Every Common Core Standard Related to Technology

Nov 7, 2012 by

I’ve had a LOT of traffic on a Google Document that I created last year while exploring the Common Core State Standards. At the time I created it I was looking for a way to impress upon the teachers in my district that technology standards are now for the first time being embedded within the content standards (at least here in Michigan). Previously, the technology standards were published by the state separately from the core content areas, which created a¬†convenient¬†excuse for many teachers to basically say “well, they aren’t my concern, because they aren’t in my standards.” Walking carefully away from that statement (which I know is far over-generalized), I wanted a positive way to show the teachers I work with where technology is being asked to be integrated within their instructional practice. For better or worse, all educators at the K-12 level are now responsible for ensuring that...

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Common Core Standards Propaganda at its Cheesiest

May 10, 2012 by

I don’t mean to imply that this video fits the generally accepted definition of propaganda; I don’t find anything particularly biased or misleading. Instead, I applaud the Common Core State Standard Consortium in their attempt of tackling the huge task of informing educators about what the Common Core Standards are all about. I just wish it wasn’t so cheesy. This is a HUGE time in education. The “powers that be” are finally giving educators standards that blend both the “what” and the “how” of education, have built in structures for students to fail (on purpose, crazy huh?), and demand that we bring real world challenges into our classroom on a regular basis. While technology will play an increasingly important role in that last idea, what will be more important is that educators be willing to let go of entrenched lessons, projects, and activities that only reinforce the “what” of...

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Visually Exploring the Common Core Standards

Jan 11, 2012 by

I’m playing with the Common Core Standards in attempt to try and find ways to represent those standards which relate to technology to the rest of the standards as a whole. My ultimate goal is to try and find a way to emphasize the presence and requirement of student use of technological tools and methods of communication within the Common Core, without trying to isolate them as yet another “add on”. I’m not sure if this visualization is helping. In the interest of full disclosure, the top image is a collection of high frequency words from any and all language in the Common Core documents with the term “technology”. The bottom image a collection of high frequency words from all of the language from both the ELA, History, Science, and Technical Subjects Standards and the Math Standards. In fairness I removed the words “student(s), number(s), standard(s), and e.g.” from...

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Bud the Teacher has a Posse

Apr 1, 2011 by

Are you a teacher that doesn’t currently incorporate writing on a regular basis in the classroom? Are you “too busy” to add yet another piece of cross-curricular requirements to your already overflowing plate? Guess what? Bud Hunt (aka @budtheteacher) is calling you out, and he’s got a posse…in the form of the Common Core Standards. I’ve been giving the Common Core a look through in the past few weeks, and I have to say that I’m really impressed and excited for what they’re bringing to education, at least in terms of cross-curriculum integration, and technology inclusion. Michigan adopted them last year, and while they haven’t been implemented yet, I wanted to be prepared, so I’ve been looking for different examples, experiences, and voices that support what the Common Core is all about. Which leads me to Bud Hunt’s excellent post about students and teachers as writers over at the...

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