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The Intersection Of Technology And The Common Core Standards

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One area of interest for TeachThought is the intersection of education and technology, and the Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use. Four sample standards from elementary, middle, and high school English-Language Arts appear below...


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New PBS KIDS Series Combines Television and Technology to Make Math Accessible | Office of Innovation and Improvement

New PBS KIDS Series Combines Television and Technology to Make Math Accessible | Office of Innovation and Improvement | college and career ready | Scoop.it

 

As parents and educators seek to develop the next generation of mathematicians, scientists and engineers, one question remains constant: How do we make learning math and science accessible and fun for students? On Wednesday, Nov. 26th, PBS stations will premier ODD SQUAD, the network’s latest contribution to informal math education. A live-action television series, the show is designed to build curiosity and interest in math among early elementary school viewers.

 

The main characters of ODD SQUAD are two young special agents, Olive and Otto, who use math skills and collaboration to solve cases that are, well, odd. Take, for instance, a case involving a one-gallon blob that’s escaped from a science lab and must be recovered. The duo is only able to scoop up small parts at a time, and must use their problem-solving and measurement skills to determine how much of the blob remains.

 

Each week, Olive and Otto, along with their boss, Ms. O, and Special Agent Oscar, will tackle two vexing cases in back-to-back, 11-minute show segments. PBS KIDS, with funding provided by a U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn grant to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is also offering a complementary suite of electronic learning games featuring the ODD SQUAD special agents. Each television episode’s math learning opportunities can be extended through interactive content online and on mobile devices and include games, parent resources, and mobile apps.

 

 

Otto and Olive discuss their next case with their boss, Ms. O, played by 7-year-old actress Millie Davis.

(Photo courtesy of ODD SQUAD© 2014 The Fred Rogers Company)

 

While ODD SQUAD is valuable for introducing math concepts to young learners, its story lines and multiplatform learning opportunities also provide lessons in teamwork, perseverance, and communications — important skills for children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. The “anytime, anywhere” nature of ODD SQUAD’s resources, most free to the public and available across multiple digital platforms, is a hallmark of PBS KIDS and the Ready To Learn efforts. “We are ensuring that no matter where a child is, he or she can be learning,” said Debra Sanchez, senior vice president of education at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in announcing the launch of ODD SQUAD.

 

ODD SQUADis created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman, and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company.

 

Preview the inaugural season of ODD SQUAD here.

 

Ready to Learn is a grant program in the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) in the U.S. Department of Education.

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A New Tool to Search for Images Licensed for School Use ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Tool to Search for Images Licensed for School Use ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | college and career ready | Scoop.it
"A New Tool to Search for Images Licensed for School Use ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning" http://t.co/9aurx21pG4

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Common Core Curriculum Standards - YouTube

Marie Adair, Executive Director of NJASCD, discusses the new Common Core Standards.
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ASCD EDge - Ten Resources To Support a Deeper Understanding of the Common Core State Standards

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Ten Resources To Support a Deeper Understanding of the Common Core State Standards 

In 2014, the Common Core State Standards are being attacked by politicians, parents, business leaders, civic organizations, and religious groups. If you are running for office, take a jab at the Common Core State Standards. It will get a good laugh from the audience and may win a few extra votes. If you are on Facebook, forward one of the hilarious visuals about Common Core Math standards and your post may go viral. Does this mean that the math standards are ridiculous or does it mean that math is being taught differently than it was when you were a child?

It is easy to make jokes about things we do not understand. How many people who claim they are ready to have a standards-burning party have read the Common Core State Standards?

Standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but they help teachers figure out the knowledge and skills their students should have. Standards also help students and parents by setting clear and realistic goals for success. Standards are a first step – a key building block – in providing our young people with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and work. Standards are not the only thing that is needed for our children’s success, but they provide an accessible roadmap for our teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

Early in my career, the Arkansas Department of Education contacted me and asked me to write educational standards for K-12 social studies. When I arrived at the meeting room for one week of standards writing, with teachers from across the state, we were handed standards from Indiana, Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, California, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, and more. By the end of the week, I had reviewed standards from all fifty states. Some states had standards for economics in the sixth grade, while other states had the exact standard in the third grade. I remember thinking, ‘Why would each state write their own standards?’ I have observed in K-12 classrooms and there are different ability levels, but a third grader in Missouri is similar to a third grader in Michigan. When the Common Core State Standards were written and adopted across the United States, I thought it made common sense. Why would every state write similar standards in order to have bragging rights on the most rigorous or well stated standards? As an American, I want all students to graduate from high school prepared for the next level.

While you may laugh about Common Core jokes, the real joke is 50 states competing against each other to write the best standards. When our students enter the world, are they prepared to compete for jobs or do they cross the state line to discover they were prepared with watered-down standards?

