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How compatible are Common Core and technology?

How compatible are Common Core and technology? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Technology is in every room at P.S. 101 in Brooklyn — it’s even in the hallways. Scan the QR code with your phone outside of the fourth-grade classroom of co-teachers Vanessa Desiano and Jamie Coccia and a video will pop up of a student giving a history presentation on early explorers. Step inside, and fourth-grade students are working together to discover the themes of chapter 13 in their latest book, The Birchbark House, and typing what they find on iPads.


“People have this fear that if you put technology into a classroom, kids will just be staring at computers,” said Principal Gregg Korrol. “But this class is using technology to engage each other directly in learning.”

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How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core

How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

At a time when many teachers and parents (and students!) can feel overwhelmed by the seeming overabundance of standardized tests and educational standards more generally, it falls to the teacher to help the students and parents understand how all of this fits into the larger picture of what students will need to know and be able to do to be successful in the future. This means helping them understand how educational standards fit into 21st century learning, a concept that to many seems contradictory.

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ASCD Webinar: Technology Integration to Meet the Needs of the Common Core with Andrew Miller

In this webinar, participants will unpack specific Common Core State Standards across grade levels and subject areas to see how the common core calls for technology integration in the classroom.

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Technology Guidelines For PARCC Assessments: Version 4.0 (Updated February 2014)

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments: Version 4.0 : The document provides minimum and recommended specifications for computer hardware, input devices, and security requirements; and suggests recommended levels of bandwidth that will support schools instructional and assessment needs. Schools, districts, and states can use these guidelines to determine the eligibility of existing computers as test-taking devices for the 2014-2015 PARCC assessments.

Deb Gardner's insight:

From my perspective, what's an awesome benefit from equipping schools to take the online assessments?  Teachers will finally have the digital devices they need to meet the diverse needs of children.


But it's going to take TIME and TRAINING!

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Anne Marie Bertram's curator insight, October 8, 2014 7:02 AM

We could be heading here...

Yang Liu's comment, February 1, 5:25 PM
It is a good, what I want to know is if it has been used in all American public schools?
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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies
Deb Gardner's insight:

Excellent article with several examples and resources.  Watch the trailer on the story of Elizabeth and Hazel on the desegregation of Little Rock High School on the eve of the Civil Rights Movement.  Many opportunities to integrate multiple subjects and connect to real and relevant issues today.

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Web 2.0 Tools to Support Common Core

Web 2.0 Tools to Support Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In Writing, Reading and Vocabulary, Presenting, Creating and Telling, Organizing, Brainstorming and Note-Taking and Digital Literacy

Deb Gardner's insight:

Some of these are a stretch, some are workhorses that can be used again and again to support collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication in the Common Core classroom.

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Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading

Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This year I revisited the infographic as a means for assessing nonfiction reading and research. Although some students are still finishing their projects, this year’s results far surpass last year’s because I changed my approach to marry the infographic to nonfiction reading (factual information) and data gathering through authentic research.

Deb Gardner's insight:

While infographics don't take the place of writing, they do offer students another way to collect, synthesize, evaluate and communicate their learnings in another way. 

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Common Core requires publishing. Technology makes that happen

Common Core requires publishing. Technology makes that happen | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

There are a variety of overarching themes in Common Core–’integrate technology into classroom inquiry’, ‘encourage collaboration and sharing in student work’, ‘use technology to prepare students for college and career’. Each of these could take weeks to wrap into classwork, but there’s one organic tool that accomplishes all three of these while fulfilling a fourth recurring Common Core standard required at all grade levels: Publish student work. L

Deb Gardner's insight:

Offers apps for students to publish writing.  Ensure students are actually collecting, synthesizing, evaluating and then creating using these digital apps.  

 

So many times it's just a transfer of information here to there (and where's the learning in that?).  That's nothing more than a Control-C and a Control-V.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Are the SBAC and PARCC Technology Requirements Fair?

Shanahan on Literacy: Are the SBAC and PARCC Technology Requirements Fair? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It seems the test is automatically biased towards wealthier schools with more technology, technology teachers, and parents that buy technology for the children as "toys". How can we be sure that PARCC is assessing their reading and math, not their technology skills? Also, how can we help prepare our students for the types of technology skills they will be required to perform with PARCC?

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School Districts Face Common Core Test Tech Requirements

School Districts Face Common Core Test Tech Requirements | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
School districts need to make multimillion-dollar investments to prep for online testing.

 

A strong digital connection is a luxury not found in most high schools, though. In fact, 72 percent of U.S. public schools lack the broadband connection needed to sustain digital learning, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit group."

Deb Gardner's insight:

Not only is the hardware and connectivity an issue, of greater importance is providing time and resources for teachers to utilize technology in the classroom to teach and assess.

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Core2Class: Help Wanted: CCSS Tech Coordinator

Core2Class: Help Wanted: CCSS Tech Coordinator | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It scares me when I hear folks associate the effective teaching of CCSS with lots of instructional technology.  I say this not because I'm stuck in the Stone Age or because I fear change.  It's because I worry that the emphasis on technology is distracting us from what's at the heart of Common Core.  As I see it, the K-8 CCSS ELA underscores two fundamental expectations: (1) SWBAT (Students will be able to) closely read, analyze and discuss complex texts by finding and using textual evidence; and (2) SWBAT draft text-derived written responses--to high quality prompts--that summarize, synthesize and compare ideas from one or multiple sources.  Yes, CCSS ELA also expects students to demonstrate the ability to use technology (see RI/RL.7, W.6 and SL.5), but these expectations are not ends in themselves, but means to get students reading, writing and speaking more thoughtfully, analytically and collaboratively. 

