February 2014: The Digital Transformation Valentine Edition: Sweet Resources for Educators!

Educators everywhere are getting to the heart of teaching by driving digital learning transformations in their classrooms and in their profession. This journey is often filled with the need for ideas and opportunities to see how other educators are designing and personalizing instruction for learners. This Valentine’s Day, we are excited to give educators a sweet set of curated resources and tools for transforming learning.

icurio is filled with tools curated especially with teachers in mind…

These include content from national teacher associations, education news sources, professional development, classroom resources, state and provincial educational resources, as well as many other helpful sites for educators.


Sweet Selections include:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Common Core
  • Classroom Environment
  • Project, Problem & Inquiry Based Learning

Finding Teacher Resources in icurio


What kinds of resources will you find in teacher tools? How can those resources help you fall in love with teaching again and again? Click on each Valentine below to see a resource example.

First-Year Teachers

You have survived the first half of the school year: SWEET! Check out this resource to help you finish the year strong!

To find similar resources, check out:

Teacher Tools > Classroom Environment > First-Year Teachers

Common Core

How can I help my elementary students meet the rigor and new literacy demands designed in the Common Core Standards? I need a sweet model.

To find similar resources, check out:

Teacher Tools > Common Core > Common Core Language Arts

Problem-Based Learning

I keep hearing from my colleagues how SWEET Problem-Based Learning is. I want to try it, but I am afraid it will not work, and I’ll lose valuable instruction time. I need lesson plans, models or videos so I can watch this strategy in action.

To find similar resources, check out:

Teacher Tools > Instructional Strategies > Project, Problem, and Inquiry Based Learning

Assessment

Rubrics are a great way to capture performance task requirements for my students. It would be great to have a SWEET resource to help me create rubrics easily and quickly.

To find similar resources, check out:

Teacher Tools > Assessment > Forms of Assessment


Review the Basics in icurio

In case you are curious about how icurio works and would like a refresher, you can watch our video tutorial, Quickly Find Content and Activities to review the basics.


January 2014: Start Them Off Self-Directed

As you begin the new year, perhaps you are reflecting on changes you would like to make in the second half of the school year, like helping your students develop independence and self-direction. Here are a few questions you might ask yourself:

  • Are my students able to discover information in an effective manner?
  • Are my students able to access help resources to understand information, after they have discovered it?
  • Are my students able to think critically about the information they have discovered?

icurio supports self-directed learners to…


–> Sharpen their research skills as they find more effective and relevant resources

Empower your students to find information that is more closely aligned to the work they are trying to get done. Curious?

  • Subject Navigator

    In icurio, resources are organized by school subjects. One way students can target a search is by drilling through subjects, topics and subtopics that best describe or define the concepts or subjects they are looking for. Use the Subject Navigator for this type of search. The Subject Navigator is one of the three exploration tools accessible from the Discover home page.

  • More Search Options

    icurio enables students to refine a search based on: curricular subject, source type (encyclopedia, government, museums, non-profit organizations, etc.), rating, readability, multimedia type (audio, video, interactive, etc.), learning aids (formulas, maps, learning games, etc.), collections, and language. With More Search Options, students can also add or exclude words or phrases from their search.

  • Did You Mean?

    At the top of each icurio Learning Content results page, you will often find a Did You Mean? list. The words or phrases in this list may be useful if your students aren’t certain about the spelling of a search term or are looking for related search terms.


–> Evaluate the resources they find, enabling them to become expert consumers of content

Help students evaluate the resources they find in icurio, enabling them to become expert consumers of digital content. Curious?

Each resource in icurio has a summary of relevant information associated with it, called Content Details, that can help students determine the value of that resource as it relates to their individual needs.

Have your students click on View Content Details below any resources on the Learning Content results page.

  • Author/Publisher/Source Type

    The Author/Publisher field provides the name of the entity that has authored or given access to the site. One way to help validate the reliability of a site’s information is to identify the Source Type (which is listed below the Author/Publisher). For example, sites might originate from governmental agencies, colleges or universities, businesses, non-profit organizations or individuals. This information helps students understand the point of view of the site.

  • Resource Ratings

    These ratings are determined by the educator/evaluator who assessed this resource. All results can be sorted by their overall rating in a Learning Content results page, click here to see how to sort results.