  

The Common Core State Standards have transformed teaching and learning. Teachers may not like change, but they support change when it is in the best interests of students. The Common Core State Standards seem to be one thing that is right in education. It is easy to find Anti-Common Core articles. Anti-Common Core articles may be trending the next time you search for the Common Core. Take a moment to read one or more of the articles below to develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards. The standards may not be as bad as you thought.

The following articles address standards, college and career readiness, the role of standards in supporting teaching and learning, and the importance of common standards in the United States.

 

Ten Resources To Support a Deeper Understanding of the Common Core State Standards

1. Getting Curriculum Reform Right
    By Thomas Guskey

2.  What’s the Difference? Standards versus Curriculum
     By Janet Hale

3. I Hate Testing, Not Standards
    By Erik Palmer

4. The Problem is Not the Standards
    By Michael Fisher

5. From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas
    By Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins

6.  Rigor Redefined
     By Tony Wagner

7.  50 States, 50 Standards
     By Diane Ravitch

8.  The Case For Common Educational Standards
     By Jeb Bush and Joel Klein

9.  North Carolina Businesses Have Critical Need For Common Core Success
     By Jim Whitehead, President and CEO of Red Hat, Inc.

10. Common Core: An Educator’s Perspective
      By Steven Weber

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Tuva Labs | Browse Activities, Lessons, or Projects Around Your Curriculum Topics

Tuva Labs | Browse Activities, Lessons, or Projects Around Your Curriculum Topics | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Browse activities, lessons, investigations, and projects around your curriculum topics.

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Useful Resources Helping Teachers Transition to the Common Core

Useful Resources Helping Teachers Transition to the Common Core | college and career ready | Scoop.it

Below are additional resources that Stidham and Schmidt have found to be useful in helping teachers make the transition to the Common Core and in creating lessons that both challenge and engage students.

 

Teachers Pay Teachers—an “open marketplace” where teacher entrepreneurs buy, sell and share the resources they have createdIllustrative Mathematics—a site where teachers collaborate and review math resources./li>Shell Center for Mathematical Education—a site that provides formative assessment lessons used in the Math Design CollaborativeInside Mathematics—offers a “problem of the month” designed to engage entire schools in solving challenging tasksMathalicious—a site with a variety of creative, real-world lessons, such as how the speed of video game consoles has changed over time“Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers” by Penny Kittle“Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement” a book by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman“The Uncommon Core: Where the Authors of the Standards Go Wrong About Instruction—and How You Can Get It Right” a book by Michael W. Smith, Deborah Appleman and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 7, 1:39 PM
  1. No matter the question, an online resource called TuvaLabs is helping students use data to find the answer.
  2. Three Act Math, a set of tasks by Stanford University math education professor Dan Meyer, Stidham’s students learned about quadratic relationships by making predictions about basketball. The students used multiple strategies to understand the meaning of graphs. “They were not just learning and problem solving; they were learning through problem solving,” she says.
  3. Iowa Teacher of the Year Jane Schmidt, from the Maquoketa Community School District, and other mentors in her region have been training teachers on the “gradual release of responsibility” framework, as it is presented in “Better Learning Through Structured Teaching,” by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.
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Coaching Toward the Common Core State Standards

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CCSS creates an opportunity for everyone in the education system to reflect on and make changes in many traditional practices and approaches. This is promising--there's a whole lot that needs to change in order for kids to get what they need, but it's also very scary.


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Common Sense About the Common Core

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Living up to the vision of the Common Core requires focus and coherence. Curricula and technology need to be aligned with the vision, and implemented in ways true to the spirit of sense making described here – including equitable access to the mathematics for all students...

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8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone | college and career ready | Scoop.it
On Twitter, I recently shared an excellent article by Justin Tarte called 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Him/Herself. The first reflection question Justin recommends is:

Who is doing a majority of the talking in your classroom? It’s the person who is doing the majority of the talking that tends to do the most learning, so what is the teacher/student talking ratio in your classroom? If you find yourself always talking more than your students, try and figure out some ways to empower your students so they are more involved in the learning.

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A Framework for Differentiation

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"Differentiation is adjusting and modifying what skills and concepts student learn, what materials the use, and/or how their learning is assessed based on the needs of the students.

Our students are not all the same, so we cannot expect that teaching a lesson one way will reach every student."


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Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 17, 6:57 PM

These differentiation flowcharts will prompt teachers to make good decisions around scaffolding of student learning.  

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, November 17, 7:08 PM

Check out concepts, assessments, and activities for differentiation...

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 25, 8:02 AM

Excellent resources for your teaching and learning environments. Thank you Mayumi for sharing.

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A-Z list of Web 2.0 Teaching Tools

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A-Z list of Web 2.0 Teaching Tools

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 25, 9:31 AM

Bookmark this list.  You will want to return to it often!