As school districts prepare for the implementation of Common Core State Standards or Career and College Readiness standards, as well as online assessments, the Alliance for Excellent Education has released a report, "The Nation's Schools Are Stepping Up to Higher Standards," that identifies four interrelated challenges facing school districts and seven interconnected areas of education that the Alliance asserts can benefit from digital learning and technology.
Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core ELA standards? While there are many individual standards to sift through, it’s important to take a step back and look at the big picture to gain an understanding of the importance of the teacher’s role in designing learning experiences to facilitate a more active classroom that supports students as producers.
The Common Core calls for the seamless integration of technology into the curriculum.
Richard Byrne, publisher of an AMAZING blog, has provided various mobile apps and aligned them with CCSS. The alignment is only the beginning however. The instructional plan and assessment is up to you!
... educators are thinking of ways their students can use them to create, collaborate and publish with CCSS. Peter Pappas writes about how to use iBooks Author to motivate students by designing an iBook, moving them from passive learners to active researchers, thinkers, and writers.
Putting online testing in place in 46 states and the District of Columbia will require technology capacity not currently available in many school districts.
For the techies that would like more information SETDA recommends that by the 2014-15 school year, schools have at least 100 megabits per second of connectivity to the external Internet for every 1,000 students and/or staff members.
As more schools invest in student iPad programs, one question still unanswered is whether or not those devices can be used for the high-stakes online tests coming in 2014.
Because the iPad is such a lightweight and portable device, schools may find out that they need to handle them with the same care and caution they use with paper-based test books. Of course, the potential problems that come with introducing iPads into high-stakes testing don't stop there.
For example, until Apple announced iOS 6 for the iPad, there was no simple way to lock down the device to limit its use to a single app. A student could simply press the home button to minimize the current application and search the web, capture a screen image, or get to a file stored on the device with the flick of a finger.
Pete Poggione, IT director for the Mattawan Consolidated School District in Michigan, will shortly be adding 60 iPad 2s to his schools' inventory of student devices. This initial iPad cart pilot will target kindergarten through the fifth grade. He was relieved when Apple went public with news about "guided access," a feature in iOS 6 that will allow an administrator to disable the home button and restrict touch input to certain areas of the screen. "If it does what it's supposed to do, this is going to be a game changer for high-stakes testing," Poggione proclaims.
If you're a teacher in the US, you've surely heard of the Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools.
How do all of the newer, innovative teaching methods and ideas mesh with having to meet certain standards? In this month’s issue of the Edudemic iPad Magazine, our awesome writer Terry Heick takes a look at how technology and the Common Core standards are working together…or are they?
Infographics have recently become a popular way to communicate information visually both in print and online. This resource offers many strategies, examples and tools for using and creating infographics.
Although this website offers suggestions for Science and Technical Subjects, infographics are also very well suited for Social Studies.
Besides teaching literacy standards 5 and 7 in History, Social Studies and Technical Subjects, integrate NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) (#3) to teach students to use digital tools to gather, evaluate and use information.
The crosswalk documents the alignment between representative learning goals from Washington’s Educational Technology Standards and the Common Core State Standards for ELA. Be sure to read the Introduction to the Crosswalks document posted on the website.
Bill Ferriter is spot on in the slide he presented at a 21st Century Teaching and Learning workshop. CCSS requires that students be able to find, organize, annotate, evaluate, synthesize, create and publish using digital tools.
Tools such as Diigo, Evernote and ScoopIt! help students organize, filter, annotate, and organize information. Advanced Google search skills are used to find and verify information. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and yes even Pinterest help learners collaborate. Finally, creating and publishing is accomplished with a myriad of tools such as Glogster, Google tools including docs, blogs and YouTube, FlickR, WordPress and much more.
A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms. Although written for the audience of a school disctrict, the same could be applied to a school or group of schools. (thinking of our Arch Indy Schools here)
When planning for "all things Common Core" and how ed tech will help students be successful with a more robust curriculum and higher expectations, read this document in the context of your plan for ed tech expenditures.
"Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others."
With regard to the production and distribution of writing, nearly every level requires the above. There are literally hundreds of tech tool to accomplish this. How does a teacher select the best tool for his/her students?
With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. Google has created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.
The search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
These lessons are provided under Creative Commons Licensing and can be modified for your students' needs. Instead of these being the FOCUS of your teaching, use them as your students work with CCSS. Resource digital texts are also provided.
Common Core classrooms relying on collaboration, communication and creativity as well as CCSS assessments (SBAC & PARCC) will tax communications infrastructure and Internet access. Increaes in E-rate funding would be helpful!
Online testing is soon be a staple of every district's assessment plan thanks to the Common Core State Standards, but education officials across the nation are worried they won't have enough resources to put the testing measures in place by the 2014-2015 school year. Find out how some school districts are finding creative ways to cover the costs.
If you’re a teacher in the US, you’ve surely heard of the Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools.
While there’s always a lot of mumbling and grumbling when it comes to anyone mandating what should be taught and how to get there, the Common Core Standards have been adopted by 45 of the states, so they’re not exactly something that can be easily ignored.
So how do all of the newer, innovative teaching methods and ideas mesh with having to meet certain standards? This blog post takes a look at how technology and the Common Core standards are working together…or are they?
Many school districts are worried that the standards' requirement for online testing is pushing them over the brink of their technological capacity.
Preparedness and even awareness of the technology requirements appears to be all over the map with some districts well prepared for delivering online assessments while still others are unsure of the what the requirements are.
We cannot presume our students know how to locate, verify, save and annotate digital resources in their online research.
The author provides four basic approaches you can start with right away. In addition, become fluent with a social bookmarking app (i.e., Diigo) and and a notetaking app like Evernote to archive, tag, annotate and take notes. Then teach your students to do the same!
Bill Gates mentionesthe launch of LearnZillion whereby hundreds of videotaped lessons in math, English, social studies and other subjects are aligned to Common Core standards. These videos are free and posted to use "as is" or to get ideas to adapt for your own classrooms.
He also touches upon a new initiative named SLC (Shared Learning Collaborative) that will identify the most urgently needed technology resources that are likely to make a difference in student learning.
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