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Today's guest blog post comes from Adam Mansour. Adam is a student at the University of California, Berkeley and is also currently a summer intern at CK-12 working on standards correlation. He is working to align the content CK-12 publishes to states' education standards.
In reading about the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts and the Next Generation Science Standards it is clear that there are no two defined groups of support and opposition to the implementation of the new policies. Initially, it is important to clarify that the intention of these two initiatives are to prepare all American students for college and future careers and that the standards have not been proposed or endorsed by the federal government. They are not curricula, but rather they are sets of expectations of students’ performance following each year of K-8 instruction and four years of high school. As a result, a new approach to the implementation of education standards across state lines has led to debate over the true effects the policies will have on education systems throughout the United States. Currently, 45 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and some Pacific territories have adopted and are implementing the Common Core, which was finalized in June 2010; meanwhile, 26 states have adopted the NGSS, which was finalized this spring.
Two weeks ago, a few of us at CK-12 Foundation had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at ISTE in San Antonio, Texas and NCSC in Washington DC. We had the opportunity to meet with lots of familiar faces as well as spread the news about CK-12 STEM content to hundreds of new connections!
This math concept gem has been around for a few years, but we couldn't help but get excited when we found it posted by the Washington Post today. We thought you'd find it fun to use simple arithmetic and math concepts to calculate your age. Try it!
Math Concept: Your Age by Chocolate Math
Last week, in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked you to thank your teachers in our Say Thanks campaign.
We were so excited to receive the thousands of submissions from students who care for their teachers so much! Students thanked their teachers for helping them to learn algebra, for drilling home chemistry concepts and for providing physics lessons that have helped them get into the best colleges.
Today is the last day of our favorite week of the year, Teacher Appreciation Week. That means you have one last day to thank your teachers for all their hard work and support in our CK-12 Say Thanks drive.
All you need to do is go to http://www.thankingteachers.org/ and fill out a thank you note to your favorite teacher. The note will be emailed to them and it will be added to our wall of thank you's. Your teacher will also be entered to win a $25 gift card!
A simple, digital thank you today, a memory cherished for life.
Whether you're trudging to school in the rain or sun bathing on the lawn during your lunch, today is the perfect day to give thanks to the awesome teachers in your life.
When we first started our venture into the realm of free digital textbooks, our goal was to pioneer the creation and distribution of the "next generation" textbook. With the FlexBook, a free comprehensive, fully customizable, standards-aligned digital textbook complete with embedded multimedia objects, we met that goal. But realizing new technologies like Apple's iBook Authoring platform would allow for new types of interactivity in our textbooks, we let our creative juices flow. Part of maintaining the philosophy of creating the "next generation" of anything is continuing to innovate. So, on we work - trying other exciting ways of bringing the best learning experience to students worldwide, all completely free.
CK-12 Foundation has reached a major milestone today! For the past 2 years, we have strived everyday to ensure students the world over don’t fall by the wayside simply because their schools, in the face of intensifying budget cuts, are unable to provide quality educational resources. Today we proudly announce that between content downloads and pageviews we have delivered more than 20 million learning opportunities to students everywhere - without charging a cent. 11 million of those coming in the last 4 months alone! For that, we wish to sincerely THANK YOU - our growing community of teachers, administrators, students, and other users. Without your voice, support, and enthusiasm for CK-12, we would never have been able to affect so many students’ lives. To all of you that have shared our free offerings, we appreciate you.
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