmos implementation exceeds expectations

We have renewed and expanded our partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Education. Over the past three years, the demand for Gizmos from Ontario’s school boards has been strong, with more teachers and students using Gizmos every day. Gizmos are now being utilized in 2,300 schools serving over 250,000 students. The new partnership agreement provides full coverage of math and science in grades 7-12, and we expect another record setting year in the province!

Read the full press release on our parent company's website.

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June 14, 2010

ExploreLearning wins AEP Golden Lamp Award

We are pleased to announce that ExploreLearning has won a Golden Lamp Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). The Golden Lamp Awards are one of educational publishing’s longest running and most prestigious traditions, honoring the “best of the best” in four categories. ExploreLearning won the Golden Lamp for Curriculum, against diverse and highly-regarded finalist companies. Congratulations to the Gizmo team!

See the complete list of 2010 AEP Award winners.

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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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May 05, 2010

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

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February 25, 2010

Gizmos nominated as CODiE Award Finalists in 2 Categories

For the fifth straight year, ExploreLearning Gizmos have been nominated as finalists in the annual SIIA CODiE Awards--- for Best K-12 Instructional Solution and Best Science Instructional Solution. It's a significant achievement!

Gizmos were selected from many high-caliber products as one of the best in the educational software and information industry. 327 products were nominated for education category awards and all went through an intensive review by subject matter experts, analysts, journalists, and others with deep experience in the fields.

“This is the twenty‐fifth year we have recognized excellence in the software, education and information industries through the CODiE Awards program,” noted Ken Wasch, President of SIIA. “In this economic climate, companies are doing even more to innovate. ExploreLearning has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and quality that is reflected in their selection as a finalist for the CODiE Awards. I am pleased and proud to have them listed among the candidates, and I wish them the best in the final round of voting.”

Review the full list of 2010 CODiE Award Finalists. Winners will be announced in May.

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January 14, 2010

Arkansas Chooses Gizmos for Middle Schools State-wide

Middle schools across Arkansas now will have the opportunity to use Gizmos! ExploreLearning is partnering with all Arkansas Educational Cooperatives on the project, which has been funded by an Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) award from the Arkansas Department of Education.

“Gizmos will give grade 6-8 students across Arkansas the ability to explore, experiment with and visualize math and science concepts as they learn,” said Teresa Chance, Project Director for the EETT grant's Gizmo implementation.

ExploreLearning looks forward to working closely with the Cooperatives, STEM Centers, and the Arkansas DOE to help fulfill their vision for enhanced math and science instruction across the state.

For more information on this exciting project, read the full press release, read the recent article in THE Journal, or contact ExploreLearning.

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November 06, 2009

ExploreLearning wins another T+L Award of Excellence

ExploreLearning was named a winner in the 27th annual Tech & Learning magazine Awards of Excellence! We are honored to receive this award for the 2nd year in a row. The program honors software, hardware, network, and web products, including innovative applications that break new ground as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. A panel of more than 30 educators chose the winners. 

Look for details in the December Awards issue of Tech & Learning magazine.

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June 19, 2009

ExploreLearning on Capitol Hill

ExploreLearning participated in two Capitol Hill events this week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education & Labor’s “Future of Learning” Hearing and a Capitol Hill Technology Showcase “Bringing the Future of Learning to Schools Today.” These events examined and demonstrated the role of educational technology on the future of teaching and learning. Attendees were treated to some of the best and most innovative educational approaches that are transforming and improving education in America.

Members of Congress, including the Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, George Miller (CA), experienced firsthand the some of the best educational technologies and tools on the market today, including ExploreLearning Gizmos. We showed Gizmos to many U.S. Representatives and enthusiastic staff members!

A big goal of the day’s events was to demonstrate that federal leadership in educational technology funding is important to improving student achievement and technology literacy. Key federal investment in Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) the eRate, and other programs helps educators meet the needs of 21st century students and ultimately help increase our nation’s future competitiveness.

