Moving Forward with Common Core State Standards: Harnessing the Power of Technology WEBINAR SERIES


  • March 18, 2014 - May 13, 2014

Moving Forward with Common Core State Standards: Harnessing the Power of Technology                WEBINAR SERIES


This series of four FREE webinars provided research-based strategies and support for education leaders bringing technology initiatives to scale. Participants had opportunities to:
  1. Explore and better understand the critical phases of successful technology implementation and integration.
  2. Engage in activities that can be applied at their sites.
  3. Learn about best practices aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
  4. Refine and enhance comprehensive technology integration plans.
  5. Collaborate and learn from colleagues.

The series built on Moving Forward with the Common Core State Standards: Harnessing the Power of Technology (held November 12 in San Jose and November 14 in Los Angeles), and two previous events (August 2012 and June 2013) focused on implications of the CCSS for instruction and assessment. Each webinar addresses a critical phase or component of technology implementation and integration; together they represent a continuum of technology planning and implementation.

PowerPoint presentations, webinar transcripts, and useful tools and resources may be accessed in the Related Materials column on the right.

TOPICS and LINKS to Archived Webinars

1.  A Curriculum-First Approach to Technology and
     the Web
—March 18

Technology and the web have the potential to transform learning, but only if educators build on the foundation of a clear curriculum strategy. The first webinar in the series examines technology through the lens of teaching and learning. This curriculum-first approach requires a clear articulation of academic goals in order to identify the programs, applications, and devices that will support these goals. In addition, administrators had an opportunity to examine their own sites and explore the role that an aligned organizational structure plays in the success of a technology initiative. Topics:

  • Articulating your site's curriculum focus for all stakeholders. What is the "elevator" version of your curriculum focus?
  • Structuring your organization for success. Are the right people in the right roles?
  • Identifying the best tools to support your curriculum focus. How do you make informed decisions about identifying the best technology tools, programs, and applications to support your curriculum focus?
  • Examining infrastructure readiness. Is your site ready for a high density, saturated wireless environment? What should it look like and how will you manage it?

2.  Building Support for Technology Integration—April 8

Successfully scaling and sustaining a technology initiative requires a shared stakeholder vision and commitment. Here administrators will start with the end in mind, examining activities to help staff envision the components of successful integration and identify their collective desired outcomes. Participants also examined the importance of understanding stakeholders' perspectives to provide insight into how they can be supportive or supported. Topics:

  • Identifying your stakeholders. Is there a common understanding and vision for your technology initiative?
  • Building your culture and capacity. How can you involve teachers and administrators so they can feel ownership and commitment for the initiative?
  • Dealing with resistance. How can you bring different groups of resistors on board and ultimately gain their support?
  • Communicating a shared vision. How can you keep everyone involved and aware of your technology efforts?

3.  Developing Individualized Technology Plans
     April 22


Every student and staff member must use technology confidently and capably for a technology initiative to succeed. Implementing effective, staff-supported strategies requires identifying strengths and areas that need support. Participants experienced and examined an instrument designed to gauge experience, knowledge, and comfort level with technology. Using critical data, participants could then develop Individualized Technology Plans (ITP) designed to maximize professional development efforts. Topics:

  • Assessing staff skills. What are your staff's strengths and needs in using technology?
  • Developing Individual Technology Plans. Are professional development plans aligned to staff needs and goals?
  • Modeling successful strategies. Do you practice what you preach by modeling the effective use of tools expected of staff and students?
  • Building and supporting a community of learners. How can you make technology training a part of professional learning time?

4.  Scaling Technology and Infrastructure to Support the
     Common Core
May 13

Technology is more than purchasing the latest device; the infrastructure must be in place to support teaching and learning. In this webinar, participants explored tools to assess their site's technology readiness, examined the various costs associated with use and ownership, and prepared to plan for immediate needs and prepare for the future. Topics:

  • Assess your site's technology readiness. Does your site have the infrastructure, capacity, and commitment to support your technology?
  • Examine all costs associated with use, implementation, and scaling. Will you be able to sustain your purchase over time?
  • Plan for more than online testing. Is there a clear plan for effectively using technology for teaching and learning?
  • Plan and prepare for growth. Will your technology adapt to your changing needs?