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Flipping your classroom to meet the common core and other standards

Flipping your classroom to meet the common core and other standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As the new school year commences, most K-12 teachers are faced with the reality ofstandards-based grading and the hurdle of having to cover ridiculous amounts of material in what feels like a nanosecond.   While standards-based grading is primarily a phenomena in the K-12 realm, college and university teachers are moving toward similar curricular approaches, such as outcomes-based learning, and so to face coverage dilemmas.  Flipping the classroom is a proven method for taming that vexing beast my colleague, James Fraser calls the coverage monster whether you are teaching an in outcomes-based or standard-based classroom.

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Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 25, 2015 11:29 AM

I scooped this article because it references the push to standards-based learning, or even out-come based learning, as well as information provided from a teacher that has done that and found success.  I respect the idea of deciding what is the most effective use of my class time with students, and moving the lessons around those decisions and that thought process.  I hope that as teachers grow, and become more comfortable with their subject matter that they will consider what is really the most effective use of their own classroom time, and maybe they will reference this article and apply some of the same knowledge.

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Mapping Media to the Common Core » What do you want (your students) to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Common Core » What do you want (your students) to CREATE today? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

-Wes Fryer

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Free Apps to Capture, Create and Connect to the Common Core

Free Apps to Capture, Create and Connect to the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In the Digital Classroom, teachers have many opportunities to design flexible and engaging student-driven learning experiences that allow them to create. Adopting this style of teaching and learning can be overwhelming, especially when being expected to embrace new technology and also implement the Common Core Standards at the same time. After all, there are many individual CCSS standards to address and there are also a ton of apps to try. Here is some helpful advice and a few suggested apps to help teachers embrace the changing classroom climate.

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All excellent apps! They can be used in many grade levels, subject areas, they are collaborative, cloud based, and the price is right. I believe all of them are free! Yay!



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Common Core: Evaluating The Credibility of Digital Sources

Common Core: Evaluating The Credibility of Digital Sources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core states that college and career ready students are able to:

  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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Catlin offers a shared Google Form that dumps into a Google spreadsheet helping students develop their analytical skills when validating digital resources.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Unpacking the Common Core: Tech Powered Projects

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Unpacking the Common Core: Tech Powered Projects | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it


Earlier today I presented a webinar for Simple K12. I packed a lot of content and resources into the 30 minute presentation so I am publishing the interactive slideshow here. The slideshow has plenty of links to explore. These resources can be viewed at your own pace. 

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Digital Storytelling: Get Creative with the Common Core

Digital Storytelling: Get Creative with the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
My students are constructing digital portfolios as a culminating celebration of their work that will be published and shared with a wider audience than the traditional paper portfolios constructed in the past.
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Ted Caron's comment, May 17, 2013 9:06 AM
I'm sure this project took tons of time to complete. Lots of digital tools used throughout. Narratives like this are fine, but given the time it took to complete, I would have liked to see this teacher consider what kinds of text (and content) to use as sources to frame the narrative. Perhaps the teacher can find an example of an text written in interview form about a given topic; then supplement this text-based interview with another done on video. Then, students have two sources in which to frame their own narrative (e.g. "Use the two interviews we've read/watched and discussed as well as your own interview to write a narrative description that portrays the impact _________ on ______________."
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Primary Sources Meet Free Web 2.0 Tools for Common Core Learning

Primary Sources Meet Free Web 2.0 Tools for Common Core Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Primary Source suggests three tech tools matched to three current events topics that, together, can help you teach both Common Core skills and digital literacy.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: ICE Cold Mini Conference

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: ICE Cold Mini Conference | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Ed tech resources to support teaching and learning with Common Core State Standards from presentations at the ICE COLD Spring Mini-Conference.

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10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards

10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards initiative was state led and coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to create benchmarks for learning from kindergarten through grade 12.


The standards themselves “were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts” and are divided into two separate sets of standards: English language arts and math. The English language arts standards also include history, science and technical studies.

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Catlin Tucker offers her "Top 10" tech tools she thinks best supports learning and productivity when teaching with the Common Core Standards

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10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards

10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by Catlin Tucker, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Catlin's Webinars inside the Teacher Lear
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So many of these tools we don't necessarily "teach" but instead help our students use each day. They help students be more productive and colalborative in their learning.  Most are free, cross platform/device, and can be used across grade levels and subject area.  