A link to the press release issued by SETDA and SIIA, hosts of the Technology Showcase, can be found here:  Capitol Hill Showcase

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May 06, 2009

ExploreLearning wins Best K-12 Instruction Solution Award

Just last night in San Francisco, ExploreLearning won an SIIA CODiE Award for Best K-12 Instruction Solution! This award honors the best overall education technology solution for curriculum and content for students in K-12 learning environments.

This is ExploreLearning’s 3rd CODiE Award win in four years. The CODiEs recognize leaders and innovators across the software, digital content and education technology industries. We are honored to be included among these leaders.

Since this news is hot off the press, the winners are not yet officially posted on the SIIA website, but should be in a matter of hours. Follow this link soon for more information: 2009 CODiE Award Winners

Go Gizmos!

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April 15, 2009

Gizmos are finalists for Three AEP awards

We are pleased to announce that we have been named a finalist in three categories for the 2009 Association of Educational Publishers Awards. Gizmos are finalists for K-5 Science Curriculum, 6-8 Science Curriculum, 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. This year's winners will be announced on June 12, 2009.

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

 

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March 04, 2009

Gizmos: CODiE Award Finalists in 3 Categories

ExploreLearning Gizmos have been nominated as finalists in the SIIA CODiE Awards for the fourth consecutive year! We are honored to be finalists in three categories this year: Best K-12 Education Solution, Best Math Instructional Solution, and Best Science Instructional Solution.

The CODiE Awards recognize outstanding achievement and visions in the software, digital information and educational technology industries. According to SIIA President Ken Wasch,

“The competition is particularly steep this year during the 24th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards, making selection as a CODiE Finalist a real achievement.” Wasch further added that “All the companies on this year’s list of CODiE Finalists should feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment in making it to this stage, and have much excitement to look forward to regarding the upcoming CODiE Awards voting!”

Winners will be announced on May 5, 2009.

To see the press release: ExploreLearning Gizmos Earn Finalist Honors in Three Categories from Software & Information Industry Association

For the complete list of finalists, click here: 2009 CODiE Award Finalists


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January 23, 2009

Award of Excellence for ExploreLearning Gizmos

ExploreLearning Gizmos has been recognized as a 2008 Awards of Excellence Winner by Tech & Learning magazine. The Awards of Excellence honor innovative software and web applications that break new ground, as well as those that demonstrate clear superiority over similar products in the market.


Awards of Excellence Winners were featured in the December 2008 issue of Tech& Learning magazine. For more information on this year's winners, visit http://www.techlearning.com/article/15112


To read the full press release on this award, visit 

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We are very excited to add yet another award to our growing list of accolades!

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December 10, 2008

Use of Gizmos After School Hours Reaches All-time Highs

ExploreLearning announces that use of Gizmos during non-school hours has reached all-time highs! Thirty-nine percent of teacher users access Gizmos on weeknights and weekends, while 23 percent of students using Gizmos work with them outside of class time.

“We are very pleased with the number of students and teachers who are choosing to extend the school day with Gizmos, It means teachers are finding creative ways to bring Gizmos into their instruction and students are responding in a very positive way.”

David Shuster, Ph.D., Founder of ExploreLearning
 

For some informative examples of how teachers and students are using Gizmos to extend learning beyond the school day, read the press release we recently issued.

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July 29, 2008

Gizmos at Michigan Virtual Summer Camps

ExploreLearning is again teaming up with Michigan Virtual School to provide math and science content with Gizmos for their intensive two-week online summer programs. These camps are designed for middle school students who excel in math and science to provide challenging interactive activities that will fuel their passion for discovery and deepen their understanding of math and science concepts. All of this will help prepare the students for the challenges of Michigan's new high school graduation requirements.

ExploreLearning became part of Michigan's Math and Science Virtual Camps in the summer of 2007 and the results were compelling for students mastering critical content. Robin Dickson, Director of Innovation and Research at Michigan Virtual University, says that "building on the extraordinary success of the first-ever Michigan virtual middle school summer camps, Michigan Virtual School is once again this summer offering online learning opportunities in math and science featuring ExploreLearning Gizmos. Our campers identify their favorite gizmos in their 'Around the Campfire' discussion board and characterize their learning as 'play' and 'fun.' When was the last time you heard middle school students referring to math and science as fun? Gizmos break important content into easy-to-grasp chunks that pique campers' curiosity and invite their participation."

