November 7, 2013

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10% Discount on new Common Core Book

How to Achieve Common Core with Tech is a five-book series that focuses on using technology to meet particular strands of Common Core standards–Language, Writing, Reading, Speaking/Listening, and Math.

Over and over throughout the 150+-page Common Core roadmap to educational reform, it’s clear the 21st Century learner requires technologic proficiency—digital dexterity to fuel the ‘college and career’ engine. One example: Common Core assessments will be completed online—only possible if students use technology as comfortably as paper and pencil to demonstrate knowledge. To accomplish this requires a seamless integration of technology into classroom curricula.

This series makes that happen. You see how to use computers, websites, tablets, graphic art, infographics, web widgets to scaffold what you already teach–easy-to-understand tech tools, no more complicated than the iPads and manipulatives you already use.

Each lesson includes

  1. Common Core standards addressed
  2. NETS-S Standards addressed
  3. Vocabulary used
  4. Time Required
  5. Grade level recommended and suggested background
  6. Essential Question
  7. Big Idea
  8. Materials required and teacher preparation
  9. Step-by-step directions
  10. Help with tech problems
  11. Extensions—how to differentiate and dig deeper

5 books, 3 out now, 2 next year. Here’s the run-down:


Eight projects for K-8, 87+ Common Core Standards in language, speaking/listening, and writing. Every time students come across words they don’t understand, teach them to decode using effective, efficient strategies based on context, clues, and parts. These don’t take more time, just suggest a different way of doing what you already do—using technology


Twenty projects for K-8, 114 Common Core Math Standards, to prepare students for the rigorous quantitative material, problem solving, critical thinking required in college and career. Lessons are authentic applications of skills (such as a grade book and a budget), useful tools (i.e., a chance for motivated students to get their Excel certification) as well as projects that appeal to today’s students (we’ve gamified math, so be prepared). These lessons ask students to exhibit the traits Common Core considers inherent in successful students—and an open-minded risk taking from teachers. They don’t take more time, just suggest a different way of doing what you already do—using technology.


Fourteen projects for K-8, 315 Common Core Standards in reading, speaking/listening, language, math, and writing.

Conventional wisdom says students learn to read by reading. Sure, that makes sense, but what if they don’t? Let me clarify—they can read words and paragraphs and pages, but aren’t accomplished at:

  • Finding and using evidence to support conclusions
  • Using evidence from text in conversations
  • Uncovering knowledge when reading in academic classes
  • Understanding academic vocabulary used in grade-level work
  • Writing from text-based sources rather than past experience and knowledge

How do you help them?

In this book, reading skills become organic to everything taught–every time students struggle with reading, show them how to decode meaning using these fourteen strategies. They don’t take more time, just suggest a different way of doing what you already do—using technology.

How to Order:

  • Click this link on Publisher’s website –Find the coupon code. Then go to this link and place your order. When you check out, include the coupon code.


$26.99 each–less 10% (through 11/15/13)

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A note: These books are not intended to teach Common Core Standards. What these books show is how to use technology to teach the standards.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, a columnist for, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.