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CONNECT! Transform the Future: Plan It Green, the Big Switch

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Sep 26, September 04:00 AM

In this online simulation, players build an energy-efficient, model city. Take the tutorial to learn all of the game features. Players are guided to understand how to develop a sense of community by helping neighbors, and can connect with friends to share ideas and help each other. Learn about renewable energy, sustainable living, and eco-friendly technology. Find out about the decisions and trade-offs that must be made in planning a city, such as what kind of power station to build, and whether to build bike paths or plant more trees. Take a Quest to improve your city’s rating, and discover how some features such as parks help to protect a city. The site requires free registration in order to save your work, which also allows you to choose an avatar and a name for your city.

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NASA StarChild: A Song for All Seasons

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Sep 19, September 04:00 AM

Get inspired this Fall to learn more about the solar system and why we experience changing seasons. Developed by two ambitious middle grade teachers with the help of the astrophysics center of NASA, A Song For All Seasons is an activity which pairs the work of Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi with a lesson on the earth's relationship to the sun. Like many artists throughout history, Vivaldi was inspired by the natural world surrounding him and wrote a group of four violin concerti, each giving musical expression to one season. In this interactive activity, students listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, examine the chart provided on the earth’s orbit, and try their hand at deciding which season Vivaldi was trying to portray. Interactive, inspiring, integrative!

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Knovation Continues Winning Streak for Digital Learning Content

Posted by Knovation in Press Releases, icurio
Sep 12, September 11:42 AM

Knovation's Content Collection and the personalized learning solution icurio were honored once again with  Learning magazine's Teachers’ Choice Award. 


Cincinnati, OHSeptember 12, 2016 – The shift away from textbooks as the core instructional material has pushed K-12 schools and districts to rethink the way they develop and deliver content. The Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Awards recently recognized icurio from Knovation as an ideal tool for accessing and delivering relevant, professionally-evaluated, and standards-aligned online resources for learning.

More than ever, teachers look to their districts for help selecting, organizing, and delivering relevant content to their students. While educators have access to an unprecedented amount of online resources, streamlining the evaluation, selection and delivery of digital content can be a challenge.

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PBS Kids: It's My Life

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Sep 12, September 04:00 AM

The importance of physical, emotional and social health in our lives should not be underestimated. This website from PBS is a place where students, parents, and teachers can go to find information on a wide variety of topics related to child health and well-being. It’s My Life covers issues on friends, family, school, body, emotions, and money. Arranged in a kid friendly format for ages 9-12, students can flip through pages of an interactive virtual notebook where they will find videos, photos, and activities on topics of interest. In addition, you can share in the stories written about the challenges and successes experienced by teens just like you! Whether you are seeking knowledge or advice, or want to make your own contribution, there is something here for everyone.

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CPALMS: Capitalization Invasion

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Sep 5, September 04:00 AM

Aliens are invading from outer space and need your primary students’ help! These friendly creatures need assistance with capitalization in the worst way! Engage your students in interactive segments that will require your students to sort capital letters and lower case letters. Then they will travel to other planets to aid different aliens with other editing skills: capitalizing the first word in complete sentences; capitalizing people’s first names; and always capitalizing the pronoun “I” in sentences. Watch your students’ editing skills improve while they help some desperate aliens along the way. Students will earn a certicate to exemplify their accomplishments in mastering capitalization.

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Science of Everyday Life: Wind Energy Virtual Lab

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Aug 29, August 04:00 AM

Energy is a hot topic in our society today. It seems that more and more devices are powered by electricity. Where do we get that electricity? How is that electricity harvested? This interactive will explore one way energy can be harvested, which is using wind energy. Students will be able to design, build, and test a wind turbine design that converts wind energy to kinetic energy to mechanical energy. Students are challenged to design a wind turbine that supplies energy to 400 homes at the highest efficiency and lowest cost. By completing this interactive, students will learn more about the alternative energies that are available in our society.

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Sheppard Software: Fruit Splat Subtraction

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Aug 22, August 04:00 AM

Finding ways to make learning fun is always a key for a good teacher.  Learning and practicing basic arithmetic operations are keys to success for a math student.  On this site students practice those facts by playing a fun game.  Students can choose from seven different levels of play.  The lowest level focuses simply on subtracting single digit numbers.  As the levels progress students can try multi-digit numbers, and subtraction that includes regrouping.  For each level students decide if they want the fruit to move slow or fast.  After that, splat away!

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Sheppard Software: Harlem Renaissance!

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Aug 15, August 04:00 AM

Learn all about the Harlem Renaissance by exploring the four categories in this interesting and interactive site. Read a brief history about the time period and focused changes, then click through famous places of the Renaissance including the Apollo Theater, the Savoy Ballroom, and A’Lelia Walker’s Dark Tower. Learn more by reading about musicians Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. Also read about authors Charles W. Chestnutt, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Exciting changes took place during the Harlem Renaissance, and this is a great site to learn about some of the iconic places and people of the time.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Aug 8, August 04:00 AM

Enter a world of musical fun and learning for students, parents and teachers. This interactive site offers students resources for learning about composers, their works, the logistics of orchestra seating, the functions of different instruments, and music periods. Look for games, activities, and a library of music clips highlighting composers, instruments, musical notes, and national anthems from selected countries. A teachers' lounge provides interactive lesson plans and links to valuable resources. For parents there are activites to do at home, such as building your own xylophone or making a tin can telephone. This is a great place for elementary school children to learn about classical music!

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Fresh From the World: Where Your Food Comes From

Posted by Janet Davidson in Featured Resource, Knovation
Aug 1, August 04:00 AM

"There is nothing to eat!" or "I'm so hungry!" are popular phrases kids and adults use when they are on the hunt for food. It is pretty amazing that food does not just appear on our shelves and in our refrigerators. It is incredible to think that it doesn't just appear in the grocery stores we shop in, either. Our apples, bananas, bread, and potatoes come from many parts of the world. Many of the foods we love do not grow near our town or even our country. Isn't that something? Many of our ancestors traveled with certain foods, crossing oceans, and they introduced them to the places we live in today. Follow this presentation to discover the history of where our food comes from. Discover who provides our food, how certain foods are grown, how others are processed, and finally how the food gets to us.

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