To read the full press release from Michigan Virtual University, click here.

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July 17, 2008

Gizmos A Big Part of STEM Education

    ExploreLearning was featured in the July 2008 issue of T.H.E. Journal as a part of one district's efforts to improve STEM education. In an article entitled "High Schools: An Equation That Works," author Mary Ann Wolf discusses ways to make STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) more interesting to students by combining technology with engaging instructional practices. Technology administrators in several districts were asked about what has worked for them in reaching students more effectively in this area. In Forsyth County, Georgia, ExploreLearning was cited as a key to success in STEM education. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Bailey Mitchell, chief technology officer of Forsyth County Schools (GA), has worked with other officials in his district to implement technology tools and resources supported by ongoing professional development to produce compelling STEM instruction. Teachers in Forsyth have embraced the rich collection of digital content provided by ExploreLearning, a catalog of modular, interactive simulations in math and science that the company calls Gizmos.

'The results have been promising, with students developing a deep and lasting understanding of key concepts in math and science through inquiry and exploration,' Mitchell says.

He explains that using technology compels students to draw on higher-level thinking skills and makes the basic ability to recall information secondary. 'As students create their learning communities using Web 2.0 tools, being able to recall factual information becomes less important than being able to evaluate and synthesize information. These students are achieving on state tests, but are also learning critical 21st-century skills.'

To read the full article in T.H.E. journal, click here: http://www.thejournal.com/articles/22920_1

The Journal is dedicated to improving and advancing the learning process through the use of technology. Launched in 1972, T.H.E. Journal was the first magazine to cover education technology. With a circulation of 90,000 qualified readers, T.H.E. is the largest circulated education technology monthly publication.

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June 26, 2008

Gizmos Cited as Effective Educational Technology Tools

ExploreLearning Gizmos have been discussed in two recent best-selling educational books, Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, from the Association of Superintendents and Curriculum Directors (ASCD) and Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), and Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom, from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

According to Howard Pitler, Ed.D., Senior Director for Curriculum and Instruction at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) and lead author of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, ExploreLearning's Gizmos are an effective and engaging way to move students to inquiry science and math. We show examples in the book of a number of the nine categories of effective instructional strategies that are truly enhanced by this excellent resource.

Randy Bell, Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and co-editor of Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom notes, We included ExploreLearning Gizmos as examples because they embody what research points to as characteristics of effective simulations. Gizmos are content focused, they encourage inquiry instruction and they actively engage students in learning. These features are very well aligned with the findings of more than two decades of research on the effective uses of computer simulations in science instruction.

We are honored to be included as examples of effective educational technology in these books!

Read the entire Press Release here.

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June 10, 2008

ExploreLearning Wins Award

We are pleased to announce that ExploreLearning was awarded the Association of Educational Publishers' Distinguished Achievement Award in the Mathematics Instruction/Website category.

For 38 years, the Distinguished Achievement Awards have honored the diversity and quality of supplemental publishing products made for the home and school. In 2004, the AEP expanded the categories to reflect the growth of electronic publishing and the expanding educational publishing industry. Additional information can be found at the AEP Awards website.

A special thanks to the AEP, who made the awards banquet a fabulous event, and gave us the chance to meet with many people devoted to education.

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Shown in the photo from left to right are William, Raman (that is me!), Julia, and Dan. Since Dan is our main "math guy" he got to go up on stage to receive the award earlier in the evening.

Official Press Release

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April 01, 2008

Gizmos Nominated as Finalists in Two AEP Award Categories

ExploreLearning Gizmos have been nominated as finalists for awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) for the fourth straight year. We are a finalist for both a Distinguished Achievement Award and AEP's highest award, the Golden Lamp, which recognizes the most outstanding materials for learning in content, design and fulfillment of educational mission. We are extremely pleased about these nominations and hope that when winners are announced in June 2008, we'll be among the chosen. For a complete list of this year’s AEP’s 2008 award nominees, please visit http://aepweb.org/awards/gl.htm.