Deb Gardner's insight:

Spot on!

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Field Test Technology | PARCC

Field Test Technology | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In spring 2014, the PARCC Field Test will be administered to over one million students across PARCC states. The purpose of this page is to assist schools in determining whether they have the capacity to administer PARCC’s computer-based field tests. On this site, schools will find information about the types of devices that students can use to take the field tests and the amount of bandwidth that will be required to support online testing. This site also provides aTechnology Readiness Quick Start Checklist, which schools and districts can use as a quick guide to help determine whether schools have the technology capacity to administer the PARCC Field Test.

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Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online

Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Schools are preparing for the new Common Core exams, which students will take on a computer.

 

The state's Department of Education expects to phase in the computer-based tests over the next several years, starting as early as the 2015-16 school year, officials said.

 

"The question is not if there will be computer-based testing, but when and how," Education Commissioner John King recently said.

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Common Core: Easing the Transition to Electronic Assessments

Common Core: Easing the Transition to Electronic Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has an answer to that question.

 

In early May, SETDA launched the Guide to Technology Requirements, a website that consolidates the technological requirements school districts must uphold, listed by each consortium. It took roughly six months to build the site, which works in conjunction with a consortium of multistate agencies.

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Google, Video, and Maps in Common Core-aligned ELA & Social Studies Lessons

Google, Video, and Maps in Common Core-aligned ELA & Social Studies Lessons | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Earlier this week I conducted a workshop on using Google tools, video tools, and Google Maps Engine Lite in Common Core-aligned ELA & Social Studies lessons. The slides from that workshop are embedded below. The value of the slides is mostly found in the links contained within them. The questions on the picture slides are questions that teachers asked when I prompted them to think like middle school students. We then tried to find the answer to the questions they asked.

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OpenEd Releases It's First OER App EdTech, OER, OpenEd

OpenEd Releases It's First OER App EdTech, OER, OpenEd | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
OpenEd uses a machine-learning based recommendation engine to align resources to standards. OpenEd also uses subject matter experts in both knowledge domains and the Common Core to validate those alignments.
Deb Gardner's insight:

Spoiler alert: Could be a repository of a variety of resources to build up instructional units, or could be a collection of loosely aligned, poorly created artifacts. Although I'll definitely take a look see, I'll check them thoroughly. 

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics

Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In an earlier post, I wrote about both the Common Core Standards and what I call the "common sense" standards. Teaching ethical academic behavior online seems to hit both. When I talk about ethical academic behavior, I'm not talking about manners so much as giving credit where credit is due. After all, just because the kids can access information within two clicks doesn't give them the right to claim information as their own.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Aligns nicely with the ISTE NETS for both Teachers and Students as well.

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Common Core & Tech Integration

Common Core & Tech Integration | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

My district is trying to put together some great resources for teachers. At a recent meeting the 5th grade team looked at all the CCSS that have technology built in. From this we created a document that has possible suggestions and resources. Feel free to share and/or add your suggestions.

Deb Gardner's insight:

A start but more development needed... :) It's not the tools that are used, it's how their used.  I wouldn't call this tech integration but instead, more of a list of tools in the ed tech tool box.  Good start though!

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Common Core K-12 Technology Skills Scope and Sequence

Deb Gardner's insight:

Questions this raises for me:

 

-What's the alignment to the ISTE NETS?

 

-Does this/should this impact what my pre-service teachers are learning?

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How the 'four Cs' fit with the Common Core

How the 'four Cs' fit with the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The 'four Cs' are an integral part of the Common Core standards; here are free resources for helping to teach these important skills.
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The four "C"s:

Communication

Collaboration

Creativity

Critcal Thinking

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Common Core State Standards

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As we delve into the ELA common core standards, we notice the technology embedded into them. This document highlights the explicitly stated technology within specific grade leveled standards. It should be noted that technology, as a tool, can be used in the other standards as well.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of my goals is to weave digital tools into the Common Core to design flexible, student driven learning experiences that are Above the Line as defined by the SAMR model. While this might sound like a mouthful of EdTech, I assure you that combining all that is on our crowded plates is far better than tackling each individual initiative in isolation. This idea is supported by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

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Transition to the SBAC: Developing Student Technology Skills

Technology is not an “elective” with the Common Core Standards and 21st century learning. At a minimum, students need to know how to carry out computer-based tasks to perform well on the new SBAC testing. Four tasks that challenged students in the 2013 pilot tests were:

  • Moving between two or more screens
  • Operating spreadsheets and calculators
  • Manipulating virtual objects such as geometric constructions
  • Editing electronic text

If you are looking to develop student technical skills in these areas, the following resources may be helpful.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Embed the above in your actual lessons and avoid teaching the skill in isolation.

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Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology

Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core standards don’t just suggest novel technology use as a way to “engage students,” but rather requires learners to make complex decisions about how, when, and why to use technology–something educators must do as well.

Deb Gardner's insight:

It's not only about using technology to enhance student engagement. At times that seems like an "easy out" to use a thrifty or  nifty tech tool that we as teachers want to use.  


Instead we are teaching our studnets (and modeling the same) about how to make intentional decisions regarding devices and apps that accomplish specific learning outcomes (and beyond). Keeping our eyes on the outcome instead of the tool or app is vital.


Teaching "above the line" using the SAMR model helps students and teachers leverage technology in ways that are consistent with Common Core's vision for learning.

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Patrick Hanks's curator insight, September 12, 2013 8:40 AM

Technology as a tool to learin with real life purpose.