  • Student/Teacher Recommended

    Through the voting process, teachers and students can recommend resources they find especially useful.

    If a site has been recommended by either a teacher or a student, that recognition will be noted to the right of the resource in the Learning Content results list as well as in the Content Details screen for each resource. All results can be sorted by student or teacher recommendations , click here to see how.


–> Understand their own learning preferences as they experience various ways to learn

Help students understand their own learning preferences as they experience various ways to learn. Curious?

As students gain a better understanding of how they learn, they also gain the ability to make better choices about the types of resources they use and they will be able to find more meaningful avenues of assistance to help them comprehend the information.

  • Narrowing Results

    In icurio, the ability to Narrow Results gives students more choices about the specific types of content they wish to see. Students will see menus at the side of any Learning Content results page. These menus make it possible to narrow results by choosing any of the available options, such as quotations, games, maps, video or resources in Spanish.

  • Readability

    Readability is a measure of the relative difficulty of reading written text, usually reported as a numerical value keyed either to a grade level or to a point scale. If students know their reading level, they can easily choose resources that are aligned to that level using the icurio readability score scale. Click

    here to see how.


–> Strengthen their comprehension skills as they interact with icurio’s flexible digital content and tools

Help students evaluate the resources they find in icurio, enabling them to become expert consumers of digital content. Curious?

  • Read Aloud
    The Read Aloud feature in icurio provides text-to-speech functions for all text information in icurio learning content. Students can highlight any text passage withing a resource and they will be able to hear the text read aloud through their computer speakers or headphones. This allows students to hear content that may be more difficult for them to read and/or less engaging in text format. The text-to-speech function also allows students to decide when they need assistance, and it provides privacy for them as they get the help they need while reading (when combined with headphones). The Read Aloud function can be activated from the frame above a website that students have accessed from a Learning Content result.

    When students want to hear text read out loud to them, all they need to do is highlight the text. There is no software to download, and no additional assistance from the teacher is required.

  • Dictionary/Translation Tool

    icurio provides a robust dictionary students can use to find definitions of words they do not understand. Students can also translate words from English to another language, such as Spanish or German. The dictionary is easily activated from the frame above a website that students have accessed from a Learning Content result.


When your students are self-directed, it frees you up to focus on identifying individual needs so you can personalize learning for every student. Partner with your students by enabling them to drive more of their own learning, and you will enhance their ability to succeed in future college and career endeavors. Work together with your self-directed learners to discover new approaches to learning and increase the “fun factor” in your classroom.

Review the Basics in icurio

In case you are curious about how icurio works and would like a refresher, you can watch our video tutorial, Quickly Find Content and Activities to review the basics.



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December 2013: The Content Gift Exchange

The Content Exchange – Giving and Receiving Learning Opportunities

In this season of gifting, Knovation’s Content Team welcomes you to the Content Exchange: Giving and Receiving Learning Opportunities with icurio!

To: icurio Educators, From: Knovation Content Team

At Knovation, our curriculum content team and evaluators are experienced educators who curate incredible collections, like the current events collection and our elementary themes especially for our icurio subscribers. Remember, you can see these collections from the icurio Discovery page within the Subject Navigator.

Current Events Collection

This extremely powerful collection provides engaging learning opportunities in all topic areas. The collection delivers a quick start in the most enticing news, perfect for a hook in different topic areas or providing an authentic informational text reading opportunity. Looking for current events in specific areas? Direct your attention to the space to the left, using the topic navigation, to find more news in more areas like Science news, news from Antarctica, or by states.

Elementary Themes Collection

The Elementary Themes area is a much loved collection for K-6 educators, delivering great thematic resources that lend themselves easily to cross-curricular instruction. From Fossils to Friendship, you will find that these collections capture the hearts and minds of learners, yet bring the kinds of learning opportunities across all subject areas that many educators are seeking.

