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Using Your Gizmos Trial
Part 1 of 3: Welcome to Gizmos!
Thanks for your recent free trial activation on ExploreLearning.com!
We hope you're already becoming a "power user" with your Gizmos Free Trial, but just in case you're still getting started, we have some tips and tricks for you.
If you have not done so already, you may want to watch our "Getting Started with Gizmos" video. In just a few minutes, it will orient you to the site so that you can get the most out of your time with Gizmos.
So, what are Gizmos? Gizmos are interactive simulations that teach concepts through exploration and inquiry. Gizmos can be used to introduce new concepts, practice skills, extend investigations, and review for tests.
Unlike many simulations, Gizmos are open-ended and designed to encourage experimentation. For example, in the Growing Plants Gizmo, students can vary the light, amount of water, and soil conditions for each seed they plant. As they find the conditions that yield the largest plants, students will discover on their own the importance of controlling variables.
When you log in, you are taken to the “Me” tab of your Homepage. You have probably already been here and taken advantage of the resources available. Here you will find Gizmos recommended to you, shared Class Gizmo Lists other users have compiled, and information on training opportunities and upcoming events.
To help you get oriented to your Homepage, take a look at the Teacher Homepage Orientation in the Help and Support section.
With over 450 math and science Gizmos available, how do you find the one you want? Actually, it's very easy. If you know what you're looking for, just type a keyword into the “Search” box on any page and a list of related Gizmos will appear. You can also click the Browse button at the top of any page to search by subject, state standard, or textbook. For more details, check out the Finding Gizmos video.
Here are some of our most popular Gizmos for you to try:
If at any point during the 30 days your trial is active you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding ANY aspect of your Free Trial, please let us know. You can email us any time through our Support Form.
Stay tuned for Using Gizmos Tips and Tricks Part 2 that will arrive in your email inbox in another week. If you can't wait, you can read it right now on our Newsletters page.
If you have any questions about purchasing Gizmos for yourself or about getting a customized quote for bringing Gizmos to your school or school district, please contact your ExploreLearning account executive: