Teachers may soon see a rush of new apps for the iPad and iPhone that will parse all the difficult language and standards of the Common Core appendices and provide it for them in an easy to use format.
And the popular Khan Academy videos, which are not linked to any standards at the moment, are being linked to standards through deliberations and conversations currently with Mastery Connect, according to Mick Hewitt, a team member at the company.
Hot on the heels of the 1,400 downloads for its Common Core concepts apps released over Memorial Day weekend, Mastery Connect is launching an app update at the iTunes platform that will make all of this easier for teachers and parents, says Mick Hewitt. I’ve asked Mr. Hewitt to list some of the compelling cases for this new app here.
Here is what he had to say.
We are working to integrate Khan Academy videos for standards. Right now Khan is not linked to standards, so we’re in the process of doing a mapping of the ones that match. But the cool thing there is that parents and teachers, if they don’t have that off the top of their heads, can see a video reference to the concept.
The most important thing right now is that we are trying to get the standards in the hands of the population and bridge the gap between teachers and parents so we can start communicating around the standards that work will take some considerable effort. Not only are the Common Core standards dense and hard to get through, there are many more communities to work with besides teachers and students.
Hewitt says the company is focusing on embedding evaluation for parents into the system, and that should be along in the next update, which was due out yesterday.
We believe the Mastery Movement is beginning. Joel Klein at NSVF said, “We need to break through the ‘membrane’ to mastery.”Mastery Movement means going from talking about Johnny getting a C in Math on his report card, to talking about the standards, and as DuFour says, “knowing what our students know relative to the standards”. Parents and teachers can now carry the standards kids are learning in class in their pockets. One of the biggest problems that has been in education is accessibility to the standards for teachers
They are usually buried on some state website.
- Mastery Connect Makes Common Core Easier for Teachers and Parents (douglascrets.com)
- Great maths instruction free at Khan Academy on You Tube (politics.ie)
- First Three Speakers @ #NSVFSummit Mitchell, Khan, Klein (douglascrets.com)