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Using Edmodo and Subtext to Engage Readers

Using Edmodo and Subtext to Engage Readers | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Subtext lets you engage a class in discussion around any digital doc, from books to web articles to your own ePubs. No matter if you have access to 1 iPad or 20 in your class, Subtext on Edmodo was built to support your collaborative reading discussions.


  • Used with reading digital sources
  • Free app for use on iPads (Android coming soon)
  • Integrates nicely with ELA, Science, Social Studies (grades 4-12)
  • Read almost anything together, fiction, non-fiction, web articles, e-publications
  • Builds engagement and active reading


How It Works:

1: Install Subtext on Edmodo in a group 
2: Log into Subtext on iPad with your Edmodo username 
3: Share passages and notes with your group on Edmodo. 
4: Your class replies in the iPad or Edmodo app.



Deb Gardner's insight:

Within the digital text, readers can highlight, take notes, work in groups, take assessments, access hyperlinks, cite textual evidence and plan for writing (Google docs integration). Teachers manage reading and use learning analytics to differentiate instruction.

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Nicholas Urban's curator insight, July 26, 2015 2:01 PM

Edmodo presents a terrific opportunity to engage classes in collaborative reading discussions. Present a group of students or a whole class with certain text and this makes it interactive by allowing student comments, questions, and responses all within the learning framework. Not only can the teacher demonstrate active reading and critical thinking processes, but you can also get students to work in small groups and share information via this online application. You simply upload any digital text and from there the teacher can easily create subtext or questions that go directly with the information presented. A great way to utilize small group and whole classroom reading strategies and intervention using social media!

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Working with Common Core and a Document Based Question (DBQ) iBook

Working with Common Core and a Document Based Question (DBQ) iBook | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

My latest multi-touch iBook, Progress and Poverty in Industrial America, is available for your iPad - free / iTunes. It's a great resource for use in the classroom, and serves as a model for teacher or student curation of historic content into interactive digital DBQ's. (More on publishing with iBooks Author.)


This 18-page document-based question guides students through the historian's process with an investigation of the essential question, "How do we evaluate the social costs 
and benefits of technological innovations?" To make the question relevant to students, it begins with a brief examination of the impact of 21st c technologies / global economy on progress and poverty in contemporary America.

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Common Core and Educational Technology: Tools/Resources

Common Core and Educational Technology: Tools/Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Welcome! This is the place to find 'best of class' ed tech to integrate in Common Core curriculum.

We'll identify web resources and tablet apps that students can use to demonstrate deep knowledge in creative and engaging ways.

We'll also highlight information from other ed tech blogs, and provide a way to communicate about "Common Core ed tech."
Deb Gardner's insight:

So many of these are offered free. Teachers, what ed tech device and/or app will move your students toward goal most effectively and efficiently? Which ones help you work most productively and help you collaborate and communicate with other teachers and your PLC?

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aimee hozack's curator insight, March 10, 2013 4:59 PM

Another website containing a variety of resources to assist student learning in the area of technology

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Hyperlinked Text Exemplars for ELA CCSS

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There are a few broken links, but this is a good place to start. If using online texts, consider teaching and using online tools for text annotations to MUTT (mark up the text).

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Common Core and Educational Technology

Common Core and Educational Technology | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Welcome! This is the place to find 'best of class' ed tech to integrate in Common Core curriculum.

We'll identify web resources and tablet apps that students can use to demonstrate deep knowledge in creative and engaging ways.

We'll also highlight information from other ed tech blogs, and provide a way to communicate about "Common Core ed tech."
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24 Multimedia Tools That Support The Common Core

24 Multimedia Tools That Support The Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Technology is a powerful tool for learning that can be used effectively to support the Common Core and help students develop the skills for success.
Deb Gardner's insight:

One of Susan's favorite ed tech tools is ThingLink. Here she uses it effectively to tie ed tech tools together using common strands found in ELA Common Core and 21st century literacy skills.

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Ted Caron's comment, February 26, 2013 9:04 AM
I have played around with this ThingLink thing. Really cool way to have students interact and collaborate around a photo. Could link to student blog entries on a historical photo, vids, and other photos. I would use as part of an effort to help middle schoolers, particularly, develop skills of resource collection for a short research project. Consider this: Students use a photo and ThingLink as a basis for short research project.
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A Digital Toolkit for the Common Core - Getting Smart by Guest Author -

A Digital Toolkit for the Common Core - Getting Smart by Guest Author - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The new Common Core State Standards, which are being phased in by school districts in most states, are designed to reflect the skills and knowledge that will be most critical to success beyond high school. The benchmarks focus on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and media and technology.


As these goals are incorporated into mainstream educational practices, teachers will need to stretch beyond proven lesson plans to develop learning environments and projects that meet the Common Core Standards and keep students motivated and focused. Ask any teacher and chances are he or she will tell you that successfully maintaining such a balance takes creativity and commitment.


The good news is that excellent Internet resources are available for teachers looking for new ideas to help them think outside the box. 

