EdWeek recently published an article, Guidance Needed on Strategies for Teaching Common Core, Study Says. Primarily, the Common Core Standards provide guidance without specifics -- teachers may determine on their own how to teach the subject matter. As a result, some teachers are struggling without additional professional development. From the article:
The authors argue that teachers need substantially more professional development around the common core, not just in understanding what the new standards include and how they differ from states' old standards, but also to fill the gaps in instructional strategies that will be needed for students to write well.
Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Catlin Tucker.
Catlin is a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. She teaches 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Windsor High School in Sonoma County, CA and has taught online college level writing courses. She spent the 2011-2012 school year on leave finishing her first book, Blended Learning for Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms (Corwin).
Throughout the course of this school year, Atomic Learning has been following several teachers to see how they are transitioning classroom lessons to implement the CCSS. Videos captured from these observations are part of the trusted ed tech training leader’s Atomic TechCore solution, a set of tools that assist school leaders in providing teachers the resources they need to address the critical technology components embedded within the Common Core State Standards.
Catlin Tucker is one of those teachers working through the challenges of implementing the standards in her California English classroom. Here's a preview of the training Catlin has helped develop to assist her peers in implementing the CCSS in their lessons: http://youtu.be/A25IqcouUns
Developed in response to district needs, the Atomic TechCore solution from Atomic Learning consists of a set of tools that assist school leaders in providing teachers the resources they need to address the critical technology components embedded within the Common Core State Standards.
Atomic TechCore provides examples and resources, including:
This year, Atomic Learning is following three teachers as they implement the Common Core State Standards in their classroom. One of those teachers is Tabitha, a Georgia teacher facing the challenges of implementing the standards into her 3rd grade classroom.
In her Atomic TechCore series, Tabitha has addressed planning, technology tools, and specifics for teaching math, ELA, and science aligned to the CCSS.
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Aligning curriculum to the Common Core is a major task many school leaders and teachers are working through. In this video, hear from a former district employee about a new resource to help school leaders in building and executing a solid Common Core implementation roadmap.
Learn more about Atomic Learning's Atomic TechCore solution.
Learn how to transform your classroom lessons to teach Common Core State Standards in the Atomic Catalyst course starting October 11th! Register today!
Have you heard about Atomic Learning's Atomic Catalyst—instructor-led PD—course centered around Atomic TechCore’s Lesson Wizard, where classroom lessons are created that empower students to achieve the rigor of the Common Core State Standards?
One participant shared:
Thank you for your help and expertise. Learning about the Common Core and all the resources out there online about them has given me confidence to speak up about the standards.
When participants are finished with the course, they gain a thorough understanding of how to create lessons that align to the Common Core Standards. During the course, they have guided practice designing 3 such lessons in a collaborative, facilitated environment.
Learn more about joining an upcoming session and register for the course starting on October 11th!
Check out this Education Industry Insight presentation at the Gilfus Education Group's Innovation Showcase Theater: "Planning for the Technology Components of Common Core" presented by Jeffrey Roth of Atomic Learning. Recorded at the annual ASCD Conference, Philadelphia, March 2012.
For a demo of Atomic TechCore, Atomic Learning's suite of tools developed to guide school leaders in building their Common Core implementation road maps, click here.
The Atomic TechCore solution from Atomic Learning helps school leaders and educators plan and execute a solid road map for curriculum to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.
New to the Atomic TechCore solution is the lesson entitled "Fish Tank: Research, Writing, & Presentation," which uses an online wiki to create a collaborative environment where students present and discuss information related to an allegorical story they have read. Students will learn Internet search techniques, as well as how to evaluate the information they find on the Web for credibility and accuracy.
In this edublogs blog post, the topic of transforming lessons to teach Common Core Standards is discussed. The blogger states his take on technology and the CCSS.
When you think about it, digital storytelling as a concept has a lot of potential for learning in the new standards, but you have to revamp the traditional definition of personal narrative into something larger, I think."
The Atomic TechCore solution can help educators transform curriculum. The solution consists of a set of collaborative planning tools that assist school leaders in identifying the professional development and technology needed for their schools to be successful implementing Common Core. Have you requested your demo yet?
In a recent poll discussed on the Education Week website, most teachers surveyed were aware of the Common Core State Standards.
