Teacher Review For ExploreLearning Gizmos

Well developed website with good science and math simulations that are great for introduction or enhancement of topics

Ben B.
Washington Elementary School
Warsaw, IN
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
For the science standards that were hard to develop hand on learning activities I turned to Gizmos. I would use the documents and lesson plans that came with the gizmo and I would use the students answers from the activity as a gage on what instruction was needed after the gizmo. I typically followed up a gizmo with a summative assessment (quiz).
My Take
I have extensively used this website for science content, but the math simulators (manipulative) are helpful too. Whats really nice about this website is that you can look for simulations by standard. This website will become more powerful as they increase the amount of offered simulations.