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Applying 21st Century Skills with Common Core and Trading Cards

Applying 21st Century Skills with Common Core and Trading Cards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

My new favorite FREE tool for the classroom, for grades 3-12, is Trading Cards; which is an iOS App and also web based  by ReadWriteThink. This tool is user-friendly  and allows students to practice 21st century skills with integration of Common Core Curriculum. The Trading Card tool gives students a choice to demonstrate their literacy knowledge by creating a trading card about a real or fictional character.

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How Adaptive Testing Works - Edudemic

How Adaptive Testing Works - Edudemic | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
You've heard the term 'adaptive testing' thrown around the classroom and blogosphere for quite some time. But what is it?
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Smarter Balanced (SBAC) will use adaptive, computerized assessments for Common Core. For greater detail, click here.

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Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning

Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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In reflecting on the infographic above, I'm optimistic knowing that we are beginning to implement standards that are no longer an isolated grade-level  checklist of facts to be memorized and tested, but intead a coherent set of spiraling standards that press for deeper learning, close reading, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.  Augmented by digital tools, these skills, knowledge and applications will prepare students for their contributions in careers, college and beyond.  We're heading in the right direction, IMO.

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Matrix for School Librarians & Teachers: Standards, Inquiry, Reading & Instruction

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Matrices help me quickly pinpoint areas of collaboration. This matrix is particularly helpful in understanding the nexus between the CCSS and AASL.

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Some Things I've Learned About the Common Core | Digital Learning Environments

Some Things I've Learned About the Common Core | Digital Learning Environments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In the past two months I have been getting a crash course on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). First, I was invited to a kickoff meeting at my district about them. Next, I participated in a Webinar about the Common Core. Last weekend, I completed an assessment of my district’s technology for the CCSS. Finally, just today I started a process to align my district’s instructional technology master planning to the Common Core, working with a committee of curriculum coordinators, teachers and principals.


As a result of these experiences, here are 4 things I have learned about the Common Core.

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ThingLinkToolkit

ThingLinkToolkit | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher.

Include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. Easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website. ThingLink is a truly amazing tool that allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space. ThingLink is a flexible tool that is well-suited for use in the classroom.
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ThingLink is a useful Web 2.0 tool in that it's free and can be used cross grade level and subject area. Use it to create, collaborate and advance students' abilities to think critically about images (what they represent, what's missing, etc.) 

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K-5 Readers Get New Common Core-Compliant National Geographic Program

K-5 Readers Get New Common Core-Compliant National Geographic Program | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A division of Cengage Learning has released new K-5 reading curriculum that uses material from National Geographic and aligns with the Common Core. National Geographic Learning has put together a reading program titled, "Reach for Reading," which uses multiple types of content and technology to get students to read. The new program includes the pairing of content, such as fiction with articles developed by National Geographic, along with access to other content, such as videos.
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A quality publication with engaging digital media!

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4 Tools for Building Academic Vocabulary - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad

4 Tools for Building Academic Vocabulary - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching.
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Writing vocab words three times each with a sentence might have been an approach years ago, but purposeful planning with the end in mind and integrating ed tech tools offers students more meaningful approaches to vocab acquisition.

 

In addition to Susan Oxnevad's list I'd add Popplet, an online concept mapping application that can be used in conjunction with the Frayer Model of vocabulary instruction.

http://popplet.com/

http://www.readingeducator.com/strategies/frayer.htm

 

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Baltimore County Public Library/ Wikipage of Web 2.0 CCSS Resources

Baltimore County Public Library/ Wikipage of Web 2.0 CCSS Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The purpose of this wiki is to provide information that will unleash the power of BCPS licensed digital content and Web 2.0 tools to transform teaching and learning and address the Common Core Standards.
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The content below and in the Sidebar have been approved for use in Baltimore County Public Schools. Click on a Web 2.0 tool on the Sidebar for a tutorial on how to use it effectively in your classroom. If you would like to see a tool added, please contact us so we can help you through the Technology Approval Process.
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Identiifes several Web 2.0 applications  that use technology to create, communicate, collaborate and facilitate critical thinking supporting CCSS.

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NCTE’s 700-plus Sessions Deliver on Tech, Lit, and the Common Core | School Library Journal

NCTE’s 700-plus Sessions Deliver on Tech, Lit, and the Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Robust programming addressed a wide range of topics including the Common Core, technology, reading and writing, diversity, and notable books.

Conference materials, handouts, and more information about the event can be found on the NCTE Convention website.
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Common Core Tech Projects

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Presented at the Tennessee Education Technology Conference - Common Core State Standards integrating technology during Project Based Learning.
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Complementary resource might be this one on comparing students "doing projects" to students invovled with "project based learning." 

http://www.friedtechnology.com/2012/11/whats-difference-between-doing-projects.html

 

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Common Core Technology for ELA

This presentation was given at Chicago Public Schools Tech Talk 2012 on how technology is integrated into the Common Core State Standards.
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Helpful resource as technology standards in the ELA CCSS are identified and further explored in light of the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards).

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What High School Students Should Expect in 2013

What High School Students Should Expect in 2013 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Technology and college and career readiness will continue to be priorities in 2013.  


Two main factors drove the changes: an influx of new technology and a heightened emphasis on college and career readiness for high schoolstudents.

