Leading Innovation 2012 Bootcamp

leadinginnovation2012 - Digital Content


The Information Age has swept in voluminous amounts of Internet based, multi-media resources that can be used for solving problems, communicating, and processing information in the K-12 classroom. Engaging and effective educators who use and/or teach with the digital content directly support their students mastery of Common Core standards.

In this session, you will first preview applications that directly support your access to and use of Common Core (CC). Next, you will be exposed to a variety of digital content repositories that directly support learner outcomes associated with CC. Finally, you will evaluate 2 selected digital resources. The purpose of this session is for you to be able to return to your school/district armed with user friendly CC aligned digital content.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • quickly access CC tools that can aid you during lesson planning;
  • leverage select digital content repositories that can be used in your learning and teaching practices;
  • better evaluate the alignment to CC and presence of Information and Technology Essential Standards in selected digital content resources.

I. Digital Content Resources Aligned with CC (15 minutes)

CC Apps

Just as reminder there are online resources to quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster)...for English/Language Arts and for Math. For those of you and/or your teachers with Ipads, Iphones or Androids there is a Common Core FREE app (for Androids ). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways as well College and Career Readiness Standards. Here is an example of the easy layout: All of these resources great reference for teachers to EASILY and READILY explore, understand, and apply the core standards.

Digital Media

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge". It offers permanent storage and access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly 3 million public domain books. If someone wants to look at a copy of Euclid's Elements from centuries ago, all they have to do is search the database.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated
manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

Smithsonian ChannelThe Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture of the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime explores the history of our planet, life and culture. This websitebrings SCHOOL APPROPRIATE content from the world's leading cultural institution into a media-rich environment.

Digital Lesson Plans, Interactives, Exercises


Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources across ALL content areas. The resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards and CC. Please click HERE for an annotated guide for how to find digital resources aligned with NC CCSS.

CurrikiCurriki, a play on the words 'curriculum' and 'wiki', is a not-for-profit organization that is building the first and only Internet site for Open Source Curriculum (OSC), which will provide universal access to free curricula and instructional materials for grades K-12.


Illuminations is the comprehensive source for instruction and learning materials based on The National Council of Teachers of MathematicsPrinciples and Standards for School Mathematics
This resource provides engaging, interesting and challenging interactive applets, standards-based lesson plans and other teacher resources.

ReadWriteThinkReadWriteThink provides educators with best practices and interactive resources for reading and English language arts instruction.

II. Explore & Evaluate Digital Content Resources (45 minutes)

Please select ONE resource from the Digital Media and ONE resource from Digital Lesson Plans, Interactives, Exercises sections above that peak your interest and you want to explore more.
Find a partner with similar interests and explore your selections together. Please use the following Google Forms to guide your exploration and evaluation of 2 different resources:

Digital Media Google Form (choose Internet Archive, NYPL, OR Smithsonian Channel)
Digital Lesson Plans, Interactives, Exercises Google Form (choose Thinkfinity, Curriki, Illuminations OR ReadWriteThink)

If you have time, feel free to explore and evaluate another resource, just select the the appropriate Google Form above to guide you. HAVE FUN!

SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE: Resource Evaluation Repository
See the results of the collective explorations...what did other folks have to say about the same resource you explored? Learn about what others saw in resources you did not explore.

Digital Media Resources
Digital Lesson Plans, Interactives, Exercises Resources

III. Reflection (10 minutes)

Let's consider how these resources impact how you approach digitally supported learning and teaching.
external image pointing-hand.jpgPlease click HERE to record your thoughts.

IV. Conclusion

Final thoughts? Let's share out some of your next steps with this digital content as you think about the 2012-13 school year.

Additional Resources:

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has released a new toolkit(Click to download) designed to help educators implement Common Core State Standards within the P21 Framework for 21st Century Skills.

Five-Picture Charades is a flexible model for helping teachers create and edit digital media with their students. This article describes pedagogical uses of this activity across the content areas, as well as describe ways to relate Five-Picture Charades to lesson planning and curriculum development projects.

Alexander, C. & Hammond, T.C. (2012). : A Flexible Model for Technology Training in Digital Media Tools and Teaching Strategies. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 12(1), 55-70. AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/34557.