With regard to public school teachers, awareness continues to grow, which should come as little surprise given that states and districts have become more active in ramping up their implementation efforts."
Need a kickstart for your district’s Common Core planning and implementation? Atomic Learning recently announced the launch of Atomic TechCore, a suite of tools for school leaders to build their Common Core implementation roadmaps.
Atomic TechCore consists of a set of collaborative planning tools that assist school leaders in identifying the professional development and technology needed for their schools to be successful implementing Common Core.
Is your district struggling with developing a strategic plan to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards? Atomic TechCore, a suite of tools for school leaders to build their Common Core implementation roadmaps, is now available.
Atomic TechCore consists of a set of customizable planning and collaborative network tools that assist administrators in identifying the professional development and technology needed for their district to transform teaching to align to Common Core standards, and in communicating the resulting findings and implementation plans to those impacted within the district.
The Atomic TechCore solution includes:
• Planning tool for school leaders
• PD and lesson plans for teachers
• Lesson assignments for students
At the recent ISTE Conference, Atomic Learning's Director of Product Management, Jonathon Blissenbach was interviewed by SmartBrief. Discussion of the new products from Atomic Learning, the Atomic Mobilize solution and Atomic TechCore solution was shared.
This new Atomic Catalyst instructor-led PD course is centered around Atomic TechCore’s Lesson Wizard, where classroom lessons are created that empower students to achieve the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.
Upon completion of the course, learners will:
Unpack the Common Core State Standards identifying the knowledge and skills called for in the standards they need to teach.
Identify classroom activities that will help develop an enduring understanding.
Design 3 lessons that meet specific CCSS.
Evaluate the process of transforming an existing lesson to meet CCSS and creating an original lesson that meets the standards.
Transforming Classroom Lessons to Teach Common Core Standards
Atomic Learning gives the Curriculum Director resources to quickly find examples of how technology can support different subject areas and plan and implement Common Core State Standards. Through the use of Classroom ready projects, teachers learn to effectively integrate technology in the classroom, empowering them with forward-thinking training to prepare students for 21st Century careers. These resources can be used as basis for, or to augment, training sessions.
A recent Tech&Learningarticle entitled "Where’s the Tech in the Common Core?" discussed with industry experts insight about how technology will be used to both leverage and manage the delivery of curriculum that meets Common Core standards. Did you know:
Many of the Common Core State Standards identify technology as a key component to achieve the objectives embedded within the standards.
At Atomic Learning, we know and share your passion for creating tech embedded classrooms. And we also know that districts are struggling to figure all these standards out. That's why we developed the Atomic TechCore solution, a set of collaborative planning tools that assist school leaders in building and executing a solid Common Core implementation roadmap.
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When you stop by, not only will you get a free t-shirt, we'll also show you what's new at Atomic Learning. As you know, technology is constantly changing, so we're introducing some exciting new solutions to help you continue your quest to bridge the technology and curriculum gap. Come check out our new solutions to help you with mobile and Common Core initiatives (as well as learn about our new app!)
A recent article in Education Week asks the question “How Much Will the Common Core Cost?” The article highlights money-saving ways to implement the Common Core State Standards, the largest implementation savings are linked to using technology in three areas: curriculum materials, tests, and professional development.
At Atomic Learning, we didn’t design Atomic TechCore to save districts money on implementation costs; we designed a product that would allow educators and administrators to collaborate to determine the best way to incorporate the new Mathematics and English Language Arts standards into curriculum. This meant encompassing professional development, lesson planning, and student delivery, in addition to rubrics to gauge learning metrics all in one tool. With Atomic TechCore, districts are able to review existing tools within the district to make sure that the components of the standards are woven into the classroom as seamlessly and as efficiently as possible.
Struggling with how to implement the Common Core State Standards in your district? Atomic Learning can help with Atomic TechCore. Atomic TechCore is a suite of tools for school leaders to build their Common Core implementation roadmaps. Learn more athttp://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/techcore
A recent Education Week blog post discussed survey results that revealed teachers are aware of Common Core State Standards, but when asked how prepared the teachers were to implement the standards in their classroom there were mixed feelings.
Word has definitely gotten out among teachers about the Common Core State Standards, new survey data suggest, but many educators do not feel fully prepared to teach them.
This graphic from Scholastic shows the survey findings visually:
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