Friday Feature: Gizmos!

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Every Friday we feature a cool organization, great resource, or exceptional educator who is going against the grain to improve education and teaching.

This isn’t some flashback to the 1980’s Gremlins movie, but an exciting resource for math and science teachers. Created by Explore Learning, Gizmos is an award-winning online software that allows students in grades 3-12 to explore difficult math and science concepts through experimentation and intuition. Students can learn about growing plants, from watering to soil mixture and sunlight, the structure of polygons and angles, or the velocity and force involved with moving a truck up a hill.  Gizmos have been designed to correlate with US and Canadian curriculm standards and over 200 textbooks, which make them easy to integrate into lesson plans.

The great thing about the Gizmos are the “Aha!” moments they create for students. By utilizing a hands-on, interactive tool, students who struggle with passive learning methods (reading from a textbook, listening to lectures, etc…) often excel with a more hands-on, student led approach. Check out the introductory video, to learn more about Gizmos and how you can integrate this fun and engaging resource into your lessons.

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