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

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!

 

 

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.

 

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!

Back to School 2017 with icurio

Welcome back to school!

Between trips to the pool, fireworks,  and a few backyard barbecues, we’ve been gearing up for a productive new school year with exciting improvements to icurio.

We’re happy to announce that the icurio integration in Schoology and Canvas now helps you easily find teacher recommended resources for the standards that you use most. If you don’t use icurio in Schoology and Canvas, you’ll still have access to the same teacher recommended resources for your standards.

Just like the websites that we bookmark and use on a daily basis,  you probably have standards or skills that you use frequently, and rarely change during the course of the school year.  We’ve made improvements to icurio that will help you store your preferred standards so that it’s effortless to find the standard you’re teaching, and see the best aligned resources.

After you confirm your school in icurio, you’ll select the grades and subjects that you teach. These preferences will narrow your focus, and will let icurio know which standards you care about most.

The icurio integration now includes quick paths to begin browsing through these standards. By typing the text from the standard number, or a concept included in its description, icurio will quickly present you with your standard.

Once you select the standard that you’re teaching, icurio will return a teacher recommended set of resources that you can embed in your course. We’re now offering teacher recommended resources for most Math and English Language Arts (ELA) standards, and will soon offer these resources for more standards, including broader coverage for Math and ELA, and also Science.

icurio also continues to offer powerful search refinements that help you narrow resources down according to how you want to deliver content in your course. In addition to academic level, readability level, language, and learning resource type, icurio now offers a broader selection of publishers for refinement. icurio has replaced the static list of 20 or so collections for refinement with the thousands of publishers that are included in the icurio collection. We’ve included a few of them here.

If you’re not using the Canvas or Schoology integration, you can still use resources that teachers have recommended for your standards. Once you select your standard, you’ll see the teacher recommended icon below each resource’s title.

We also know that standards can often include a number of different topics, concepts, or skills, so use the subject menu along the left side of the page to narrow your results to the topics or skills that matter most to you.

For more information about these exciting updates, check out the video below, or reach out to us at contact@knovationlearning.com.

Improvements to Read Aloud and Dictionary Tools!

Why are we upgrading?

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The existing read aloud tool was created quite a few years ago, and is built on technology that some browsers struggle to support. As a result, we have partnered with the literacy software provider, Texthelp, to provide our users with text to speech and dictionary services. Texthelp is well respected organization, and has partnered with high profile clients, such as Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , and others.

What are the benefits?

Texthelp change SThere are slight changes between how the read aloud and dictionary section works today, and how it will work as a result of the upgrade. Click to enlarge this image showing the new Texthelp toolbar, and how to operate its features.

1. As mentioned above, the new solution will be significantly more reliable. In addition, the turnaround in producing audio when text is   highlighted will be much faster than the current tool.

2. As text is read, it will now be highlighted, which will help early learners and struggling readers.

3. Voices have a more natural sound, compared to current voices.

4. As mentioned above, the dictionary will now be integrated into the read aloud toolbar, instead of being a separate tool.

5. In addition to text definitions, netTrekker and icurio users will now have access to a picture dictionary as well.

 

 What do you need to do?

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Read aloud and translation settings – Click to enlarge

1. The translation languages (to > from) needs to be set up under your “My Preferences” menu, together with read aloud settings.

2. If you’re having problems accessing the text to speech, dictionary, or translation services through Texthelp, please inform your network administrator that that following two URLs should be whitelisted:

https://knovationservices.speechstream.net and https://knovationtoolbar.speechstream.net

 

 

 

Going 1:1, and Beyond

icurio Customer in Mississippi Uses Blended Learning to Create Personalized Learning for Every Student

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We had the pleasure to facilitate an interview with the Superintendent of Corinth School District in Mississippi, Lee Chlidress, by Scholastic Administrator.

Lee shared the steps adopted by Corinth to launch their “eMerge: Learning for the Future” initiative, to coincide with rolling out a 1:1 initiative. Personalized, blended learning is at the heart of eMerge, though the strategic plan also involves a strong literacy component, early learning collaboration, and additional curriculum enhancements. The district’s ultimate goal is to create an engaging learning system that empowers students to both exceed academic standards in the short term and thrive in a global society in the long term.

eMerge was the byproduct of a yearlong process of planning and discussion among administrators, teachers, students, and parents, and the comprehensive plan was unveiled in January of 2015.

With the groundwork in place, Corinth focused on finding the best digital content and instructional tools for their students, prioritizing content that aligns with state and Common Core standards, offers personalized, real-time feedback through data, and is vetted by educators. After reviewing numerous digital content solutions, the district selected icurio because it packages all of Corinth’s priorities into a single, easy-to-use platform and crafts meaningful curricula. The high level of professional learning services provided by Knovation to guide teachers through the implementation of blended learning was also an important factor in the decision.

We are thrilled to partner with Corinth in the implementation of its successful 1:1 program, ensuring every student in the district will have his/her learning needs met!

Read the full Scholastic Administrator article.

icurio May Newsletter – Summer Learning Can Be Fun!

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As the days grow warmer and the sun shines longer, schools often wind down their learning plans. But we all know that learning never stops. Kids may not be in the formal classroom setting, but their learning opportunities continue. So, instead of treating summer break like a break from learning, we can embrace opportunities that present themselves. There are plenty of ways to get creative about summer learning. Here are some ideas to help warm up to new learning during the summer months.

Summer Learning Tips for Parents: general tips for parents, highlighting the importance of keeping kids intellectually stimulated while also suggesting topics and activities to do during the summer months. It provides a quick summary of the research on sustaining academic activities and gives ideas on how to keep kids engaged.

