The words “produce, publish, writing, and collaboration” are quite prominent in the Common Core standards related to technology. Students will be narrating and sharing their learning with forms of media beyond just pencil and paper. The internet, computing devices (including graphing calculators and other technological aides), and various forms of collaborative software are now being expected to be a regular part of a teacher’s “toolbox” for instructional activities.
For the production and distribution of writing alone, every level of K-12 is mandated by the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards to do the following:
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
This line is listed for both the K-5 and the 6-12 levels, and is one of the most straight forward guidelines for what teachers should be doing, as a bare minimum, with student writing. More specific requirements of that standard are repeated in the Writing Standards for each grade level starting in grade 3, as well as the Writing standards for Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects at the 6-12 levels. There is also technology related standards found deeply embedded within the Math standards. It’s not only using technology and the internet as a resource but it’s about adapting, infusing, and transforming instructional practice at every grade level to acknowledge that digital tools and the internet are here to stay as an integral part of student learning.
**The creation of two Wordles and the above information were excerpts from Ben Rimes on the site www.techsavvyed.net. His analysis and visual graphics speaks to how Common Core emphasizes the importance of technology and internet in order to communicate effectively with others.