5 Ideas for Digital Content Aligned to the CCSS

Schoolnet is Idaho's 21st Century Instructional Management System, and it provides a central hub for Idaho teachers to access the Digital Content resources available to them. Please refer to two screencasts on accessing Discovery Education and Open Education Resources (OER) through the links provided on pages 7-8 of the Back-to-School Teacher Toolkit.

1. 21st Century Exemplar Library of CCSS-Aligned Lessons
The SDE partnered with a group of Idaho master teachers to create an exemplar library of 250 lesson plans. Take a look at examples of stellar, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned lessons.

Access and implement one of the classroom CCSS-aligned exemplar lesson/unit plans created this year by Idaho teachers and shared statewide on Schoolnet. Use Professional Learning Community time to debrief afterwards on ways your team can improve existing lessons or create and implement new CCSS-aligned lessons using these fabulous digital resources!


2. Discovery Education Streaming
Discovery Education Streaming is now available to every classroom teacher and student in the state thanks to the generosity of the J.A. Kathryn Albertson Foundation! Access Discovery Education through the icon found on the left hand side of the screen on the landing page of Schoolnet (Fig. 1) and try one of the thousands of CCSS-aligned digital resources available through Discovery Education Streaming.

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3. Free Open Educational Resources (OER) Resources
There are many free CCSS resources that the SDE staff have reviewed, categorized, and posted within Schoolnet under the “State Resources” tab found on the lower left hand side of the Schoolnet landing page (Fig. 2). Go directly to the category labeled "CCSS" for information and direct links as well as to explore other content areas such as Science, Mathematics, English Language Arts, etc.

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4. Lili Library
Lili has partnered with the SDE to provide thousands of CCSS-aligned digital resources that are searchable within several Lili Library databases. Access them by logging into Schoolnet and clicking on the left side Lili icon (Fig. 3). For more information about how to access Lili, see the screencast on page 13 of the Back-to-School Teacher Toolkit.

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5. PLC Social Networking - Become a STAR & Join the Idaho Discovery Education Network (DEN) Blog
All Idaho educators and administrators are members of the Discovery Educator Network. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking. With more than 100,000 members providing professional development to 600,000 educators worldwide, the DEN connects teachers both online and in-person.

Log on to Schoolnet to access the Discovery Education Network (DEN). Then click on the Idaho Blog and communicate with educators all over the U.S. on implementing the CCSS with Discovery digital content! Register to become a STAR by entering your email contact info. STAR members get a free classroom subscription to Discovery's new Science Tech Book for the 2012-13 school year.