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District Administration Top 100 Products

Every year, District Administration magazine releases a list of district leaders’ Top 100 K-12 favorite products. The nation’s top K-12 leaders submit hundreds of enthusiastic testimonials throughout the year, and the magazine’s editorial board carefully narrows down the list based on the quantity and quality of these testimonies. In 2014, DA received more than 2,400 unique nominations – a record-breaking number! The use of technology in school districts has experienced tremendous growth in all areas – from access control to audio-visual tools, from learning management and assessment platforms to instructional solutions. In addition, the number of players within each one …

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Curation Networks: Collaborating Across Regional Education Agencies

It is an unprecedented time in education for collaboration.  Teachers’ desire to leverage knowledge, resources and tools across larger groups can be seen every time a regional conference is held. Teachers swarm together to learn from each other and share their experiences. I often hear the cry, “How can we sustain this learning?  How can we stay connected and keep collaborating?” I often see regional or area education agencies stepping in to sponsor conferences, sessions, learning opportunities and even providing some connectivity to the group through their services. How can regional organizations help connect educators within their specific regions and …

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Impressions from My Visit to Mooresville

Mooresville’s 5th Grade Class  After almost 3 years working at Knovation, I was invited to join the team in attending one of the Digital Conversion Site Visits to Mooresville Graded School District – a.k.a. Mooresville. The van to the NC district would leave early on Wednesday and would not get back until late Thursday, providing me a lot of time to bond with my fellow coworkers As tiring as the trip sounded, I always try to embrace any opportunity to listen first-hand to what customers say about their challenges and solutions to those challenges, as well as to see with …

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Site of the Day

EarthSky: EverythingYou Need to Know: December Solstice 2014

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I guess the first thing you need to know about the December solstice is when it occurs.  This year it will occur on December 21.  Actually it occurs at the same time for every place on earth.  There is a chart that you can use to find out what the exact time is where you live.  See a diagram of the tilt of the earth on the winter solstice and watch the earth rotate showing sunlight on the earth on that day.  This site has many questions that you might wonder about along with the answers, so you won’t have …

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Professional Learning

Benjamin SD 25 Partners with Knovation for Digital Conversion

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Benjamin School District 25 is a small suburban district located approximately 30 miles west of Chicago, Illinois. Benjamin’s vision is “Achieving high levels of excellence in academics and supporting students in developing 21st century skills such as collaboration and problem solving.” Knovation is working with Benjamin to help them fulfill their goals, as students and teachers return to school for another productive and fun year of teaching and learning! Launch of New 1:1 Program As Benjamin School District 25 officially launches their conversion to a 1:1 blended learning environment at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, the teachers participated …

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icurio Newsletters

December 2014: Understand and Celebrate Winter Across the Curriculum

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Winter-Related Resources in the Core Subject Areas The word “winter” creates different images for each of us. Some think of sledding, hot chocolate, and navigating snowy roads. Others remember gray skies, reading by the fire, or just being cold. Whether you love winter or really dislike everything about it, there are many opportunities to use icurio’s resources to help your students understand and celebrate the season with winter-related resources in the core subject areas. Elementary – Exploring Seasons eBook: The Ice and Snow Book Get Ready for Winter – This non-fiction reading passage and question set from ReadWorks introduces the …

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netTrekker Newsletters

December 2014: Resources to Bring the Wonders of Winter into Your Lessons

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Winter’s Wonders What kinds of memories do you have of last year’s winter season? Do you live in an area that experienced so many Snow Days that you had to make days up to fulfill your state’s requirements? Or do you live in the West where you spent the winter wondering if it would ever rain again? Last year brought extreme conditions across the country, but this year might be just the kind of winter you are hoping for (whatever that may be). No matter what the next three months bring, though, it’s a sure bet that winter will slip …

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