Designed for the attendees of the 2011 Common Core Conference, this post highlights free, online resources that are useful during the transition to the Common Core State Standards and Web 2.0 Resources that help support college and career ready knowledge development and application.
Common Core State Standards Resources
The Common Core State Standards in mathematics were built upon the progression of a topic across grade levels. This site features the updated documents outlining those progressions.
This site provides excellent tutoring and tutorial resources for students who need additional time and support to master the new standards.
Save time and engage more students in learning with this private online discussion and activity environment. Teachers can involve students in online discussions, check for understanding of the subject matter, elicit feedback on assignments and support project-based learning.
This site provides access to free classic books with the ability to bookmark and notate pages. A number of the classics listed in the levelized complex text grouping are available for free at this site.
This site analyzes the readability of books, articles and other materials.
This site features contemporary benchmark books selected to help teachers respond to the needs of struggling readers.
Examples and information about scaffolding techniques from the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition are available at this site.
This site explores the Round Robin scaffolding technique.
Explore six scaffolding techniques from Edutopia at this site.
The Hunt Institute’s Channel on the Common Core State Standards provides background information regarding policy and development. It also provides common language for local standards conversations.
Discover a variety of mathematics tools for the Common Core on this blog site of one of the authors.
Web 2.0 Resources
Note: Flash-based resources will not function on the iPad platform.
This site features a flash-based graphic thesaurus and dictionary.
Explore flash-based speaking avatars that incorporate historical and celebrity figure options. This is an excellent engagement tool for student writing and presentation.
This is a flash-based tool for making pictures talk.
This site offers flash-based literacy development resources that are engaging and well-suited for electronic learning centers.
You can create short, art-inspired stories to read, share and print with this flash-based resource.
This is a flash-based resource for creating thematic word clouds.
Create graphic novels with this flash-based resource. This site is particularly engaging for middle and secondary students.
Available as an app and a free Web 2.0 tool, Isle of Tune makes music-making visual. This is an excellent thinking and problem solving resource.
At this site, video summaries of books can be used to help make complex text more accessible to English Language Learners and others who need additional support.
Available as an app and a free Web 2.0 tool, Wolfram Alpha is a knowledge engine rather than a search engine. This application uses built-in knowledge curated by human experts to compute a specific answer for every query.
This site features a flash-based tool for creating games in the Jeopardy format.
Students can benefit from a flash-based tool that helps bring an authentic presentation to informative and expository writing at this site.
Fakebook allows teachers and students to create imaginary pages for educational and study purposes.
At this site, students can make new animals at a virtual zoo.
This interactive site incorporates various mathematical models.
Explore lessons for using Google Earth in the math curriculum at this site.
This is a flash-based QR treasure hunt generator.
With this tool, students can check for keywords in an essay.