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Teacher uses the internet to enhance student learning

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to prepare students for success in college and their professional careers, according to the initiative’s website. As technological skills play a crucial role in both higher education and work settings, many schools are looking at how software, electronic devices and the internet can be incorporated into lessons.

For example, in Iowa’s Howard-Winneshiek Community School District, students are using Google tools to enhance their writing skills, the Cresco Times Plain Dealer reported. In fact, all seventh-grade English students have been given Google accounts so they can access email and documents.

"I teach to the Common Core State Standards based upon which skills the majority of my students are having trouble with from writing assignment to writing assignment," Brenda Knobloch, a middle school English teacher in the District, told the news outlet.

Knobloch added that she teaches mini skill lessons until her students have a grasp on the material, the news source stated. From there, she has her pupils express the knowledge they have gained in their writing. In one assignment, students were required to craft narrative essays with a partner located on the other side of the classroom. In order to complete this task, they had to communicate over the internet.