I’m reviewing technology use in the Common Core Standards this morning and thought I would share a few resources I’ve found for better understanding them. Remember that I am based in California so the information related specifically to our state might not apply to you directly.
What is the difference between California standards and the Common Core?
There is a lot of overlap. However, the Common Core standards are based on college and career readiness standards. The Common Core:
- Focus to a greater extent on text complexity and drawing information from sourcesAs I interpret this, students now have to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different text sources (including digital) and comprehend information that comes from media as well as text.
- Address reading and writing across the curriculumThere’s reading in science as well as reading in language arts. All disciplines require writing
- Where’s the technology?Technology is a tool rather than a set of isolated standards. I like this. The Common Core speaks generally about students choosing a variety of texts (including digital) and publishing writing in a variety of formats including digital.