March 7, 2014 As most of you know by now, we spent a great deal of time over the past several months aligning apps to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
"...after aligning about 400 educational apps (we only align those apps that earn a letter grades of A-C according to our review criteria) and spending many hours getting to know the standards. And here are the highlights of what we have learned:
1- The standards are a set of performance descriptions, not a curriculum.
2- The standards do require more advanced skills for grade level.
3- There are very few high quality instructional apps that align to the high school standards.
4- Sometimes there are performances in an app that aren’t designated in the standards as you would expect.
5- Having the ability to search by standard helps teachers, even if they are not required to align to CCSS.
"The point is we need to be focusing on teaching reading—reading everything, all sorts of genres and from all sorts of media. We need to make sure that students at all levels are exposed to exciting age-appropriate non-fiction texts as well as to challenging age-appropriate literary texts. In other words, we need to help students learn to find meaning in texts."
"A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccurring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?""
"This survey, titled “Middle School Teachers’ Perceptions of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Related Assessment and Teacher Evaluation Systems,” is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and builds on a previous survey, “Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Middle School Mathematics Teachers’ Perceptions,” conducted in February 2013 and released earlier this summer."
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"A couple of days ago I posted here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning about iPad apps for playing math games and I received several other suggestions of new apps which I will compile in a new list to be published this week. One of the readers has also sent me a link to this wonderful symbaloo page full of math web games for young kids. It features over 40 math games covering a wide range of mathematical topics including : "counting, sorting, matching, and number identification". This resource is first shared by Mattbgomez which is one of my favourite edtech blogs."
Dr. William Schmidt today released key conclusions from his research detailing how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics can potentially improve the performance of U.S. students if implemented appropriately. In an event co-sponsored by Achieve, Chiefs for Change and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Dr. Schmidt presented a briefing on his work: Common Core State Standards Math: The Relationship Between High Standards, Systemic Implementation and Student Achievement. Download the PowerPoint.
Universal Design for Learning from CAST is for all learners and how it maximizes learning for all learners to become expert learners..
UDL drew upon neuroscience and educational research to design learning environments based on the UDL principles: Multiple means of representation Multiple means of engagementMultiple means of action and expression
The official online home of the Common Core State Standards (www.corestandards.org) , has taken on a new appearance. The site has been refreshed in order to make it easier for all visitors—including parents, educators and policymakers—to obtain clear and accurate information about the Common Core.
The refreshed version of CoreStandards.org includes an introductory video to the standards, a section specifically for parents and a dynamic state map that directs visitors to information about the implementation efforts currently underway in each state.
The “architect” of the recent changes to the SAT’s is also known as the “Architect” of Common Core and critics feel that the recently announced changes will pave the way for forcing local school districts to change their curriculum after all.