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.

See more at https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Anthony-Susan-B.

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.

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  • 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)!

See more at http://www.wxdude.com/singalongcompanion/forecasting/index.html

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

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!


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