Dig deeper into any theme to start your discovery – taking the opportunity to note the variety available within the results. Look at the results through different lenses to see the amazing choices available:

  1. By collection, for example the BrainPOP collection – under the collections drop down menu to the left of the result set
  2. By subject, for example Language Arts, Writing Process – under the subject area section to the left of the result set
  3. By characteristic, for example Learning Games – under the learning aides drop down menu to the left of the result set

To: Knovation Content Team, From: Icurio Educators

With every content gift we give, we know we will receive so much back from educators. Partnering with our subscribers to understand how content is being used in learning has helped to shape icurio into the comprehensive digital curriculum content solution that it is today. We encourage feedback about additional content needs and use a collaborative approach to ensure we understand and respond to your specific needs. Our content team constantly reaches out to icurio users to make sure we are supporting the rich learning opportunities in your schools.

Feedback on individual content resources

Contact the content team and give us your gifts, whether they are better key words we can use, helping us improve the relevancy of results or just suggesting resource we need to add.

Use the “report a problem” link directly in the individual piece of content. It’s always in the right-hand corner of your screen. You can choose one of the clarification types or you can provide your own comments. The actual resource is sent to our content team so we know exactly what you are referring to. The content team, in turn, can review it, take it out of circulation, make corrections or retag it for better clarification before restoring it for use.

Use the “contact us” link at the bottom of every page in icurio. There are categories you can choose, or you can use the open feedback field. Simply supply your name and email address and then share. You can ask questions, share feedback, make requests, as it relates to content.

Collaboration with our content experts for content topic help and ideas

When you share with us, we can better understand where we have gaps in our content collections and how we can help educators with additional or improved ways to access content. Feel encouraged to partner with our team and give us feedback about where you need to see content, if you’re having trouble finding content, and how it can be tagged more efficiently to help you access it.

Use the power of the content team for your whole school/district curriculum plan. We know that sometimes understanding the content needs within your district or school can be a challenge – your district curriculum team can work with Knovation’s content team to identify and think about ways to address your specific instructional learning opportunities! Contact your icurio subscription account manager – they can facilitate a collaborative approach with our team.


Review the Basics in icurio

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Happy Holidays From All of Us at Knovation!

November 2013: Digital Citizenship

Supporting Digital Citizenship with icurio

Ensuring students are good digital citizens at home and school can be easy with the right resources. icurio can help you and your students quickly understand the basics of good digital behavior, potential areas for misuse, and how technology can make our lives both richer and more challenging.

What exactly is digital citizenship, and how can we help our students become responsible digital citizens?

“Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.” ( www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html)

The ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for students and teachers address responsible use of technology, effective application of technology to support learning and how we get work done, and more.

Follow the directions below to discover the ISTE NETS related to digital citizenship, and to find icurio content related to those objectives.

1. Click on the Standards tab and Select ISTE NETS

2. Then select ISTE ISTE NETS for Students ⇨ National Educational Technology Standards for Students – 2007 ⇨ (Select the appropriate grade level range, and you will be presented with the Standards or Indicators for those grades.)

3. Continue drilling down through the standards until you reach a place where you see associated topics. Click on the topic of your choice to access content that has been aligned to that topic. If you don’t see a topic that interests you, you can enter a keyword of your own in the search box at the bottom of the page.

When does inappropriate online behavior cross the line and become cyberbullying, and what can you do about it?

“Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.” ( www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbulling/)

It’s important for students to understand online etiquette and consider the emotional, spiritual and, at times, potentially criminal implications of their online behavior. As the number of documented cases of cyberbullying has increased in recent years, a wide variety of resources have been created for educators to help you teach your students how to avoid being a cyberbully and how to appropriately report activity of this nature.

icurio has a variety of excellent resources you can use to teach your students about cyberbullying. On the Discover tab in icurio, enter cyberbullying as your Search term to check out these awesome resources!

What are the possibilities and potential pitfalls of using digital media in our socially connected culture? How can we help our students become responsible digital citizens?

You will find the answers to these questions, along with a plethora of additional resources on digital citizenship, by selecting theMy Content tab in icurio, then selecting the Curios tab, and exploring the content in the Digital Citizenship Resources folder that our content curators created just for you!

Additional Information on Digital Citizenship

To find out even more about Digital Citizenship, you can discover on your own in icurio by entering any of these keywords in the Search box while in the Discovertab: digital citizenship, online safety, digital etiquette. You can refine your content results to your specific subject area, grade level and more!

Review the Basics in icurio

In case you are curious about how icurio works and would like a refresher, you can watch our video tutorial, Quickly Find Content and Activities to review the basics.


