Gizmos have been used in the Laconia School District for a number of years, and are utilized more with each passing year. The visual and manipulative aspects of the Gizmos allow students to see a concept in action and manipulate the simulation at their own speed. Students can talk about the topics while looking at the simulation in action. This helps them not only with initial understanding, but also with connecting the information with prior knowledge so that they can retain the new information. Which is, after all, the definition of learning.
Student quotes about Gizmos:
“Gizmos helped me see how things worked and went step by step, so it was easier to understand.”
“My favorite thing about science this year was Gizmos!”
“The Gizmos helped me by showing me things we need to see, but can’t do as a lab in class.”
“The Gizmos showed (the topics we were learning about) and made them look less complicated.”