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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Google Documents and Common Core Standards

As I mentioned in my previous post, today I spent the day working with teachers on using Google apps to address some Common Core standards. One of the things that I love about working with other teachers is the opportunity to learn from other teachers. During my afternoon workshop I talked with a Language Arts teacher who uses the commenting features in Google Docs and Google Presentations to have students identify and label bias and propaganda in examples that he shares with them.

Prior to today's workshops I identified some Common Core standards that you can address while using Google Documents.
  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
In December and January I am offering a webinar series on Google Drive and the Common Core.

Google Search and Common Core Standards

I had the privilege to spend today in the Rockingham County, North Carolina public school district. The purpose of my trip was to lead some learning about using Google search, Google Docs, Google Sites, Blogger, and Google Maps to address Common Core standards. In preparing for the day I reviewed some of Google's search lesson plans. All of the lessons include Common Core standards that can be addressed through the lessons. And all of the lessons can be copied into your Google Docs account.

These are some of the Common Core standards addressed in Google's search lesson plans.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Applications for Education
Most students think they know how to search Google, but most of them don't search as effectively as they could be searching. These lessons can help you help your students become better users of Google search. After using the Google search lesson plans you can help your students keep their search skills sharp by using these Google a Day challenges.

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