Special blog post by Cathleen Richardson, who has been a pioneer educational technology specialist for over 15 years. Working closely with classroom teachers, principals and district administrators, Cathleen strives to achieve best practice technology infusion into teaching and learning with high energy. She’s deeply committed to helping learners understand the transformational power of technology. As owner and lead consultant at Cre8tiv Educational Services, she uses her passion for leading-edge technology to discover creative ways to assist schools and organizations in meeting their learning and productivity goals.
Ok, what is all of the buzz about new standards adoption? Well, if you haven’t heard, 44 states across our nation have officially adopted the Common Core State Standards. If you are in one of these 44 states, get ready because the standards are set to roll out during the 2012-2013 school year. The National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs launched the standards last year in an effort to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
As educators, many of us aren’t quite sure how to react to this news. Whether you are excited, nervous, overjoyed or unsure, the implementation phase is in full effect and it is time to start thinking about how we are going to teach these new standards to our students. Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief; our friends at BrainPOP have come to the rescue! As thousands of educators unpack these new standards and begin looking for resources to enhance their curriculum, BrainPOP is ready to make this journey easier for us. BrainPOP has already aligned all of their resources to the Common Core State Standards. BrainPOP’s State Standards tool is an awesome search feature that will aid you in your quest for standards-based videos, quizzes, lesson ideas, activities, learning games, and more.
The standards tool has easy to use drop down menus that will allow K-12 educators to quickly find BrainPOP resources aligned to the CCSS in order to find different activities for different types of learners. Just search by the standard, then the subject and then grade- that’s it! So you see, no need to be nervous, you already have an entire repository of standards-based goodies waiting for you. Now sit down, relax, boot up the computer and navigate to BrainPOP’s website and get your CCSS search on!
Get your search on with the BrainPOP’s State Standards tool: http://brainpop.statestandards.com
Learn more about the Common Core Standards: http://corestandards.org
Did your state adopt the Common Core? Click this link to find out: http://corestandards.org/in-the-states