Blending Technology with The Common Core

As the educational standards and expectations change, so does the need to use alternate methods of instruction

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are here AND they are not going anywhere

Everyone Needs to Focus on the CCSS

If Everyone Focuses on the CCSS, it Helps with:

1. Producing a Collaborative Team Environment
2. Better Teachers with their Evaluations
3. Job Security (Electives, Social Studies, Sciences)

5 Areas Where We Can Make a Difference with Technology and the CCSS

1. Apply content and technology to real world applications;

2. Create content and resources that assist students in becoming college and career ready;

3. Extend previous learning - making a smooth transition from course to course;

4. Apply knowledge learned from CCSS classes in multiple subject areas;

5. Use technology to help students create a conceptual understanding of material learned.



  • Learning Management tool where teachers and students can be interactive.
  • Connect to Edmodo on all your mobile devices—whenever and wherever you want. All for free.
  • Quizzes, Homework, and other Formative Assessments on one system.
  • Learning Management System similar to Edmodo which allows teachers and students to operate their classes online.
  • LMS has very good user management, system communications and integration with content and apps, Student Mastery Reporting, Record Audio and Video, and use Web Conferencing.
  • Collaborate on documents where students can edit and receive feedback
  • Teacher can give feedback and make suggestions/corrections
  • Easy organization and sharing capabilities
  • A basic component of using Google Classroom.
  • Classroom management application
  • Project-based learning environment - set times when projects start/end
  • Real-time formative assessments
  • Embed videos, polls, images, etc. inside writing

Creating College & Career-Ready Students

Writing for an Audience and Collaboration

  • Blogging software capabilities where students can express themselves, write in detail on different topics, and share writing with an audience.
  • Easy to use tool; all students and teachers need are Google accounts to create a blog using Blogger
  • Safe blogging tool for teachers and students.
  • Classes can use tool for creative writing, book clubs, notebooks for science and math classes, and digital portfolios.
  • Easy to use social media tools where you can upload your blog to different social media sites.
  • Toontastic is an app where students can tell their own stories by creating cartoons.
  • Storytelling app that allows students to draw, animate and share cartoons with users from all over the world.
  • You can add photo faces to characters to help share a story.

Extend Previous Learning - Make Smooth Transitions from Grade to Grade

Students Need to "Show What They Know"

  • Presentation tool that allows users to present using not only text, but audio, video, and images to share information.
  • VoiceThread is cloud based and stores all presentations in the cloud.
  • Users can upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, videos
  • Users can also comment on presentations using microphone, webcams, and text.
  • VoiceThread works well with many learning management systems.
  • Students can "show what they know" by explaining different topics/images/videos used in class.  Students can also create their own presentations.
  • Example of student work using VoiceThread
  • Create online presentations.
  • With SlideRocket, you can access presentations anywhere.  Sounds a lot like Google Presentations, but with SlideRocket, you can access presentations offline.  They have a Desktop Presenter that can be downloaded and all presentations created will download to the Presenter.
  • Use HD Video and Flash in your presentations.
  • Slide Library lets students collaborate with each other.
  • Basically, what you and I used to called PowerPoint - just a heck of a lot prettier.
  • Utilize images, videos, and links to create an interactive presentation.
  • Students create presentations to "show what they know"; can be shared with others.
  • Organize photos on your devices and set them to music.
  • Students could retrieve photos from their phones and create a story set to music and text.
  • Create videos with images, songs, and text.
  • Videos are shared with others.
  • Animoto has a video engine that analyzes imagery and music to make productions to share.
  • Students can create videos to demonstrate comprehension of material.
  • App used as an interactive whiteboard.
  • Users record images, voice, and drawings on the screen (similar to ShowMe).
  • Videos can be saved and shared with others around the world; share the URL Address.
  • Students can record videos and "show what they know" covering different subjects.
  • App used as an interactive whiteboard.
  • Users can record images, voice, and drawings on the screen.
  • Videos can be saved and shared with others; each video has a separate URL address.
  • Students could go through step-by-step to discuss the topic at hand and "show what they know".
  • Record what is on your computer screen and share with others.
  • Students can record what they are doing to demonstrate that they comprehend lesson at hand.
  • Could be useful when working on researching or utilizing different websites; have students "show what they know" - can they get to the appropriate websites and complete the research and citations correctly.
  • Post pictures and videos using a social media tool popular with students.
  • Students can "show what they know" by posting pics with statements relating to the lesson at hand.
  • Students can also post short videos to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject area.
  • Create a class/school Instagram account or have students create an Instagram account dedicated to your classes.
  • Great social media tool to share information with millions of people around the world.
  • Student can use "hashtags" (#) to share their views in a common thread.
  • Students have a voice without raising their hands, turning in papers, etc. and also "show what they know" in their tweets.

