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The Common Core and Digital Skills Development

3 Jul

 The Common Core and Digital Skills DevelopmentHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a powerful set of expectations for student learning that has been adopted by districts across the country. One of the phrases associated with this document is college and career readiness. As we prepare students for life beyond the classroom, including digital tools in our instruction and making connections to technology in the real world is absolutely essential.

Students of all ages need experience using technology and developing digital skills that can be applied to multiple tasks. If we truly want children to be college and career ready, schools must take thoughtful and strategic action to include technology tools in classroom instruction.

The CCSS clearly states expectations for technology use as it applies to different content areas. These standards also give teachers the flexibility to incorporate a variety of strategies and resources. Educators can make decisions about how to address the Common Core, meet the needs of their students, and provide opportunities to strengthen digital skills.

Embrace Multimedia

The English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards of the Common Core state that students should be able to “[i]ntegrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally” (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2). Students are bombarded by media outside of the classroom. They need to…

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25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process

1 Jul

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session 25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process! View the presentation here:

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7 Apps for Student Creators

30 Jun

7 Apps for Student CreatorsHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you’re teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must.

Students who are “making” to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content.

There are a handful of dynamic iPad apps that can turn your students into creators. This doesn’t happen magically when they launch the apps. Combined with thoughtful planning, rigorous tasks, and clear expectations, your students can create powerful products that show you — and the world — what they’ve learned.

Book Creator

What better way to have students show their understanding of a topic than to write a book about it? Using Book Creator, students from kindergarten through high school can…

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Splash Math Summer Program: Summer Slide Prevention

15 Jun

Summer Slide InfographicAs teachers and families kick off summer vacation it’s important to think about how students will continue to grow their skills over their break from school.  Splash Math offers an online summer program designed to help students maintain their math gains and prepare for the upcoming school year.  Their award winning eight week review program includes a Common Core aligned diagnostic assessment before and during the program and a personalized practice schedule for each student based on the diagnostic assessment.

Students will review skills from their current grade and practice key skills from the grade they’re entering in the fall.  It is designed so students can work through activities for just ten minutes a day and move through the program. Once they finish up the program students are awarded a certificate of completion.  Teachers can sign up their students or families can sign up their children individually

Summer PostLearn more about Splash Math’s summer program for teachers and families by visiting their website!

Standards Planner: Summer Time-Saver for Your Lesson Plans

9 Jun


unnamed-1This year I’ve shared Standards Planner, an online tool that lets teachers create and organize their lessons quickly and easily. As you wrap up classes for summer and get ready for next year, Standards Planner will definitely come in handy. They are offering a free account for teachers with extra support, setup, and resources. This includes Khan Academy videos, CK12 resources, and all of the national and state standards including the Common Core, Next Gen Science, and ISTE standards.

sp-layoutOne new option that has just been released is the click and create feature right on your customized teaching schedule. Just click anywhere on your calendar and create or store your resources. Then when you come back next school year just select the day, click on the resource, and use it in the classroom. Standards Planner is free for teachers and integrates with your existing Google, Edmodo, Clever, Office 365 account.

Learn more by visiting their website!


Critical Thinking Resources from Mentoring Minds

7 Jun

MM logoCritical thinking is an essential skill for students both across grade levels and content areas. Mentoring Minds, a national publisher of critical thinking resources for K-12, offers educators curriculum solutions in print and digital formats that integrate best practices for supplementary instruction, learning and assessment across a range of subject areas.

TOMO_Key_Art_FinalLast year, the company launched Total Motivation, a supplemental curriculum tool that delivers deeply aligned content in a total package that includes both print and online formats. This unique print-and-online solution ensures that teachers and students have access to high-quality content to meet rigorous standards and effectively build individual critical thinking skills for the classroom and beyond.

Mentoring Minds recently unveiled two new additions to the Total Motivation family. Total Motivation for California aligns 100 percent with the California Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts (ELA). Total Motivation for California reflects the rigor of Smarter Balanced assessments in order to meet the needs of students and educators in some of the country’s largest school districts.
Visit the Mentoring Minds website to learn more!

Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer

26 May
Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.39.58 PMTodo Math is a fantastic iPad app that supports Common Core Math instruction.  It includes exercises and activities to help students master pre-Kindergarten through second grade math skills.  This iPad app has bright and colorful features that will grab the attention of young learners and support them as they work to master math content.
Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.39.27 PMTodo Math for the Classroom just launched earlier this month.  They are offering a FREE 60-day trial offer to teachers interested in trying out this app with their students.  It includes access to all Todo Math content for free and access to the web-based Teacher Dashboard.  The Teacher Dashboard is an online management tool that helps you monitor and easily manage up to 30 students at once.
Learn more about Todo Math for the Classroom and their free trial by visiting this website!
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