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Common Core State Standards Tidbits: Episode 2

After the webinar I overviewed in CCSS Tidbits – Episode 1, I did some additional research to gather more information about the CCSS.  Below is a collection of links that you might find helpful as you move forward with your Common Core implementation.  I have also linked to this great infographic on becoming a Common Core Ninja!  For anyone interested, I am working on pulling together some resources for developing and using infographics in the classroom, so stay tuned!

Explanation of the Standards
This is a sample document that shows how the standards are broken down, which grade levels teach to the standard, the DOK level of the standard, what it might look like in the classroom, and much more.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a full copy of the book for free, however, you can get a full copy from Amazon.com.
The North Carolina State Board of Education has developed a site with a great deal of resources, including an explanation of the standards “unpacked.”  They also have tool for implementing the standards.
ASCD has pulled together several great resources that provide an explanation of the CCSS as well as tools to help teachers implement.
If you’re a visual learner like me, you will love LearnZillion’s visual representation of the standards!
COREpedia is a resource tool to assist you in the understanding and implementation of the Common Core State Standards
Teacher Professional Development
This site is AMAZING!  They have a great deal of videos that will help teachers implement the common core   standards.
Pearson has done an excellent job at developing some top notch professional development resources! Teachers can watch webinars, they can access practice tests, find information for ELL students, and learn about rigor, instruction, assessment and much, much, more!
Classroom Tools / Resources
This is a nice collection of common core resources for 5th grade.
An CCSS integration tool that allows you to plan and track standards in your lesson plans.
“We Are Teachers”  has a nice collection on Pinterest for Common Core including great visuals, infographics, and other images.
This is a comprehensive site for all things Common Core including curriculum, assessments, PD, Videos, and tons more!
Curriculum Alignment
This sight helps schools ease the transition into Common Core.  They have excellent explanations of the   shifts taking place in both math and ELA.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills has additional information and resources on how to align to the CCSS and meet the needs of our 21st century learners.
Scholastic has pulled together some really great lesson plans, glossary of terms for teachers, Nonfiction & Literature lists, info on assessment, and professional development tools for teachers.

Jen Foster is an eMINTS Instructional Specialist and blogger. Check out her blog at eMINTS Classroom Strategies where she shares her thoughts on learning theories, teaching tips and strategies, practical classroom applications, and reflections on her journey to continue learning. This post was originally published on August 5, 2013.

Four Tools to Make Infographics

I love infographics. There is no better way to visually describe or illustrate our world than a proper infographic. These graphics are engaging, aesthetically pleasing, and informational at the same time.

I regularly read the blog Information Aesthetics, an essential resource for all kinds of data representations. In recent days, IA has uncovered three great tools for creating one’s own infographics. Check each one out and choose the one that would best fit your students’ needs.

Visual.ly has actually been around for months which is decades in internet years. Visual.ly once focused on creating a community around sharing inforgraphics and other visual representations of data but now offers a rather easy-to-use tool where users can insert their own social media data into several highly-customizable inforgraphics. Despite the customization of the appearance, Visual.ly appears to be limited to infographics using social media data. That’s crucial in the 21st century but it’s still a bit limited. [IA post]

Easel.ly is a start-up that is offering a beta service for average users to create their own infographics virtually from scratch. The online editor allows users to drag and drop vector images they have created onto a canvas created by designers so as to insure an aesthetically pleasing infographic. However, as easy as it is to make your graphic look like an infographic, it doesn’t work with actual data to make your inforgraphic come to life. [IA post]

Like Easel.ly, Infogr.am offers some simple templates which users can manipulate to fit their needs. However, Infogr.am differs in that users may enter their data to create visualizations based on the numbers and not just designer aesthetics. Again, this is an online tool with a simple interface to navigate. [IA post]

Venngage is an infographic tool from visualize.me, the resume infographic generator. This tool differs from previous tools in that the images display as HTML elements, affecting the Google hits and online traffic. Like Infogr.am, Venngage feeds data into the resulting graphics but allows more flexibility in design elements. [IA post]

Each tool offers varying degrees of freedom and support in design elements and data entry.    It all depends on the kind of project one might have students use these tools for and the amount of technological experience among students and teachers. All of these tools make it easier to create engaging infographics, providing another alternative to the PowerPoint presentation or poster project.

How have you used infographics with your students? How would you use these tools both to present information and to offer students as a publication tool? Which of these tools would fit your needs best?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center.

