A Day to Celebrate Opposites

Tall and Short

The opposite of everything is celebrated on the 25th for Opposite Day. If you are tall, celebrate shortness. If you are blue-eyed, celebrate the brown-eyed folks in our midst. Check out this word game exploring antonyms then create an original story about them. For ideas click the nouns and opposites buttons until the opposites you want to write about appear.

See more at http://writingfix.com/forkids/oppositegame.htm

National Chocolate Day? Yum!

Celebrating Chocolate!

Even though it is loved all year round, there is one day when we are called to celebrate chocolate across the country – National Chocolate Day on December 28th! Learn all about where chocolate actually comes from – as a seed of the tropical cacao tree. Chocolat iteself has been a prized taste sensation for more than 2,500 years. One reason chocolate is so nice to eat is that it melts just below body temperature. So it really does melt in your mouth! Learn more about this tasty treat in this article by GLOBIO.

See more at http://glossopedia.org/glossopedia/article.aspx?art_id=44&art_nm=Chocolate

netTrekker Announces New Support Site and Application Updates – December 2017

Knovation is pleased to announce the launch of its new netTrekker Support site and certain other updates to the netTrekker application. Notes for the December 2017 release are listed below.

New netTrekker Support Site

netTrekker has a new and improved support site: support.netTrekker.com This site provides a wealth of information to assist users in effective use of netTrekker. Users benefit from the support site’s easy and intuitive interface, and the site’s main search bar uses type ahead to quickly find answers to questions.

Web Search: Keyword Search Type Ahead

To support effective keyword search for learning resources, the type ahead feature has been added to the netTrekker web application search bar. When a user clicks on the “Web”, “Image” or “Famous Person” radio button and starts typing a keyword in the search bar, suggestions are displayed that match the entered characters. Clicking on a keyword or key phrase suggestion and then clicking the “Search” button opens a search results page for that keyword or key phrase.

Publisher Search Refinement

Many netTrekker users are interested in refining their search results by a specific publisher (like Khan Academy or CK-12). To enable this refinement, “Collections” have been updated in the netTrekker web application to “Publisher” in the “Refine Search” panel where a user can select one or more publisher names and click the “Refine” button. Refinement by publisher is also available in the “More Search Options” panel where a user can enter the publisher name in the publisher field and click search. In “More Search Options”, the user also benefits from type ahead for the publisher field.

icurio Application Updates – December 2017

Periodically, Knovation applies updates to the icurio application. Notes for the December 2017 release are listed below.

Discover: Keyword Search Type Ahead

To support effective keyword search for learning resources, the type ahead feature has been added to the icurio web application Discover search bar. When a user starts typing a keyword in the search bar, suggestions are displayed that match the entered characters. Clicking on a keyword suggestion opens a search results page for that keyword.

Publisher Search Refinement

Many icurio users are interested in refining their search results by a specific publisher (like Khan Academy or CK-12). To enable this refinement, “Collections” have been updated to “Publisher” in the left-hand search refinement panel where a user can now refine by publisher by checking the boxes next to the desired publishers and then clicking the “Narrow Results” button. Refinement by publisher is also available in the “More Search Options” panel where a user can enter the publisher name in the publisher field and click search. In “More Search Options”, the user also benefits from type ahead for the publisher field.

Standards: Standards Text Type Ahead

To support effective search for learning resources by academic standard, the type ahead feature has been added to the icurio Standards search bar. When a user starts typing text for an academic standard in the search bar, suggestions are displayed that match the entered characters. Clicking on an academic standards suggestion opens a search results page for that standard.

Close the Banner

Based upon varying screen sizes and a large variety of learning resource types, sometimes it is beneficial to close the icurio tools banner. This feature has been implemented; the icurio banner can be removed by simply clicking the ‘X’ in the top right corner of the page.

 

Giving the Gift of Technology: DonorsChoose.org – Pittsburgh Brookline Elementary

It is the season of giving, and we are full of holiday cheer at Knovation!  To celebrate, we are  wrapping up funding with a big, red bow for Ms. Durick of Pittsburgh Brookline Elementary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Durick teaches PreK-2 students.  They have been good girls and boys this year, and Ms. Durick has asked for an Apple TV for the classroom.

Full of energy and eagerness to learn, these students want to see the world!  With an Apple TV, Ms. Durick could show it to them.  Mostly from low-income families, some of her students have not had the opportunity to take trips or visit attractions near them.  Armed with a new reading curriculum, Ms. Durick could access videos and websites to bring lessons to life, providing all sorts of adventures in many exciting places near and far!  The classroom does have a few iPads, but there are not enough for every student to enjoy the wonders of the technology as a group.  Ms. Durick wants every set of eyes to light up with wonder!   Not only would an Apple TV increase her students’ existing enthusiasm to learn, it would also increase their attention and focus which leads to higher achievement.

 

Brookline Elementary is over 100 years old and serves more than 500 students in grades PreK-8.  It is a rigorous learning environment that is supported with technology:  computers, math and writing labs, and two wireless and iPad carts for the upper grades.  A positive school-wide behavior program is established to recognize students for such milestones as classroom achievements, perfect attendance and citizenship.

We applaud Ms. Durick’s desire to bring the world into her classroom through the technology of Apple TV.   Please join Knovation in making Ms. Durick’s wish come true for her students.  Her project, which will reach at least 60 children, expires in March.  Keep in mind, there are plenty of other classrooms looking for support as well.  Get in the holiday spirit and make a donation to Ms. Durick or another worthy DonorsChoose request.   Happy Holidays!


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.  Learn more about Knovation, and follow us on Facebook , Twitter and YouTube

Celebrating Wright Brothers Day

Wright Brothers Flights

Imagine traveling around during late 1900′ Ohio and then to Kittyhawk, North Carolina to learn about the Fathers of Flight. Celebrate the invention of flight by observing Wright Brothers Day on December 17th with the help of NASA! Engage in learning with activities, simulations, primary sources, photos, historical articles and blueprints plus watching video clips of their early flights. Place yourself back in history and see how their inventions have helped transform the lives of people around the world.

See more at https://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/index.htm