would you say to an online, standards-based, highly engaging 7 and 8th
grade science program that students overwhelmingly endorse? Additionally,
70% of those students pass the California content standards tests at “proficient”
or above. And on top of that, the creator is always available for either
content or technical support.
We are a small charter and science was a content area we needed to enhance;
Zingy Learning has more than fulfilled our expectations.”
Bill Adams, Principal
Barona Indian Charter, Lakeside
Phone: (619) 443-0948
“Not only did our 8th
grade students enjoy using the interactive Zingy Learning science program,
but our CST results showed a 23% increase in “advanced” performance
from 2007 (without Zingy) to 2009 (with Zingy). Our teachers and students
found the program to be very user friendly and engaging. Zingy Learning
will be a key component in both our 7th and 8th grade science curriculum
Lynn Bulgin, Principal
Dean L. Shively Middle School, South El Monte
Phone: (626) 580-0610 ext. 116
"In truth I greatly appreciate what all of
you have done at Zingy Learning. For several years I have been looking
for a source that would present the needed "knowledge" part
of science to students without all the extras that textbooks include.
(A tremendous waste of time, etc.). Zingy does that, and so much more.
These kids are used to iPods, mp3 players, blogs, cell phones, online
learning, etc. That's their world. So Zingy takes the knowledge to that
world. Zingy also allows the students to move at their own pace, test
themselves, retest themselves and help each other.
My science with eighth graders is mostly hands on stuff. We dedicate a
month to experimentation regarding density and buoyancy, and comparable
amounts of time for hands on stuff with motion and forces, chemical reactions,
space. So my problem was how to give the basic knowledge and leave enough
time during the year for the fun stuff of hands on work. Truthfully, Zingy
fits my needs perfectly."
Gene Gregorski, Middle School Science teacher
St. Joachim School, Madera
Phone: (559) 674-7628
me just start off by saying this is a wonderful program for our students.
They truly enjoyed it and they were all engaged when we went to the computer
lab. As a matter of fact, they would constantly ask if we were going to
the computer lab that week. This program is easily accessible to all students,
it is student friendly, in that they were able to follow along and do
their work at their own pace and if they needed help they could ask their
partner or myself. It is another way for students to get the standards
based 8th grade science curriculum in a technology based interactive way.
I teach over 200 eighth graders and they all were able to figure out how
to do the lesson and take the quizzes.
It is also teacher friendly and I was able to work with it and figure
it out in a short amount of time. I am looking forward to the 7th grade
application to share with the 7th grade science teachers.
I surveyed about 100 of my students:
1) Did you like Zingy Learning? - The majority of students said yes (over
2) Was the computer prorgram easy to use?- Again, the majority said yes
3) Did you feel it helped you with the CST testing? Over 80% said yes
4) Did it help you with science in general? Again, over 80% said yes
Student comments about the program:
"It was easy to use"
"It helped on subjects I was having trouble with"
"It was cool to have a visual of what we were learning"
"It showed me diagrams and pictures to help me understand"
"It was fun doing it"
"It gave you the opportunity to see what you were learning"
"Zingy is totally fabulous; a great program"
"The visual models help explain what they were talking about"
"It was good because we do little quizzes after each lesson"
"It was a quick and easy way to review for the CST's"
"Better than reading"
"It was a fun way of learning"
"It was interesting and interactive"
"It was cool learning on a computer"
"Zingy learning was clear and to the point"
"The graphics were amusing"
"I liked it because it wasn't boring"
"It was simple"
"It helps you study for your science test"
"It was a review so I remembered stuff I forgot"
"I liked it because it gave me examples of what I needed to know"
"It tells you step by step"
"It wasn't boring like the textbook"
"I liked it because it can focus on the subject area you need help
"I liked how you could go back and test your skills"
""I liked the diagrams and the animation because I learn better
by looking at pictures"
Vicki Groppe, 8th grade science teacher
Brownell Middle School
I loved your
program. Many of my students went back the the site even when they didn't
have to for their grade. They were able to understand the concepts and
the assessment questions challenged them to go through the lesson again
if they were not able to answer. They were highly motivated and most of
the students went beyond the required levels.
And I am very glad to hear of a seventh grade program coming soon.
Donna Gibbs CSJ,
Middle school science teacher
St. John Chrysostom School
students did better in the CST this year compared to last year. We had
a 10% increase from last year, even when we started your programm late.
I attribute our 10% success to your program. Thanks a lot. This year we
will start early for a better result too. ”
Bright Agada, Middle
School Science teacher
Crozier Middle School
have had many positive comments about the program from the students. Here
are some of them.
1. I liked the animations - they made it easy to understand what was happening.
2. I like the quizzes. They give me instant feed back.
3. It was easier to take Mrs. Trammell's tests.
4. The State test was easier to understand after working with ZingyLearning.
I really liked using ZingyLearning as a supplement to the core materials
I have. It correlated well with all the State Standards. I used it as
review and the students were always engaged. As a matter of fact, they
looked forward to using the program so they would work hard on the text
work to get to work on ZingyLearning.!"
Middle School Science teacher
Clement Middle School
was more than impressed with Zingy Learning. The material on the website
is exactly what the students are tested on in the California state test.
Although I have taught life science for many years, this was my first
year teaching physical science and your program provided the students
with the basics and allowed me to feel more comfortable about their understanding
of the material and the concepts. Not only was it an excellent learning
tool, it was fun for the eighth graders as well. Since it was so comprehensive,
we didn't complete everything because we started late in the year. Next
year I will know to start earlier."
Barbara Wylie, Middle
School Science teacher
Garnet Robertson Interm School
Daly City, California
far as how the students liked it…they did. I plan to incorporate
the Zingy Learning lessons and quizzes often in my curriculum next year,
as I have found it offers a great alternative for many students finding
the subject matter difficult to grasp. Thank you for your contribution!"
Craig Wiberg, Middle
School Science teacher
Lake Center Middle School
Santa Fe Springs, California
"I am receiving very positive feedback from
my 8th grade students since I took them to our computer lab to explore
the "big ideas" of the focus standards and enrich their knowledge
about physical science. My students are 98% designated English language
learners and the majority of them learn by seeing and doing things. The
level of engagement has improved tremendously because of the very impressive
animations. They are learning more and they have the independence in directing
themselves at their own pace with my supervision. I am impressed how learning
is extended at home every time I see students logging on at their own
time at home. This program made it easy for me to integrate more technology
in my teaching. Thank you very much to the team of Zingy Learning and
I do hope that they continue to provide this free access to public schools.
This is what learning and fun is all about!!! That is science!!!"
Ernel Arcangel Felix,
7th/8th grade science teacher
La Paz Middle School