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Major Advantages and Challenges of the OER Movement

Digital content has never been so accessible. The burgeoning Open Educational Resources (OER) movement reflects wider trends in the K-12 space–rapid shifts to blended learning and personalized instruction. As we approach another school year, some teachers will navigate the world of OER for the first time while others who have some experience, will begin seriously integrating it as an integral part of their daily instruction.. And for good reason: The benefits of OER are almost as endless as the number of resources themselves. Yet, implementing OER isn’t without challenges. For the uninitiated, we thought it would be beneficial to offer …

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Browser Support Changing For Learning Resources

A small percentage of the resources that Knovation curates rely on the Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI), which is a plug-in that extends the capabilities of browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. NPAPI was developed by Netscape 20 years ago, and was introduced as a way of allowing users to interact with media-rich content, such as videos or simulations. A lot has changed since 1995, and as publishers have gradually moved away from this older technology, so too have browsers. We now find that resources which rely on NPAPI plugins are often slow to load, cause the browser to crash, …

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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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Site of the Day

Braingenie: Components Of Slope-Intercept Form: Overview

08-28-15

The topic of slope has so many meanings and is a vital part of advanced mathematics. From proportional relationships to linear functions to coordinate geometry, slope plays a part in so many topics. This site provides an excellent video overview on the topic of slope. The video explains all of the major components of slope-intercept form and how to calculate each of those. Students learn what slope means along with the meaning and usefulness of the y-intercept.  View Source: http://braingenie.ck12.org/skills/107831  

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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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