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2014 Digital Learning Awards Winners Announced

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Congratulations to the Top 100 Districts 2014 Digital Learning Awards Today we announced the recipients of the 2014 Digital Learning Awards, which honors the top 100 school districts using digital resources to enhance their classroom experience. The program honors districts across the country using netTrekker to deliver educator-vetted, standards-aligned digital resources to every student and teacher in their district. Knovation congratulates these 100 school districts for their outstanding commitment! The list was broken out by small-, medium-, and large-sized districts. View the Full List The top three school districts in each enrollment category include: Large-Size Districts (more than 25,000 student …

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Voice from the Field: One Teacher’s Journey to Implement Standards-Based Grading

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Rachel Porter, Cincinnati Christian Schools We are pleased to feature this guest post from Knovation customer Rachel Porter. Rachel is a Junior/Senior High English Teacher at Cincinnati Christian Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. Being an effective educator can have some serious obstacles. One of the greatest challenges I have, one that affects my effectiveness in the classroom, is GRADES. Now, stay with me here. Over the past three years, I have been slowly making the transition to running my classroom in a standards-based manner. This means that the purpose of my grades is simply to communicate to students and parents what …

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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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Site of the Day

Division of School Improvement: Give and Read Multi-Step Directions

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We all like to give directions, but how precise and effective are they?  This lesson plan asks students to learn how to be clear and concise in giving instructions to complete a complex task.  Included are two handouts that show students how to format their directions by showing them step by step how to draw a cat’s or dog’s head. The instructions for the teacher for the learning activities are clear, questions are provided for students to think about, and in the end, students learn to think about how they express themselves, and how they solve problems. View source: http://web.archive.org/web/20100527184153id_/http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/ModelCurriculum/Challenge/lesson_one.htm …

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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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