History of Western Philosophers

World Philosophy Day (11/16)

Follow the links on this website to learn all about Western Philosophy. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy contains information about Plato, Aristotle, and various ideas of thought. Then move onto Early Modern Philosophy with the Renaissance, Descartes, Locke, and more. Recent Modern Philosophy includes the Enlightenment, Kant, Idealism, and Pragmatism among other things. And, finally, Contemporary Philosophy ideas including existentialism, Postmodernism, feminism, and more. Other links also include a dictionary, study guide, timeline, logic, and more in this comprehensive introduction to Western Philosophy. So whether you’re just getting started or want to learn more, this resource will be exactly what you are looking for.

See more at http://www.philosophypages.com/hy/index.htm.

Sesame Street: Games

Sesame Street Day (11/10)

Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many more characters as you find your way to Sesame Street. Celebrate Sesame Street Day, November 10th, by playing games that reinforce the colors, shapes, letters, sounds, and basic math concepts. Additional links to videos and art will provide an opportunity to fully observe the show that first broadcasted in 1969 by the Children’s Television Workshop. The Sesame Street Day will bring the importance of early childhood education back to the forefront, along with the fully immersed values in arts education, play, and healthy choices in each activity.

See more at http://www.sesamestreet.org/games#media/game_1d5fc163-c225-42da-bb59-75e763ba038f.

Scholastic: Harry Potter

National Magic Day, on Halloween, with Harry Potter? Sounds like a marvelous magical mix of mystery! Celebrate National Magic Day (10/31) this year by diving into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Explore each of the seven Harry Potter novels with this complete interactive experience. Unlock the magic with mind-bending tasks, participate in trivia challenges, practice all things Potter pronunciation, read about the books’ illustrators, or find out what your Patronus is! Read provided chapter excerpts of each book, or even listen to an audio read-aloud of each installment’s first chapter. This Harry Potter exhibit will leave you immersed in JK Rowling’s imaginative world.

See more at http://harrypotter.scholastic.com/.

Comic Books and Cartoon Squares

October 18th is Comic Strip Appreciation Day! The art and genre of comic strips have become a common format in today’s society. Comic strips often portray real-life situations in a somewhat light-hearted way to express many viewpoints of politics, family, etc. Daily newspapers always contain comic strips. Some of us might even use the comics pages as wrapping paper! Here is an option to explore the graphic writing concept in the form of a book report. This lesson will challenge students’ critical thinking skills, writing, drawing, and reading comprehension to relate a book they have read. Included, users will find an online format for their new creation, a rubric for educators, and a couple informative external resources to enhance learning about the story of comics. Celebrate this special day!

See more at http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/book-report-alternative-comic-195.html.

Science News for Students: A Woman’s Place is in Science

Celebrate the achievements of women in STEM on Ada Lovelace Day (10/10)! This international celebration day focuses on increasing the awareness of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields. This article discusses how research is showing an increase of women working in the science fields. Learn how women are bridging the gap but there is still room for improvement. This article also features current women’s role in STEM careers which aligns with the focus of the day to create new role models to encourage more young women to pursue STEM careers.

See more at https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/women-science-girls-STEM.

My Learning: Global Citizenship

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.” Celebrate National Diversity Day (10/16) by going on a globalization journey inspired by these words. This interactive experience highlights our dependency on other parts of the world for products we use on a daily basis and may take for granted. Learn concepts of global inter-dependency and fair trade, understand how we depend on people around the world for everything we use in our daily lives, and visit with people in many countries to learn about who we rely on for our everyday products.

See more at http://www.mylearning.org/intermediate-interactive.asp?journeyid=441&resourceid=1295.

netTrekker Application and Content Update

Enhanced Standards Alignments for Content

To better serve educators, Knovation is automating the updating of state and national education standards in netTrekker. This means that searching and browsing for standards and their aligned content is current. One outcome of this monthly automatic update process is that certain labels for standards documents have changed.

  • Looking for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Start with Achieve, the governing authority for NGSS and other national standards.
  • Looking for Common Core educational standards? Start with NGA Center/CCSSO (CC), the governing authority for Common Core. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
  • Looking for ISTE NETS? When reviewing the list of standards documents, teachers now have 3 options: 1) ISTE NETS for Administrators, 2) ISTE NETS for Teachers, and 3) ISTE National Educational Technology Standards.

Learn more about netTrekker!

icurio Application and Content Update

Enhanced Standards Alignments for Content

To better serve educators, Knovation is automating the updating of state and national education standards in icurio. This means that searching and browsing for standards and their aligned content is current. One outcome of this monthly automatic update process is that certain labels for standards documents have changed.

  • Looking for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Start with Achieve, the governing authority for NGSS and other national standards.
  • Looking for Common Core educational standards? Start with NGA Center/CCSSO (CC), the governing authority for Common Core. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
  • Looking for ISTE NETS? When reviewing the list of standards documents, teachers now have 3 options: 1) ISTE NETS for Administrators, 2) ISTE NETS for Teachers, and 3) ISTE National Educational Technology Standards.

Learn more about icurio!

DonorsChoose: Engage Through Interaction at Kenwood Elementary School, Springfield, Ohio

As Knovation continues to do something good for kids, every day, we are especially inspired by Mrs. Siwek.  Teaching grades 6-8 at Kenwood Elementary School of the Springfield City School District in Springfield, Ohio, she supports students’ natural curiosities to know.   So do we.  This is why we’ve chosen to help fund her DonorsChoose request, “Engage through Interaction.”

Mrs. Siwek has requested funding for an interactive whiteboard system to encourage a collaborative environment for her students to create and deliver presentations for their social studies and science classes.   By doing so, these children become both learners and teachers.  An interactive whiteboard system allows presenting students to engage their audience with hands-on maps of commerce and trade for social studies or how cells works in science.   Students go from a singular learning experience to a group effort where everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the lessons.   These students were born into and are growing up in the digital age of which their classroom needs to reflect.   As Mrs. Siwek explains, “this interactive whiteboard system is the first step in giving students a real opportunity to utilize their learning in a real world context.”  An interactive whiteboard system allows them to show what they learn for themselves and with one another.

A fully funded request, due by December 3, 2017, would serve at least 75 students in grades six through eight.   We think it a worthy cause and encourage you to make it possible for Mrs. Siwek and her students who are excited to interact with one another in such a visual and collaborative way!

The Springfield City School District, Pre-K through grade 12, serves nearly 8,000 students.   With academic and extracurricular goals to ensure academic growth for all students, they continue to support personalized, customized learning opportunities.   The middle and high school students have the ability to blend traditional coursework, online coursework, and experiential learning options.  It is a vibrant learning community, representing the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of Springfield.  There are more than 490 teachers and about 355 support staff and administrators who guide these enthusiastic learners on their educational path.


Knovation is committed to curating, contextualizing, tagging, aligning and maintaining OER for learning through our applications, netTrekker and icurio. Through strategic partnerships with other organizations in the K-12 space, we also integrate our Content Collection with learning management systems, assessment solutions, and learning object repositories. Together we’re meeting the diverse needs of students and teachers around the globe.

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