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Common Core State Standards and Technology Overview

Common Core Standards address math, reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, and are designed “to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young audience needs in order to be successful.” Part of this success will be shifting learning to reflect our technological society. The Common Core Standards expect technology to support core subject’s k-12. Technology is no longer a stand-alone subject. Technology skills will still need to be taught, but as an integration into classroom inquiry.

Technology skills will be taught in a sequence so that students are ready for each new skill based on the foundation laid by prior skills. The Common Core Standards require ALL students be able to create documents, presentations and movies to be publish on the internet. No matter how nicely doing these digital projects enhances a unit of study, students will need to understand and apply technological concepts like tools, toolbars, software, inputting text and pictures, digital citizenship, images, internet research and more.

The other focus with Common Core standards that is a change from traditional technology teaching is the emphasis on publishing and sharing. In addition to posting work on the classroom walls, teachers and students will use tools available on the internet to share work with all students and parents, tools like blogs, wikis, Edmodo, Embedit.in, Slideshare, Scribd, and more.