Share Your Ideas

Are you ready to create responsible digital citizens in your education community? Please share your story below so we can all learn from each other!

October 2013: Connected Leadership

Use icurio to Connect and Lead with Powerful Content and Curriculum Building Tools

“Teachers who are thinking outside of their classrooms, teachers who take risks inside their classrooms, teachers who aren’t afraid to say they don’t know something, or who aren’t afraid to show what they do know … we loo for those teachers, and we plan around how to develop their skills further so they can lead their colleagues in refining practice and collaborating more effectively.” (Elena Aguilar, Transformational Leadership Coach, Oakland, California. Becoming a Teacher Leader, Edutopia.com)

When you are connecting, collaborating and leading, whether in a single classroom or at the district level, you need powerful resources and tools to support you and help you save time. icurio provides content that will directly impact your learning landscape and allow you to be a leader in the following ways.


Lead professional development or coaching efforts with content that is developed and delivered via the My Content folder (at the school or district level).

A school leader uses My Content to prepare for a staff meeting:

“Teachers, students and parents in our school were struggling with the new challenges posed by liabilities the new technology implementation was uncovering in terms of student safety and responsible use. I created a collection of resources from icurio around digital citizenship and moved it to the school level of My Content. During our staff meeting, we were able to accomplish one group activity around a resource and have content ready for small group discussions around specific issues we were seeing. It was a very efficient way for me to lead the direction of the meeting and get the group to look at ideas and potential solutions.”


Lead with content that will allow you to develop new instructional strategies and enable you to better meet the needs of your 21st Century learners.

On your discover tab page (or home page), click on the Teacher Resources button to view these collections: 21st Century Skills, English Learners, Teacher Tools and References.

When you are teaching a 21st century skill, you’ll want to make sure you are using 21st century content and approaches. Educators can easily find content that is relevant to their students within the Teacher Resources collection at each grade level. For example, the character education results at the Elementary level are much different than those at the High School level. You can click on the grade level tabs to toggle back and forth between results).


Lead by sharing your own content collections with fellow educators at your school or district.

District level expertise can often get locked into larger initiatives and not be accessible to classroom level educators. Your colleagues might have effective approaches to address challenging instructional objectives or unique ways to teach a topic that is less interesting. How can you leverage these valuable resources? You have the ability to curate collections in My Content, and you can add instructional advice you use in delivering the instruction or intended objectives. In this manner, you can take your approaches and translate them into a library of leadership. You can take the curriculum plans that have already been developed by your district’s curriculum leaders and share them with classroom educators. This would give all teachers in your district the opportunity to leverage and personalize the curriculum plan through the district level units in the My Content area.

Example of district level unit resource developed by curriculum specialists:


Check out the basics of how to curate in icurio, and start sharing your expertise today!

If you’re still curious how icurio works, review the basics with the video Quickly Find Content and Activities.

Read our success stories on how icurio is helping one district at a time.

“Please share an example of how you plan to implement any of the ideas in the discussion/comments area below. As we work together and share these stories, we as educators are embodying the true notion of Connected Educator Month!”

September 2013: Be Curios… Cultivate Exploration and Discovery Using icurio Digital Curriculum Content

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney

Be Curious…

Curiosity is a curious thing. The process of exploration, questioning and wondering are integral to the process of learning. We know that students need to be given opportunities to stay curious so they can actively explore and discover to build new understanding.

Developing and nurturing curiosity can have significant impact on driving learners to mastery, as a result of their discovery and exploration. Learning can be viewed as a cycle: achieving mastery in one area leads to new curiosity, discovery, exploration and repetition…which then leads to new mastery in another area.

Curiosity in Your Classroom

Is there a focus on curiosity in your classroom? Have you considered new way for your learners to discover new ideas that interest them or explore subjects they are passionate about? Learners at all levels can benefit from being consistently asked the question, “What do you want to know?” Check out the video below – you may hear things that your learners have been curious about, you may think about how you could help some of these learners find out what they want to know, you may chuckle a little at the endless amount of curiosity we see in kids. You may just find something you want to get curious about in your own classroom!

Student Voice from Knovation on Vimeo.

Cultivate Curiosity with icurio….

