L-W Science Teachers to Bring New Technology to the Classroom
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

More than 20 Lincoln-Way science teachers attended a training yesterday to master the online science simulations offered through Explore Learning Gizmos. Teachers are able to use the technology in their instruction this year after being awarded the Gizmos Science Grant last month.

Explore Learning Gizmos is the world's largest library of online simulations for science and math for third through twelfth grade classrooms.

Lincoln-Way North Science Department Chair Maria Wilson and Lincoln-Way Central Science Department Chair Sarah Highfill were instrumental in securing the grant.

The take-away from the training is the ease of using this program toward both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, said Sarah Highfill, Science Department Chair at Lincoln-Way Central.

Highfill said the training hit the following points: Reason abstractly & quantitatively, model with mathematics, constructing explanations, and analyzing and interpreting data.

Using technology is a bonus as some assessments are becoming manipulative and having this Gizmos opportunity will provide Lincoln-Way students with an advantage.

Lincoln-Way North Science Department Chair Maria Wilson said it was exciting to watch novice and veteran science teachers get inspired about using this technology.

I personally plan on using Gizmos to help create further in depth discussions and to assist in adjusting variables that we are unable to in the classroom such as the angle of the sun's light, Wilson said.

The online simulations will allow our teachers to bring students a deeper level of science knowledge, complex thinking and analytical skills that will be necessary in the new NGSS assessments, said Tim Reilly, Lincoln-Way Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. The most exciting thing for me is to watch our teachers from all Lincoln-Way schools working together and sharing ideas that will help all 7000 science students succeed.