Apply Knowledge in Multiple Subject Areas (Go Cross-Curricular)

Use Video to Cross-Over Learning & Allow Students to Convey Thoughts, Ideas, and Evidence

  • Video creating tool.
  • Teacher-friendly: To get started, simply tell us a bit about yourself, and we’ll email your promo code. You’ll receive a one-year Pro account (a $39.99 value) with 30GB of storage and access to all of our tools for uploading, editing and sharing video. Student Basic accounts (7GB of storage) are FREE
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Easy to use video creating tool.
  • Can be stored on a hard drive or in the cloud.
  • Has limited features if using free version.
  • User-friendly interface
  • Web-based video tool that is one of the most tried and true.
  • Record videos and save to You Tube channel.
  • Students can use their Google accounts to access You Tube.
  • Easy to share with URL address; works with "You Tube Capture" to video using mobile devices.
  • Basic editing features for students.
  • App that allows easy video creation in three steps.
  • Free version allows 30 seconds of video.  Paid versions have different amounts of length and storage of videos.
  • Use music provided by the software and include your own music.
  • Easy to share via social media and via email.
  • Basic editing features for students.
  • Works well on iPads.
  • Powtoon is a service for creating explanatory videos through a drag and drop process.
  • The videos feature digital paper cut-outs on a colorful background.
  • PowToon provides drawings of people and objects that you can arrange on blank canvas. After adding your narration to the arrangement you can publish your video.
  • PowToon's free version limits your videos to 45 seconds.

Conceptual Understanding of Material

Using Evidence to Present Analysis and Well-Defined Claims (Backchannels & Data)

  • Create forms through Google Drive to gather data and input.
  • Create forms for FREE and gather data in spreadsheets, charts, etc. to analyze data.
  • Easy to use interface.  Simply share with students by sharing web address.
  • Simplistic web poll tool to gather data.
  • Doesn't always work the way it is supposed to.
  • Free and web-based.  Use icons to create surveys.
  • Excellent web-based tool to use to gather data from students.
  • FREE to use and easy to access: share the URL address with students and they can access the poll.
  • Students enter in their nickname/name and they can post to the poll (have students enter their real names on the poll).
  • Survey web-based site allowing users to create surveys/polls to gather data.
  • Free version isn't the best, if you would like to use SurveyMonkey, I suggest having your district invest in the paid version.
  • Gathers data in spreadsheet format and in charts.  Easy to share with others via web and social media.
  • Game-based formative assessment.
  • Teacher creates questions, students answer using mobile devices.
  • Teachers have control over questions, time for answering, etc.
  • Data is gathered and teachers can access data to see where students are in learning process.
  • Students use an access code to get into the game and play.
  • Web-based site where students can enter information like they are writing on Post-It Notes.
  • Share the address with the students to access.
  • Students can post using their name or anonymous.
  • Good tool to use to get parent input as well; users can assign Passwords to Padlets so only users with PW can have access.
  • Presentation tool that allows others to have access on their device using a code.
  • Creator can enter questions into the presentation and audience members can answer questions using mobile devices.  Nearpod tracks the data for the user.
  • Students can create presentations to demonstrate their knowledge and get input from other members of the class.
  • Tackk is a free web-based tool where users can create websites.
  • Tackk is based out of Cleveland, OH.
  • User-friendly application where students can add videos, music, images, text and other ways to interact with others and share their knowledge on a topic.
  • Student examples of using Tackk to discuss socialization.

Bobby Dodd, Principal
Gahanna Lincoln High School
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Comment Stream

2 years ago

Terrific presentation! Thank you for the great resources!

2 years ago

Thank you for the resources! Now to choose two and become dangerous...

2 years ago

@seanwhelan Thanks! Let me know if you need anything.

2 years ago

@mewry LOL! No problem. Let me know if you need help