Tag Archives: Common Core

OpenEd.io for Common Core Educational Resources

20 Apr

OpenEd logo JA_Ahgpr_400x400OpenEd.io is the world’s largest K-12 educational resource library and contains over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans.  Teachers can access content that is aligned to every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard. It lets users easily find and assign resources from OpenEd’s pre-built lesson plans (lists of videos, assessments and homework) for every grade level and subject — and they can modify these lesson plans or create their own. While the vast majority of resources are free, OpenEd also offers a Premium Subscription of proprietary content from major educational publishers for just $9.95/month.

You might be familiar with OpenEd’s free app Common Core Quest, which is available for Apple, Android and Chrome. It allows students to take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and English Language Arts skills and earn badges for each category. When students don’t achieve mastery, the app recommends videos and games to learn the precise micro-concepts they are struggling with. The net result is universal personalized learning for each student.

Learn more about OpenEd.io by visiting their website!

One App for All of Your State Standards

14 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.50.47 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.50.40 AMMastery Connect has a terrific app that makes it easy to find the Common Core Standards all in one place.  They have also developed apps that are specific to individual states.  You can tap on a picture of your state and find an app that contains all of your state standards.  Whether you load this on your iPad or iPhone it’ll be easy to find specific standards with a quick tap on the screen.

Learn more and find the app for you by visiting Mastery Connect’s website!

Introduce Informational Text with Current Events on Mobile Devices

8 Feb
PastedGraphic-10mzl.lyabnhcxOver the past few months I’ve shared some of the reasons why News-O-Matic is a terrific resource for informational text and social studies.  Current events are a wonderful way to engage students in nonfiction reading.  Whether you’re looking for world or national news stories, or articles on sports and entertainment, News-O-Matic publishes five new passages for students to read each day.  This app is available on all mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle) and perfect for elementary school students and has lots of special features.
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News-O-Matic is bilingual and offers each of their daily articles in English and Spanish.  Students can switch back and forth and hear both texts read aloud.  There are assessment questions that give teachers an understanding of well a student was able to comprehend what they read.  These questions can be customized and are aligned to the Common Core.  Each article can be tailored to multiple reading levels making it easy to differentiate instruction.
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Visit their website to learn more!
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CueThink for Dynamic Math Problem Solving on iPads

4 Feb

CueThink Thinklet

CueThink is an iPad app designed to improve students’ math problem­ solving skills.  The platform is centered around a “thinklet,” a showcase for student problem­ solving.  This video vignette captures the steps each student takes as they solve a problem and can be shared with the teacher and classmates. CueThink provides a framework for critical thinking and integrates the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.

CueThink Understand PhaseCueThink builds off Polya’s 4 phases of problem­solving and encourages peer annotations for feedback. The app guides students in making observations in the Understand phase and considering strategies in the Plan phase. In Solve, students record their work and voice and are prompted to Reflect on their solutions and communication in review. Together, these four phases form a “thinklet.”  Students can view their classmates’ thinklets and give feedback to their peers.

Learn more about CueThink by visiting their website!

 

 

 

Prodigy – The Free, Common-Core Math Game

12 Jan

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 10.32.09 AMGame-based learning is a topic we have covered numerous times on ClassTechTips. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!06-01-2014 - Math Battle

One program that is doing a fantastic job of gamifying common-core math is Prodigy. Prodigy is a completely free, adaptive math game that integrates common-core math (grades 1-6) into a fantasy style game that your students will absolutely love playing.  Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

Over 1,000,000 students and 30,000 teachers use Prodigy for free math practice. Sign-up your class for free in less than 2 minutes, and see why teaching common-core math will never be the same!

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

22 Nov

IMG_1018Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.  

Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer.  News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.

IMG_1014Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!

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SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for Common Core ELA Support

8 Oct

image001If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP.  It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading.  There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of words and sentences and how ideas are developed over a text.  Students will focus on sequence and arrangement of sentences as they dive into grade level passages.

slide2SNAP Learning also offers a Guided Reading program that includes books and lesson plans to help teachers who are providing instruction on comprehension and oral fluency skills.  This program includes over 130 books for students in kindergarten through first grade which can be accessed on tablets.  Giving students access to digital text is an important as they’ll be expected to read from this medium more and more in the future.  I like how SNAP Learning offers tools that promotes 21st century skills and makes it easy for teachers to distribute to students.

Visit their site to request a demo of SNAP’s Close Reading Portfolio or get a quote for your school!

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