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Discussion 1

  1. Common Core State Standards

    Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish clear expectations for student learning and are the standards for a set of learning for all students in the United States regardless of geographic location. This discussion is focused on  CCSS and the role these standards take in the school setting. 

    There are two parts to this discussion as explained below. 

      • Part One: First, in one paragraph, summarize your understanding of the foundation of the CCSS for Math and English Arts. Next, adopting the perspective of a teacher leader, in at least two paragraphs, evaluate how CCSS (Math and English Language Arts) can be used to influence the use of technology-enhanced differentiated instructional strategies to support the needs of all learners. Finally, in one paragraph, justify why it is important to have purposeful planning of differentiated instructional strategies to promote student learning and provide at least one specific example to support your justification.

    • Part Two: Include a link to your  ePortfolio (Pathbrite) in your initial post along with a one-paragraph reflection about your experience with the redesign for the Week One Assignment in terms of challenges you encountered and how you overcame those challenges. Be sure to include any difficulties you experienced in revising to meet the components of 21st century student outcomes and 21st century support systems.
        Discussion 2 Common Core Presentation In the Common Core State Standards discussion for Week Two, you describe the foundation of  CCSS and discuss how CCSS can be used to influence the use of technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the needs of all learners. Here, you continue the discussion on CCSS, but from the perspective of linking report cards to the CCSS. It is common to think about how creating report cards that are linked to CCSS will define expectations for student learning, communicate student progress to parents, provides a consistent approach to assessment evaluations, and focuses on academic achievement. As needed, review the  Hunt Institute video (Click this link to view the  video transcript), which covers the history and development of the CCSS.

  2. For this discussion, you will adopt the role of a school leader and create a digital presentation using the software of your choice (e.g.,  PowerPointPresent.meYouTubePreziJingSlideRocket, or another program). Your audience for this presentation can be either a school board or a stakeholder directly in the school setting, such as teachers, other staff, or students. If you use software other than PowerPoint, submit notes for each slide as part of your post. If you use PowerPoint, be sure to include notes for each talking point on slides in the notes section for each slide. The presentation needs to be six to eight slides, excluding the title and references slides, and cite at least one scholarly source in addition to the required resources for this week. 

    Ensure that your presentation:

    • Explains the purpose of CCSS.
    • Explains how the CCSS are used within a school for teaching and learning. 
    • Justifies why creating report cards based on the CCSS is important in the school or district (depending on the role you chose to take as noted in the initial post directions above). 
    • Summarizes your understanding of how embedding evidence-based assessment in the curriculum can help guide teachers and learners in decision making.




    21st-Century Skills and Standards


    In this assignment, you need to think about 21st century support systems, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and  International Society for Technology in Education Student  (ISTE-S) standards and their relationship with quality instructional planning, delivery, and learner achievement. Using the  Framework for 21st century learning as a resource, you will redesign or modify a prior activity, such as a lesson plan or curriculum project, that you created in a prior course. The redesigned coursework need to be a representation of your mastery of the MAED program learning outcomes 5 and 7. This assignment will be uploaded to the course for evaluation and to your  ePortfolio (Pathbrite)If you do not have previous projects to use in this assignment, please contact your instructor for guidelines on how to proceed. As needed, refer to the  MAED program learning outcomes (PLOs) list.


    Create your assignment to meet the content and written communication expectations below


    Content Expectations

    The Redesign expectations explain what you are required to do with the prior coursework you choose to redesign. The Summary expectations are for the separate written portion of this assignment.

      • Redesign – ISTE-S Standard (1 Point): Redesign a lesson plan or curriculum project that reflects a minimum of one  ISTE-S standard labeled with number, title, and objective(s). For example: 
      Creativity and Innovation 
      • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products and processes.
      • Redesign – Grade Level / CCSS Alignment (1 Point): Redesign a lesson plan or curriculum project that clearly labels a grade level and content specific  CCSS (Math or English Language Arts) which is aligned with a minimum of one  Core Subject and 21st Century Themes and a minimum of one  Learning and Innovation Skill, one  Information, Media, & Technology Skill, and evidence of at least one  Life and Career Skill.

      • Summary – Introduction/Conclusion (1 Point): In one paragraph, provide an introductory summary that concisely presents the scope and organization of the summary writing and a one-paragraph conclusion that summarizes the key points of your summary.
      • Summary – Modification (1 Point): In one paragraph, summarize the changes you made to address ISTE-S, CCSS, and 21st Century Skills and how your activity addresses each. Explicitly state how your redesign assignment provides evidence of master of PLO’s 5 and 7. 

