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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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Eating Your Own Cooking – Online Professional Development in Blended Learning Design

Much of my graduate degree was earned via online learning, in one of the first cohorts to earn a degree in educational technology and instructional design via blended learning. Having experienced learning through a methodology that I now use to deliver learning has been an incredible benefit to me, but how important is it that teachers learn utilizing these kinds of methods? Think about it this way…have you ever tried to convince a child to eat his/her vegetables? We can talk about how good they are for us and how good they taste, but if we don’t eat those vegetables …

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icurio 2.0 April Newsletter – Build: Different Angles on Digital Lesson Design

icurio 2.0 helps every educator easily blend curated digital learning resources and instructional design for their own classroom and learners as they build lessons. Though the lesson components are easily created, there are some angles that can help design student-centered, engaging and easy-to-follow learning . Angle 1: Dividing a Lesson into Meaningful Chunks Thinking about your lesson organization gives you the opportunity to provide a logical flow, comprehensive topic coverage and an uncomplicated layout for learners. Lessons are completed through one or multiple activities, which can be structured to address different levels of knowledge, traditional lesson components, unit plan components or …

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icurio 2.0 Feb Newsletter: Using Collections to Support Your Digital Curriculum

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icurio’s Collect features will provide structure and flexibility as you design digital instruction. Click on each image below to see full screen! Just as chefs need to have their kitchen and ingredients organized to be effective at creating culinary masterpieces, educators benefit from having a digital curriculum organization approach as they are creating lessons and activities for their learners. What does your digital curriculum landscape look like? Is it organized around your instructional calendar? Around new learning standards you are addressing? Or around topics you are getting ready to address next in your classroom? Whatever digital resources you are working …

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Introducing the New ENGAGE in icurio 2.0

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Focus on the individual needs of each student at the point of learning. Click on each image below to see a full screen preview of the new icurio 2.0! How do you help students own their learning? If you combine everything they need in one place, provide guidance and feedback right at the point of learning and keep learners engaged in learning activities icurio 2.0 can give students a huge advantage. By understanding what students are thinking and where they are struggling right at the point of learning, educators can push students to develop more in-depth and thoughtful responses throughout …

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Introducing the New BUILD in icurio 2.0

Create personalized activities and lessons for more powerful learning. Click on each image below to see a full screen preview of the new icurio 2.0! As educators are tasked with creating more personalized lessons and activities, there is a need for versatile tools that help them to architect those learning opportunities. The new icurio 2.0 includes a lesson builder that helps teachers easily blend powerful digital learning resources with their own instructional design. Lesson components are quickly constructed and organized to create student-centered learning that is engaging and easy to follow. Streamlined Lesson Layout Tools Building and organizing lessons with …

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Introducing the new COLLECT in icurio 2.0

Save and organize the right resources that fit your students’ needs. Click on each image below to see a full screen preview of the new icurio 2.0! Does your desktop have lots of shortcuts to great resources all over it as you are planning your lessons?  Can you easily get your students to an online resource during instruction?  Let’s look at how to collect great resources from our find efforts in icurio 2.0 and make efficient use of our time to make those collections available to impact learning in all areas of the instructional cycle.   Powerful Visual Organization Tools …

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Introducing the New FIND in icurio 2.0

Explore 360,000+ digital learning resources, all curated and approved by educators. Click on each image below to see a full screen preview of the new icurio 2.0! Click image to view full size. Search Results Over 360,000+ digital learning resources for K-12…yet it is incredibly easy to locate the right one quickly! Our team of expert educators has identified key details for each resource that let you hone in on characteristics that are relevant to you and your learners. Every search result includes a preview of the resource and details to help you understand more about the resource. Details include …

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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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Notice Everything

How much do we notice as we go through a day? What do our students notice and remember about us and what they learn from us? As we prepare them to be college and career ready, maybe we should consider also our impact on making them consideration and compassion ready. One Teacher’s Impact As I reflect on this topic, I’m reminded of a story I heard shared by Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America. Lisa is the wife of Todd Beamer who said, ‘Let’s Roll!’ and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC September 11, …

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