We love technology as much as the next guy; our insatiable quest for cool new apps that we can bring into the classroom is proof of that. But we also know that technology is not a panacea: More technology does not necessarily mean more learning. While there’s no doubt that it can enhance our curriculum, technology—like any tool—must be harnessed by a teacher that is armed with clearly-defined learning objectives.
So instead of sharing more technology with you, we’d like to direct teachers to a few of our favorite websites that offer teachers real-world technology projects tied to core subjects and standards.
3 Places to Connect Technology Projects to the Common Core
The Technology Integration Matrix’s (TIM) interactive chart makes it simple to align each of the five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments to the level most appropriate for your students. Each learning objective has a clickable subject icon—math, science, social studies, or language arts—that will take you to a video that clearly explains the objectives, procedures and materials needed for the activity.
Microsoft Partners in Learning (MPL)
MPL is not only a resource library, but a great place for educators to post to discussion boards and connect with other educators around the world. Since the site is hosted by Microsoft, it’s no surprise that they only offer tutorials and lesson plan ideas for Microsoft products. Browse their resource library, click on an application, and watch the video tutorial to learn how real teachers are using the application to enhance their own curriculum.
If you use Adobe products, the Adobe Education Exchange is another great place to find the instructional resources, professional development, and peer-to-peer collaboration you’re looking for. Resources cover a wide variety of subjects from digital media, arts, business and English to mathematics, science and social science.
If you’re looking for more ways to connect your classroom technology to the Common Core, we highly recommend this Slideshare presentation by one of our favorite bloggers, Richard Byrn.