Posted on 11/17/2014 at 12:15 PM by Pam Buysman

The Common Core isn't new anymore. School districts have spent time aligning their curriculum with the Common Core. The Common Core certainly defines what a student must know and be able to do. Yet, it is still the teacher and instruction that will ultimately determine how successful students are. As teachers we much decide how these concepts and skills can best be taught. As instructional technology teachers we also must ask how technology fits into the framework. 

Ariana Witt, in a recent article, Using Technology to Keep the Common Core Real, asks us to consider four areas using the acronym REAL;  Relevant, Efficient, Active and Lasting.  First of all is instruction relevant? Technology can certainly make learning relevant for students by making that learning more authentic. Technology allows students to produce content for audiences beyond school and to receive feedback from those same audiences. Instruction must also be efficient. One example of the way technology can help teachers be efficient are the technology tools that can be used to formatively assess student learning. Technology helps teachers adjust instruction and make it meaningful for individual students. Instruction must be active. Technology can certainly help students be actively engaged in their learning. It is easier than ever for students to collaborate with each other and design, produce and create. Lastly, instruction must be lasting. If used correctly, technology has the capability of increasing curiosity. Technology can be used in inquiry learning. Teachers can shift the way they teach as well. Flipped classrooms leave more time for student questions and exploration. All in all, students learn how to learn and as a result their learning becomes lasting. 

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