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February 26, 2008

Students using Gizmos sparks interest of newspaper in Polk County, FL

New excitement in the local learning community was captured by a reporter for the Polk County, FL News Chief. Gizmos were recently profiled in Kelly Mitchell's article on February 16, 2008. An extract from the article is below:

Online simulation program helps students with math, science

Learning Gizmos

By Kelly Mitchell
Polk County News Chief
February 16, 2008

EAGLE LAKE - High school math and science students across the district are looking forward to having a new study aid next year.

This year, the Polk County School District conducted a pilot program on Gizmos, an online simulation program. The district made the interactive program available to 80 high school math teachers and 80 high school science teachers.

Gizmos is Web-based and visually illustrates math and science lessons. It is particularly designed to show more abstract problems.

"It allows for teachers to show and students to see a picture," said John Miller, mathematics senior coordinator for the school district. "It really allows students to see and teachers to manipulate something that can't be drawn."

Whereas math has not changed, research has shown that children need to be engaged to learn, instead of using a lecture format, Miller said.

"Math is still math," Miller said. "But it has to be presented in a way that will engage students to think about it."

"I use it a lot," said Kimberly Crandall, a high school math teacher at Lake Region High School." It has made my life easier."

Crandall teaches ninth-grade honors geometry and algebra. She said she has seen a major difference in her geometry students. When Crandall stands at her smart board, an interactive board, and uses the Gizmos program, she touches a shape with her finder and can change the shape to illustrate different angles and triangles.

"This is the nice part about Gizmos. I would be drawing like 1,000 different triangles," Crandall said during the lesson.

Crandall was able to illustrate angle measurement and show why the inner angles of a triangle equal 180 degrees and the outside angles of a polygon equal 360 degrees. She could change the shapes to better illustrate the points she was making.

After each section of the lesson, Crandall and her class answered a group of multiple choice questions, which Gizmos graded.

Ashley Schunemann, 14, is in Crandall's class and said that the lessons are a lot easier with Gizmos. Laura Abonza, 14, said that if Crandall makes a mistake, she can correct it right away, so its quicker. Abonza cannot use the program at home though, because she does not have access to a computer.

The 160 teachers began training for the program in late September. It took a month and a half to get everyone trained and all the teachers in the pilot program have been using Gizmos since Thanksgiving.

"We've gotten a lot of positive feedback," Miller said.

The district has received usage reports each month since December.

"We've found the usage report to be a very good indicator that teachers are using it," Miller said.

The district has made a concerted effort to get the technology necessary to use Gizmos. The teachers must have a computer, a computer projector, the ability to access the Web site and a smart board or a symposium.

"We really want technology to be out there," Miller said. "That is a big change for some of our teachers."

The district's plan is to expand this program to include all high school math and science teachers next year. This would include at least 240 math teachers.

Students need to be engaged in the subject, so teachers need to find a way to present the information so that they can understand math, Miller said. "We're trying to support teachers by giving them the tool," she added.

To view a sample of Gizmos lessons, go to www.explorelearning.com.

To view the original article, go to http://polkonline.com/stories/021608/communitynews_online.shtml

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February 25, 2008

Gizmos a Finalist for Two CODiE Awards

ExploreLearning Gizmos have been named a finalist in two categories in the 23rd annual CODiE awards. For the third straight year, we are a finalist in the Best Science Instruction Solution and for the second year, we are a finalist in the Best Math Instruction Solution. ExploreLearning is honored to be part of the finalist group in both categories, further validating our leadership in improving Math and Science education.

The CODiE Awards are given each year by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), utilizing both journalist and peer-company reviews to identify the leaders and innovators in 75 categories across the software, digital content and education technology industries. Recipients of the 2008 CODiE Awards will be announced in San Francisco, CA on May 20th, 2008.

See the full list of finalists at: http://www.siia.net/codies/2008/finalists.asp

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February 06, 2008

Math season is underway!

Each year in February, middle schoolers from around the U.S. compete in MATHCOUNTS, a competition promoting middle school math achievement.  Winners may advance to their state level and possibly even the national competition held in May. If your school participates, make sure to congratulate those 'mathletes' and wish them the best of luck!

