Apps @ the Common Core: MERLOT Teacher Ed Favorites

Jane Moore (National Louis University, US)
Dorothy Fuller (Black Hills State University, US)
David Wicks (Seattle Pacific University, US)
Cris Guenter (California State University, Chico, US)
Carol Helton (Regents Online Campus Collaborative, Tennessee Board of Regents, US)
Nicole Kendall (Tennessee State University, US)
Robin Blackman (Middle Tennessee State University, US)
Session Information
July 26, 2012 - 11:10am
Innovation in Media and Tools
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy); Effective Practice; Emerging Technology (tools or processes)
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Casanova 506
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
MERLOT Session

Want high quality Apps that are tested and used by teacher educators? Bring your mobile device to this session and leave with the best!




Grade Book Pro


Corkulous App


Story Wheel


Lesson Note




ShowMe Educreations


Book Creator


Extended Abstract

Common Core Standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. The standards are designed to provide students with skills necessary to be both workplace and college ready upon high school graduation. The standards are focused on rigorous content knowledge in math, language arts, science and social sciences; regular application of higher order thinking skills; and demonstrations of learning through writing and presentations of their learning through project-based learning activities. The interactive elements of web 2.0 tools and the apps that make these tools accessible to a wide variety of handheld devices increase opportunities for students to use workplace tools to analyze data, solve problems, and present their solutions as required by the common core standards. The explosive development of mobile apps provides new opportunities for students to continue learning and exploration of both inside and outside of classrooms. With well over a half a million apps currently available for tablets, smart phones, and other handheld devices, it is easy to feel overwhelmed in finding high quality apps that will support learning and the development of critical and creative thinking skills. This session will present peer reviewed apps that support the common core standards and support student demonstrations of their learning in multiple content areas. We also need GOALS: 1. To acquaint attendees with Apps that are utilitarian for educators. 2. To acquaint attendees with Apps that help K-12 educators meet the Common Core Standards.

Lead Presenter

Jane Moore is an Associate Professor at National-Louis University in Chicago. She is Editor for MERLOT's Teacher Education Board and chaired their 2009 Conference in San Jose. Jane has taught online since 2002, and after 27 years in the elementary classroom and 14 years in higher education full time, has embraced blended learning with a great deal of enthusiasm.