A first step in promoting the use of technology in support of the standards is to build awareness and common expectations. The resources below outline the connection between technology and the District implementation of the Common Core state standards. They also provide a glimpse into what proficiency at each grade level should include.
- The Technology Curriculum Evidence Outcomes is a complete listing of explicit technology outcomes as they exist within the District unit plans.
- The Technology Curriculum Vertical Alignment is a look at the progression of technology skills across grade levels as indicated in the District evidence outcomes.
- The Grade Level Skills Narratives (currently in draft) for Elementary, Middle, and High School describe proficiency at each grade level.
Why technology in support of learning? Here’s how the Common Core State Standards Initiative describes the importance of technology in education:
“Technology is changing not just how work gets done, but also where it can be done. Advances in telecommunications allow companies to digitize work tasks and products so that jobs can be performed virtually anywhere in the world. And new management software has enabled firms to shift from “vertical” production—where all tasks are done in sequence in the same place—to “horizontal” production in which tasks are carved up and shipped out to wherever they can be done best and cheapest. The result, according to a blue-ribbon commission report released last year, “is a world in which it is just as easy to create work teams on four continents as it is to create work teams composed of people from four divisions of the same firm located in the same city.” National Governors Association Report (page 9)
“(Students) use technology and digital media strategically and capably. Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. 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.” Common Core definition of technology for College and Career Readiness
“Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use (both critical analysis and production of media) are integrated throughout the standards.” Common Core Key Points in Language Arts
“When making mathematical models, technology is valuable for varying assumptions, exploring consequences, and comparing predictions with data.” Common Core Key Points in High School Mathematics
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