The Gizmo Gazette
News from ExploreLearning.com
This newsletter is full of great information on Gizmos and the
latest news from ExploreLearning:
Share Your Gizmo Story...Win a Prize!
Are Gizmos a big part of learning in your classroom?
Do you want to share your story and be eligible for prizes?
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is inviting educators to submit video stories of learning transformations using technology for their 30th Anniversary Digital Storytelling Project. Why not share a Gizmo story? You can make a submission on ISTE's video portal:
Once your video goes up on the ISTE website, your colleagues and students can all watch it on ISTE Vision. Drawings for prizes like mini notebooks, iPods, flip cameras, and ISTE publications will be held periodically. A grand prize winner will be chosen at this year's NECC Conference in Washington, D.C. But hurry, entries must be received by June 20!
Old Skool vs. New Skool, a video from Gulfport High School in Mississippi, which features ExploreLearning Gizmos. This is currently ISTE's most popular video with over 4,000 views! Two Gizmos are featured in the video -
RNA and Protein Synthesis and
Modeling Linear Systems Activity B.
If you share a Gizmo story with ISTE, drop us a line at
Customer Support and we'll help you spread the word!
Summer - A Forgotten Season?
Some people think of summer as a time to hit the beach, spend time with family and friends, to regroup for the next school year, or to think about anything BUT school. The summer season offers all kinds of learning experiences, though. Why not send students off on summer vacations knowing a little bit more about why it's so hot while they are sitting by the pool, and why students on the other side of the world are wearing parkas while it's time for sunscreen here?
To explore seasonal changes, try these Gizmos:
Heat Absorption Gizmo, demonstrate that a beam of light is very concentrated when it is at right angles to a surface, and much more diffuse when the angle is oblique. This explains why the noon sun feels so much stronger than the sun in the early morning and evening. It also explains why the summer sun, which is much higher in the sky, is much more powerful than the winter sun.
This concept can be further explored with the
Summer and Winter Gizmo and the
Seasons: Why do we have them? Gizmo. Each of these Gizmos allows students to compare the angle of sun rays at any location on December 21 and June 21. Students can count the number of "rays" that strike a plate on each date, and discover that seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite of the seasons in the northern hemisphere.
To explore the seasons in greater detail, we offer a 3D Gizmo with three different modules:
Seasons: Earth, Moon, and Sun,
Seasons in 3D, and
Seasons Around the World. With the Gizmo, students can set the axis angle, choose a location, and make observations on any date. Students can observe the path of the sun through the sky, graph solar intensity during a day or a year, and even observe the shadows cast by a vertical stick over the course of a day. Enjoy!
More Gizmos with Expanded Curriculum
Our curriculum expansion project is rolling along, and we are pleased to announce that even more Gizmos now come with expanded curriculum materials:
Mouse Genetics (Two Traits),
Cell Energy Cycle,
pH Analysis: Quad Color Indicator,
Mystery Powder Analysis,
Density Experiment: Slice and Dice, and
Triple Beam Balance.
The new materials include a Teacher Guide, a Student Exploration Guide with an Answer Key, and a Vocabulary Sheet. All of these materials are available in Word or PDF format, so you can customize them or use them as they are.
Hot Educational Conferences - Visit Us!
ExploreLearning will be on the road again to attend the summer's best educational conferences. Our booths feature informative and entertaining demonstrations of Gizmos by experienced educators. We also introduce hundreds of educators to Gizmos at on-program presentations at these exciting meetings.
Come by the ExploreLearning booth (#3024) at NECC in Washington, DC, June 29-July 1, or at CAMT in Houston, TX, July 13-14 (booth #543). Mention this announcement and take home a free Gizmo water bottle.
Gizmo Clothing and Gadgets
You can buy awesome ExploreLearning Gizmos merchandise to sport to class or around town. Everything from t-shirts to tote bags is available. We even have baby bibs for toddlers!
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Gizmos are great for Math:
"My students have all witnessed personal growth in their content knowledge of mathematics through the regular use of ExploreLearning Gizmos...Both my students and I really enjoy the
Beam to Moon (Ratios and Proportions) Gizmo where we compare the weight of items on the earth to items on other planets and the moon...."
Gizmos are great for Science:
"It has been THE number one teaching tool that has helped me as a science teacher in my 13 years of teaching..."
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Winner: Best K-12 Instructional Solution
2009 SIIA CODiE Awards
Winner: Distinguished Achievement Award
2008, 2007, 2005 AEP
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2008 Tech and Learning Magazine
Winner: Best Science Instruction Solution
2007, 2006 SIIA CODiE Awards
Finalist: Golden Lamp Award
2009, 2008, 2006 AEP
Finalist: Best Instructional Solution, Math
2009, 2008, 2006 SIIA CODiE Awards
Finalist: Best Instructional Solution,
2009, 2008 SIIA CODiE Awards
Finalist: Best Instructional Solution,
2006 SIIA CODiE Awards
Diamond Award in Mathematics
District Administration Magazine
E-Learning Innovation Award
Best Education Website
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Eisenhower National Clearinghouse