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Common Core 360

By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2012
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Company: School Improvement Network, 32 W. Center St., Midvale, UT 84047, (866) 835-4185, Fax: (801) 566-6885, www.schoolimprovement.com

Price: Common Core 360 is available as a free 30-day trial. Pricing is available by calling (866) 835-4185

Audience: Common Core 360 is designed for use by K–12 teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches.

Format: Common Core 360 is an online service that can be accessed as needed. Videos are used extensively to provide classroom examples for using the program.

System Requirements: Common Core 360 requires internet access.

Description: Common Core 360 is a professional development program designed to help classroom teachers align math and language arts curricula to the Common Core Standards.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is through a username and password. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Twenty video segments offer Common Core training. The program provides on-demand access to more than 1,800 professional learning videos. Its prescriptive technology automatically recommends videos from PD 360’s training library based on classroom walk-through results.

Crosswalk Tools align current practices to the Common Core Standards.

Common Core 360 is integrated with PD 360 and provides lifetime membership to the PD 360 community of educators. This membership provides collaboration opportunities with educators around the world. Participants can upload, share, and comment on videos, documents, presentations, and other media. Public or private focus groups are available. Educators can form a common language around existing issues.

Training is based on grade-level progression. Embedded multimedia enhances the learning experience for the user through PD 360 videos, video and images, podcasts and audio, and graphics and PowerPoints.

Webinars offer specific training that shows educators what the integration of standards looks like in the classroom. The four web­ inars currently available are Common Core 101: Why, What and How; Translating ELA Standards; Translating Mathematics Standards; and Student Engagement & Future Focus. Videos show real-life classroom examples of the why, what, and how of Common Core Standards.

Blog posts from experts explain the vision, purpose, and goal of the Common Core Standards. Regular updates on the latest strategies and recommendations from the experts at the School Improvement Network are also provided.

LiveBook and LivePlanner support the efforts of professional development through Mapping to the Core by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. This ebook presents step-by-step theory and instruction that guides teachers through the process of creating a curricula map aligned to the Common Core Standards. Educators can collaborate with the author, participate in public and private book study groups, and offer social media resources. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Common Core 360 is easy to use; it provides concise instructions. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Webinars are used to train educators in what the Common Core is, how it impacts classroom practice, and how to integrate both language arts and mathematics standards with current curricula. Regular blog posts include updates on the latest strategies and recommendations from experts. The technical support email address for weekday assistance is support@schoolimprovement.com. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Common Core 360 is an excellent tool to help teachers understand how to make the standards work in their classroom every day. Designed by educators, it offers a common set of content learning that can be adapted by each state using advanced teaching methods. Using Common Core 360 as a professional development tool, educators view videos to understand how the Common Core Standards impact and energize teaching. Real-life classroom situations using on-demand videos give concrete examples of best practices. Most professional development tells teachers what to do. Common Core 360 doesn’t just tell teachers what to do—it shows teachers how to make a classroom work.

A major advantage of Common Core 360 is that teachers will gain confidence in creating curricula lessons that help students learn lessons faster. I highly recommend the use of Common Core 360 for schools and school districts that want to prepare students for the 21st century. Forty-eight states have already adopted Common Core Standards. This program unites our country’s educational goals, and using Common Core 360 will help our country achieve a competitive advantage in the global society. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley, educational consultant, Coral Springs, Fla.; sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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