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Article takeaways:

  1. Blended learning
  2. Flipped classroom
  3. Common Core State Standards implementation
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Technology Requirements for Common-Core Tests Updated

Technology Requirements for Common-Core Tests Updated | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

You might recall that in April, the two consortia released an early, joint version of the tech specifications. Those were aimed at offering districts guidance in planning for new hardware purchases.


Since then, however, each consortium has issued its own, more detailed version of the tech specifications, which are intended to help technology directors figure out where their systems might need upgrading before the tests are first administered in the spring of 2015.


The "2.0 version" released by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, came out on Friday

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21 Months (and Counting) to Online Assessments

21 Months (and Counting) to Online Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We partnered with Digital Learning Now! and the Foundation for Excellence in Education to create the DLN Smart Series to help state and district leaders tackle the implementation issues at the intersection of Common Core and digital learning. This paper is the third in the series (following papers onfunding student access and reimagining student records) to offer specific advice to those making the shift.

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Consortium Releases Technology Guidelines for Common Core Tests

Consortium Releases Technology Guidelines for Common Core Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers said the guidance, unveiled late Friday afternoon, 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.


The document offers both "minimum specifications," that would satisfy the consortium's tech guidelines at least through 2014-15, and "recommended" ones, which would be expected to meet the state group's standards through the 2018-19 school year.

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Helpful information for students to plan ahead in planning for and procuring technology. In light of these testing requirements, what do teachers actually need to teach?

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Education Week: Spotlight on Digital Literacy in the Common-Core Era

Education Week: Spotlight on Digital Literacy in the Common-Core Era | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
As states and districts plan for the Common Core State Standards, educators are left to wonder how digital literacy fits into the standards.
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Collection of six articles relating to digital literacy and CCSS:

  • The Common Core's Digital-Literacy Gap
  • Why Core Standards Must Embrace Media Literacy
  • Competency-Based Schools Embrace Digital Learning
  • Virtual Ed Advocates See Potential in Common Core
  • FCC Broadband Initative Tackles School Needs
  • Make Sense of Digital Literacy Education
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Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections

Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
While there are a ton of essential skills that today's students need in order to succeed in tomorrow's world, learning to efficiently manage -- and to evaluate the reliability of -- the information that they stumble across online HAS to land somewhere near the top of the "Muy Importante" list.
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Both relevant AND timely.  ScoopIt! is quickly becoming a popular tool to aggregrate, filter, summarize and publish information to multiple social media platforms.  This would be an EXCELLENTextended activity for a class to take on. Meets many ISTE and CCSS standards with content standards playing supporting roles. 


I like the guide Bill Ferriter's students provide regarding curation.  Think I'd spin it a little and use a concept mapping app (Inspiration or Poplett) to diagram the decisions that go into content curation to further amplify the process behind the guidance.  Also a concept map could focus on different branches of curation (evaluating content, evaluating source credibility, etc.)

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Both relevant AND timely.  ScoopIt! is quickly becoming a popular tool to aggregrate, filter, summarize and publish information to multiple social media platforms.  This would be an EXCELLENT extended activity for a class to take on. Meets many ISTE and CCSS standards with content standards playing supporting roles. 


I like the guide Bill Ferriter's students provide regarding curation.  Think I'd spin it a little and use a concept mapping app (Inspiration or Poplett) to diagram the decisions that go into content curation to further amplify the process behind the guidance.  Also a concept map could focus on different branches of curation (evaluating content, evaluating source credibility, etc.)

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American Institutes for Research Promotes Google Chromebooks for Online Testing -- THE Journal

American Institutes for Research Promotes Google Chromebooks for Online Testing -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The American Institutes for Research is working with Google to make sure the latter's Chromebook devices are ready for use by school districts in delivering high-stakes online tests.
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$199 Chromebooks in cooperation with Donor's Choose. What a deal!
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The Intersection Of Technology And The Common Core Standards

The Intersection Of Technology And The Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Much has been made in the blogosphere and across social media of the changes compared to former academic standards that were dictated at a state level. Reactions usually involve the added demand these standards place on text complexity and general rigor. Since they’re only available for English-Language Arts and Math, it’s difficult to get a full picture for how they will impact public education, but some inferences can be made based on the set of ELA standards.

One area of interest for TeachThought is the intersection of education and technology, and the Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use
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As an avid ed tech user and teacher, I acknowledge that ed tech ratchets up rigor, provides deeper learning experiences, offers greater opportunity for collaboration, communcation and creativity. However it can be one of the biggest obstacles and distractors to learning if not carefuly planned for.

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Some Educators Question Whether iPads are the Solution to Everything

Some Educators Question Whether iPads are the Solution to Everything | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Fred Dufour / AFP/Getty Images


The iPad is becoming one of the most popular purchases in the world of educational technology.
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With longer and more carefully constructed response questions on the PARCC assessments, are iPads the best option not only for testing but also for working productively in the classroom?  

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Smarter Balanced Updates Common-Core Tech. Requirements

Smarter Balanced Updates Common-Core Tech. Requirements | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released an updated guide to technology requirements and recommendations for member states planning to implement the common core assessment system the consortium is developing for the 2014-15 school year.
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Would appreciate seeing the specs for the PARCC assessment in the same, easy to understand format. This is helpful!

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Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment

Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessment—the Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015—they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in education: The traditional paper-and-pencil, fill-in-the-blank exams could become as much of a relic as learning cursive and using blackboards."
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But how will students "show their work" when solving complex math problems?  Looks like Microsoft is working on that.

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