Digital Curriculum in the 21st Century Classroom
Overview: Audio, visual, and interactive components all reinforce the educational objectives identified by teachers at SAS Curriculum Pathways. SAS offers interactive learning tools in all core disciplines, mapped to state standards, for grades 6-12. SAS is also a provider of free apps that thousands of educators, traditional students and life-long learners are using. These apps include:
- SAS Flash Cards, featuring more than 75,000 flash cards plus tools to create custom decks, has been downloaded over 30,000 times in 77 countries. More than 3,000 user-created decks cover wide-ranging topics, from the ABCs to SAS programming certification. The SAS Flash Cards App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and for Windows 8 from Windows 8 Apps.
- SAS Gloss, an app available for iPad, makes it simple for teachers to create, distribute and receive worksheets, tests and quizzes electronically. Students can enhance projects with graphics and imagery and then easily share work on SAS Gloss with teachers, family or friends.
- Also available as an app for iPad, SAS Data Notebook lets students control their learning and monitor progress. Featuring templates for mission statements, goals, checklists, plus/deltas, and histograms, it helps students set, monitor and reflect on individual goals by subject.
Overview: NBC Learn is free in the state of Indiana. It is also available to MBC schools. The link above will take you to the free site. NBC Learn has digitized more than 12,000 stories from the NBC News archives dating back to the 1920s. The collections are updated with current events every day. The original videos and archival news stories are correlated to state standards and the Common Core, and aligned to more than 25 K-12 and 30 Higher Ed collections. Videos are short — less than six minutes in length.
To deliver these stories in a safe, collaborative online learning environment, NBC Learn has developed an advanced media player called a Cue Card™. The player supports videos, photographs, newspaper articles, primary source documents, and other media. It is “flippable,” providing bibliographic information, clickable keywords and a citation generator on the back, a full transcript along the side, and additional tabs along the bottom that let users annotate each resource with their own research notes, and to save it to personal play lists. The Cue Card offers a closed captioning option and can easily be shared on the Internet or by email.
The collections of NBC Learn are available through Internet streaming or for via download. They are also accessible as a stand-alone resource or as a Blackboard building block, which allows users to embed videos directly into Blackboard learning management systems.