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Knovation and NWEA: Closing the Assessment-Instruction Loop

Knovation is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™), a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for its flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). For years, users have requested NWEA for the ability to get more frequent information on student progress and to access a more granular picture of the skills that need support in order to meet the expectations of rigorous college- and career-readiness standards. NWEA has responded to this request by creating Skills Navigator — an online classroom assessment system that quickly and accurately measures student skills in math, reading, and English …

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Technology-enabled Personalized Learning Summit Report

Personalized learning is a comprehensive educational approach that puts students at the center and engages students when, where, and how to best meet their unique needs and interests. Summit participants recognize the central human element of teaching and learning and view technology as a teaching force multiplier and a learning accelerator that can enable more efficient and effective use of learning time. Last year, over 100 education leaders attended the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning (TEPL) Summit hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with Digital Promise, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and …

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April Market Showers Bring UDL Flowers

One of the panel presentations and discussions at the May 2015 Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Education Industry Summit, focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). During the panel, some recent, noteworthy mentions of UDL in the marketplace were shared. Like UDL “market showers” released in April 2015, they caused May to become the perfect time to share the beauty of their blooms, brightening the opportunities for all learners. The First Shower An article by Kim Greene titled “The Growing Case for UDL”, featured in the Spring 2015 edition of Scholastic Administrator. What I particularly liked about this article …

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Site of the Day

Smithsonian Institute: Zoo Labs

06-30-15

Taking a trip to the zoo this summer? Take your trip to the next level and become a scientist! Using these inquiry-based experiments, students can observe primates. There are five labs that explore primates’ locomotion, communication, mother-infant interaction, general behavior, and dominance and submissive behavior. By following the step-by-step procedure in the lab, students can make conclusions about how the primate moves, communicates, and interact with other members. Remember to bring your lab notebook to take notes of your observations. View Source:http://anthropology.si.edu/outreach/Teaching_Activities/edzoolab.html  

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Professional Learning

KVEC Is Back for Professional Learning!

We love to have our customers in our office, so we were thrilled to welcome our friends from KVEC back last week for another great session of Professional Learning. Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), a non-profit educational support agency comprised of 19 LEAs that provide services to member district schools in Eastern Kentucky, has selected Knovation to support and guide its conversion to digital content. Since last January, KVEC has been using icurio to foster modern, digital learning initiatives across multiple school districts. KVEC its teachers by providing access to valuable Professional Learning that supports maximum usage and impact of …

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icurio Newsletters

icurio 2.0 May Newsletter – Find: Learning Resource Types to Target Specific Learning Opportunities

icurio’s resources are tagged and contextualized by a team of highly qualified educators with extensive experience around digital learning and educational content. Every resource found in icurio goes through a 127-point certification process that includes resource contextualization by using Learning Resource Type (LRT) tags. LRTs help users target their results for the intent or essence of a resource, describing its primary intent. Targeting a Set of Resources Search for “Angles”: Results for Learning Resource Types  Any time you use the Find feature in icurio, you will receive a set of resources relative to the keyword(s) you have used in the search …

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netTrekker Newsletters

May 2015: Summer Fun – Learning in the Sun!

As the days grow warmer and the sun shines longer, schools often wind down their learning plans. But we all know that learning never stops. Kids may not be in the formal classroom setting, but their learning opportunities continue. So, instead of treating summer break like a break from learning, we can embrace opportunities that present themselves. There are plenty of ways to get creative about summer learning. Here are some ideas to help warm up to new learning during the summer months. Summer Learning Tips for Parents: general tips for parents, highlighting the importance of keeping kids intellectually stimulated …

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