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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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Joy Spotting

As I am reflecting on all the teachers I appreciate for Teacher Appreciation Week, I feel blessed. In our work here at Knovation, we get a chance to experience the great joy that comes from working with creative teachers that are transforming learning in their classrooms. This led me to think, what can I do to show appreciation for teachers in my life and as I am working with them? It seems to me that as educators, we have a good sense of what transformation looks like and good guidance on coaching through the professional work we’ve done, are we …

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May 2014: License 2 Learn Over the Summer

Increase your impact as an educator and gain even more value from your netTrekker subscription by creating engaging and fun learning opportunities for your students and families over the summer! How can netTrekker help? Remediation Enrichment Professional Learning Remediation Simply delivering instruction and hoping all learners master the concepts doesn’t make the grade. You can organize netTrekker’s fresh, engaging content into your own personal folders with netTrekker’s My Portfolio feature. Combine this with your favorite instructional strategies to help all learners succeed! Use My Portfolio to… Collect learning games to close the gaps where your learners have skill deficits. Use your …

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May 2014: 4C’s from icurio

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Avoid the pitfalls of procrastination by enlisting the four C’s to proactively find, refresh, and reinvent your curriculum over the summer. icurio’s combination of rich content, curation tools and collaboration/connection opportunities, can take you from  prepping to prepared for back to school. Use fresh learning opportunities to heat up last year’s curriculum Find new ideas and new approaches to challenges presented by Common Core objectives Provide opportunities for educators to connect to colleagues, students and parents with learning content Content icurio’s learning resource library is continuously updated and maintained to deliver the best digital content, so teachers and students can …

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April 2014: Renew & Grow: Fresh Learning Opportunities for Special Learners

Renew and Grow: Fresh Learning Opportunities for Special Learners Spring is a time to anticipate new life. Let icurio help you discover new life around learning for all of your learners. No matter what challenges learners are facing districts can continue to help students acheive results and mastery by using icurio’s powerful digital content and tools to provide different ways of learning. icurio can help in the following ways: Renew engagement and the hope of knowing with learning opportunities that capture the hearts and minds of special learners. With resources in various types of media, students are able to access …

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April 2014: Raising Reading Scores

Common Core State Standards & Impact on Literacy Using netTrekker’s comprehension support tools, you can impact mastery in all subjects and increase the amount of information your learners can process through reading. Raise scores and the love of reading! Read Aloud – Text to Speech Functions When you want to hear a piece of text, simply scroll across the text to highlight it. netTrekker’s Read Aloud feature will play the passage. There is no software to download, and no other user intervention is required. This feature is available for all information on netTrekker pages and for text on web resources …

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A Focus on Two Special Learners

April is Autism Awareness Month – How do we build agency in these special learners? Are we considering how special learners…. process visual information? process auditory information? process text based resources? engage with learning based on one type of input? respond to different learning management environments and approaches? are motivated and equipped to work through their learning struggles themselves? Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks (including the Empire State Building), hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, …

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March 2014: Bringing Order to Disorder: Specially Designed Instruction for Specially Designed Learners

As educators, you work with learners who have abilities at every level. Empowering all students (especially those who have special learning needs) with resources to personalize learning, does not have to be a challenge. netTrekker has a wealth of resources to support your entire spectrum of learners that can help to bring order and remove barriers to learning. Specially Designed Instruction for Specially Designed Learners According to Kauffman & Hallahan, specially designed instruction is defined as involving intensive, relentless, structured, appropriately paced instruction, in small groups (Kauffman & Hallahan, 2005). netTrekker is specially designed to support students across the learning …

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March 2014: Poetry in Motion: Reconstructing Poetry to Engage Learners

April is National Poetry Month! Poetry can be a challenge for all learners, especially struggling readers, but icurio provides you access to rich imagery and ideas that can inspire learners to develop literacy skills. How can icurio help you create new meaning and different forms of engagement for learners through the use of poetry? icurio offers powerful collections and literacy support tools that allow you to reinvent and reconstruct poetry for all learners … Give learners support for the basic building blocks of poetry Incorporate poetry into all subject areas Reformat text to engage all types of learners Help learners …

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Feb 2014: We Love Teachers: Teacher Tools and Resources

We value educators and are committed to making sure they have great tools to support the important work they do for students. netTrekker is filled with tools collected especially with teachers in mind. These include links to national teacher associations, education news sources, professional development, classroom resources, and state and provincial educational resources, as well as many other helpful sites for educators. Areas that are popular right now include (click on the comic to check out that area in netTrekker – be sure to log in): Teacher Tools To access Teacher Resources, click on the Browse (A) tab on your …

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