Welcome to the ExploreLearning Ontario Blog

Welcome Teachers and Coordinators!   Me

I'm very pleased to introduce myself and to serve as your point of contact for ExploreLearning's Gizmo
implementation in the Ontario English Public and English Catholic schools. My name is Saarah Broadbent and I am ExploreLearning's Project Manager of Ontario.

The purpose of this ExploreLearning Ontario Blog is to post resources, engage in conversation, document success & challenges and share announcements connected to my efforts to support Ontario coordinators and teachers as they integrate Gizmos into their teaching practice. ExploreLearning makes great tools to differentiate instruction and reach students in new ways.

I am looking forward to working with you all and making the integration of Gizmos into your classrooms easier by filling requests for accounts for the math and science teachers, for professional development opportunities about Gizmos, and any other needs you may have. 

Please feel free to reach me by email at:  saarah.broadbent@explorelearning.com

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Geting Started with Gizmos

French Lesson Materials

Gizmos available on Chromebooks (HTML5) 

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  Web Workshop Training Room
Index

 

 Correlations

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Gap Closing Supports/Grade 9 EQAO Gap Closing Supports

Gap Closing and Gizmos

Smarter Science SupportsSmarter Science and Gizmos 
 
Grade 3, 6 and 9 EQAO Exams with Gizmo Correlations

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10/12/2016

New Gizmos!

Check out out the new ExploreLearning Gizmos!

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions I

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions II

Big Bang Theory - Hubble's Law

Zap It! Game Gizmo

Graphs of Derivative Functions Gizmo

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10/04/2016

Expert Corner: If I only had a [math] brain

"How often have you heard someone say, “I’m just not good at math” or “He’s just not a numbers person?” This is a myth, and one that educators need to help dispel. Having or not having a math brain has been resoundingly disproved by research; yet many students (and parents and teachers) believe this."

Click on the picture below to read more!

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10/03/2016

Educator Spotlight: Teri Green

Hear from one of your very own Ontario teachers on the ExploreLearning blog as we Spotlight her success and achievements. Click HERE to read more

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09/21/2016

Ontario's Top 20 High Usage Schools for ExploreLearning's Gizmos

Thank you for your continued support and use of Gizmos in Ontario. The following schools are the top twenty Gizmo using schools in Ontario.They have displayed tremendous commitment, dedication and leadership in using Gizmos by their teachers and students. It is wonderful seeing your commitment and passion for using Gizmos to further your student’s knowledge and engagement in the classroom.

Top Gizmo Schools in Ontario

School Board

School

Toronto District Public Board

Northview Heights Secondary School

York Catholic District School Board

St Theresa of Lisieux Cath HS

Durham District School Board

Dunbarton High School

Toronto District Public Board

Henry Hudson Sr Elementary School

No District

Blyth Academy-Yorkville

Hamilton Wentworth District Pub Board

Sherwood Secondary School

Thames Valley District Pub Board

Medway High School

Durham District School Board

Eastdale Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Keewatin Patricia District Pub Board

Dryden High School

Simcoe County District School Board

Banting Memorial High School

Trillium Lakelands District Pub Board

I E Weldon Secondary School

Peel District Public Board

Mayfield Secondary School

York Region District Public Board

Pierre Elliott Trudau High School

Durham District School Board

Sinclair Secondary School

Peel District Public Board

Glenforest Secondary School

Durham District School Board

O'Neill Collegiate & Vocational Institute

District School Board of Niagara

South Lincoln High School

Thames Valley District Pub Board

East Elgin Secondary School

Toronto District Public Board

York Mills Collegiate Institute

Halton District Public Board

Lester B Pearson High School

 

08/02/2016

Adding Gizmos to an Already Exisiting Lesson Plan

Have you fallen in love with Gizmos and want to start using them right away but are nervous as to how to incorporate them into your upcoming lesson plans? Here are a few tips on how to add Gizmos with ease to your already existing lesson plans. 

