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Jan 272015
 

This is the fourth in a series of posts dedicated to helping teachers understand specific changes the Common Core requires them to make in their instruction and sharing how StarrMatica’s content can help facilitate that transition.  The first three posts can be viewed here, here, and here. One of the major Common Core Math shifts is that students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts.  Perhaps the most obvious example of being able to “do the math” without understanding the underlying concept is a student’s ability to correctly add two numbers in a multi-digit addition problem with re-grouping and → read more

Jan 212015
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 3.G.A.1

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students. Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from our → read more

Dec 292014
 
12 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Digital Content (Part 4)

(This post is a continuation of our 12 Questions series.  The first three posts can be viewed here, here, and here.) #10 Is there support for the content and are updates provided?Content installations often don’t go as planned.  You will have questions as you begin to use new content, and there may be connectivity issues with web-based solutions.  At a minimum, you should expect a basic level of technical support via phone and email.  You should place even more value on content from companies that go beyond the basics to help you integrate the content into classroom instruction or to assist → read more

Dec 222014
 

This is the second in a series of posts dedicated to helping teachers understand specific changes the Common Core requires them to make in their instruction and sharing how StarrMatica’s content can help facilitate that transition.  The first two posts can be viewed here and here. A major focus of the Common Core is requiring students to answer questions of varying complexity about a variety of texts. Students will be presented with a sequence of questions in which a question is related to and its answer may be dependent on the answer to a previously asked question.  A sequence of questions → read more

Nov 252014
 
Digital Content for the Common Core Standard 2.G.A.3

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students. Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from our → read more

Nov 192014
 
12 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Digital Content (Part 3)

(This post is a continuation of our 12 Questions series.  The first two posts can be viewed here and here.) #7 Who created these resources?It is important to consider the source of content you use in your classroom.  Verify that the resources you are considering are research-based.  Find out whether they were created by educational publishers, teachers, researchers, or a software company.  Would you want a software programmer or graphic designer with no education degree teaching in your classroom?  Is it logical that a researcher should be designing lessons for fifth graders if they have never taught fifth graders?  Educational → read more

Nov 052014
 
Teacher Feature:  Julie Ahern

Meet Julie Ahern.  She teaches at Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School in Waukegan, Illinois.  Here is her StarrMatica story: Our fine arts magnet school is located in a vibrant and diverse community where I have taught 3rd and now 2nd grade for 22 years. Although we are in a high poverty district, our school has been able to retain our fine arts magnet status. However, it has been a challenge to find the funding for technology and effective computer programs. Although we have a computer lab in our building, which the students visit once a week, I have worked very → read more

Oct 282014
 
12 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Digital Content (Part 2)

(This post is a continuation of our 12 Questions series.  The first post can be viewed here.) #4  Can my students access these resources? In addition to accessing content for whole class instruction, some web based solutions also allow students to access content on computers.  This helps teachers to make a connection between whole class instruction and individual student learning.  Some online content providers add increased value by inviting students to access content at home for further review and exploration.  Offline programs may also allow individual student access, but the program must first be installed on each computer.  If student → read more

Oct 222014
 

This is the second in a series of posts dedicated to helping teachers understand specific changes the Common Core requires them to make in their instruction and sharing how StarrMatica’s content can help facilitate that transition.  The first post can be viewed here. A major focus of the Common Core is requiring students to give evidence directly from the text to support their responses.  An opinion given in a response is valid only if the argument can be supported with details from the text. Here is an example of a Smarter Balanced Assessment item which requires text evidence:  “What does Naomi → read more

Sep 252014
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 1.NBT.B.2(A,B,C)

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students. Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from our → read more