Summer Reading Fun

One of the most popular summer learning activities is reading. Kids get the opportunity to engage with a variety of books and ideas that grab their interest. Competing with video games can be a challenge, but these Scholastic resources are up to meeting it. These resources provide solid strategies and outlets for age-appropriate, summer reading fun.

Summer Science Exploration

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Just because school’s not formally “in session” doesn’t mean that fun science projects aren’t possible. Quite the contrary; whether you’re in the city, suburb or rural setting, kids have wonderfully creative outlets to “get their science on!” The increased hours of sunlight during the summer gives kids countless opportunities to get outside and explore. With great ideas for science experiments you can do at home, suggestions for exploring nature, interactive science history and geography games, and links to summer science camps, these resources provide great ideas for summer science exploration.

Summer Sun – Health and Safety

That summer sun can be super fun, but we need to ensure that we stay safe. We love to feel the warmth of the sun on our skin, but we all need to remember the importance of protection from too much sun exposure. These resources provide some nice health and safety tips for enjoying the summer sun.

 

icurio 1.0 April Newsletter: Celebrating National Poetry Month Across the Curriculum

National Poetry Month

You don’t have to be a language arts teacher to love April. After all, it is National Poetry Month – a whole month to celebrate the beauty, the emotion, the meaning that poetry adds to life. Poets write about all subjects, not just “English-y” ones, and that means that you can introduce poetry into science class, math class, social studies class, art, music, foreign language, even physical education. Shake your students up and start class each day during April with a poem. But don’t think you have to do all the work of finding or reading these poems. Once you get the month started, you’ll find that students are delighted to share poetry they have found.

Off to a Good Start

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icurio offers a broad spectrum of poetry to enjoy, and to begin with, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins offers a poem that suggests how we might approach poetry in classes across the curriculum in “Introduction to Poetry.” Then, to demonstrate to students that poetry is for everyone, use “Americans Saying Poems They Love.” For high school students the Library of Congress site begun by Billy Collins, “Poetry 180” is a great place to find poetry to share.

Some great general collections of poetry can be found at “The Children’s Poetry Archive” and “Josie’s Poems.”

Ideas across the Curriculum

Science teachers have plenty to choose from, as so many poets have written about the natural world. From “PBS: Poetry Everywhere“, you might choose to share Kay Ryan’s “Turtle,” Ted Kooser’s “Daddy Long Legs,” or Charles Simic’s “Stone.”

Two more interesting sources are Karen Glenn’s poem sampler, “Ten Poems to Get You Through Science Class This Year”,  with selections by William Carlos Williams, Christina Rosetti and others, and “30 Days of ‘Quantum Poetry’ Celebrating the Glory of Science”, which offers seven poems by British biologist and poet Joanna Tilsley.

In math class, you might share “Numbers”, by Mary Cornish, or “A Love Poem for Lonely Prime Numbers”, by Harry Baker.

Poetry about sports can help us see more than the play on the field, just as physical education teachers know that they are teaching more than just rules of a game. Poetry Foundation has several collections of sports poetry to share:

Find these resources and more in icurio with the keyword search: April Newsletter

netTrekker and icurio named EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award finalists

Cool Tool Award

This week we learned that both netTrekker and icurio have been named finalists for EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Awards. netTrekker was named a finalist for the “content provider solution” category and icurio is in the running for the “e-learning solution” category. We’re honored to join the distinguished list of nominees for the acclaimed online education publication’s annual awards program.

As more and more school districts shift to digital, they need solutions that truly support teachers and impact students. netTrekker and icurio help make this transformation more manageable by providing easy access to standards-aligned, educator-vetted Open Educational Resources (OER) and tools for building and delivering instruction in a blended learning environment. . We’re thrilled that the education industry recognizes the importance of Knovation’s solutions to truly personalize learning and engage all students.

Stay tuned for the results; the winners are announced on Thursday, March 19. You can view the full list of categories and finalists here.

icurio 1.0 March Newsletter: Ready for the New Season!

Kites: So Much to Learn from Them!

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March 20, 2015, is the first day of Spring! The warmer weather brings many of us outdoors to enjoy the changing season after a long winter of snow and cold temperatures. For many, these activities include flying kites.

Kites are not only a fun activity to do outside but they can also provide a theme to learn and apply math, language arts, science, and social studies skills. This month we will explore several resources that teach students about different types of kites, why they fly, and how they have been used in history.

Elementary – Build, Listen and Learn

Interactive Resource: "The Insect Kite"
Interactive Resource: The Insect Kite
  • Make a Giant Insect Kite – This interactive resource gives step-by-step instructions on building a kite using the items many classrooms already have.
  • Days with Frog and Toad: The Kite – One of the “Frog and Toad” children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. In this story, Frog and his friend Toad spend the day together flying their kite and having lots of fun.
  • TeachEngineering: Will It Fly?– Your students can explore what makes a kite fly through this lesson plan. They will learn about the four forces that affect flight and variables involved in the engineering design of airplane models as they build their own balsa glider.

Middle – Physics and Electricity

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Video: PBS Teachers – Kites
  • PBS Teachers: Kites – Danielle and Jasmin love to fly kites. Through this video, students will learn that kites come in all kinds of shapes and designs. They will enjoy watching Danielle and Jasmin prepare for a kite flying contest as they test a variety of kite styles to see how each will perform.

High – Math and History

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Franklin’s Electricity
  • CK-12 Foundation: Geometry: Kites – Using geometry skills, students can explore why a kite is a quadrilateral, along with other properties of kites and how to apply them.
  • Engines of Our Ingenuity: Franklin’s Electricity – Some research puts Franklin’s electrical work in the scientific and political context of his day. An interesting point of view, one not usually found in comments of Franklin and electrostatics.

Find these resources and more in icurio with the keyword search: March Newsletter.