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The Common Core, digital transformation, and the Kasich budget proposal

The Common Core, digital transformation, and the Kasich budget proposal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Yes, the changes related to the Common Core are costly and, as the Cincinnati Enquirer has reported, several school leaders have lamented this fact. But, Ohio mustn’t neglect nor penny-pinch its way toward a twenty-first century educational system. (Though, if done smartly, local and state leaders can successfully implement these changes, while holding the line on spending.) Moreover, as time passes, the long-term benefits of this system-wide overhaul in academic standards and classroom technology should eventually surpass these start-up costs. And, of course, the cost of transitioning to the Common Core is surely less than doing nothing at all. For, as a state, Ohio can’t afford to give its youngsters any more opportunities to languish beneath low academic expectations and outdated technology. 

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Chromebooks A 'Right Time Technology' For Passaic, New Jersey School District

Chromebooks A 'Right Time Technology' For Passaic, New Jersey School District | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Google‘s Chromebook — and by extension Chrome OS — is being adopted by our education system at a brisk pace. As of February 2013 more than 2000 districts in theUnited States have deployed Chromebooks to their students and faculty. I’ve reported on Chromebooks before, but I wanted to take a deeper dive and explore the benefits as perceived by superintendents and IT directors. After all, these are the individuals investing considerable time, resources, and training to carry their schools into a mobile-based, cloud-connected future.

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Chromebooks: are they a "right time, right place, right price" device for schools, particularly in light of the CCSS and SBAC/PARCC assessments? 


I'm sure their deployment has obstacles, but the integration of apps, collaboration, web-based approach, ease of use and the "white glove" treatment from CDWG and other features sure do make them appealing.

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Technology-Rich Learning: New Literacies and the Common Core

Technology-Rich Learning: New Literacies and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It makes sense that an emphasis on new ways of reading and writing fits easily within the Common Core umbrella. After all, a primary thrust of the new standards is college and career readiness. How can we hope to prepare our young people to thrive in today's society—in which people are connected 24 hours a day by media and coworkers may well live in different countries—without giving them some practice with new media at school?


The teachers I have studied take the preparation of students to participate in a wired world seriously, and much of this preparation involves making sure that students are able to navigate new ways of reading and writing. Here are four strategies that can help—each one closely related to one or more of the Common Core standards in English language arts and literacy.

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Getting Your School Tech Ready for Common Core Assessments -- THE Journal

Getting Your School Tech Ready for Common Core Assessments -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Schools have about 15 months to prepare for the online assessments that reflect the learning goals of the Common Core State Standards. Some districts already know what the transition will be like.


That's an alluring benefit for technology leaders in states that are participating in the online assessments: By adhering to that 2014-2015 online testing deadline, all of those schools will presumably be better outfitted for digitally supported instructional practices.

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Report: Most IT Pros Say Common Core Will Be Good for Their District

Report: Most IT Pros Say Common Core Will Be Good for Their District | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

More than three quarters, 81 percent, of K-12 IT professionals believe Common Core State Standards will have a positive effect on their district, according to a new report by CDW-G. Better on-demand data analysis, new classroom technologies, and improved technologies were the areas where respondents showed the most optimism, at 81, 79, and 78 percent, respectively.

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Focus on People, Not Technology for Common-Core Implementation?

Focus on People, Not Technology for Common-Core Implementation? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Preparing districts for the common core requires focusing on instructional shifts, rather than technology itself, panelists at an ISTE forum argued Monday.
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Congratulations to our 2013 Top 10 LiveBinders Winners!

Congratulations to our 2013 Top 10 LiveBinders Winners! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in the Top 10 contest.  We really appreciate the hard work that went into creating and updating your binders to keep them useful and engaging throughout the year – well done!

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I've used LiveBinders a lot this year! Congrats to the recently recognized "best binders." There's a little something for everyone here. Check them out here.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Open School ePortfolio is a free and user friendly CoolTool designed to help teachers and students easily manage the portfolio process. Teachers can sign up for a free account and use the built in tools to add students to classes without requiring a student email address. Teachers can create projects that can be assigned to specific groups of students for differentiation. There is also an option to improve the home school connection by inviting parents to login in participate in the process.
When creating projects, there is an option to create a grading rubric. The rubric creation process is streamlined and easy to use. It includes drop down menus with CCSS Standards for ELA and math, and it also includes standards for other content areas that have been assembled by Open School ePortfolio. Rubrics are easily visible to students with each assignment for use as a guideline for meeting goals. The built in rubric creator is certainly one of the best features of Open School ePortfolio.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Tech Connections: Teach Above the Line with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Tech Connections: Teach Above the Line with ThingLink | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For as long as I can remember I have been an advocate for helping teachers understand the stages of technology integration in order to effectively use tech as a tool for learning.

