Name of Application: Common Core
Pros: Accessible, Convenient
For two years, I have been using this app, from my phone or iPad, while creating lesson plans at home or school. It’s easy to use because you can search keywords from your lesson plan and it will list standards that consists of the keywords you entered. It’s convenient because you can use the app for a quick search to reference standards. It’s a great app to use!
Number of Stars, *****5
As public school educators we all have to adhere to the Common Core State Standards, and matching your lesson plan to a corresponding standard can sometimes feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
I have looked at a myriad of Common Core State Standard apps, and found that CommonCore designed for iPad and iPhone platforms, is the most user-friendly of them all. Not only does the (free) app include the traditional and integrated Mathematics and Language Arts, but it also contains the newer History/ Social Studies and Science & Technical Subjects standards. No other app does so!
The application designers, MasteryConnect, have done a great job here, and the most impressive element is the search engine that allows you to type in any key words that might help align your unit with the standard. Also, the additional resources for Math, ELA, as well as ELL and SPED application are unparalleled. There is no easier way to link to the CCSS, since it’s free and usable while offline.
I must note that the iPad version of the app is more user-friendly than the iPhone version. When looking at the Standards on the iPhone you don’t have a good overview on the iPhone. Also, the resources are not available online, which can be a challenge when you’re on the go and wish to look at these materials.
Whenever I create my lesson plans, I always have this app at hand. It has helped me save time and energy though using the nifty search engine. Download it now, and use the time saved by using this A+ (5 out of 5 stars) app to sharpen your pencils or ponder over color-coordinating your classroom materials!