Monday, December 10, 2012

Google Apps Meets Common Core. What Common Core says about technology.

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Google is truly amazing. When breaking down the Common Core Standards it is easy to see that Google Apps can play a huge role in getting students ready to work and learn in a highly collaborative work environment. It is like Google's software engineers read the Common Core and then decided to create software that would exceed it. I have made a short list of what I believe are the key components of how technology must be used to get to the real meaning of what the architects of the Common Core State Standards really were striving for. Google Apps can be an ally in unraveling the complexity of the standards.

Take a look below to see what I mean by making a connection directly to the standards. 

What the Literacy standards say of technology directly.

  1. “They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.”
  2. “Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.”
  3. “They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline.”
  4. “They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.”

What the Literacy standards say about technology indirectly and examples where technology may be the appropriate tool.

  1. “Value evidence” and directly cite that evidence
  2. “they respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose and discipline.”
    1. choose the appropriate tool that connects with audience whether it be:
      1. blog
      2. wiki
      3. social media
      4. formal written letter
      5. spoken communication digitally or in person
  3. Technology may be used in the development of speaking and listening
    1. students use Gmail to call professionals in the field

    1. video conference via Google Video Chat
  1. “twenty-first-century classroom and workplace are settings in which people from often widely divergent cultures and who represent diverse experiences and perspectives must learn and work together.
  2. “They develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.”

Specific Literacy Standards to think about when using Google Apps

“They need to be able to use technology strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing. They have to become adept at gathering information, evaluating sources, and citing material accurately, reporting findings from their research and analysis of sources in a clear
and cogent manner.”

Anchor Standards Writing
6.  Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
K.6.  With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
12th Grade
11/12th.6.  Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

8.  Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

10.  Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Google Apps fullfils these requirements of the Common Core Standards.

  • Google Docs
    • Full online FREE word processor connected to the Internet 
    • Collaboration in real time 
    • Saves every two seconds to Google Drive 
    • Cloud storage space 5GB
    • Each Doc created has unique URL that can be private or shared
    • Device neutral-- Works on any device Android, iOS, PC, Mac anything with a web browser
    • Easy to use 
  • Google Drive
    • 5GB Storage for video, docs, presentations or even Microsoft Word files 
    • Shared folders for student work
    • Collaborative sharing
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MJ Graham