Using Gizmos with Science and Engineering Practices
Audience: Grade 3-12 science teachers | Prerequisite: Previous experience using Gizmos in the classroom
About the Workshop
This workshop allows educators to experience each one of the science practices embedded within exemplary Gizmo lessons. Consequently, participants develop a deeper understanding of the Scientific and Engineering Practices and how those practices look in the classroom. They also learn to develop effective lessons around the practices that allow students to develop a deep conceptual understanding of underlying scientific principles.
Understand the Next Generation Science Standards and the implications of using them in the classroom.
Learn best practices for using Gizmos to support the practices where students can design experiments, analyze data and construct scientific explanations about the concepts involved.
Workshop Flyers - Onsite & Webinar
A downloadable flyer with the workshop agenda will be available after clicking on each button below.
Resources for Teachers
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Share the agenda with the teachers that will be attending the workshop and add the date, time, and location to use as an informational flyer.
Lesson Planning Resources
Density Slice and Dice: Use the handout for student investigations and data collection and the Excel spreadsheet for analysis of the data.
Digestive System CER: Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning handout for use after students have completed their scientific investigations using the Digestive System Gizmo.
Free Fall Laboratory Experiment and Key: Students can record and analyze data to use the data for drawing conclusions.
Lesson Planning Support: Review all of the web pages that were shared during the webinar.
Why Things Fall Snowball: Conduct a pre- and post- assessment using the prompt to initiate prior knowledge and determine if student understanding improved after the lesson.
Everybody's Talking About Gizmos
"Using Gizmos has had a positive impact it had on student learning. Gizmos allows them to dig deeper and manipulate variables to lead them to a higher-level depth of knowledge. There were plenty of students who had a ‘light bulb’ moment using a Gizmo!"- Teacher, Racine Unified School District, WI
"Textbooks have come and gone in our district at all grade levels, but what our teachers have been able to rely on for years is the quality of the product ExploreLearning is putting out with Gizmos."- Director of STEM Education, Hillsborough Public Schools, FL
"Teachers deserve a tool like Gizmos to empower students to conduct their own investigations, learn without reading lots of text but by doing lots of reasoning."- Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
"I’m really a strong proponent of Gizmos in science because I have seen firsthand what it does in terms of engaging kids in labs. Gizmos really allow students to go deeper in terms of problem solving and critical thinking."- Assistant Superintendent, Miami-Dade Public Schools, FL
"I see more student engagement with lesson content when students are using Gizmos. Student grades have shown more understanding of the topics."- Teacher, Salinas Unified School District, CA