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

Nobel Prize Day

Nobel Prize Day

Nobel Prize Day is December 10th.  Nobel Prizes are awarded annually for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature. Check out this resource to learn about the current winners including Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for creating a new style of music. Find out why Alfred Nobel created the Prize; learn about any of the recipients since 1901! Read about the “Women Who Changed the World” and the youngest Nobel Laureate ever, who was only 17. In the Educational section, check out the educational games; try the Blood Typing Game to learn about human blood types and blood transfusions or The Diabetic Dog Game, where you take care of a dog with diabetes.

See more at http://www.nobelprize.org

PBS LearningMedia: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks Day (12/1)

December 1st is the day to celebrate “The Women Who Changed a Nation” and “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”. These honorable titles are attributed to Rosa Parks. In honor of Rosa Parks Day, watch an interview with Rosa Parks as she describes her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Support materials for teachers are included, such as background information, discussion questions, and a student handout.

See more at https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/iml04.soc.ush.civil.parks/rosa-parks/.

Native American Heritage Month (November)

Native American Heritage Day (11/24)

November is a month to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. With this website you can take a virtual tour of eighteen totem poles along the Totem Trail is Sitka National Historical Park. Click through exhibits and collections from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the World Digital Library. Watch videos of Native American speakers, look through teaching resources, and view a collection of images. This multimedia resource celebrates the history, art, and tradition of Native Americans both past and present.

See more at http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/.

History of Western Philosophers

World Philosophy Day (11/16)

Follow the links on this website to learn all about Western Philosophy. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy contains information about Plato, Aristotle, and various ideas of thought. Then move onto Early Modern Philosophy with the Renaissance, Descartes, Locke, and more. Recent Modern Philosophy includes the Enlightenment, Kant, Idealism, and Pragmatism among other things. And, finally, Contemporary Philosophy ideas including existentialism, Postmodernism, feminism, and more. Other links also include a dictionary, study guide, timeline, logic, and more in this comprehensive introduction to Western Philosophy. So whether you’re just getting started or want to learn more, this resource will be exactly what you are looking for.

See more at http://www.philosophypages.com/hy/index.htm.

Sesame Street: Games

Sesame Street Day (11/10)

Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many more characters as you find your way to Sesame Street. Celebrate Sesame Street Day, November 10th, by playing games that reinforce the colors, shapes, letters, sounds, and basic math concepts. Additional links to videos and art will provide an opportunity to fully observe the show that first broadcasted in 1969 by the Children’s Television Workshop. The Sesame Street Day will bring the importance of early childhood education back to the forefront, along with the fully immersed values in arts education, play, and healthy choices in each activity.

See more at http://www.sesamestreet.org/games#media/game_1d5fc163-c225-42da-bb59-75e763ba038f.