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Technology Connections of the ELA Common Core Standards

As we delve into the ELA common core standards, we notice the technology embedded into them. This document highlights the explicitly stated technology within specific grade leveled standards. It should be noted that technology, as a tool, can be used in the other standards as well.

Recommended Student Technology Skills for the Common Core

Here is a list of recommended technology skills for students as they relate to the Common Core State Standards. Feel free to use this as a guide while you are developing rigorous and relevant content.

Common Core Technology Skills Self-Assessment

This self-assessment is adapted from the Technology Skills Matrix for students. If students are to know these skills in various areas of technology at different grade levels, teachers and administrators should be proficient as well. This assessment can be used to drive the needed professional development for the teaching and learning of the Common Core Standards.

NETS Student Profiles

The profiles highlight a few important types of learning activities in which students might engage as the Student NETS are implemented. These examples are provided in an effort to bring the standards to life and demonstrate the variety of activities possible. The profiles are divided into the following four grade and age ranges:
 Grades PK–2 (ages 4–8)
 Grades 3–5 (ages 8–11)
 Grades 6–8 (ages 11–14)
 Grades 9–12 (ages 14–18)

Rigor and Relevance Framework

This document was adapted from the Rigor Relevance Framework chart. Added were a list of technology products that can be created that meet the different quadrants. This resource should be used when developing rich student created content for evaluating what students will learn from a lesson or unit.

Integrated Second Grade Unit

This is a sample unit that integrates 21st century skills.

Common Core Technology Integration Instruction Modules

This site is designed to assist educational professionals with the task of preparing teachers and students to excel in the Common Core environment, while developing the necessary technology integration skills for mastery of content and performing well on the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

  • This site is organized into modules that can be utilized individually as short professional development sessions, or together into longer sessions, depending on the needs of the trainer and the availability of resources.

Mobile Learning Resources and Support

This site is designed to provide information and resources for teachers, trainers, schools and districts about mobile learning as it relates to the common core state standards.

  • Brought to you by CTAP, the California Technology Assistance Project, this site is designed to assist educational professionals with the task of preparing teachers and students to excel in development and research of mobile devices and their applications.

Online Practice Tests

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released sets of example test questions for grades 3–8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Practice Tests will help schools prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System in the 2014-15 school year. They provide a preview of the types of questions that will be featured in the summative assessment beginning in 2014-15, including selected-response items, constructed-response items, technology-enhanced items, and performance tasks—extended activities that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems.

Adopting and Adapting a Bring Your Own Device Model

Schools around the country are moving forward with allowing teachers and students to "bring their own devices or technology." While most schools still do not permit the use of personal mobile devices in class, more schools are allowing students to use their own laptops, iPads, and cell phones during the school day. As funding in education continues to decrease while the need for Common Core assessments and content creation become more important, visit this resource to explore ways to adopt this within your school or district.

Sample items from SMARTER Balanced

These are the same sample items you can find on the SMARTER Balanced website - but all on one PDF per grade level. The final link is to the Computer Adaptive samples.

Smarter Balanced Hardware Purchasing Guidelines

Smarter Balanced released the New Hardware Purchasing Guidelines in April 2012. These guidelines can be used to assist in making sure that instructional technology purchases are compatible with the assessment system.

Smarter Balanced Technology Requirements

Smarter Balanced has released the Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements in order to provide minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations.

Smarter Balanced Bandwidth Checker

The Smarter Balanced Bandwidth Checker can assist in checking the available capacity of your district's bandwidth in order to appropriately plan for the implementation of the online assessment.