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How compatible are Common Core and technology?

How compatible are Common Core and technology? | CCSS | Scoop.it
Technology is in every room at P.S. 101 in Brooklyn — it’s even in the hallways. Scan the QR code with your phone outside of the fourth-grade classroom of co-teachers Vanessa Desiano and Jamie Coccia and a video will pop up of a student giving a history presentation on early explorers. Step inside, and fourth-grade students are working together to discover the themes of chapter 13 in their latest book, The Birchbark House, and typing what they find on iPads. “People have this fear that if you put technology into a classroom, kids will just be staring at computers,” said Principal Gregg Korrol. “But this class is using technology to engage each other directly in learning.”
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Can special education students keep up with the Common Core?

Can special education students keep up with the Common Core? | CCSS | Scoop.it
“A couple of years ago, I would never have tried such a difficult passage with these kids,” said Papa, reflecting on her lesson. “My students are stepping it up and showing some unexpected successes. I see the light bulbs go on and I see a lot of growth in their comprehension, in their vocabulary and in their confidence. They know they’re doing exactly what their peers are doing right across the hallway.”
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 30, 2014 12:46 PM

Oftentimes, we underestimate the abilities of our kids...special education and regular ed.

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Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online

Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ I'm writing a series of blogs titled "Get Common Core Ready" that are inspired by my next book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (to be published by Corwin in spring 2015). This first blog will focus on helping students to transfer their pen and paper annotation”
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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills - Mind/Shift

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills - Mind/Shift | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ For educators who are interested in using games for learning – specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards — here are five games students can enjoy that we’ve found sync with standards.”
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Infographic: Technology maximizes Common Core success

Infographic: Technology maximizes Common Core success | CCSS | Scoop.it
The Common Core’s increased emphasis on using digital tools will help update U.S. classrooms. But to achieve improved learning outcomes, we must implement that technology with pedagogy in mind.
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21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be

21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be | CCSS | Scoop.it
""The way we think about work is changing.Thinking of jobs, careers, and pay is–by some–being replaced with the idea of work, relationships, and meaning. Technology and the resulting connectivity are a part of this. In the 21st century, we all have personal “brands”–digital footprints that precede and proceed us, leaving a record of our interactions and ideas for anyone to see."
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 7, 2014 9:32 PM

How do we work today? What skills are needed? As we continue to move to a more global economy what are the skills that our students should have, and how do they differ from what we might call 20th century jobs?

This post begins to explore some of these questions, and provides access to a slideshare called Unlocking the Future of Work: Creating 21st Century Organizations that  are Innovative, Collaborative and Global. As you read through the slides you may find yourself questioning some of her ideas. You may also find new insights into how work is changing, which may lead you to make shifts in work you do with your students.

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Common Core: Easing the Transition to Electronic Assessments

Common Core: Easing the Transition to Electronic Assessments | CCSS | Scoop.it
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has an answer to that question. In early May, SETDA launched the Guide to Technology Requirements, a website that consolidates the technological requirements school districts must uphold, listed by each consortium. It took roughly six months to build the site, which works in conjunction with a consortium of multistate agencies.
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ASCD | EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core

ASCD | EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core | CCSS | Scoop.it
Are you searching for resources to implement the Common Core State Standards? Here you will find current, relevant, evidence-based tools and professional development to smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. Watch one of the videos to learn more!
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How PBL Prepares Students for CCSS Test Performance Tasks: Part 1 - Defining the Tasks

How PBL Prepares Students for CCSS Test Performance Tasks: Part 1 - Defining the Tasks | CCSS | Scoop.it
The Common Core calls for an assessment system that cannot be entirely based on multiple choice test items. The standards ask students to demonstrate complex competencies that go beyond the basic knowledge and skills commonly tested -- and testable -- in the traditional format.
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The Assessment Diaries: Teacher Perspectives on How New Assessments Can Fuel Learning

The Assessment Diaries: Teacher Perspectives on How New Assessments Can Fuel Learning | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ Curious about the new assessments? This series will share perspectives of teachers who have tried sample questions with their students or participated in field testing.”
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How will reading instruction change when aligned to the Common Core?

