Infusing Technology in Common Core

Webinar Review by Kathryn Chapman

Given by Letia Cooper

Letia believes that "When technology is integrated into the classroom, all students are motivated to learn." She is proud to offer you a variety of resources and ideas that will help you to integrate technology into your classroom. She is a 1998 graduate of South Carolina State University and a 2008 graduate of Grand Canyon University with a M.Ed in Instructional Technology. She currently works for Beaufort County School District as a Instructional Technology Specialist for grades K-12. Letia has presented at various conferences such as SC Edtech, NCTIES, SCEA Common Core, GAETC & FETC. She is a Verizon Thinkfinity Field Trainer and Promethean Social Media Council Member and Simple K12 presenter. Feel free to email Letia at techwithtia@live.com or visit her blog at www.techwithtia.com. Don't forget to visit her Livebinders page or download one of her free website of the month calendars for teachers and students.
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5 items that I took away from this Webinar

1) READ WORKS http://www.readworks.org/ This website is GREAT for Math, Science and Social Studies. It allows you to find reading passages for those content areas by typing in key words at the appropriate grade level. It also has lessons and units as well as standards and alignments.



2) Learn Zillion http://learnzillion.com/ This is created by teachers for other teachers. It has video lessons that are beneficial for new teachers as well as a new spin for veteran teachers. It is based on grade level and aligned with common core.


3) Brain Genie http://braingenie.ck12.org/ Everyone uses Brain Pop as a start up or initiator for classroom learning. Brain Genie, however, is a math and science practice site that has videos for instructions as well as quizzes to master the instruction.


4) Screen Leap http://www.screenleap.com/ If your school has implemented BYOD, then this is the tool to use to capture every student's screen to monitor if all students are on the task assigned as well as allowing students to see your screen as well.


5) Teaching Channel https://www.teachingchannel.org/ This is a great website for ESOL lesson plans as well as all content areas within the common core standards.


REFLECTION on Webinar from Classroom 2.0


I enjoyed the watching the Webinar and not just because of the massive amounts of information given by the instructor for common core. It was interactive in which questions were asked that could be answered and immediate feedback was given to those questions as well as the ability to allow viewers to place on a map the area from which they were watching. It was also interesting to see that "chatting" was going on in which the viewers were asking questions, supplying their own websites that worked for them, making comments. All of the questions were taken down and there was a question/answer period at the end of the webinar (efficient). Furthermore, all of the websites given were also taken down and dispersed between the viewers (even more efficient).

I felt that it was too long even though the instructor gave "awesome" (her word all the time) websites and examples for common core. She ran out of time (it was already and hour) and did not get to all of the instructional websites. There was also quite a few advertisements for Classroom 2.0 and their sponsors.

All in all, it was an excellent webinar with many great websites that I will be taking back to my school to share with other teachers!

The Hunt Institute Video (below)

Shows the implementation of Common Core Standards across the US and why we needed this implementation


3 Additional Resources to supplement the Webinar

1) Common Core Videos from Pearson Education http://commoncore.pearsoned.com/index.cfm?locator=PS11Ye This website has videos for the reason for common core along with standards for English and Math. It has assessments and curriculum help as well. There is also solutions to problems, more webinars and a tab that states "managing the common core" which helps teachers with their challenges in the common core standards. I liked it because it is beneficial for teachers whose states are just starting the common core process since it gives you videos, understands the challenges and helps you with those issues. I also like that Pearson Education is a reputable organization and has undoubtedly tested their videos on how informative and helpful they are with the teachers.


2) Curriculum 21: Common Core Crosswalks Live binder http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=52180 this live binder has all of the states that have accepted common core standards (at the time of creation) so that teachers can see how the states are looking at the common core standards in addition to their own standards by comparing both sets of standards and how those standards can be similar or "crossed" with one another. It is set up in an organized manner with the states listed alphabetically. This can be time consuming within your state and trying to determine what standards can cross over. I noticed that WV isn't listed on there but I know they have adopted common core, hence me stating that at the time this live binder was created, not all states had adopted common core.


3) Next generation Science standards http://www.nextgenscience.org/ This isn't a part of common core but the states will soon be adopting these standards and they are aligned with the common core. It has course mapping for middle and high schools as well as showing the cross connections to math from science and literacy in science which is great for interdisciplinary curriculum's. It's kind of a boring read but it is beneficial in determining what students should know about the Nature of Science in all science classes. I would like to see more helpful examples on this website. For example, students have difficulty writing Lab Reports. This website could have videos on how to teach students how to write a lab report or determine their data in graphs and charts etc.