HD_Links: Halloween

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Halloween is almost here, but we’re ahead of the curve at NT&L and have your resources for the scariest of American holidays…

The first link is an older post from Science Education on the Edge, but the Halloween ideas within are perfect. Imagine Physics teachers and students designing ways to dispose of all the pumpkins we’re left with after Halloween. Now, think of all the scientific properties that would be discovered in building a trebuchet or simply blowing up a few pumpkins. Sounds like a good way to study Physics and a lot of fun.

Is your school jumping on the iPad bandwagon this fall? Teacher Reboot Camp has a great list of apps for iPads, iPhones, and iPods. Most of the apps are Halloween games, but a good teacher can find some great classroom applications or just give the students a brain break now and again.

Edgalaxy has a couple of useful posts for Halloween. Try having students create a choose your own adventure story using a PowerPoint template. Or check out these five fun classroom ideas for Halloween.

For those who maybe want to research Halloween or practice reading infographics, Daily Infographic has several interesting infographics. There’s the Costume for Every Era graphic that demonstrates how students can create costumes based on historical eras. For students who are older and ready for the Dark Side of Halloween, there’s an infographic available. An economics lesson can stem from this “Candynomics” graphic. Check out the graphic below for another example and keep an eye out for whatever DI comes up with next.

The Learning Network blog at the New York Times is prepared for Halloween. In one post, they ask students what they are afraid of. Look to see some of the student responses and have your own students participate. It might be the opening for a new topic in your class.

In another post, a picture slideshow is used to spur on a research project on Halloween. Questions, procedures, and even resources are provided. Even if you don’t use the lesson, some of the linked resources can be helpful.

Of course, if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, there is always Larry Ferlazzo. His post on “The Best Websites for Learning About Halloween” contains a huge number of resources to get you started with some Halloween-related studies in your classroom.

Also (H/T Jennifer Foster, eIS):

What are your plans for Halloween in regards to your students? What are some Halloween resources we may have missed? Of course, what are you planning to be this Halloween?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center. He does not currently have a costume, but his three-year-old plans to dress up as Rosie the Riveter.

HD_Links: Roundup

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As with the list of online tools for Tuesday, today’s links are a roundup of some of the best articles on the internet that you should be reading…

EdGalaxy is offering to buy your teacher resources and lesson plans. That’s right. You can actually profit off of the hard work you put into teaching your students…I mean, other than your actual salary. To submit a resource or lesson plan, go here to EG’s submission form.

We’ve provided resources for creating infographics before, but Wild Apricot my have just created the mother of all how-to-make-infographics blog posts. In the post, blogger Rebecca Leaman points readers to some good resources for creating infographics as well as some useful tools.

Although several years old, this piece on standards-based grading just appeared in my Delicious feed. Author Patricia L. Scriffiny presents seven reasons to make the switch to standards-based grading that no educator can argue. Along with her reasoning, Scriffiny provides some concrete examples sure to convince any skeptics of this new direction in grading.

Larry Ferlzzo is a regular contributor at Education Week. He invited some contributors to take on the issue of perceived disrespect directed at teachers these days. Some of the insights are rather thought-provoking and invite more contributions to the discussion.

Dan Meyer of dy/dan points us in the direction of this really interesting piece on relating math to the real world. Shot down are our typical answers to the question “When are we going to have to know this?” Samuel Otten breaks down each type of real-world example we typically give students and provides an idea for changing the way we teach math in order to make it more real world for our students.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

HD_Links: Understanding the Debt Crisis

Call them,stop the Debt Ceiling Sellout,tell them anyone who votes for this is finished

The hot-button topic right now has to be the ever-approaching debt ceiling and Washington’s debate over how to handle that debt. Without getting political, this is an extremely serious issue. Even if it is resolved by the time schools open and classes begin, it provides an interesting opportunity to take a deeper look at how our federal government operates and its relation to the economy.

Here are some helpful links in understanding the issue…

  • Taxes and government spending are huge elements in this debate. A place where we can obtain some idea of where our taxes go is the online tool Where Do My Tax Dollars Go? Simply plug in a yearly salary and filing status. The tool will give you a summary of the taxes you’ll pay and the breakdown of where that money will go. This practice puts the role of taxes and governmental spending in an individualized context.

  • One of the issues our nation is facing in this recession is the growing disparity of the haves and have-nots. Good has published another great infographic that details that disparity. See how factors like race and education play into our opportunities which have long-term effects on our economy.

