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Common Core State Standards
TechnoKids Common Core Alignment

The large majority of the states in the US, forty-one as of last count, have committed to implementing the Common Core State Standards.

  • What does this mean for teachers?
  • Will it increase an already onerous workload?
  • Will it improve student readiness for college, the workplace, and life?

These are all critical questions for educators and parents, but the general consensus is that creating a common set of goals and expectations for student success is essential. To have our graduating students compete in the workplace with their peers in America and abroad, benchmarks for competence in English and Mathematics need to be set.

The other fundamental 21st century skill is proficiency in using technology.

All of this seems to add to the burden of the teacher. But it really does not!

TechnoKids Now Aligns with Common Core Standards

TechnoKids Inc. recognizes the value of Common Core standardization. Two new, free correlation documents map out how projects at every grade correlate with the English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards. These documents identify how TechnoKids computer curriculum teaches the skills identified by the Common Core Standards. Teachers can now use the TechnoKids correlation documents to connect each TechnoKids project quickly to the specific learning outcomes of the Common Core Standards.

Correlating the standards with a project is simple: for any TechnoKids computer project, view the TechnoKids Common Core correlation document for that grade level. The specific Common Core standards – English Language Arts or Mathematics – achieved in that particular project are listed by description as well as by code identification.

Project Based Learning Achieves Multiple Goals

The Common Core State Standards Initiative clearly states that the standards do not tell teachers how or what they should teach. The tools, topics, and curriculum materials used to achieve these goals is up to teachers. TechnoKids Computer Curriculum resources are available to:

  • reach Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics
  • teach computer skills
  • engage students in fun and meaningful real world problem solving

And all of these can be accomplished in one curriculum project!

TechnoKids Common Core Correlation

TechnoKids Computer Curriculum uses the project based learning instructional approach to integrate multiple learning objectives into one unit of study. Computer skills are combined with English Language Arts, Social Science, Science, Art, and/or Mathematics in an interdisciplinary study. As an added bonus, students find that playing the role of a entrepreneur, advertising agent, film producer, marketing manager, stock broker, or any one of the many meaningful simulations in TechnoKids projects is engaging, highly motivating, and fun.

NOTE: TechnoDrama has been a favorite for many years. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. To find other TechnoKids projects related to web design view the Project Matrix or visit the TechnoKids website.

Common Core State Standards are clear, consistent guidelines that will help teachers to ensure that vital critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills are being taught. Now TechnoKids Computer Curriculum helps teachers identify, teach, and track these skills in every project at every grade.

TechnoKids Computer Curriculum Aligns with Common Core Standards

Common Core State StandardsWhat Are the Common Core Standards?
The Common Core State Standards were developed to create a collective set of goals and expectations for student success in America. Arising from an initiative first developed in 2009, the standards have the goal of preparing students graduating from high school for college, careers, and life. By December 2013, forty-five states had adopted the Common Core State Standards and were in various stages of implementation.

How do TechnoKids projects correlate to the Common Core Standards?
TechnoKids Inc. recognizes the value of this standardization and is proud to present new correlation documents for the Common Core. These documents identify how TechnoKids computer curriculum teaches the skills identified by the Common Core Standards in every technology project.

TechnoKids correlates with Common Core State StandardsTeachers can now easily make connections between specific standards and each individual TechnoKids computer project. Aligning the standards with a project is simple: for any TechnoKids computer project, view the TechnoKids English Language Arts Common Core correlation document and/or TechnoKids Mathematics Common Core correlation document for that grade level. The specific Common Core standards achieved in that particular project are listed by description and by code identification.

Common Core standards establish what students need to learn but do not prescribe how teachers can achieve these goals. Now TechnoKids Computer Curriculum helps teachers identify, teach, and accurately list the skills students gain in every TechnoKids technology project. Check out TechnoKids Common Core correlation standards today!

Download TechnoKids Common Core English Language Arts/Literacy Correlation Document Download TechnoKids Common Core Mathematics Correlation Document

How were the Common Core Standards Developed?
The new standards are a comprehensive list of skills that students need to master. With the goal of preparing students to be well prepared to compete with their peers throughout the United States and abroad, a variety of sources was used to develop the Common Core Standards, including:

  • existing state standards
  • feedback from teachers and the public
  • scholarly research
  • international benchmarks
  • surveys of skills needed by students starting college or training programs
  • assessment data describing college- and career-ready performance
  • comparisons to standards from states and countries with high performance scores

How are the Common Core Standards Organized?
The Common Core Standards help teachers at every grade level to ensure their students have the skills and knowledge needed for success. They can also be used by teachers to track student progress. The standards organize learning goals for:

English Language Arts Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language

  • Each grade from Kindergarten to Grade 8
  • Grades 9 – 10
  • Grades 11 – 12

Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science & Technical Subjects

  • Grades 6 – 8
  • Grades 9 – 10
  • Grades 11 – 12

Mathematics

  • Each grade from Kindergarten to Grade 8
  • High School

Implementing Common Core Standards does not require extra work on the part of teachers. Teachers have the flexibility and choice of how to teach the skills. TechnoKids Computer Curriculum and TechnoKids Common Core correlation documents make it easy.