      • Summary – Evaluation (1 Point): In one paragraph, evaluate the appropriate 21st century support system components that align with your redesigned activity and, using examples, evaluate how each influences learner-centered instruction and the creation of a technology-enriched learning environment promoting learner achievement and innovations. 21st century support systems include: 21st century standards, assessment for 21st century skills, 21st century curriculum and instruction, and 21st century learning environments.

      • Summary – Reflection (1 Point): In one paragraph, summarize your experience with the redesign in terms of challenges you encountered and how you overcame those challenges.

      Written Communication Expectations

      • Page Requirement (.5 points): Two to four pages, not including title and references pages.

      • APA Formatting (.5 points): Use APA formatting consistently throughout the assignment.

      • Syntax and Mechanics (.5 points): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics such as spelling and grammar. 

      • Source Requirement (.5 points): Reference three scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook. All sources on the references page need to be used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

      For information related to APA style, including samples and tutorials, please visit the  Ashford Writing Center. 


    Required Resources

    Required Text

    1. Burnaford, G., & Brown, T. (2014).  Teaching and learning in 21st century learning environments: A reader. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
    • Chapter 3: Assessment in the 21st Century


  1. NETS for students 2007. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-students/nets-student-standards-2007
    • The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) website provides a way for educators to connect with peers and share knowledge and ideas. ISTE also offers innovative educational technology resources to support professional learning in the education field.

  2. Read the standards. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards 
    • This website provides information on how the standards communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. The focus of CCSS is on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, providing teachers a timeline needed to teach core concepts and allowing each student the time needed to master the concepts.


  1. The Hunt Institute (Producer). (2013).  Common core state standards: A new foundation for student success [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxefsLG2eps


  1. Framework for 21st century learning. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework
    • This website presents an all-inclusive view of 21st-century teaching and learning. It includes a focus on student outcomes and support systems that help students’ master skills they will need in the 21st century.


Recommended Resources


  1. Phelps, P. H. (2008).  Helping teachers become leadersThe Clearing House, 81(3), 119-122. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.
    • Phelps discusses the need for school improvement is based on the idea that more teachers need to function as leaders. When we understand the various dimensions of teacher leadership, we can fulfill multiple roles at the school.

  2. Roby, D. E. (2011).  Teacher leaders impacting school culture.  Education, 131(4), 782-790. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.
    • Roby discusses how teacher leaders have the ability to shape the culture of the school when given the right opportunities.


  1. Marzano, R. J. (2006).  Classroom assessment & grading that work [Electronic version]. Retrieved from the ebrary database.

Welcome to another week of our course! This week, as you can see from the Instructor Guidance, there is particular attention to technology. For those of you not yet in the classroom, there are many options that teachers consider to include to support their learners. So, what is out there for teachers? We are already familiar with the advantages of computers, but what about new apps? Having access to iPads? Here is a great site to begin thinking of some tech options to include within your practice ( see below)...Off we go everyone towards another week closer to your degree! :) 


1.  Flashnotes

Remember the days of doodling on the side of your spiral notebook while you tried to take copious notes from your boring biology teacher? Would you be more motivated if you knew that your notes would not only give you an edge on the exam, but could also earn you a bit of cash?

Flashnotes allows students to upload their lecture notes and sell them to other students who need more help or resources. The rating system allows the best note takers to get more business and the general pool of knowledge expands as students continue to share their work with one another.

2.  Lore

The new startup is using a Facebook type platform- riding the wave of what works- and tailoring it for education. This social network allows professors and students to communicate, follow one another, and discuss class work and lectures.

In addition to the social aspect, it allows for document uploads, calendar sharing, and a grade book option. So why is this better than Facebook? Simply put, social networks aren’t always the best place to develop academic networks. Students can follow their professors and interact with them without worrying about that compromising photo from a crazy weekend party.

3.  Study Blue

Imagine your smartphone as your primary source for study materials. This company has created an app that allows students to organize their coursework, store notes and flashcards, and share their materials with other students.

Study Blue’s main attraction is that it is mobile. Whether standing in line for coffee, riding the train, or waiting at the dentist, a student can easily access their class work and prepare for an exam. The social aspect also helps students find other people studying similar subjects, capitalizing on a different set of notes and study guides.

4.  LEAP Motion

Imagine the ability to sign your name on a digital document using only your finger and the air. That is technology behind LEAP Motion, a company intent on giving people a more natural way to interact with the computer.