How will reading instruction change when aligned to the Common Core? | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ The Common Core emphasis on (How will reading instruction change when aligned to the Common Core?”
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How the 'four Cs' fit with the Common Core

How the 'four Cs' fit with the Common Core | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ The 'four Cs' are an integral part of the Common Core standards; here are free resources for helping to teach these important skills.”
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Introducing Common Core Reading Skills to Teachers [ACTIVITY]

If you are working to help teachers better understand the Common Core, you might be interested in the activity that I plan to open my workshop with: http://bit.ly/CCSSNationalStandardsActivity
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Convert PDFs to Google Docs

Convert PDFs to Google Docs | CCSS | Scoop.it
This is a guest post post from Brenda Doucette (@doucetteb) of EdTechTeacher - an advertiser on this site. Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we…

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, March 30, 2015 11:45 AM

Keep everything at the tip of your digital fingers.

Daniel Morgenstern's curator insight, March 30, 2015 3:47 PM

very simple

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 31, 2015 9:16 AM

The OCR feature in Google Drive now lets you make copies of PDF files that can be edited and annotated. Anyone use this yet?

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What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.”
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7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring

7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ When The Common Core State Standards initiative was first announced there was a collective eye roll amongst veteran teachers. There have been so many shifts in pedagogical theory and practice over the years that nobody really thought these national learning goals would come to fruition. And then they did.”
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Lesson Plan Ideas with Common Core Correlations - ProCon.org

Lesson Plan Ideas with Common Core Correlations - ProCon.org | CCSS | Scoop.it
"We offer these lesson plan ideas to help teachers cover important skills in English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Each SKILLS-BASED IDEA and CONTENT-BASED IDEA suggests specific ProCon.org topics and resources that are particularly well-matched to the lesson and designed to help you meet multiple curriculum goals."
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 7, 2015 7:44 AM

Beth Dichter's insight:

ProCon is one of my favorite websites. The mission of the site is to promote 'critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisian, primarily pro-con format." There are 52 controversial topics that are available, and they have just released 20 lesson plans. Seventeen of the lesson plans are skill- based and three are content-based. The lesson plans are geared to learners in grades 5 - 12. Below is a list of two skill-based lessons and two content-based lesson, along with the grade levels.

Skill-Based (material quoted from site):

* Critical Thinking Quotes - Engage students in a metacognition exercise about critical thinking and also practice research and informational writing skills using ProCon.org's collection of critical thinking quotes. Grades 9 -12.

* Main Ideas of Visual References - Use charts and graphs on ProCon.org to engage students in a visual literacy exercise. Grades 6 - 8.

Content-Based

* Exploring Controversial Issues in Literature - To introduce a novel, use ProCon.org to help students build background knowledge and examine the novel’s controversial issue(s). Grades 5 - 10.

* Drug Ads Over Time: Analyzing Historical Images - Use ProCon.org's Gallery of Drug Ads to give students an opportunity to practice ad analysis and recognize how methods and messages have changed over time. Grades 5 - 10.

To access the 52 issues that have detailed information and provide references (and links) to the materials used click on the Home page and you will find topics in Education, Elections & Presidents, Health & Medicine, Media & Entertainment, Money & Business, Politics, Religion, Science & Technology, Sex & Gender, Sports, and World/International.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 8, 2015 12:44 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Great skills building via content-based articles that center on hot topics in the news related to science concepts (and others).

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10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box

10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box | CCSS | Scoop.it
"Albert Einstein nailed it–'We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.' That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly educational system or continue to tinker at the margins of school."
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 29, 2014 9:51 PM

Do words hold us back? Do they have the potential to keep us in place rather than allowing us to move forward? This post looks at ten words and discusses how each may "influence our behavior and keep us in a box." The ten words are:

1. Lesson

2. Knowledge

3. Rigor

4. Soft Skills

5. High & Low Students

6. 0ff-Task

7. Learning Styles

8. Summer Learning Loss

9. Special Education

10. Brain-Based Learning

Below is an example of how one of these words is explained.