I've adopted a few different tech integration models over the years, discussed the ideas with administrators for use as a starting point for tech integration, and kept the ideas front of mind as I invent and discover new ways for using technology as a tool for learning.  
  
With increasing expectations to implement the CCSS, I decided to create samples of student projects that weave digital tools into the Common Core to demonstrate the flexibility of ThingLink as an effective and efficient tool for constructing knowledge. To create the samples, I had to dig deeper into the Common Core myself and embrace it. 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 16, 2013 5:49 PM

I clicked on the link for the author's Thinglink Toolkit, (   http://thinglinktoolkit.wikispaces.com/Home ) where she's created a wiki about how to use Thinglink. Her video on the main page of the Toolkit guided you through creating an infographic with links to videos, mentormobs, and web sites. You can add it to a web page or blog or send students/colleagues a link to the infographic. Looks intuitive with excellent results!

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Digital Storytelling and the Common Core

A presentation connecting digital writing with standards-based curriculum (DS and the CCSS Prezi: http://t.co/rldODPamEC #sigds)

Via Darren Burris
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 21, 2013 11:32 PM

Solid information on why digital story telling is a great tool that aligns with several anchor standards.  (But please, let's move past elementary school fonts when presenting to our peers! My eyes can't take it.)

Rita Godwin's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:17 AM

Good resources on how to tie Common Core with digital storytelling. Another reason why we are useful!

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iRead, iWrite, iSpeak, iListen, iLearn - Grades K-5 LiveBinder

iRead, iWrite, iSpeak, iListen, iLearn - Grades K-5 LiveBinder | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Common Core actually has 5 strands, Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening, Language and Technology.
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Categorizes ELA CCSS into strands and provides digital tools to teach, practice and assess.

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Common Core Online Tests to Pose Tech. Challenge for Rural Schools

Common Core Online Tests to Pose Tech. Challenge for Rural Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards eventually will require students to take standardized tests online, and that will pose a problem for many schools, especially those in rural areas.


Why? Rural schools often lack the technology and broadband capabilities of their counterparts in more populated areas.


The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states, and two groups of states—thePartnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium— are developing tests.


Both groups say they are committed to helping states transition to computer testing, and they have developed a Technology Readiness Tool to help states identify infrastructure gaps and plan for future needs.

Deb Gardner's insight:

What's much more troubling than the realization that rural schools may not have technology resources to adequately be tested is that they don't have the technology resources for their students to optimize learning.


Adequate bandwidth and devices to hit the Internet go a long way in giving students a much deeper, rigorous and individualized learning experience particularly when the Common Core are implemented.


And I'm not talking about a school's 1:1 iPad deployment.  A pod of 5 Chromebooks (at $250/device), an adequate Internet connection and a tech savvy, well planned teacher in every classroom will go a long way. #notkidding

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Infographics: Transforming the Traditional Research Paper & Addressing Common Core

Infographics: Transforming the Traditional Research Paper & Addressing Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by Catlin Tucker, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Catlin's Webinars inside the Teacher Lear
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Consider student-created infographics as a way to augment researching and writing, not replace it.  It's a definite 21st century literacy in collecting, analyzing and representing data in meaningful ways.

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5 Major Benefits of Media Literacy and its Relationship to the Common Core State Standards

5 Major Benefits of Media Literacy and its Relationship to the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

5 major benefits of media literacy as it relates to the Common Core State Standards

  1. Thoughtful media consumption becomes a stimulus for better student comprehension.
  2. Differentiated learning models are available for all students.
  3. Easily accessible and free technologies can improve or enhance curriculum.
  4. Innovative media creation leads to increased student engagement and a real-world experience.
  5. Improved overall literacy is achieved through research, digital reading, interdisciplinary writing and personal written reflection.
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Bringing the Digital World To Your Students to Teach Common Core

Bringing the Digital World To Your Students to Teach Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics are about thinking, questioning, and higher level learning. These are passions I have and things I am excited to see happening in classrooms.
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