What Is Gizmo Learning?


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Gizmo learning is a technique for studying science and math using interactive online simulations called gizmos. Developed by ExploreLearning, a unit of Cambium Learning Group, the simulations are used as supplements to traditional curriculums for grades 3 to 12.

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Gizmos use visual examples to promote understanding of basic math and science concepts. Each gizmo has an exploration guide giving instructions on how to integrate it into classroom instruction and curriculum material to use along with the gizmo. As of 2014, there are over 450 gizmos available on topics such as numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth, life, physical and space science. The gizmos are designed to integrate with over 300 textbooks and the Common Core curriculum. Teachers have access to a homepage on the ExploreLearning website where they can manage their classroom use of gizmo tools and keep a record of student responses to gizmo assessment questions. Students have personal accounts that enable them to log in and use gizmos.

ExploreLearning has won numerous awards for its gizmo interactive learning tools, including the Award of Excellence from Tech and Learning Magazine, the Diamond Award in Mathematics from District Administration Magazine and the Best K-12 Instructional Solution Award from the Software and Information Industry Association. Gizmo learning tools were also recommended on the official NASA website.

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