Cultivate exploration and discovery using the subject navigator to dive into the depth of content available. Check out some popular explorations and discoveries from our users, like current events and themes.

  • Curiosity within the curriculumDiscover the breadth and the depth of the subject areas and objectives you use in the classroom. Many educators who use icurio for the first time are amazed by the subject navigator – they find new content to explore for areas of their curriculum they had never considered. When you review content in the different curriculum collections, you will begin to see focus points across subjects, modalities and formats that you can investigate further.
  • Curiosity sparked by curated collections by peers
    Educators will be coming together next month for Connected Educator Month (CEM) to encourage connections and collaboration among educators. When collections of resources are curated by peers in your organization and shared within icurio, it creates endless opportunities to explore the approaches and ideas of others. Sharing resource collections helps educators understand the different ways of approaching a topic, and it allows them to easily discover topics that might otherwise intimidate them. Check out the basics of how to curate in icurio, and start sharing today!
  • Curiosity driven by authentic learning leading by real eventsThe current events options in icurio area a great focus for sparking curiosity. Learners have the opportunity to interact with content that highlights real eventsthat are happening in the world. This immediate relevance creates a certain sense of “realness” to what students are learning in the classroom, and that often excites further investigations and discoveries. Check out the current events area in icurio, which includes Breaking News, News Event Analysis, News by Topics, U.S. News (including by state and city), World News (by country) and Featured Articles that have been hand-selected by Knovation’s content curators.
  • Curiosity focused on the connections between past and presentHave you ever checked out a history exhibit at a museum? Wouldn’t it be fascinating to have the ability to further explore something in an exhibit that peaked your interest? What if there was a way to focus on an event, an invention, a famous person, a book or a song and dive into your area of interest to uncover more information? What if you could understand how these different pieces were related in a given time period? The timeline builder in icurio allows learners to uncover information based on exactly what sparks their curiosity. There are many facets of the timeline exploration in icurio that educators and learners are surprised to discover – learn more with this overview from our content team.

Review some of the basics of icurio….

 

icurio Tutorial – Quickly Find Content and Activities from Knovation on Vimeo.

Curious about trying a few of these ideas? Be sure to share your curiosity with everyone below.

At Knovation, we are inspired by the myriad of ways that educators spark curiosity and cultivate it within their students!

January 2013: Learning Content to Start the Year Off Right

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Learning Content to Start the Year Off Right

New year, new instructional approaches – now is a great time to discover and use new content to help your 6-12 grade learners stay on track or get on track for the remainder of the school year. Using SAS® Curriculum Pathways® from icurio is a great place to start. Educators can access customizable, high-quality, interactive content tailored to student’s learning styles. With over 200 interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons and audio tutorials, educators are sure to find a variety of instructional strategies in SAS® Curriculum Pathways® to target higher-order, critical thinking skills and active learning.

About SAS Curriculum Pathways Content

  • Web-based curriculum resources in all the core disciplines – simply perform your topic discovery and personalize for the SAS collection using the SHOW & PERSONALIZE tools on the left in icurio.
  • Customizable, high-quality, interactive content to incorporate into lesson plans – check out all the interactive resources in the SAS collection by entering SAS as your discovery term and NARROW by interactive content in the SHOW & PERSONALIZE tools on the left in icurio.screen1
  • Include a variety of instructional strategies tailored to each student’s learning style – the SAS resources range from interactive guides to reading complex nonfiction texts more effectively to digital lessons and units with complete lesson directions and subject specific tools like the interactive atlas.

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November 2012: Learning in All Languages… Content and Tools for the Diversity at Your Table


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Learning In All Languages…Content and Tools for the Diversity at Your Table

The ELL population continues to grow with some reports estimating that the ELL population has increased to 65% in some schools districts. This diversity means that many students must master a new language, understand a different culture and find ways to tackle grade level content. Teachers must draw on new instructional strategies and methods to support their ELL students. Here are all the helpful ways you can use icurio to find digital content and tools to address the needs of students speaking a wide variety of languages at your learning table.

*Check out a complete overview video at http://vimeo.com/49181871 for more information about icurio.

