Back to School 2017 with netTrekker

Welcome back from summer break!

As we start the 2017-2018 school year, know that Knovation’s teachers have worked over the summer to ensure that the the Knovation Content Collection and the netTrekker application are “back to school” ready.

Content Updates

On a  quarterly basis, Knovation publishes Content Matters, a report summarizing recent updates to our Content Collection including types of content and highlighting certain publishers. Following are recent reports:

Watch for the Back to School 2017 issue in early October:

netTrekker Integrations

As we work with Districts, one big challenge their teachers and students face today when using technology is the fatigue caused by jumping between applications (passwords, usability, practicality). Search no more as netTrekker integrates with Google Classroom, and today’s leading learning management systems, Canvas and Schoology ensuring that teacher-curated, quality content is easily accessible for lesson planning, teaching and learning.

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

Back to School 2017 with icurio

Welcome back to school!

Between trips to the pool, fireworks,Ai?? 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,Ai?? you probably have standards or skills that you use frequently, and rarely change during the course of the school year.Ai?? 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.

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Knovation Newsletter: Back to School – Using OER to Reach All Students

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Returning to a new school year is an exciting time for teachers. The new academic year is a fresh start for many educators and this includes both the joy of being back in the classroom and the new challenges to master. One of the challenges is finding the way through a new curriculum to support instruction and, in many cases, a digital learning focus in technology-rich classrooms. This can be an overwhelming task, but with access to the Knovation collection of educator-curated digital resources—via netTrekker or icurio—this challenge becomes a creative adventure.

Knovation’s Open Education Resources (OER) collection provide teachers with many unique learning opportunities that foster differentiation with a variety of resources on a particular topic, giving students choices and appealing to a wide range of learning styles.

One of these opportunities is the easy access to primary and secondary sources, which gives students a better understanding of historical perspectives and promotes literacy within the social studies subject area.

“My students could easily research primary and secondary sources to develop their claim and find supporting evidence when writing an argumentative paper on the justification of child labor. They found excellent resources such as Child Labor in America: 1908 – 1912: Investigative Photos of Lewis Hine , The Victorian Web: Child Labor, and International Labor Office: Child Labor (Video). I know that the OER collection from Knovation will provide quality, credible, and relevant resources every time! This way, my students will spend less time searching for good resources and will spend more time analyzing the information to develop arguments for their paper. “

8th Grade Social studies teacher

 

August 2014: Happy New School Year!

Happy New School Year!

Soon there will be the familiar sounds of students echoing through your halls. Are you READY? Never fear, icurio offers the best back to school digital resources for experienced teachers, first-year teachers and students

You can teach experienced teachers new tricks! Below are digital resources to assist you in drawing your very own seating chart, helpful hints concerning classroom discipline and strategies to set the right tone for a very rewarding and productive school year.

  • Class Set-Up tool is a new, easy-to-use, virtual layout tool that helps you design customized and effective classrooms to promote learning. Use this tool to rearrange and set-up mock classrooms, and map out virtual seating
  • Lesson Plan: 7 Great Activities for the First Day of School. Get to know your students – and help them get to know each other – by creating time capsules, playing a game of “guess who,” and more.

Every teacher remembers the first year of teaching — the nervous jitters, the anxiety of waiting for your first class to arrive and the exhausted (but rewarding) feeling at the end of most days!  Knovation understands that first-year teachers can be overwhelmed, so we have collected and organized an entire resource library dedicated specifically to guiding new teachers.

Two resource collections we recommend for daily teaching tips and inspiration are the Teaching Channel New Teacher Survival Guide and the Best Year Ever tip series by Bill Cecil.

  • New Teaching Survival Guide. The teacher survival guide video series is a collection of videos that focus on planning, differentiating instruction, and using technology in the classroom.
  • Best Year Ever! Top 100 Videos. The B.Y.E. Top 100 video series is a collection of free, upbeat videos (each under five minutes) that focus on classroom management, team building, and leadership.

The first day of school for students is a mixture of nervousness and excitement. The anticipation of seeing their friends and wondering who they are going to sit with at lunch is the top priority for most students. icurio has student survival guides to help alleviate these fears.

  • Teens: Back to School. Includes sections on First-Day Mania, Emotions, Making Your Way Through the Lunchroom, Having a Brain Brain?, Ahh-choo! What to Do? and Survival Tips.
  • What to Do if You Don’t Like School (for kids). Includes sections on Signs of School Stress, Why Do Some Kids Dislike School?, Finding Help and Feeling Better About School.