Digital Tools and Common Core

Digital Tools that Support Common Core
MSSA Workshops, February 2013

Butte, Great Falls, Billings, Bozeman
Workshop Agenda

Important Links

Montana Small School Alliance Ning
Tech Help Desk
(look for the “Help Desk” link in the top navigation)
IPad Online Class

Common Core Resources









Learn Zillion
LearnZillion is a web-based application that helps teachers and parents meet the educational needs of every student. We offer 2000 lessons that were built from the Common Core standards and were created by some of the top public and private school teachers from around the country. Each lesson includes a short video, downloadable lesson guide and resources, and coach’s commentary to help with teacher development. We’re also a vibrant and growing community of educators working to improve our teaching practice through collaboration.





Digital Resources


The Way Back Machine – Browse through over 240 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.
FakeBook – Fakebook allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes. Click to view the Jim Thorpe sample or view the GALLERY of examples!
Google Trends – Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., about Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered.
Brain Rules by John Medina – How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? What can science tell us about raising smart, happy children? Brain Rules are things we know for sure, and John Medina explains what we might do with that knowledge.
Wolfram Alpha Demonstrations – Conceived by Mathematica creator and scientist Stephen Wolfram as a way to bring computational exploration to the widest possible audience, the Wolfram Demonstrations Project is an open-code resource that uses dynamic computation to illuminate concepts in science, technology, mathematics, art, finance, and a remarkable range of other fields.


IPad Apps

common_core_appView the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math.
DropboxDropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website!
EvernoteEvernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. 
VoiceThreadCreate and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos — basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen.
Google_DriveGet started with 5GB for free to safely keep all your stuff in one place and then access it from any device, anywhere. Store documents, pictures, or other files – even the big ones – using Google Drive and easily share them with anyone.
SkitchExpress yourself with fewer words, emails and meetings…with Skitch! Use shapes, arrows, sketches and text annotation to get your point across fast. Mark up photos, screenshots, maps, and webpages then share them with anyone you like.
SocrativeSocrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. Engage the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment, and review the reports to prepare for future classes. 
diigoYour all-purpose digital library on iPad – bookmarks, archives, annotations, notes, images, and screenshots. Collect everything, find fast, share easily, and access anywhere.