“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are here, and with them justification for using today's teaching approaches and methods of learning. Teachers can spend less time convincing parents, administrators, and politicians to embrace technology use in the classroom and spend their valuable time preparing instruction using the tools and approaches mapped out in the standards. This article from TeachThought identifies key standards taken from the CCSS that specifically identify the use of technology during instruction, and key takeaways for teachers.”
The Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools in the United States, have now been adopted by 47 of the 50 states in the U.S. This makes them the pre-eminent source of what is being taught in the vast majority of public schools in America.
Much has been made in the blogosphere and across social media of the changes compared to former academic standards that were dictated at a state level. Reactions usually involve the added demand these standards place on text complexity and general rigor. Since they’re only available for English-Language Arts and Math, it’s difficult to get a full picture for how they will impact public education, but some inferences can be made based on the set of ELA standards.
Edudemic’s focus is on the intersection of education and technology, and the Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use. Four sample standards from elementary, middle, and high school English-Language Arts appear below.