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Gizmos by Explore Learning are award-winning interactive visual math and science simulations for students in grades 3-12. Aligned to the latest standards, Gizmos help educators bring research-proven teaching strategies to life and deliver powerful and fun learning experiences to their classrooms.

Try a curated collection of FREE Gizmos!

Gizmos focus on specific math or science topics and come complete with

  • teachers' guides
  • vocabulary sheets
  • student exploration sheets and answer keys

Gizmos are most effective when used a support tool to regular lesson plans. Through them students can test concepts learnt in class by making predictions, changing manipulatives, visualizing and comparing their outcomes.

With Gizmos students learn from more than simply observing, they can control their own simulations, play around with variables and see how their actions affect the results – just like scientists and mathematicians.

With Gizmos students can apply the knowledge they learned to get real-time results

 

 

Features:

 

Inquiry-based lessons

Each Gizmo comes complete with a step-by-step, inquiry-based lesson that can be used as-i, or is easily customizable by teachers.

 

Assessment and reporting

Students can check their understanding and get helpful feedback after every Gizmo. Teachers can use immediate results to guide instructional decision making.

 

Exceptional support for teachers

  • First-rate professional development
  • Teacher home pages for easy class management and lesson planning
  • Extensive online Help Centre
  • Toll-free phone and email support

 

Flexibility and ease of use

Gizmos are designed for success in computer labs, classroom settings with an LCD projector or interactive whiteboards, or even at home.

 

Correlations to standards and textbooks

Gizmos are correlated to your provincial standards and to leading textbooks, so finding just the right Gizmo is a breeze

 

Using Gizmos

 

Gizmos let teachers create and manager virtual classes, search and add Gizmos, customize the look of their class homepages and track student progress.

With unique class codes students can quickly enroll in their classes and launch Gizmos right away.

 

400+ Gizmos can be searched based on academic standards, grade and topic and textbook material

Search for 400+ Gizmos right from the top bar by academic standards, grade, topic or textbooks.

Each Gizmo page comes with a description of the activity, learning objectives, comments and resources from the community, and lesson materials such as work sheets, vocabulary sheets and guides for educators. From here, easily add the gizmo to your class page with a click of a button.

 

Research behind Gizmos

 

Explore Learning Gizmos use research-proven methods and innovative technology to provide the most effective math and science solutions available for grades 3-12.

 

1. Read the White Paper

Read summary of the White Paper


In findings from over 100 research studies involving 4,000+ experimental/control group comparisons, the following instructional techniques were shown to have a strong positive impact on student achievement:
  1. Representing new knowledge in graphic/non-linguistic formats significantly helps student comprehension and retention of information.
  2. Using manipulatives to explore new knowledge helps students comprehend abstract concepts and practice applying it with real-time results.
  3. Students derive the greatest value from manipulatives when they mindfully generate hypotheses, test them, and reflect on the actions they perform and the results they observe.
  4. Students learn effectively when they are presented with the new concepts first, after which they can practice applying the knowledge on their own.

 

2. Read the Texas Science Initiative brief

3. Read the Maine Impact Study brief

 

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What payment methods are accepted?

We accept Visa and MasterCard for online orders.

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If you do not have a credit card, please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) to discuss alternative payment methods.

How do I know if you have received my order?

When your order has been completed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will be sent to the e-mail address that you entered in the "Registration” page before checkout.

Shipping 

 

What shipping options are available?

Most of our items are shipped by Canpar, which takes 3-5 business days to reach the customer. Where service is not available, or due to the special requirements of the product, we will also use UPS, Puralator or Canada Post. Please allow 10-15 days for order processing.

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How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is calculated individually depending on the weight and size of the item. This will be calculated automatically upon checkout and will be included in the total price when you go to the checkout.

How long does it take for me to receive my order?

Order processing time depends on availability of the product from the manufacturer, but typically products are shipped within 10-15 business days after the order is placed. See shipping options for the number of days it will take to reach you after it leaves our warehouse.

Do you ship internationally?

No, we currently sell our products and services only in Canada.

How can I track my order?

When the order is shipped out, you will receive an e-mail with a tracking number. If you do not receive this e-mail, please call 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) to receive your tracking number.

 

Returns

 

Do you offer a money back guarantee?

We offer a 21-day money-back guarantee unless otherwise noted. Products must be returned in a resalable condition as determined by Bridges. Returns are subject to a 20 percent restocking fee after 21-days. Many of our manufacturers offer additional limited warranties of longer durations on their products. Returns will no longer be accepted after a period of 90 days. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) or send an e-mail to info@bridges-canada.com for more information about manufacturer's warranties or returning your product.

Please note, customers cannot return software for a refund.  However, we do offer a store credit for the full amount if returned within 21 days. After 21 days a restocking fee may apply.

How do I return a product?

To return a product you need to get a Return Authorization (R.A.) number from us. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST), e-mail us at info@bridges-canada.com or fax us at 905-542-7242 to get an R.A. number and further instructions. Please note, Bridges will not accept returns without an R.A. number. The customer is responsible for shipping costs of returned products.

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