  1. Choose an area of your upcoming lessons that you feel students grasp well but you would like to add Gizmos too. Start with something easy to get the feel for adding Gizmos to your lessons.
  2. Search through the Gizmos available for that particular subject area under the Academic Standard or Gizmos by Grade & Topic in our Gizmo library. Click HERE to search now.
  3. Once you have selected a Gizmo or two you are considering using for your lesson plan, open the Student Exploration Sheet and work through the Gizmo Warm Up to learn about the features, functions and content found within the Gizmo.
  4. If you like the Gizmo determine how you would like to use the Gizmo in your lesson. Will it be a demonstration to engage the students at the beginning of the lesson, will it be the main section of the lesson, will you use the Gizmo as an extension to the lesson as a challenge or follow up activity?
  5. Once you have determine where you would like to use the Gizmo in your lesson take a deeper look at the lesson materials and activities in the Student Exploration Sheets to determine which questions/activities you would like to use with your students. All Student Exploration Sheets are provided in PDF and Word in order for you to be able to modify them to the needs and abilities in your classroom.
  6. Once you have determine where you will use the Gizmo in your lesson, determine if the students will be using the Gizmo as a whole class (you are facilitating the delivery of the lesson), small group (the students work together to determine the content and outcomes) or independently, based on your students as well as the technology you have access too. For example you can do small group and independent work if you have access to a device per student where as with only having a projector, screen and computer a whole group lesson might be more appropriate.
  7. Once you have determined the method you will deliver the Gizmo and made appropriate copies of the activities or provided them electronically (if necessary) you are all set to get started with your lesson.
  8. ***NOTE: We do encourage teachers to start with a whole group use of the Gizmo as this will help students learn about the functions and features of the ExploreLearning website as well as become comfortable using Gizmos.
  9. ***NOTE: We also encourage teachers to observe how their students are responding to the Gizmo and reflect upon the successes and weaknesses they observed in order to improve and perfect the planning process.

For added assistance with planning a lesson please contact me directly at any time as I am always willing to assist and support you.

Saarah Broadbent
866-882-4141 x 287 (toll-free)
saarah.broadbent@explorelearning.com

07/13/2016

Planning a Gizmo Lesson From Start to Finish

If you are new to Gizmos or have been nervous to plan a Gizmo lesson in it's entirety here are some steps and tips to help.

  1. Choose an area of your curriculum that you feel students grasp well but might need a little engagement with. Start with something easy to get the feel for planning a Gizmo lesson.
  2. Search through the Gizmos available for that particular subject area under the Academic Standard or Gizmos by Grade & Topic in our Gizmo library. Click HERE to search now.
  3. Once you have selected a Gizmo or two you are considering using for your lesson plan, open the Student Exploration Sheet and work through the Gizmo Warm Up to learn about the features, functions and content found within the Gizmo.
  4. If you like the Gizmo for the lesson you are planning on delivering take a deeper look at the lesson materials and activities in the Student Exploration Sheets to determine how in depth you would like to take the lesson and content. All Student Exploration Sheets are provided in PDF and Word in order for you to be able to modify them to the needs and abilities in your classroom.
  5. Once you have determine which activity questions you would like your students to complete, determine if this lesson will be done as a whole class (you are facilitating the delivery of the lesson), small group (the students work together to determine the content and outcomes) or independently, based on your students as well as the technology you have access too. For example you can do small group and independent work if you have access to a device per student where as with only having a projector, screen and computer a whole group lesson might be more appropriate.
  6. Once you have determined the method you will deliver this lesson and made appropriate copies of the activities or provided them electronically it is time to determine how you will assess your students' success and retention of the lesson. Each Gizmo is accompanied by five multiple choice questions that can be done as a pre and/or post assessment which are a great tool for determining what your students took away from the lesson. There are also discussion questions and/or extension activities to the Gizmo lesson (found under the lesson materials in the Teacher Guide) that make for a great exit ticket, discussion facilitators and homework which can all be assessed upon completion.
  7. Once you have determined how you will access your students' success with the lesson you are all set to get started.
  8. ***NOTE: We do encourage teachers to start with a whole group lesson as this will help students learn about the functions and features of the ExploreLearning website as well as become comfortable using Gizmos.
  9. ***NOTE: We also encourage teachers to observe how their students are responding to the Gizmo lesson and reflect upon the successes and weaknesses of the lesson in order to improve and perfect the lesson planning process.

For added assistance with planning a lesson please contact me directly at any time as I am always willing to assist and support you.

