Independent research shows that simulations are powerful tools for effective instruction.

Studies Highlighting Gizmos

  • Gizmos White Paper
  • STEM Cases UGA Research
  • Texas Science Initiative
  • Maine Impact Study
  • Virginia Initiative for Science

Research Summary: Gizmos bring many of Marzano's nine categories of effective instructional strategies to the classroom.

  • Meta-analysis provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of simulations
  • Strategies have strong positive impact on student achievement

Research Summary: Multi-year independent research conducted by The University of Georgia found that using STEM Cases led to significant student learning gains.

  • Cases, used with real-time data, had a "staggering" effect on student learning
  • Students' critical-thinking skills increased as they completed more Cases

Research Summary: Meta-analysis shows how simulations can improve student achievement through active engagement and interaction.

  • Simulations let students manipulate variables and quickly see results
  • Students using manipulations, technology and inquiry do better on tests

Research Summary: An independent study by Maine's Department of Education shows that using simulations, including Gizmos, in mathematics makes a big impact.

  • Teachers gained significant mathematics content knowledge with simulations
  • Their students significantly outperformed others on mathematical test scores

Research Summary: A research-based professional development program uses Gizmos to foster more effective science teachers.

  • Teachers gained confidence in incorporating simulations and inquiry into instruction
  • Teachers implemented problem-based learning and inquiry instruction more often
  • Gizmos White Paper
  • STEM Cases UGA Research
  • Texas Science Initiative
  • Maine Impact Study
  • Virginia Initiative for Science

Featured Books

Gizmos are recommended tools for teaching

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works

See how Gizmos support Marzano's nine categories of effective instructional strategies.

Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom

See how Gizmos help enhance scientific understanding and actively engage students in learning

Testimonials

ExploreLearning provides powerful interactive content that helps teachers use research-proven instructional strategies more effectively, more easily and more often.

Tim Waters, Former President and CEO, McREL

ExploreLearning Gizmos are an effective and engaging way to move students to inquiry science and math. We show examples in the book of a number of the nine categories of effective instructional strategies that are truly enhanced by this excellent resource.

Howard Pitler, Lead Author, "Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works"

We included Gizmos as examples because they embody what research points to as characteristics of effective simulations. Gizmos are content focused, encourage inquiry instruction and actively engage students in learning.

Randy Bell, Co-editor, "Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom"

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