I’m writing this on the eve of our first of four Saturday sessions that comprise the Northern California Writing Project‘s Common Core Tech Camp. The participants have been part of a group working since 201, the Content Area Literacy Network project, a California Department of Education-funded grant program whose aim is to jump-start the Common Core Literacy Standards in science, social science, and technical subjects. The work of the teachers involved has been really exemplary–and it needs to be more visible.
Hence the Tech Camp. Our purpose is to take this work from the participants’ classrooms and go public with it online. To that end, we’ll be using a number of different tools. In keeping with the NCWP’s commitment to the mission of Mozilla’s Webmaker program and tools, we will create webpages using Thimble that will serve as the central home for the resources. We’ll be using mobile computing devices to make movies and whiteboard presentations to embed in the webpages. We’ll play with graphics and infographics as well, starting with simple tools like Wordle and Easel.ly. We will use Popcorn to remix media, and learn about (and earn!) Open Badges (which we’ll store in our Mozilla Backpacks).
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Wish us luck!