Why Gizmos Work

Gizmos support

research-proven instructional strategies

Why Gizmos? Because Gizmos work. Research has consistently shown computer simulations to be powerful tools for improving student learning and leading experts highlight ExploreLearning Gizmos as exemplary tools for research-based instruction.

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

Empirical Evidence of Effectiveness

In a meta-analysis by Robert Marzano that summarized research findings from over 100 studies, several instructional techniques with strong positive impact on student achievement were identified. Learn how Gizmos help bring these strategies to life in the classroom.

Higher Student Achievement

Texas Science Initiative's Meta-Analysis of National Research

Evidence shows that several teaching strategies improved student achievement in science. Gizmos enable educators to quickly bring these strategies to their classrooms.

  Research Brief

Greater Teacher Knowledge and Student Achievement

Maine Impact Study for Technology in Mathematics (MISTM)

Math teachers receiving professional development centering on Gizmos showed significant gains in content knowledge, while their students performed higher on math tests

  Research Brief

Research-Proven Instruction

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works (ASCD)

This book links Marzano's nine categories of effective instructional strategies with educational technology applications, including Gizmos.

Closing Achievement Gaps

Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching Achievement (VISTA)

In this federally funded study, economically disadvantaged students whose teachers learned instruction techniques incorporating Gizmos performed significantly better on standardized science tests.

  Research Brief

Enhancing Learning

Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom (NSTA Press)

Gizmos align with the findings of more than two decades of research on computer simulations in science instruction.

  Read the Chapter on Simulations
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. This is very well aligned with the findings of more than two decades of research on the effective uses of computer simulations in science instruction.