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Achieving Student Goals with netTrekker

In times where the focus on college- and career-readiness is stronger than ever, there is added value placed on solutions that enhance students’ ability to take ownership of their learning. Digital natives are naturally inclined to use technology for everything in their lives, including learning. In this context, digital content can make a huge difference by allowing students to learn in ways that best fit their learning preferences and styles, increasing motivation and engagement. But, at times, the abundance of digital content all over the web can distract and mislead students instead of engaging and guiding them. netTrekker provides students …

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Super Storms, Icky Illnesses and Wild Winters: Keep on Learning Through it All

Winter Storms

Planning Ahead to Ensure Continuity of Learning Tis’ the season to be prepared. Once again, school districts across the country are determining best practices and guidelines to ensure continuity of learning in their schools in order to prepare for extended student absences due to many different circumstances. These “bad guys” trying to keep learners from their classrooms include viruses, inclement weather and other emergency situations. The United States Department of Education has published multiple recommendations for the Continuity Planning Teams at schools and districts to consider. The DOE suggests a variety of options to provide students at home with class …

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Knovation Joins Ed Tech Companies for Student Data Privacy Pledge

Student Data Privacy

In an effort to build on legal protections and affirm our stance on responsibly handling student data, Knovation signed a K-12 school service providers Pledge to safeguard student privacy. About the Pledge Knovation joins the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Microsoft, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and others in the Student Privacy Pledge, which holds service providers accountable to: •    Not sell student information •    Not behaviorally target advertising •    Use data for authorized education purposes only •    Not change privacy policies without notice and choice •    Enforce strict limits on data retention •    Support …

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Site of the Day

Smithsonian Lemelson Center: Industrial Life: A Game

Oct. 24

What a great way to learn an understanding of the impact of industrialization on all parts of society in the early 19th century!  This game from the Lemelson Center has everything you need to play this board game.  Find the learning objectives, the game board, identity cards, score sheet, and the student activity packet.  The instructions for the game are included in the student packet as are discussion questions that call for reflection about what has been learned from the game.  The glossary defines the important words your students will need to understand this period in history. View source: http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/whole_cloth/u2ei/u2materials/eiAct10.html

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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

October 2014: Getting Girls Excited About STEM

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Develop a Lesson that Gets Girls Excited About STEM Careers If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. First Lady Michelle Obama,  September 26, 2011 Across the nation school districts are placing an emphasis on encouraging young women to study STEM-related subjects.  Knovation takes this responsibility seriously by supporting young women in seeking role models in STEM-related fields of study. We’ve pulled together these icurio …

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netTrekker Newsletters

October 2014: Resources for Encouraging Girls in STEM

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Encouraging Girls in STEM If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. First Lady Michelle Obama, September 26, 2011 Across the nation school districts are placing an emphasis on encouraging young women to study STEM-related subjects. As First-Lady Michelle Obama states, providing a hurdle-free learning environment for women and girls should be a shared mission. Knovation takes this responsibility seriously by supporting young women in seeking …

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