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A Systemic Approach to Digital Learning Initiatives -- THE Journal

A Systemic Approach to Digital Learning Initiatives -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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.
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Deb Gardner's comment, November 29, 2012 7:54 AM
Likely the most common pitfall when planning and purchasing technology: "Sometimes they lead with the device, or they lead with the technology itself, instead of taking a step back and really thinking about the instructional goals and what technologies will support them. That's probably the most common mistake, just not thinking it through systemically."
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Interactive Agenda for NWP/NCTE Session

Interactive Agenda for NWP/NCTE Session | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

NCTE Session Interactive Agenda: Digital Writing and The Common Core

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Wikispaces for Designing Common Core Activities - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad

Wikispaces for Designing Common Core Activities - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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Mobile Learning and Common Core

Mobile Learning and Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Documents and Common Core Standards

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Documents and Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne suggests using Google Docs as a way to help students use technology when working with CCSS.

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The 100 Best Learning Tools Of 2012 As Chosen By You

The 100 Best Learning Tools Of 2012 As Chosen By You | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

More than 500 learning professionals took part in voting for their favorite tools, apps, and learning resources.

 

Which ones will best support your CCSS classroom next year?

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iPad Mini Announced Only Hours Ago And Already...

iPad Mini Announced Only Hours Ago And Already... | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

... 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.

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Common Core Drives Interest in Open Education Resources

Common Core Drives Interest in Open Education Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Spurred by the adoption of common standards in nearly every state, educators are turning to open digital resources as they re-evaluate and realign curricula.

 

Big question: Once you've located the digital resources, how will they best be used to accelerate your students' learning?

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Bandwidth Demands Rise as Schools Move to Common Core

Bandwidth Demands Rise as Schools Move to Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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. 

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As High-Stakes Online Testing Approaches, Will Your iPads Work? -- THE Journal

As High-Stakes Online Testing Approaches, Will Your iPads Work? -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology

How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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?

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Infographics and the Common Core

Infographics and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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Washington State Offers Crosswalk Document Aligning ELA Common Core & State Ed Tech Standards

Washington State Offers Crosswalk Document Aligning ELA Common Core & State Ed Tech Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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Managing Information in the 21st Century - The Tempered Radical

Managing Information in the 21st Century - The Tempered Radical | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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Education Technology, Digital Learning Not As Easy As It Seems

Education Technology, Digital Learning Not As Easy As It Seems | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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. 

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Every Common Core Standard Related to Technology

Every Common Core Standard Related to Technology | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"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?

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Google Provides Lesson Plans for Google Power Searching and Digital Literacy

Google Provides Lesson Plans for Google Power Searching and Digital Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding - The Digital Shift

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding - The Digital Shift | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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!

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How Are Districts Covering the Tech. Costs of Common Core?

How Are Districts Covering the Tech. Costs of Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology | Edudemic

How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology | Edudemic | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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?

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Are You Tech-Ready for the Common Core?

Are You Tech-Ready for the Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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.

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Keyboarding Skills and the Common Core

Keyboarding Skills and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’re a K-6er trying to incorporate the grade-specific Common Core State Standards (CCSS), you’ve probably noticed an interesting skillset nestled within anchor standard W.CCR.6: keyboarding!

 

What are the implications for students taking timed PARCC and SBAC assesments?

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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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!

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Why I'm Excited about the Arrival of Back to School Season by Bill Gates

Why I'm Excited about the Arrival of Back to School Season by Bill Gates | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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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Common Core Pushes K-12 Tests To Go Digital

Common Core Pushes K-12 Tests To Go Digital | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Here’s how student performance on the Common Core standards will be assessed using digital tools in K-12 schools.  Technology requirements are also included.

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Angela K. Adams's curator insight, October 24, 2015 2:50 PM

Government issues - I chose this article because it definitely relates to the struggles IAF was having last year when we had to shift our state standardized test to computerized assessment.  It was extremely difficult for both staff and students.  I hope to share this resource with all staff in order to inform them on the requirements for common core, standardized tests and how technology is a requirement and should be used more often in the classroom.