  • Give learners the opportunity to listen to content using the Read Aloud text to speech function to support and increase comprehension. ( see how this is done )
  • Deliver digital content that drives skill building around reading, writing and communicating in English with the Skill Development area for English Language Learners in Teacher Resources and in the Subject Navigator. ( see how this is done )
  • Access a wealth of resources through the Mulitcultural Pavillion section for English Language Learners in Teacher Resources and in the Subject Navigator to address cultural differences and increase multicultural acceptance. ( see how this is done )
  • Identify resources at an appropriate reading level for ELL students by utilizing the Readability score personalization filter. ( see how this is done )
  • Keep learning moving by providing a translation tool for individual words in context of the content. ( see how this is done )
  • Improve topic comprehension by using readily available digital content in their native language via the language personalization filter. ( see how this is done )

Digital content and tools are also beneficial to support family literacy or support group literacy for ELL/ESL/ESOL learners – increased literacy and learning in the community surrounding a learner dramatically increases student achievement.

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October 2012: Design for the Core… Retooling Your Curriculum with Dynamic Content and Tools


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For many educators the time has come to redesign their instruction to address the new Common Core State Standards. With icurio, dynamic content and powerful learning supports are at your command as you retool existing instructional strategies or discover new ones to address more rigorous standards. Take advantage of the digital content our curriculum team has aligned to CCSS objectives (and your state standards, too) based on both language and intent.

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Finding content to address all your objectives starts with the very first search term, and icurio offers multiple paths to match your style and support your instructional needs.

  • From the Discover or home tab, enter your search term and discover standards in the right side of the comprehensive content results ( see how this is done )
  • From the Standards tab, select your state standards or Common Core State Standards and do a keyword search, or drill down to a specific area within the set to search in context ( see how this is done )
  • From your Standards results page, you can also switch between your state and Common Core State Standards to automatically re-search for the same keyword and grade level ( see how this is done )

    *Remember to log in to icurio to access the resources highlighted below. Check out a complete icurio overview video at http://vimeo.com/49181871 .

Focus your efforts to move your existing lessons and instructional design to reflect the new levels of rigor and diversity of high impact standards…

CONTENT AREA FOCUS: Using more content across more curriculum areas

Any comprehensive results page from any search term will let you look at learning content across multiple curriculum lenses.

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Check out this great list of starter ideas and resources that work well in cross curricular instruction in elementary grade levels.

CONTENT TYPE FOCUS: Using multiple formats and content characteristics to increase learning opportunities

Another way to look at any of your learning content results or even your comprehensive content results is by content types.

Check out all the different ways to refine your results.

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September 2012: Get the Big Picture – Gather the Different Types of Content You Need from a Single Starting Point

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Looking for digital content can be a real challenge! So many questions to be answered. What standards do I need to cover? How do I know what grade the content is appropriate for? Are there images to bring visual connections to my instruction? Are there videos I can use as a hook for beginning a lesson? icurio can help. From the Discover page, one topic search can help you identify powerful learning resources, images, and standards targeted to a concept and provides multiple lenses with which to view content.

*Remember to log in to icurio to access the resources highlighted below. Check out a complete icurio overview video at

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DISCOVER LEARNING CONTENT

Performing a search from the home page in icurio will bring back digital learning content for your topic. Learning content can be accessed via

 

  • Keyword search box
  • Subject Navigator
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In the left column of your content results page, you can easily switch between All Results, Learning Content, Images and Standards for teachers. If you focus on Learning Content only, you can:

 

  • See the entire set of learning content results
  • View and sort by readability, rating and recommendations
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DISCOVER RELATED STANDARDS

The comprehensive content results page also displays up to four standards related to your keyword for your academic level. This area also provides links to additional standards with that keyword.

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DISCOVER TOPIC RELATED IMAGES

icurio’s Image Search offers a quick and easy way to find images to use in lessons, presentations, and other assignments. You can access the first few images for your keyword from the comprehensive content results page. You then have three choices:

 

  • Save Image
  • View Image
  • View More Images
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DISCOVER MULTIPLE CONTENT LENSES

You know best what your students need, so the next step is to personalize your content results using the refinement menus to the left of the content results. These menus make it possible for you to narrow your results by choosing any of the available options. Do you need quotations by a famous American, or perhaps a learning game for a mathematical concept? The Narrow Results menus make it easy to find content within your results that help you personalize instruction for your students.

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