Saarah Broadbent
866-882-4141 x 287 (toll-free)
saarah.broadbent@explorelearning.com

07/05/2016

2016-2017 ExploreLearning Ontario Gizmo Web Workshops

Welcome to Gizmos, ExploreLearning's Award-Winning Math and Science simulations! Workshops for the Québec Anglophone Gizmos Project has begun! Please sign up HERE for a 60-minute complimentary Gizmos professional development web workshop to expand your knowledge and skills with Gizmos. The workshops do require that you be on your own computer with Internet access.

*** IMPORTANT:  You will receive an email the week prior to your selected workshop from saarah.broadbent@explorelearning.com that will provide you with confirmation of your date and workshop selection along with webinar access information.

*** IMPORTANT:  If you do not have a Gizmos account prior to starting the web workshop please contact Saarah Broadbent immediately as access to your teacher Gizmo account is crucial for participation in these Gizmo web workshops.

Gizmo Web Workshop Dates and Times

  • Gizmo Refresher-Tuesday, September 13th at 4pm
  • Gizmo Refresher-Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm
  • Creating Exceptional Lessons with Gizmos-Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm
  • Classroom Models with Gizmos-Whole Class, Small Group and Flipped Classroom-Tuesday, October 18th at 4pm
  • Differentiation with Gizmos for all Learners-Tuesday, November 8th at 7pm
  • Utilizing Gizmos for Summative, Formative Assessment and Exam/Standardizes Testing Review-Tuesday, December 6th at 4pm
  • Creating Exceptional Lessons with Gizmos-Thursday, January 12th at 4pm
  • Gizmo Refresher-Wednesday, January 18th at 7pm

06/24/2016

2011-2015 EQAO Grade 3, 6 and 9 Exams Correlated to ExploreLearning's Gizmos

The grade 3, 6 and 9 EQAO math exams can be very overwhelming for our students who have to take the exam not to mention how much preparation and work goes into preparing our students to be successful in taking the EQAO. ExploreLearning's Gizmos are great simulations that support teaching for the EQAO, student preparation and practice for our grade 3, 6 and 9 students who are required to take the EQAO exams. Please find below the links for the respective years' questions and correlations.

Grade 3

Download Grade 3 EQAO 2011 with Gizmos

Download Grade 3 EQAO 2012 with Gizmos

Download Grade 3 EQAO 2013 with Gizmos

Download Grade 3 EQAO 2014 with Gizmos

Download Grade 3 EQAO 2015 with Gizmos

Grade 6

Download Grade 6 EQAO 2011 with Gizmos

Download Grade 6 EQAO 2012 with Gizmo

Download Grade 6 EQAO 2013 with Gizmos

Download Grade 6 EQAO 2014 with Gizmos

Download Grade 6 EQAO 2015 with Gizmos

Grade 9

Download Grade 9 EQAO 2011 with Gizmos

Download Grade 9 EQAO 2012 with Gizmos

Download Grade 9 EQAO 2013 with Gizmos

Download Grade 9 EQAO 2014 with Gizmos

Download Grade 9 EQAO 2015 with Gizmos

06/01/2016

Gizmos iPad App No Longer Needed

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Gizmos can be accessed directly through your Safari app and the website www.explorelearning.com!

Since the conversion of our wonderful Gizmo library to HTML5 the ExploreLearning Gizmo iPad app is not longer necessary to access Gizmos.

Please note the app will expire this month-June 2016 and will not be accessible for Gizmos access moving forward.

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03/16/2016

Monthly Newsletter-Don't Miss out!

Here are some great examples of articles ExploreLearning features in their monthly newsletter about Gizmos and Reflex. Don't miss out on your chance to receive these and other articles on updates, ideas, news, spotlight teachers, tips and tricks with our products directly to your email each month. Click HERE to register today!

Grow Students’ Mindset with Gizmos-How can you promote growth mindset with your students? Dr. Amanda Gonczi from the University of Virginia explains how Gizmos can help in the science classroom.

Letters to Crabby: “Reflex is the BEST math game EVER!”-Find out how far students are from their goal with our new and improved Green Light

Find out how far students are from the Green Light! -Students write to Crabby to ask his favorite Reflex games!