Twenty projects for K-8, 114 Common Core Math Standards, to prepare students for the rigorous quantitative material, problem solving, critical thinking required in college and career. Lessons are authentic applications of skills (such as a gradebook and a budget), useful tools (i.e., a chance for motivated students to get their Excel certification) as well as projects that appeal to today’s students (we’ve gamified math education, so be prepared). These lessons ask students to exhibit the traits Common Core considers inherent in successful students—and an open-minded risk taking from teachers. They don’t take more time, just suggest a different way of doing what you already do—using technology.
How to Achieve Common Core with Tech is a five-book series that focuses on using technology to meet Common Core standards included in Language, Writing, Reading, Speaking/Listening, and Math.
Over and over throughout the 150+-page Common Core roadmap to educational reform, it’s clear the 21st Century learner requires technologic proficiency—digital dexterity to fuel the ‘college and career’ engine. One example: Common Core assessments will be completed online—only possible if students use technology as comfortably as paper and pencil to demonstrate knowledge.
To accomplish this requires a seamless integration of technology into classroom curricula. This series makes that happen. You see how to use computers, websites, tablets, graphic art, infographics, web widgets to scaffold what you already teach--easy-to-understand tech tools, no more complicated than the iPads and manipulatives you already use.
Each lesson includes
1. Common Core standards addressed
2. NETS-S Standards addressed
3. Vocabulary used
4. Time Required
5. Grade level recommended and suggested background
6. Essential Question
7. Big Idea
8. Materials required and teacher preparation
9. Step-by-step directions
10. Help with tech problems
11. Extensions—how to differentiate and dig deeper
A note: These books are not intended to teach Common Core Standards. It assumes you have that training. What these books show is how to use technology to teach.