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Art and Happiness: New research indicates 4 out of 6 happiest activities are arts-related (!)

Art and Happiness: New research indicates 4 out of 6 happiest activities are arts-related (!) | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

RT @ShermanCymru: Art and Happiness: New research indicates 4 out of 6 happiest activities are arts-related (!"  Not surprising as creativity and learning go hand in hand.

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Maryland teachers prepare for tougher math curriculum under Common Core

Maryland teachers prepare for tougher math curriculum under Common Core | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
Teachers will spend the summer training to roll out Curriculum 2.0 to fourth- and fifth-grade students.
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Teachers are going to find that the depth of learning is going to improve student engagement. 

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Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards

Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
For a supposedly public initiative, the Common Core States Initiative has benefited enormously from the generosity of Bill and Melinda Gates. (Seriously, Bill and Melinda Gates are like their own mini-department of #education.
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How many public initiatives did you want to come exclusively from tax payer dollars?  Aren't we as public employees being encouraged on a daily basis to find alternative means for funding education?

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The Results Are In: Teachers Support Common Core - Foundation for Excellence in Education

The Results Are In: Teachers Support Common Core - Foundation for Excellence in Education | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
@ReadyKentucky: Worth the read: @OhioGadfly: Results are in: 73% of teachers support the #CommonCore! http://t.co/7jM0nPBHtn
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Why? Because it helps students think, ensures literacy across the curriculum and is going to help our students be competitive with other nations. 

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Oh, the places we'll go in 5th grade!: 5th Grade Common Core Math Review Freebies

Oh, the places we'll go in 5th grade!: 5th Grade Common Core Math Review Freebies | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
5th Grade Common Core Math Review Freebies http://t.co/iqOmb24M3u
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Elementary teachers take note! 

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Pam Colburn Harland
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If we are going to advance media literacy, we need to advance the way our students perceive information! Thanks Pam!

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Victor LS's curator insight, February 8, 2013 12:23 PM

An interesting list of academic search engines!Bookmark them!

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:35 PM

The mobile world is expanding. This is good to have information.

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 18, 2013 9:17 AM
Technologie de l'éducation et de l'apprentissage mobile: 12 Fabulous moteurs de recherche universitaires.

De www.educatorstechnology.com -Février 5, 00:16


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines via @eddebainbridge http://sco.lt/...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Maps and Common Core

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Maps and Common Core | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
I love Richard Byrne's blog, and how he directly connects technology to the standards. Nicely done in this article.
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Bandwidth Demands Rise as Schools Move to Common Core

Bandwidth Demands Rise as Schools Move to Common Core | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"Putting online testing in place in 46 states and the District of Columbia will require technology capacity not currently available in many school districts...."This is where our schools are going to struggle to meet the needs of their learners, while meeting the demands for accountability.

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Governor’s Proposed Professional Training Matching Grant Program Great Timing for Common Core / Foundation for Florida's Future

"Governor’s Proposed Professional Training Matching Grant Program Great Timing for Common Core (Governor’s Proposed Professional Training Matching Grant Program Great Timing for Common Core http://t.co/38lqqluW...)..." We need something similar in NH!

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WestEd: Common Core: An Uncommon Opportunity for Low-Performing Students

"This article was first published in WestEd's R&D Alert, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2012. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted by 45 states so far, provide an opportunity to change education practices ... " This is how I engaged my teachers.  I explained why the CCSS are a sea change that will be helpful for all students not just the top or the bottom.

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50 Important Links for Common Core Educators | Digital Delights for Learners

50 Important Links for Common Core Educators | Digital Delights for Learners | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"Many teachers still have a lot of questions about what Common Core will mean for them; these resources are a good place to look for answers..." What an excellent resource for teachers and administrators! It's nice to have these gathered in one place.

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New Tool to Provide Tech Inventory for Common Core

New Tool to Provide Tech Inventory for Common Core | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"Readiness tool to pinpoint tech deficits as schools prepare for common core online assessments." Now that we know most schools have cobbled together technology and limited strength in their technology plans, what are we going to do about it?

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- Manipulative Math Apps for the iPad to meet the Common Core Standards

"The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators." This article focuses on math apps for the ipad to help students become skilled in mathematics. I'm going to check them out right now!

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P21 Common Core Toolkit - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

P21 Common Core Toolkit - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"A Guide to Aligning the Common Core State Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills Get the P21 COMMON CORE TOOLKIT     Download Center..." A must for all teachers and curriculum leaders.

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What will students read under Common Core?

What will students read under Common Core? | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
What is on the Obama administration’s recommended reading list for K-12? As grade levels increase, the focus of reading material shifts from literature to informational text.
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Well I wondered when these people would  start crawling out from under their rocks! Obama has nothing to do with the Common Core State Standards, these were developed by the states for the states.  This is not a "federal" initiative.  The impetus comes from business and industry's recommendations to our Council of Chief State School Officers and Governors. 

