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.