Thursday, December 13, 2012

Supporting Teachers with Common Core: A #TLChat Recap

The #TLChat this past Monday, December 10, 2012 was a huge success!  With over 600 tweets and 182 participants involved, Monday night's TLChat LIVE! was a huge success!  The topic discussed was a timely one; Supporting Teachers with Common Core.

View the archived tweets from the December 10, 2012 TLChat Live! session here:

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Some highlights form the chat included the sharing of a great number of resources, many of which have been archived on various Pinterest Boards.  Here are a few that were shared, although I think @AuntyTech's (aka:  Donna Baumbach) Pinterest Board is perhaps the most comprehensive:

Education guru, Kathy Schrock, joined in on the fun Monday night sharing her great Common Core Rubric Creation Tool and Common Core Checklist for grades K-6.

My Take Away

Now that the TLChat Live! is over, I am let to sort through the many resources shared and come up with an effective was to deliver this information to my teachers.  I have started by adding to the Auburn High School's Common Core Resources Pinterest Board, many of the resources shared during the Twitter chat.  

Starting in January, a concerted effort to orient teachers to the Common Core, specifically the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for the state of Alabama will begin.  Auburn High School will begin with a special back to school professional development session lead by Central Office personnel, Karen Anderson.  This will be followed later in the month with Technology in Motion Regional representative, Tamara Sanders, leading the Auburn High School staff through the Alabama State Department CCRS Insight Tool (

The Insight Tool is amazing!  You can choose from three tabs: Math K-12, English Language Arts K-12 or Literacy in all Contents.  From there you can filter by Domain, Conceptual Category, and Grade Level.  Once you have filtered your search parameters, you have a neat set of columns that provide the CCRS Standard, Teacher Vocabulary word lists (great for a word wall), Standard ID, Evidence of Student Attainment, Skills Indicators, Knowledge Indicators, and Understanding Indicators, AMSTI resources, and direct links to ALEX lesson plan resources (example:

I will follow up these two great PD sessions with monthly, departmental Coffee Chat sessions that will focus on one new tool that can be used for a majority of CCRS standards: Google Drive.  I choose to focus on Google Drive as the one new tech tool to support CCRS at our school for several reasons.  

First, after extensive research on tech tools to support CCRS, the one technology that appeared repeatedly was Google docs/Drive.  Even the always amazing Richard Byrne (Free Technology For Teachers) has written a few articles about using Google Drive as the ultimate CCRS web 2.0 tool ( Richard is also offering a three hour webinar entitled:  Google Drive and the Common Core.  

Second, Auburn High School began using Moodle as our online learning management system three years ago.  Google and Moodle merged in 2009 and work as a perfect pair.  Google Docs/Drive is compatible across platforms (PC & Macs). The more I can get teachers to use Google Documents in conjunction with Moodle the less students will experience compatibility issues when accessing Moodle at home where they may not have access to Microsoft Office.  Teaching Coffee Chat sessions about Google and how to effectively use it with Moodle and CCRS will just be a continuation of PDs taught over the past three years.

Third, Auburn City Schools just went through and is continuing to feel residual effects of a nasty virus that completely crippled our school network.  This meant that teachers and students had no way to access the documents, lesson plans, projects, research papers, essays, etc that had been saved to the internal network drives.  Additionally, any flash drives, SD cards etc that were plugged into the school computers during this period of time were immediately corrupt with the same virus attacking the internal network servers, which then rendered those devices unusable and all data stored on them was lost.  I wasn't affected by this virus because I make and save all of my documents to my Google Drive account rather than the in house server networks. I started using Google Docs/Drive in 2006 and have not lost a single file or had any instances with viruses.  Here is the link to my Google Apps EDU Pinterest board:

I am so grateful for my awesome PLN of Super Teacher-Librarians who are willing to take the time to learn, share and grow together through the TL Chat Live! Twitter chat sessions.  I wouldn't be half the professional I am if it weren't for the wealth of knowledge so freely shared in my PLN.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for including my Pinterest board! I'm sorry I missed the chat--a bit under the weather, but I really enjoyed your recap with all the links and comments!