Technology with Common Core Standards

Standards. It's the latest buzz word and activity of the year, right? And I know that moving to standards is especially overwhelming with the implementation of 1:1 this year at the high school. My previous post about saving time? Especially useful with how you all feel this year. But why don't we combine the two into one thing? Let's look at using technology to SUPPORT those common core standards. Fortunately, Graphite has done the work for us. They just released the Common Core Explorer that will help guide you to tools that support the math and language art standards (science coming soon).

Here is an example screenshot once you expand a standard:

In this screen, I can see 3 of the 12 products that I could use to support standard HSA.CED.1 with one of them being an app for the iPad, one being a game, and another being a website. If we had iPads, then the first one would be cool to check out since it gets great teacher ratings. But the second one, Gamestar Mechanic, gets great reviews from teachers and students and the basic site is free. So, if my students were working on this standard or if they needed more review, I could direct them to use Gamestar Mechanic in class and they'd be learning and practicing, likely with barely noticing it.

Go check out the Common Core Explorer on Graphite and let me know what you think! If you find something awesome, but sure to share it with your peers.

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