Web 2.0 and digital resources that can help with implementation of the Common Core
Collaborize Classroom - Collaborize Classroom® allows teachers to extend their classroom discussions to a structured and private online community.
The SCAN tool found at TregoED is another simple tool that requires minimal set up and implementation in the classroom. Scan features a library full of scenarios that include four different points of view. Students go to a private url to participate in a guided online discussion following the four steps of SCAN (Stop and think - what are the issues?, Clarify the issues, Ask what's most important, and Now, what should be done). Along the way, students are asked to support their claims, acknowledge other points of view, and collaborate to solve the problem. This is precisely what the common core is asking us to teach our students. SCAN offers free timely lessons for teachers in all content areas. With a cheap subscription ($45/teacher/year - unlimited use) teachers can write their own lessons to address particular needs of their students or curriculum.
Teaching Argument Writing
- This Language Arts Teacher created an awesome blog on how to teach argument writing using various digital resources.