  • Speaking of opportunity in this shaky economy, NPR has an interesting story on the cost of dropout rates. This demonstrates directly how the choices our students make affect the economy. It also puts governmental fiscal concerns in a context to which students can relate.
  • What does the US’s debt look like? There is a fantastic illustration of the enormity of our debt as pointed out by Information Aesthetics. In the linked post, gives a great rundown of various image and video representations of the growing debt. The links will either amaze you or depress you, but they are super useful for those visual learners trying to understand the enormity of our debt.

What resources have you turned to in trying to understand the debt ceiling crisis? In what ways would you use these resources when teaching your students about government and economics?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

Thursday’s Tip: Authentic Projects/Products

A goal of eMINTS classrooms is to actively engage students in learning experiences with real world connections and/or authentic contexts. This means that students often times create products that are authentic or something that someone in a real job somewhere would create. Below are a couple of product ideas that meet this goal and could be authentic assessments of learning. These products could be used in many projects across all subject areas and grade levels.

The Student Author: Students create eBooks (electronic books). There are a lot of debates about traditional books versus digital books and the benefits of each. Why not teach  students how to create both? After following the writing process, students can publish books traditionally or electronically. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano shares step-by-step instructions to create eBooks that can be loaded onto iPhones or iPads alike.  It is as simple as creating a document in Word, Pages, or even a PDF then using  ePub Converter to convert the files that can then be easily dropped into iTunes and synced with the iBooks app on a device.

InfoGraphics: Kathy Schrock put together a presentation/webpage called Infographics as Creative Assessments to help teachers plan lessons where students make Infographics as end products. She provides links, ideas, and tips for planning authentic learning activities. Watch the Vimeo video (below) to learn what Infographics are, why you might use them in lessons, see examples, and learn a process to have students follow to create their own Infographics. She has tons of links to help you plan lessons and to support students in creating their original graphics. Schrock also shares the importance of teaching about copyright, design, font use, layout, and citing sources other media literacy skills.

Please share your authentic product ideas with us. Leave a comment telling about your projects and include links to your examples.

Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center. You can read more at her blog Higgins Helpful Hints Blog.

HD_Links: Today’s Five

eMINTS staff are in meetings all week. So, these posts are being written before, during, and after these meetings. For today’s list of links, we present five interesting and useful resources for your perusal. Enjoy.

  1. Daily Inforgraphic‘s graphic today is “Most Targeted Books.” The titles featured in this inforgraphic are those most targeted by parents for concerns over questionable content. Some old favorites like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird still worry parents, while newer, popular titles like Twilight cause concern. The infographic originates from the “good” folks at Good, also a great resource for infographics in their own right.
  2. The Learning Network blog at The New York Times has a post today that asks some interesting questions about how we identify ourselves ethnically on college application and financial aid forms. The questions are paired with a Times‘ article on the same topic and stir up some interesting issues that don’t provide black and white answers.
  3. Edgalaxy features The Science of Cooking‘s cooking candy resource. Not only is candy making a fun (and sweet) art, but there is some science involved that will either make or break yummy treats.
  4. For those looking for new ways to share documents with students and colleagues via your website or blog, Embed.It has the answer. You can upload up to 20 MB in the following formats: Documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WPD, ODT, ODP, ODS, PDF); Images (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, PSD); Vector Graphics (API, EPS, PS); Text (TXT, RTF, CSV); Code (HTML, SQL, JS); Web (Web pages or other URLs). Just upload your file and Embed.It will give you a handy embed code to plug into your site’s HTML.
  5. Finally, here’s an end-of-year video for one fifth grade class that looked to have a pretty fantastic year of learning. Gifted teacher Jason Smith of West Chatham Elementary School in Savannah, GA has pieced together a pretty slick look back on his year. Maybe it will spark some ideas as you plan for the coming fall.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

HD_Links: Earth Day

Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd. As usual, Networked Teaching & Learning has some resources for such a day. Feel free to comment on this list and add any others you may use in the comments.

  • Pedal-Driven: Behind the Film – This preview of a upcoming documentary describes a typical environmental issue that isn’t not black and white. This issue surrounding mountain biking in public forests could be a great opening for a WebQuest or inquiry-based lesson.

Pedal-Driven: Behind the Film

What resources are you using with your students for Earth Day?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center.