What do you think of when you hear the word off-task? What does research tell us about six-year olds and their ability to focus on one task? The explanation shares that young students who have more time for play also have higher executive functioning skills, yet in the classroom we ask them to sit and to focus one area. In many schools the amount of time for free play and recess has decreased so we can focus on ELA and math.

Learn more about these words and see if you agree with the author. Do you think these words are holding us back?

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OPINION SHAPER: The Common Core state standards are what we need

OPINION SHAPER: The Common Core state standards are what we need | CCSS | Scoop.it
Among college freshmen, 30 percent do not return the second year, resulting in millions of dollars lost and dreams dashed. One reason is they feel defeated by heavy reading loads. Most are surprised that 85 percent of the learning they are to do is from texts and that their professors want them to come already having “learned” the material because class is for clarifying, analyzing and applying. Many “good” readers have difficulty reading academic texts, not realizing that reading-to-learn is an intensely active process: a quest to construct understanding, problem-solve, and evaluate the author’s information, intentions and biases.
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Which States Are Role Models for Common-Core Implementation?

Which States Are Role Models for Common-Core Implementation? | CCSS | Scoop.it
Partially motivated by a desire to move beyond the political strife around the Common Core State Standards, the Center for American Progress released a report last week outlining various strategies used by teachers, administrators, and elected officials to help implement the standards. The Washington think tank highlighted curriculum development in Colorado, teacher evaluations in New Haven, Conn., and teacher preparation in Arizona as potential models for states to use as they fully transition to the standards in the 2014-15 academic year.
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Common Core: Easing the Transition to Electronic Assessments

Common Core: Easing the Transition to Electronic Assessments | CCSS | Scoop.it
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has an answer to that question. In early May, SETDA launched the Guide to Technology Requirements, a website that consolidates the technological requirements school districts must uphold, listed by each consortium. It took roughly six months to build the site, which works in conjunction with a consortium of multistate agencies.
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Video Playlist: Six Videos to Incorporate Complex Texts

Video Playlist: Six Videos to Incorporate Complex Texts | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ Learn more about where these texts fit in the CCSS, and find strategies that will help you include complex texts into your lessons.”
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PARCC Updates: Witnessing the Field Test in Action

Last week, I had the great fortune of watching a 6th grade class in Prince George's County, Maryland, take the computer version of the PARCC ELA/literacy test. I was so impressed with how engaged the students were and how hard they worked on the field test. Just over half of them Laura Slover meets with school leadership at Berwyn Heights Elementary School after observing the PARCC field test Left to right: Karen Singer, Principal; Laura Slover, CEO of PARCC; Jeff Nellhaus, PARCC's Director of Policy, Research & Design; Pauline Carey, Prince George's County Schools Test Administration Specialist; and Kathy Schuster, Reading Specialist and Test Coordinator finished on time, and under half needed extra time; all of them finished by the end of the extra time period. After the test, we spent about 30 minutes talking about what they liked and getting their recommendations for improvements. It was very heartening to hear that overall theyreally liked the items, which they saw as engaging and fun.
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What A Florida Middle School Has Learned So Far Teaching Common Core Standards

What A Florida Middle School Has Learned So Far Teaching Common Core Standards | CCSS | Scoop.it
“ This story is part of a series from The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida looking at how Florida schools are getting ready for Common Core standards. Read -- and listen to -- the first story here. Monroe Middle School teacher Dawn Norris hears a difference in her language arts classes since she starting using”
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14 Good ( U.S.) Social Studies Apps for Teachers and Students

14 Good ( U.S.) Social Studies Apps for Teachers and Students | CCSS | Scoop.it

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