Common Core State Standards open the door to technological learning

Posted on Thursday, 2/28/2013 2:26:53 pm
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As educators across the country know, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are currently being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia. With the adoption of the CCSS, not only is there an opportunity to improve the quality of instruction in the nation's schools, but a chance to use more technology as well, such as mobile devices and software for students.

Technological instruction is essential under the CCSS
The CCSS in English language arts and mathematics were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to ensure that students in grades K-12 are learning what they need to know to thrive in college and the workforce, according to the Common Core's website.

In today's world, whether high school graduates go on to continue their studies at the collegiate level or begin a career, they will likely be required to use technology. For this reason, it is essential that students are comfortable using computers, know how to type and have experience working with other forms of digital media.

In fact, information, media and technology skills are considered an essential part of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' Framework for 21st Century Learning, which details the abilities students need to be successful throughout life. According to this organization's website, a foundation in life and career skills, as well as learning and innovation skills, are also recommended.

New ways to learn
Not long ago, educators did not have the luxury of teaching with an interactive whiteboard, tablet computers or software. Today, however, giant leaps in technology have allowed instruction to become more engaging than ever. Under the CCSS, teachers have to find new ways to deliver lessons to their pupils. This provides them with an opportunity to integrate technology into their classrooms if they believe it will help students learn better.

One institution that is reinventing teaching through technology is California's Foothill Technology High School, the Ventura County Star reported. Students in a Foothill social studies class recently used Apple's iPad mini to create their own political cartoons as a way of learning about the federal government.

Moving to CCSS-aligned instruction also means that schools in states that have adopted the standards will be teaching at the same pace. As a result, students in California will be covering the same topics as peers in Massachusetts. This provides educators with an opportunity to create a web-based virtual classroom that pupils in institutions around the country can log into for collaboration that goes beyond state borders.

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