Sunday, April 24, 2011

Librarians link common core to Web 2.0

Scouring the web for all things related to the common core and its implementation, I happened upon the American Association of School Librarians crosswalks to the common core.  While math does get left out of the picture, the spirit of their crosswalks is exactly the type of thinking I have been looking for as my school moves forward in its implementation.  Here is an example of one crosswalk by the ALA:

C9-10RS/TS7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
1.2.3 Demonstrate creativity by using multiple resources and formats.
2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.
3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
4.3.2 Recognize that resources are created for a variety of purposes.

The common core standards are "linked" to the American Association of Librarians standards for 21st century learning and as a result the common core standards start to take on a meaning relevant to digital learners.  I hope, and please hold me to it, as the work of implementation proceeds in my part of the education landscape that I can narrate how we made these standards come to life for a 21st century learner.

I am interested to know if anyone out there has worked to move their classroom,  school, or district to take the spirit of these 21st century learners and crosswalk them to the common core math standards.
I hope to start moving in this direction in the closing months of this school year and over the summer.
I'll post how we choose to organize and structure our curriculum 5-12 and welcome current and future feedback on this endeavor. 

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