Jewels on Display for Jewel Day

Crown Jewels on Jewel Day

Celebrate Jewel Day (3/13) by learning more about where jewels come from and how they are turned from dull to dazzling. Learn the difference between minerals, rocks, and organic materials that are used for jewelry, ornamentation, or art. Discover different types of gems that must be cut and polished for their beauty to be visible.

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Celebrating Women’s History

Celebrating Women’s History

“Nevertheless She Persisted” is the 2018 theme for National Women’s History Month. Find out why March was determined to be National Women’s History Month, and who is honored to be the 2018 Women’s History Honorees. Research past honorees as well as the history of the women’s rights movement. Test your knowledge by completing quizzes over several topics concerning women’s achievements.

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Read a Fairy Tale Today

Tales from around the world

Fairy tales have been an oral and written tradition in many cultures around the world. Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day on 2/26 by choosing one from this excellent resource. Many tales are told and retold through several different cultures and by many different authors. Click on these tales and choose a version, or choose several versions to compare the differences among cultures.

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Cheers to Susan B. Anthony Day

SBA in all her glory

On February 15th, we celebrate the life of Susan B. Anthony, a brave suffragette and great civil rights leader in the United States. Learn all about her life and her efforts to win voting rights for women including how she originally got into “trouble”, her early life and character, the famous convention, casting her ballot, the arrest/trial, and aftereffects.

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Driving Problem Based Learning with Digital Learning Content

Not All Problems Should Be Avoided In The Classroom: Incorporating Problem Based Learning (PBL)

Problem Based Learning (PBL) is an exciting instructional strategy to activate student engagement and student-driven inquiry. To model this strategy, simply provide your students with a real-world problem or challenge and step back. By not providing the solution, the student’s learning becomes empowered within the constructivism classroom model. After incorporating the PBL model, expect measureable outcomes such as:

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  • Examine and test prior knowledge
  • Discover and create objectives
  • Develop collaboration skills
  • Improved communications skills
  • State and defend positions with evidence and sound argument
  • Become more flexible in processing information and meeting objectives
  • Developed or refine research and technology skills


Knovation’s educator-vetted digital resources, accessible through netTrekker or icurio, can ease the stress of creating a relevant PBL lesson. Nestled within our 360,000 item library, a teacher can easily find digital resources on how to implement PBL, PBL lesson rubrics, and student-led research materials.

  • To review how a school-wide approach PBL setting can act as a catalyst for deeper learning, we suggest this case-study that focuses on the Philadelphia Approach School-Wide Implementation of Project-Based Learning.
  • Creating the first PBL assignment is very rewarding. We suggest you using this checklist to make sure the lesson include all of the necessary components.
  • Assessment is very important factor in a PBL setting. Implement or revise these PBL rubrics to guide mastery.

Celebrating Weather Forecasters

The WeatherDude

Did you know people use to forecast the weather by watching the behavior of animals and insects? Luckily, we have the technology today to make weather forecasting a science that can be pretty accurate (except when we are planning an outdoor event!). Learn from Nick Walker, the weather dude, how meteorologists predict the weather. Sing along with his song, find out the different methods to forecast weather, and complete weather based activities. Happy National Weatherman’s Day (2/5)!

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Using icurio to find Learning Resource Types to Target Specific Learning Opportunities

icurio’s resources are tagged and contextualized by a team of highly qualified educators with extensive experience around digital learning and educational content. Every resource found in icurio goes through a 127-point certification process that includes resource contextualization by using Learning Resource Type (LRT) tags. LRTs help users target their results for the intent or essence of a resource, describing its primary intent.

Targeting a Set of Resources

Search for “Elements”: Results for Learning Resource Types 

Your result could contain a plethora of resources in a multitude of types: videos, learning games, assessments, etc.

So, how do you target these results for the types of learning resources and opportunities for your learners? Opening the menus on the left frame of the results window gives you available Learning Resource Types for that particular set of resources.

Varying Types of Resources within a LRT





Some LRTs represent a single kind of resource, for example Video. On the other hand, some LRTs are intended to identify a set of common characteristics, such as Visual Material or Learning Module.

Have you thought about all the different types of resources that can be used in your lessons? Want to vary the type of assessment of learning? Looking to provide a resource that drives student learning via a game or interactive experience? Curate specifically for these pieces and bring the different types of resources together to help learners accomplish those objectives you are focusing on in your lesson.

Consider some of the most common Learning Resource Types below:


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“Angles” – Assessment


A resource that provides a method of gauging a student’s understanding of a topic or concept is considered an assessment. Different types of assessments include:

  • Quiz
  • Rubric
  • Self-Assessment
  • Test
  • Worksheet


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“Angles” – Interactive Media 

Interactive Media

A resource that delivers interactive media-rich content such as: Flash, moving images, motion graphics, animations, etc. The Interactive Media LRT requires that the user be actively engaged in the resource in some way. These resources may contain conventional video and/or audio as well, but may not be exclusively composed of this media.



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“Angles” – Visual Material 

Visual Material

Resources that include little text, primarily relying on graphics, illustrations, or other visual elements as the primary source of content are considered visual materials. Different types of visual material types include: Artwork, Chart, Diagram, Map, Slideshow



There are many other Learning Resource Types that provide additional choices to target your results.  Check out others like: Whiteboard Resource, Learning Game, Test Preparation Material, and eBook. Remember that, depending on what you’re searching for, some results may show a variety of resources in different types. Also, depending on what you’re searching for, some results may not include certain kinds of Learning Resource Types (like Article for a search on Acute Triangles). Make sure you take advantage of the work our expert content team has done for you by utilizing the Learning Resource Types in icurio today!



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.

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