Best Virtual Lab

Recognizes the best online laboratory that takes place remotely at home, online via computerized robotics, or virtually through simulations or software. The winning solution offers the same learning outcomes as traditional laboratories, in a virtual format.

ExploreLearning Gizmos - ExploreLearning

Gizmos are online simulations that excite curiosity and invite interaction. We’ve got more than 400 Gizmos in our library covering topics and concepts in math and science for U.S. grades -12. Gizmos help students dig deeper into subjects and really understand challenging concepts. Gizmos give everyone something to visualize, manipulate, and compare. That’s hundreds of opportunities where students don’t just act like scientists and mathematicians. They are. Gizmos help students to make connections and draw conclusions with an interactive design that supports manipulation of variables and “what-if” experimentation. Every Gizmo comes with extensive teaching resources that help make planning and teaching easy. Whole group, small group, or 1:1 lessons, Gizmos has you covered. Play, explore, and experience the “ah-ha” moment with Gizmos. • Discover concepts. Interactive design allows for extensive manipulation of variables and “what-if” experimentation. • Analyze data. Visualizations and graphing tools help capture and compare results from experiments. • Go deeper. In-depth activities create more moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts. Transform learning for ELL students—and students of all abilities ExploreLearning Gizmos are award-winning, interactive simulations that use research-based instructional strategies to bring key math and science concepts to life. With detailed graphics, vocabulary sheets, and customizable student lessons and activities, Gizmos can help address the challenges that English Language Learners and Special Education students face, and help all students reach their highest potential. Gizmos utilize research-proven best practices to support differentiated instruction: • Rich visuals and virtual models support student understanding • Allows for multiple modes of representation (discussion, pictures, graphs, writing, etc.) • Varied activity levels scaffold and differentiate learning • Provides opportunities for individual and guided practice • Connects concepts and vocabulary to real-world experiences We continue to add new Gizmos and Interactive STEM Cases to our library, update older Gizmos, and develop ways and resources to make it easier to teach and learn with Gizmos on a regular basis. In 2021, Gizmos were accessed 72 million times, while STEM Cases were accessed 2.4 million. We also added a Virtual Learning Community to our resources, allowing educators to collaborate with colleagues and ExploreLearning’s professional development team for best practices, tips, and fun activities in math and science.

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  • Robotify - Robotify

    By the year 2030, it is estimated that 375 million jobs worldwide could be lost to automation, and coding and robotics will be a required skill to enter the workforce. Robotify’s mission is to use virtual robots to make coding accessible for all. Robotify empowers every student (and teacher, and parent) to learn coding in an inspiring and playful way. Robotify gets students coding quickly and easily by engaging them in controlling virtual robots. Because no app download is required, Robotify is available anywhere, anytime, on any device with an internet connection. To ensure optimal performance and unbeatable student engagement, Robotify is powered by the best in-browser physics engine simulator in the world. Robotify’s proprietary simulation engine has 3x the performance of comparable solutions, and its API enables 7x efficiency boost in load -times. Robotify is also committed to supporting educators who may be new to teaching coding and robotics. The interactive curriculum is designed to align with CSTA K-12 standards. Plus, all Robotify courses include comprehensive lesson plans, and curriculum mapping and software guides to help teachers plan effective lessons. An easy-to-use teacher dashboard tracks student progress and usage, and also includes robust classroom management tools. Best of all, Robotify offers embedded professional learning opportunities and certification in teaching coding and robotics. The Robotify student experience features three key elements: Learn, Create, and Compete. “Learn” provides course-based learning where students discover how to code using the in-page instructions and by controlling virtual robots. “Create” centers on project-based learning where students are challenged to apply their knowledge to build, reuse, edit, and analyze code to solve problems by creating and solving projects in Robotify’s captivating 3D environments. “Compete” engages students in game-centric learning where they put their coding skills to the test by participating in fun virtual robotics multiplayer and singleplayer games. And, because all Robotify activities take place in a virtual world, the solution eliminates the cost of materials and easily solves for the delicacy of physical robots.

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  • uCertify LAB - uCertify

    uCertify LABS are virtual environments where students learn by doing. uCertify LABS encourages exploration and experimentation in a risk-free environment resulting in better learning for students. uCertify LABS are intended to replace expensive physical computer labs therefore enabling true online education that is both efficient and cost effective.


    uCertify LABS can be used for self-paced, guided, and instructor-led training within academia or industry.  Educators can map uCertify LABS to a textbook and augment their existing credit courses. Educators can also customize LABS to accommodate diverse audiences and education missions.


    Training delivered through uCertify LABS is designed to engage students through interactivity and instantaneous feedback.  Students are presented with a learning path that is continuously optimized based on their performance. 


    uCertify LABS are cloud-based,  device-enabled and  can be easily integrated with an LMS.


     

    uCertify LEARN is developed from the ground up to deliver training to diverse audiences with different proficiency levels, making it an ideal tool for delivering diagnostic and remediation programs. Pre-Assessment can be used to configure an individualized, optimal learning path for each student. Educators can also create customized courses to meet different user needs, education outcomes and missions. 

     

    uCertify LEARN can deliver assessments with over 40 innovative item types. In addition to Pre-Assessment, Exercises, Quizzes, and Post-Assessments, an educator can create graded assignments. Students receive a readiness score that indicates their current level of readiness, real time feedback and reinforcement. Learners also get an individualized study plan to help them focus on areas needing improvement. 

     

    uCertify LEARN comes complete with a custom website, catalog and eCommerce to support distance education. It can be integrated with a LMS providing a seamless experience to the learner.

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  • Lippincott(R) Skills for Nursing Education - Wolters Kluwer

    Available anytime, anywhere, the web-based Lippincott® Skills for Nursing Education digital learning solution is designed specifically for nursing faculty and students to support teaching, learning and reporting on nursing skills across the curriculum.  Expert-authored skill instructions, evidence-based rationales, videos and case studies help the novice nursing student master new skills and confidently prepare for skills lab and clinical settings.  Lippincott Skills for Nursing Education offers an efficient and highly effective modern learning experience with tools to monitor and motivate student preparedness and skill competency. 

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    • Lippincott Skills for Nursing Education delivers essential pedagogy, nursing process approach and skill instruction optimized for online reading and on-the-go digital learning which is increasingly necessary as opportunities for nursing students to gain hands-on clinical experience are shrinking.
    • Trusted content from  leading experts in the field of nursing education provides education-focused skill instructions and pedagogy and delivers it in a way that complements a variety of learning styles. 
    • Skill Overviews use a consistent framework for each skill, with step-by-step implementation guidance and rationales. 
    • Videos bring skill instructions to life, showing nursing students and their instructors performing a range of essential nursing procedures, carefully matching written skill instructions.  
    • Quizzes for each skill assess students’ understanding and preparedness for skills lab or clinical. 
    • Case Studies help students develop clinical judgment skills, which are a key component of passing the Next Generation NCLEX exam launching in April 2023. They also help students apply their knowledge in the context of real-world patient care, with two types of cases:  
    • Practice & Learn Interactive Case Studies engage today’s active learners in content review, case study practice application and assessment. 
    • Integrated Case Studies reflect the complex combination of skills typically performed in nursing practice, challenging students to think critically and prioritize care. 
    • Online Skill Checklists allow instructors to customize student evaluation and easily track skill performance, enter comments, and save and share checklist records with students electronically.  
    • Skill-based organization of all resources ensures an efficient learning experience that is easy to navigate.  
    • Enhanced reporting provides in-depth, yet easy to understand dashboards with key data points to help instructors track student progress and identify strengths and weaknesses. 
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