 

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June 12, 2007

Finalist: Distinguished Achievement Award

We are pleased to announce that ExploreLearning is one of three finalists for a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers in the Science Instruction Website (Grade 9-12) category.

The Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational materials -- such as books, periodicals, educational toys, and software -- within subject categories and by audience.

The winners will be announced on June 12, 2006, in Washington D.C. If anyone is attending the awards banquet at the 2007 Educational Publishing Summit this evening feel free to look for us. Four of us will be there for the event (even a developer will be there!). We'll let you know tomorrow if we won :)

Update: We won! More info will be posted later today.

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April 20, 2007

ExploreLearning named a finalist in 2007 AEP Awards

ExploreLearning has garnered another award nomination! We are pleased to announce that we’ve been named one of three finalists for a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), in the category of Science Instruction Websites for grades 9-12.

We’re very happy that Gizmos have been recognized again from AEP as outstanding materials in the field of teaching and learning. We won an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005 and we were a finalist for a Golden Lamp Award in 2006.

Once again, thanks to our entire team for making this possible!

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ExploreLearning wins coveted CODiE Award for the 2nd year in a row!

ExploreLearning.com has won a 2007 CODiE Award for Best Science Instruction Solution. We won this same award in 2006 and we’ve been nominated for several other CODiE Awards over the years as well. Congratulations to the entire team at ExploreLearning for making this possible.

Our developers have really been working hard to make ExploreLearning the best site for inquiry learning in science and in math. In 2006, we added over 40 new science Gizmos, greatly increasing our coverage of key science topics. This year, the team is heads down in development of our new Elementary Science Gizmos, which will debut this fall. Keep up the good work, team!

Link: official press release.

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March 22, 2007

ExploreLearning In The News

ExploreLearning Gizmos Will Spark Lasting Learning in Michigan Virtual University Summer Camps for Math & Science

ExploreLearning, a division of ProQuest Education, announced today the expansion of its relationship with Michigan Virtual University (MVU). Under this new arrangement, MVU's new Math and Science Virtual Camps will be centered around the use of ExploreLearning's award-winning Gizmos(TM) for math and science education.

The MVU Math and Science Virtual Camps provide challenging, interactive activities that will fuel students' passion for learning about math and science. Students strengthen study habits and deepen understanding of demanding math and science topics, which also prepares them for the challenges of Michigan's new high school graduation requirements.

"This is a wonderful project and we're proud to be a part of it," said Dr. David Shuster, founder and publisher of ExploreLearning. "Michigan Virtual University is widely regarded as a leader in online education and these innovative new Virtual Camps are further evidence of that leadership."

Virtual Camp Math course topics covered with Gizmos will include fractions, similarity and transformation, ratio and proportions, graphing in the coordinate plane, polynomials and probability. Science course topics include ecosystems, matter and energy, living things and heredity, and the solar system, galaxy and universe. Students will spend about 20 hours over the two-week camp period working through these topics using Gizmos.

"What is really exciting about these camps is that they provide great opportunities for both struggling and advanced learners to leap ahead in math and science," said Robin Kyburg, Ph.D., curriculum developer at MVU. "Because Gizmos are interactive and fun, students become quickly engaged and master content critical to success in the coming school year."

About Michigan Virtual University Math & Science Virtual Camps

Michigan Virtual University (MVU) is a private, not-for-profit Michigan corporation established in 1998 to deliver online education and training opportunities to the citizens of Michigan. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual High School, which was started in 2000. Math & Science Virtual Camps are two week camps with guided online instruction. For more information on the Math & Science Virtual Camps, visit http://www.mivhs.org/camps Financial support for the virtual camps is provided through a federal E-Learning and Virtual School Initiatives Grant and state funding awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

About ExploreLearning

ExploreLearning Gizmos are the world's largest library of interactive, online simulations for math and science in grades 6-12. Gizmos catalyze research-proven instruction in classrooms across the country and they are correlated to state and national standards as well as leading textbooks. With more than 400 Gizmos online, ExploreLearning's growing base of inquiry-based learning materials provides a powerful enhancement to the way teachers teach and students learn. For more information, please visit http://www.explorelearning.com

SOURCE ProQuest Company

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