LEAP has developed a piece of hardware that allows anyone to write, draw, zoom, play, and interact with their computer screen using a finger, fingers, or entire hand. By moving your hand over the device, the mouse follows your movements.

This is a huge improvement from the days of the stylus and pad- even with the fine motor control- it was difficult to make drawings look authentic. LEAP is set to do that.

5.  Papertab

Papertab won’t be ready to use in 2013, but I think it’s interesting enough to include it in this list. Paper, afterall, is HUGE part of the school life.

6.  Chromebooks

Despite the rising popularity of tablets, Google’s Chromebook may snatch the competition in the lower grade school classrooms. The laptops have a few distinct advantages over the apple iPad:

-They are less expensive

-One-button-push easy setup

-Easy to control settings and restrictions

-Offers the traditional keyboard for fast typing and note taking

-Hardware fixes are easier and less costly

7.  Celly

Teachers are continually fighting against the ever-growing list of distractions that a smart phone offers to bored or shy students in the back of the room. But Celly is a text-messaging network that allows anyone to create a network anywhere- at a rally, event, in the classroom, or on a field trip using smartphones.

Teachers that have used this in their classrooms have noted that those who normally never speak up…do. It forces students to write their thoughts clearly and concisely. Rather than fighting the tide against texting, instructors are using it for academic purposes.

8.  Flipped Classroom

While not a technology per se, this teaching model is using technology to change the way instructors teach. Rather than spending the class time lecturing the students, the lectures are delivered to the student’s in video format for them to watch at home (or in study hall).

Then, the classroom time is set aside for 1 on 1 help, discussion, and interaction based on the lecture homework. With nearly every student carrying a mobile device or laptop, this model may give students and teachers more time to work on areas of difficulty rather than simple straight lecture. For too long, instructors have seen that precious class time go to waste while a teacher scribbles on a blackboard and has their back to the students.

9.  Snagit, Jing, Camtasia

These screen capture video software programs are making it easy for instructors to give online tutorials. TechSmith offers a host of different products from a free screen capture to professional quality videos.

Imagine a tech-ed teacher trying to explain how to download an app. He/she can record narration while capturing the screen shots as he/she demonstrates the action. This feature can also be used for teachers who are correcting a paper or demonstrating a math problem.

10.  LessonCast

Teachers need help and support with their lesson plans just as much as students need help with studying for exams. LessonCast allows teachers to submit a 2-minute lesson plan strategy, idea, or resource using video, documents, Powerpoint, etc. and share it with other instructors.

The free-based software is just another way to offer networking opportunities and a general pool of knowledge that globally impacts education in a positive way.  Teachers Paying Teachers is a similar network that allows educators to sell their lesson plans to other instructors.

11.  Kid Blog

Designed specifically for younger students; Kid Blog provides a safe opportunity for children to start up their own blog connected to the classroom.

Teachers can help students design a blog around a science project, a history lesson, or an entire year’s worth of school progress. The students get the benefit of other students and parents commenting on their work- a great motivation for hesitant writers. Kid Blog makes it easy to keep the child and content secure from the dangers of the Internet.

12.  Glogster EDU

Gone are the days of laboring over a diorama made from a shoebox or wrestling with markers on a poster board. When it is report time, students can use Glogster to creatively display their research.

Glogster allows students to collage pictures, text, video, and custom graphics to create a visually appealing presentation for their latest project. The Glogs are easy to make and share!

13.  Donors Choose

Funding websites are popping up all over the Internet. People who are frustrated with the bureaucracy of grant writing decide to strike out on their own and build a project from the ground up. With Donors Choose, you can pitch your idea for your classroom.

Teachers create projects they hope to accomplish with their students. Much like Kickstarter, individuals can fund or back any project they choose. Then they share it across social media and if a teacher has created the project pitch well, it gets the attention and money it needs.

14.  Live Binders

Those handy three ring binders are now digital. Using the same idea as pinning and bookmarking, the binder allows educators to collect and organize resources for lesson plans.

The Live Binder can also work for students who are amassing resources for a big project. You can also browse other binders and share your own.

15.  Knewton

This new technology company aims at personalizing content for optimal learning. The platform monitors the student’s activity and uses the information to give the student the best personalized resources based on their level of performance.

The technology also boasts integration among different disciplines creating a more comprehensive set of resources that interact with one another. Knewton grows more intuitive the more the student uses the software. It can follow a student through their entire education career.

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