If education is sharing information, how do we help our students filter through today’s endless supply? What happens to content as technology makes it more open and accessible to educators? Yesterday, Common Core’s Lynne Munson participated in a New America Foundation panel of leaders working to bring technology into classrooms in innovative ways. You can watch a video of the discussion here.
Now, just as standardized computer protocols increasingly allow a more open exchange of information, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have created a tremendous opportunity for states to share technological tools for teaching. In the (39 and counting) CCSS states, teachers can now share lessons, knowing their instruction is meeting their state’s standards.
Our CCSS-aligned maps were developed in response to the possibilities generated by the new standards. The maps embrace open sharing of information: they are accessible online and will (before year’s end) allow teachers to share lesson ideas and suggest adaptations. But, importantly, they are full of quality content.
We applaud the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. But we do so with caution. After all, we believe “Twenty-first century technology should be seen as an opportunity to acquire more knowledge, not an excuse to know less.”