If you haven’t yet heard about the Common Core State Standards for education, don’t worry. You will. Forty-five states have already adopted these learning guidelines for English/Language Arts and Mathematics in grades K-12. This means that teachers in most states are or will be aligning their curriculum to these educational standards. While it’s exciting to know that kids all across the country, regardless of geographical location, will be exposed to the same expectations and will be developing the same skills, these new standards present challenges for classrooms and opportunities for those of us who are creating digital content for kids. Some questions to ponder include:
- How can we create content that aligns with the standards? What if a state I’m in hasn’t yet adopted the standards?
- How can we reach the decision makers in schools, to let them know we’ve created content that is aligned with the CCSS?
- There is a heavier emphasis (vs. what we’ve seen in the past at the state level) on exposure to and interpretation of informational text (i.e. nonfiction text designed to explain or teach). What challenges does this present, and what opportunities does it create for creators of book apps/ebooks?
- What are educational standards, why do we need ‘em, and who created ‘em? (Visit the CCSS FAQ page to answer these questions)
Let’s discuss the Common Core State Standards and how they impact and affect all of us who are working on book apps and ebooks for kids during the next #storyappchat on January 13, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. We will look for you then. Simply start using the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter to participate!