Using Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and More to Meet the Demands of the Common Core
By Jamie E. Diamond and Meg C. Gaier
A language arts and math teacher have teamed together to create technology-rich lessons that teach the key literacy skills and strategies demanded by the CCSS in a highly motivating way. Use digital storytelling to retell myths, go on a geometry scavenger hunt, create a travel "commercial" for a historical place, and so much more. Tap into the power of wikis to facilitate literature discussions, build background knowledge with inquiry circles in science, collect practical applications of math concepts, present research on history topics—and that’s just the beginning! With model lessons and dozens of lesson ideas for every content area, how-to’s for getting started with the technology, assessment tips, and sample videos, you’ll find everything you need to teach with technology today!
Common Core Alignments:
Use the index cards to encourage students to write a succinct story. Ideally, a digital story is no more than 200 words or no more than three minutes in length. Stories longer than this are much more difficult to upload and post them to a blog or Web page. This length also makes students evaluate the importance of each detail they use to tell their story!
Grades 5 & Up