The US educational system is constantly changing to better prepare our students for college and careers and to help us participate in the global community. The Common Core Standards Initiative is a program to help bring a “Clear and Consistent” framework to the American Educational System.
What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) began in 2009 through the collaboration of state governors and commissioners of education. Among its supporters are 48 sates, 2 territories and the District of Columbia. So far, English/Language Arts and mathematics for grades K-12 are the first subjects to be addressed. The purpose of the CCSSI is to create a collaborative educational system that prepares students for global competitiveness, and success in college and the workplace. Embedded within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the understanding that technology is an integral part of learning. For example, one of the English/Language arts standards state that students will “[u]se technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.”
How do we meet the standards with technology?
What was once thought of as technological savvy has changed. We’re not talking software and hardware any more. While teachers, parents and students alike have technological experience, we have failed to make that knowledge really applicable to preparedness education. We must give our students, not only fun ways to learn, but the tools to succeed in the real world. Collaboration in the classroom is the optimal form of learning through the use of technology. Applying the use of technology to the CCSS in the area of English and Language, we find a great resource in the virtual classroom.
Virtual Classrooms and Collaboration
Virtual Classrooms give educators and students the ability to collaborate on CCSS topics with ease. A leader in virtual classrooms today is WizIQ. WizIQ is a virtual classroom allowing you to be online, live, at the same time with others. This allows teachers and students to share content with others instantly. The CCSS emphasize collaboration, and WizIQ delivers.
To start, educators desperately need training. However, they may want to collaborate with a wider network than what the individual district can provide. Through WizIQ’s virtual classroom, Educators can share information about CCSS with others all over America. In fact, many trainings take place via virtual classrooms for the very purpose of educating teachers on the new standards and how to deliver them effectively. Districts who utilize the virtual classroom to educate their teachers find a much wider audience and have more effective training sessions.
The virtual classroom is not just for training educators. It is applicable to the classroom as well. Teachers and students can collaborate with others across the nation by creating online classes with other classrooms. Students can engage in writing, publishing, and peer editing with a partner from a class two or twenty states away from them. In addition, students are able to learn languages through the courses offered at WizIQ. Teachers can even take advantage of WizIQ’s test builder tool as assessment is a major component of the new standards. The possibilities are endless.