“I want to introduce technology and coding to my lesson plans, but I am not quite sure how to align this with the Common Core State Standards?”
This is a common question for many teachers, and often half the battle is finding the right resources to make this possible. In last night’s #KidsCanCode chat, we discussed a number of resources to help guide teachers to properly aligning their curriculum with the Common Core. Here are some of the resources we came across:
Assembled by Ben Rimes, this is an enormously valuable resource that not only has gleaned every standard related to technology from the CCSS, but is meticulously organized and easy-to-follow. The sections are delineated by standards, starting with ELA and proceeding to Math. Each section is then broken down by grade level, similar to the actual standards themselves, but presenting much less information to process.
For those interested in just the ELA Standards, this is another resource that I recommend checking out that was put together by Tara Linney (@TechTeacherT). Again, pulled directly from the Common Core State Standards, sections are separated by grade level, making for easy reading and unnecessary to skim through the entire original document itself.
Ever need something to send to parents? This might be a resource worth checking out. The Standards are broken down in this parent-friendly version for all of K-8 with a separate Middle School & High School Section. There is also a section that answers a common question (pun intended), “What is the Common Core?” for parents. This site also has sample/practice test questions, and other valuable CCSS related materials.
If you are looking for more resources relating to technology/coding and the Common Core, be sure to check out the #CCSSchat website. And as always the original Common Core Standards can be found on CoreStandards.org.
In this week’s edition of #KidsCanCode we teamed up with @CODEfilm to discuss the ways we can debug the gender gap and help girls overcome the cultural barriers they face in CS and STEM fields. We also chatted about the likelihood of a future Disney Princess Coding Movie. 🙂
Be sure to check out the documentary teaser:
A BYOT plan can be challenging. However, Michael Mills outlines some essential ideas for successfully using the power of technology for learning, regardless of your school’s budget. (via MindShift)
Instead of traditional activities at camp this summer, these young Girl Scouts designed and constructed a cabin for their entire staff. (via CBS13 Sacramento)
Sam Patterson has never met a teacher who began teaching because of what they didn’t know. Experienced in English, rhetoric, and poetry, Sam is now a K-5 technology teacher that encourages us to put aside our fears, and reframe technology as a medium. (via My Paperless Classroom)
Offering “pay what you want” enrollment and utilizing a BYOT plan, Digital Harbor has been able to offer young students the opportunity to become active producers of technology this summer. (via Philadelphia Public School Notebook)
This year, Great Britain begins its mandatory programming curriculum. What does this mean for coding in the United States? Christopher Mims explores how established and available online curriculums can effectively serve both teachers and students. (via Wall Street Journal: Digits)
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After a bad perm that left her with thinning hair at the age of 11, Jasmine created her own successful line of all-natural hair products, and has discovered a love of computer science and robotics. (via Huffington Post)
There are many obstacles facing students and teachers striving for programming education. Read how these students and teachers are refusing to wait for systematic changes, and are moving towards grassroots development. (via San Jose Mercury News)
As computer science becomes more available and prevalent to students, both kids and their parents are seeing programming as a beneficial skill and talent, as well as an excellent career option. (via Los Angeles Times)
After participating in the Engineering Fair, Amber Barron realized that the best way for her to help her fellow students through the same process was to develop her own curriculum. (via Huffington Post & KUTV2 News)
Ever wonder how Lean Startup methods can be applied to education? Steve Blank outlines how this is not only possible, but necessary. (via Huffington Post)
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