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    "Instructional technology should be identified at the planning stage just as the students’ readiness is assessed, lesson objectives identified, methods of presenting are established, and evaluation strategies are determined."

    The Pedagogy of Technology Integration

    Mabel CPO Okojie, Anthony A. Olinzock, and Tinukwa C. Okojie-Boulder

    The Journal of Technology Studies


    Reading / ELA - Key Design Considerations: Research and media skills blended into the standards as a whole

    To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society,students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and non print texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.

    Students who are college and career ready in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use technology and digital media strategically and capably.

    Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing,speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.


    College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading

    Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    7. Integrate and evaluate content in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

    Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections;include formatting (e.g., headings),illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

    Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

    Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
    Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

    Student literacies woven throughout CCSS & PA Core Standards include:

    • Digital Literacy – the ability to communicate with an ever-expanding community to discuss issues, gather information, and seek help;

    • Global Literacy - the capacity to read, interpret, respond, and contextualize messages from a global perspective
    • Technology Literacy - the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance;

    • Visual Literacy - the ability to understand, produce and communicate through visual images;

    • Information Literacy - the ability to find, evaluate and synthesize information.

    Below you will find links to technology tools to help successfully implement the PA Core Standards into your instruction!
    But, before you begin, learn more about SAMR
     Integrating Technology and Teaching, Ruben R. Puentedura, Ph.D. (PDF) 

    Common Core and 1:1

    Moving Forward with Common Core State Standards Implementation: Possibilities and Potential Problem

    Emily Liebtag, University of Virginia

    "Before implementation is too far underway, a “moral framework” (Reeves, 2011, p. 2) should be decided upon. The CCSS were designed to prepare students with 21st century skills and rely heavily on the use of technology. Some of the assessments will be offered digitally. Unfortunately, there are some states that are less prepared for this digital dependency than others (Rothman, 2012). The states that do not have the financial means to fully implement the standards, complete with digital components as well as hard-copy materials as they were intended to be, may be at a disadvantage. States that are not as well equipped will have to devote significant funding to get their schools up to speed, resulting in fewer funds for instructional materials for students (O’Hanlon, 2012)."

    Pottsgrove's Digital Learning Initiative- Powerful Learning for a Changing World by Building a 21st Century Learning Environment that is Rigorous, Meaningful & Relevant

    Discovery Education
    • Click here for a collection of awesome web tools from the Discovery Education Common Core ELA Academy!
    • Click here for a collection of tools to integrate the Common Core into your classroom!
    • Click here to explore Common Core and creating Learning Targets for your students!
    • Click here for technology tools to utilize with specific, grade level Math & Language Arts Common Core Standards.

    Other Resources

    "Throughout this series, links have been provided at the bottom of each page to the ISTE Standards for Teachers the planning group found each thing supports.  In this final Thing, you will write a capstone lesson plan.  As you write the lesson plan, consider your target audience.  Will it be students or teachers?  Consider the two standards: technology and curriculum.  These are most often aligned to the International ISTE standards for students or teachers and the national Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards."
    Common Core Conversation - Using Teach Tools for Learning with Standards
    "As educators, we can design opportunities for students to communicate, question, investigate, evaluate, collaborate, test, and create. They can develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to apply in college and throughout their careers, no matter what technologies or tasks they encounter. We can begin using content and basic skills to address the untested CCSS so that our students can become lifelong learners, active participants, and contributors to the global community."
    Mission: To provide educators practical resources that transform student learning.
    "The Common Core State Standards recognize that to thrive in the newly wired world, students need to master new ways of reading and writing."
    Idea Generators
    "The appropriate technology tools should be used when planning lessons to not only maximize student learning time but to align to various standards. See Figure 1, below. The appropriate AASL, ISTE/NETS, and Common Core Standards are indicated for each 21st-century skill. If technology is seamlessly integrated into learning plans and used for assessments, students will not only learn the curriculum, but also develop technology, digital citizenship, and interpersonal skills."
    "EcoMUVE is an exciting new curriculum research project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that uses immersive virtual environments to teach middle school students about ecosystems and causal patterns."
    "Mathtrain.TV is a free, educational "kids teaching kids" project from Mr. Marcos & his Students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA."
    "Since being asked to pilot my school's first iPad 1:1 classroom, I've been working through a paperless project-based learning unit with my eighth graders. It had been going on since the first day of school. And just before winter break, at the end of the quarter, it culminated in classroom presentations."
     Idea Generators From Our Own Classrooms
    The 3rd Graiders of the Lost Shapes - Concepts in geometry converge with writing and digital communication
    NearPod - Teachers use iPad app to present custom math instruction in an engaging way while conducting ongoing formative assessment
    Daily Morning News - Students work daily to develop writing, speaking and interviewing skills while communicating visually. Students do all the videography and digital production.