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Statistical Errors Keep 4700 K-3rd Students From NYC 'Gifted' Programs - Slashdot

Statistical Errors Keep 4700 K-3rd Students From NYC 'Gifted' Programs - Slashdot | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
alostpacket writes "The New York times reports that statistical scoring by the standardized testing company Pearson incorrectly disqualified over 4700 students from a chance to enter gifted / advanced programs in New York City schools.
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This is the stuff we have to worry about. Making sure our test scores accurately reflect what children know and are able to do. 

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Common Core Standards & B F Skinner’s Race To The Top

Common Core Standards & B F Skinner’s Race To The Top | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
Common Core Standards & B F Skinner’s Perfect Laboratory-Race To The Top (Common Core Standards & B F Skinner’s Race To The Top: http://t.co/O2pczdprjy)...
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Where do I start? Well let's talk about the "dummed down standards"  and your suggestion that these "narrow" standards are all that is going to be taught...each state has the option of adding up to 15% of their current standards to the CCSS. In addition to that, you clearly haven't read the standards, they are far from dummed down. I bet you never moved as a child...changing standards and learning expectations from state to state. my suggestion, read the items you are carping about before sharing what is clearly faulty thinking. 

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What Is Missing in the Common Core Standards? - Whole Child Education

What Is Missing in the Common Core Standards? - Whole Child Education | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education. (RT @ibpyp: What is missing in the Common core standards?
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I actually like the IB program.  But I think Common Core State Standards are going to be a huge step in the right direction for our country.  Our children need to have the fundamental tools that are stressed in these standards.  Does that mean we should only concentrate on literacy and math? No. We still need to be certain that our students are getting what they need from the arts and sciences. Art and Science help them with creativity and innovation. Having common standards in the areas of math and english language arts however, standards that get our students ready for work and college, I believe is essential for their success.

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Teacher: Common core to bring more mature books to schools

Teacher: Common core to bring more mature books to schools | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards likely will mean that the more mature books being taught in class will be challenged by parents and others, Colorado high-school teacher Jessica Keigan writes in this blog post.
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I agree.  We already have a law in New Hampshire that allows parents to request alternative material for their student.  We have students who struggle with the texts we choose now...

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Retooled Textbooks Aim to Capture Common Core

Retooled Textbooks Aim to Capture Common Core | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"Basal readers rely more on analysis and documentation and less on students’ personal experiences."  When we think about the Common Core State Standards, instead of retooling and teaching to the test, what we need to do is understand how to relate the content that they have to the standard.

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Are You Tech-Ready for the Common Core? | Teach-ologies

Are You Tech-Ready for the Common Core? | Teach-ologies | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"Many school districts are worried that the standards' requirement for online testing is pushing them over the brink of their technological capacity. (Are You Tech-Ready for the Common Core?".... This is a major problem for those of us that were eligible for E2T2 grants and are no longer able to get those to support technology integration in our school districts.

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Writing with Google Docs: Foster Collaboration & Creation (While Addressing Common Core)

Writing with Google Docs: Foster Collaboration & Creation (While Addressing Common Core) | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"At ISTE, I had the pleasure of presenting in the Google theatre on Writing with Google Docs. It was a short presentation aimed at demonstrating how educators can use Google Docs to foster writing in its various stages."  Love this! Caitlin gives almost a step by step guide for teachers who are thinking about implementing Google Docs for collaborative writing. Nicely done!

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Tch This Week: Let's Focus on Common Core (Teaching Channel) | Common Core Oklahoma

Tch This Week: Let's Focus on Common Core (Teaching Channel) | Common Core Oklahoma | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"Teaching Channel videos to explain the major shifts in CCSS mathematics: 1--Focus; 2--Coherence; 3--Rigor (3 major shifts in mathematics.Tch This Week: Let's Focus on Common Core (Teaching Channel) | @scoopit http://t.co/vrk8TyjP.." Nicely written article on the videos that explain why CCSS Mathematics are better for students.

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Can Common Core Turn on the Math and Science?

Can Common Core Turn on the Math and Science? | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"I worry that with the Common Core Standards focus on mastering skills through repetitive practice, students will never learn to find their own solutions to chemistry or geometry problems." I understand the concern, but believe that repetitive practice is essential for learning.  When you consider that learning a new language requires the user to repeat and use a a word 100 times in order to be fluent, what we are doing with math is giving students fluency in the language of mathematics. Being fluent, allows you to become creative...You wouldn't try to write a Haiku in Japanese, unless you were fully fluent in the language would you?

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Commentary: Creating conditions for Common Core | EdNewsColorado

Commentary: Creating conditions for Common Core | EdNewsColorado | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

"Teacher Mark Sass says teachers can implement Common Core Standards successfully if they and district administrators create the right conditions." Finally someone who gets that the adults in the room need differentiation too.  Please share this with administrators everywhere.

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Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan to start new chapter in electronic publishing

Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan to start new chapter in electronic publishing | Common Core (CCSS) | Scoop.it

As we move to digital textbooks it's going to be important to watch our global counterparts to see how they handle these changes. The Common Core was based in part on what we learned from countries like Japan.

 

"The Establishment Office of Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan on Thursday announced the launch on April 2 of a new company,… (RT @roncaglia: Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan to start new chapter in electronic publishing ‹ Japan Today..."

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