Deb Gardner's insight:

Observing many educators using the same digital tools - teachers and students are quickly learning to share what's working in their classrooms.

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Common Core, Print Materials and the Dash Toward Digital Sources: Not So Fast!

Common Core, Print Materials and the Dash Toward Digital Sources: Not So Fast! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Ten years from now, maybe sooner, you'll be able to find this article and laugh at its concept. Defending print -- how 20th century. As more schools move towards 1:1 computer-to-student ratios, as textbooks become digital and periodicals move online, it will become increasingly rare for students to avoid the glare from computer screens. However, my experiences in the classroom have shown that students can benefit tremendously from reading physical copies of print media.

Deb Gardner's insight:

A good read that highlights several important points. Mostly why do we feel the need to do either/or? Are you Mac or PC? Are you paper or digital?  Use both and teach your students to use both! As the article states, "find the balance" and lead students to be advocates for their learning.

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6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads

6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The app store is loaded with options that allow students to share and collaborate with iPads. Here's a few helpful tips and apps for you to try out!
Deb Gardner's insight:

Good to know, particularly as schools begin rolling out CCSS and using ed tech to create and collaborate.

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Missouri Survey Reveals Worries About Common Core Tech Burden

Missouri Survey Reveals Worries About Common Core Tech Burden | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A lack of hardware, a lack of bandwidth, and above all, a lack of time.

Those were among the biggest concerns voiced by Missouri school administrators in a recent statewide survey taken to gauge their capacity to handle the technology requirements associated with implementing online assessments as part of the Common Core State Standards.

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Digital Tools for the Common Core | MiddleWeb

Digital Tools for the Common Core | MiddleWeb | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Teaching consultant Mike Fisher has ideas on how to upgrade your lessons for the Common Core by involving students in creating their own apps and infographics.


Via Darren Burris
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Internet Search to address Common Core

Internet Search to address Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core ELA Writing Standard 8 requires students to navigate the Internet for research and evaluate the validity of the sites to support their claims. The introduction to this starts in Kindergarten and progresses each year.

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Using ThingLink and images, Tracy lifts out ELA CCSS (W7 and W8) where technology and digital literacy skills are required. Additionally, there are several useful resources listed in her blog post.  


IMHO, these skills are a prereq to any PBL or other use of ed tech.  In other words, before one puts on the safety glasses and begins using the MIG welder, learn how to use the tool first, and the risks that go along with it.


Note that there are lesson plans provided by Google that are  differentiated for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. 



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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Teaching Vocabulary Today?

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Teaching Vocabulary Today? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you really want to dig deeper into vocabulary, try wordling significant text and defining the most frequently used words through multimedia. 

Learn more about  CCSS Shift #6 on EngageNY 

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A non-traditional way of having students work with vocabulary, images and related terms.

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Common Core Quick-Start: Incorporating Digital Devices into Common Core Lessons

Common Core Quick-Start: Incorporating Digital Devices into Common Core Lessons | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We first need to determine what we're teaching and how we're teaching it and then consider how technology can help us get there.

One helpful tool for choosing technologies is Pitler, Hubbell, and Kuhn's (2012) Matrix of Strategies and Technologies. The matrix helps teachers first identify the instructional strategy that they intend to use (Dean, Hubbell, Pitler, & Stone, 2012) and then narrow down the myriad of choices to one of the nine types of technology:

  • word processing
  • organizing and brainstorming
  • data collection and analysis
  • communication and collaboration
  • instructional media
  • multimedia creation
  • instructional interactives
  • database and reference
  • kinesthetic technology
Deb Gardner's insight:

Great book! It focuses on teaching and learning and identifies appropriate tech tools within the framework of Marzano's nine instructional strategies.


Some of the digital resources are dated (i.e. broken links) but you'll get the idea.  Begin with the end in mind (Wiggins/McTighe), plan instruction utilizing HITS (Marzano's High Impact Teaching Strategies) and integrate ed tech to create a more engaging learning experience and help students with achievement gains faster and more effectively

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Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing

Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing | 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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Caitlin and her students leverage technology in productive and engaging ways. Consider ways teachers could collabortate across subject areas to dig in with additional texts and resources, (excellent issue for our Catholic school teachers).

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Using Google Drive for Online Discussions of Primary Sources

Using Google Drive for Online Discussions of Primary Sources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of my favorite ways to use the commenting feature in Google Documents is to host online discussions around a shared article. Doing this isn’t a radical departure from having a classroom discussion about an article that you’ve printed and distributed to your students, but there are some advantages to hosting your discussion in Google Documents. The first advantage is that your students can participate in the discussion from anywhere at any time they are connected to the Internet. Students absent from your classroom can still participate and can read others’ comments. The second advantage is that your students can have a digital archive of the ideas shared by you and their classmates.

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New School Technology – Google Docs and The Common Core

New School Technology – Google Docs and The Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We have used Google Apps for Education in our district for nearly three years. Yet it has only been in the last year that we have seen incredible jump in usage. One of the major reasons for this change has been the introduction and implementation of the Common Core Standards. While I do not intend to explore the efficacy or impact of the Common Core on this site, it is no doubt a pervasive force in education and one that teachers are expected to address. With the emphasis on evidence-based claims, research, collaboration, and natural integrated technology, Google docs has proven to be an ideal tool for teachers looking to create new lessons and activities to meet the new standards.

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8 Implementation Challenges and Solutions

8 Implementation Challenges and Solutions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Digital Learning Now! Smart Series is a group of collaborative papers that bring together top thinkers on the current trends in teaching and learning to explore the implementation challenges at the intersection of digital learning and the Common Core. 

Emerging themes include: the power of personalization, tools to customize learning, the potential of technology to transform the learning experience, new roles for teachers and learners, expanded learning opportunities, and the use of student data to drive these shifts.

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Three Reasons For High Schoolers to Use Peer-Reviewed Journals in Research - Getting Smart by Guest Author -

Three Reasons For High Schoolers to Use Peer-Reviewed Journals in Research - Getting Smart by Guest Author - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’ve taught students to improve their researching and writing skills – or even graded your share of research papers – you’ve probably noticed that students have the whole process down to a system: Google a few articles or grab them from the library, look for keywords related to their topics, then write about a viewpoint or two. In college and graduate school, though, expectations will get higher as classes get more advanced. Students will soon be expected to know where the latest peer-reviewed research – research reviewed by committees of similarly advanced experts – is being published, as well as how to compare and contrast the viewpoints argued in those publications. The good news is, students can get a head start on using peer-reviewed sources right now, so they’ll be up to speed when those tough assignments come their way. Here are three reasons to encourage students to start using these sources as soon as possible.

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How to Integrate Document-Based History with the Common Core » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

How to Integrate Document-Based History with the Common Core » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

CCSS offers an incentive for teachers to use historic documents to build literacy skills in a content area while empowering students to be the historian in the classroom. Document-based (DBQ) instruction in this context requires four key elements to be successful.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Peter Pappas has been working with iBook to create fabulous media rich e-books for his students and he's just finished his second one. Following is his methodology for creating media-rich, informative, and engaging material for document-based instruction in the common core classroom:


  1. Choose the right documents
  2. Know how to look at them
  3. Let students discover their own patterns, then asking students to describe, compare and defend what they found
  4. Base the task on enduring questions (and ones that are meaningful to students)


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Common-Core Tech Requirements Outlined

Common-Core Tech Requirements Outlined | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the two consortia designing tests for the Common Core State Standards recently released new guidance on the minimum technology standards states will need to meet to give those tests, beginning in 2014-15.


The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, says the guidance is meant to provide direction to states and districts on the extent to which current technology meets testing standards, or whether upgrades will be required.

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A Different Type of Common Core

A Different Type of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the most important steps my school has taken in developing a 1:1 iPad program was coming up with a set of “common core” apps. These are apps that teachers have decided will be the universal standard among 9th grade students starting in the coming year. The group of teachers I’m working with has spent most of the first semester playing with a number of apps and coming up with what they believe to be (for the near future) the most user-friendly education apps. The reasoning is that any teacher who has a class of 9th graders can be reasonably confident that all students will have a (relative) proficiency with the apps because time will be dedicated during student orientation to these apps.

Deb Gardner's insight:
  1. Evernote
  2. Google Drive
  3. Edmodo
  4. Explain Everything
  5. Notability


Apps chosen to fit teacher and student educational needs, not technology needs (as it should be).

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Districts Look to E-Rate Program to Help With Common Core Tech Costs

Districts Look to E-Rate Program to Help With Common Core Tech Costs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

District officials are requesting to use those federal funds—which provide schools with discounts on the costs of improving telecommunications services and Internet access—to help them take a variety of steps necessary to administer online tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Those uniform academic expectations have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, and the related tests will be given for the first time during the 2014-15 academic year.


The technology improvements include increasing bandwidth, or the amount of data that can be handled by a network or Internet connection at one time, and revamping internal Internet systems to improve the speed and capability for handling the crunch of online usage created by the tests.

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21st Century Skills and the Common Core Standards - Whole Child Education

21st Century Skills and the Common Core Standards - Whole Child Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Twenty-first century skills are quickly becoming taught and assessed in schools across the United States. Whether through explicit instruction or models like project-based learning, educators are realizing that lower-level content comprehension is not enough.


The Common Core State Standards explicitly call for these skills, so through uncovering the 3 Cs in the Common Core standards, we can see how educators must teach and assess them.

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No. 2 pencils to give way to computers in testing school students

No. 2 pencils to give way to computers in testing school students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The era of coloring in ovals with a No. 2 pencil may soon be over.

More and more tests — such as the military aptitude test and the LSAT law school exam — are going online.

And soon, the standardized math and reading tests for 19 million students in 25 states, including Nevada, will be administered on a tablet or personal computer.


This new computerized assessment will represent one of the largest technological shifts in K-12 education, one that will likely herald the end of the Scantron.


But with any technological disruption, there are questions aplenty.


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