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Student voices: An invitation

K12 Open Ed

This year, I’m convening a strand on Student Voices for the K12 Online Conference , and I’d like to invite you and especially the youth you work with to get involved. There are several ways you can participate: Ask your students if they’d like to record a short video on what school should be. Submit it to us , and it might end up being a part of our keynote presentation for this strand.

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Remix attributions

K12 Open Ed

I think attributing borrowed work is important, and I see a lot of remixes that don’t include attributions to the borrowed work. Instead they attribute only the remixer/compiler. ” ( Creative Commons ). includes picture of apple by Alan Levine, licensed CC BY 4.0 and illustration of the moon by Brad Emerson, licensed CC BY 3.0″ ” but this doesn’t tell us much.

Openness and TRUST

K12 Open Ed

The folks at the Indiana Department of Education’s elearning group are working on an OER #GoOpen initiative, which includes a series of Twitter chats (#INeLearn). Last night I participated in one of these lively conversations. After this chat, I was struck by how important TRUST is to open learning, and again, how OER doesn’t necessarily have to coincide with open learning. Below is an excerpt from this chat that brought this home to me. A fuller storify of this chat is available here.). OER can be implemented without open pedagogy, though in my opinion that misses the whole point.

Granularity

K12 Open Ed

Credit: gurmit singh. I am often prompted to reflect on why people don’t borrow and remix high quality, open licensed educational content more often than they do. There are many projects that have created amazing content and licensed it under a Creative Commons license. But the degree to which this content is used and especially remixed is often lower than people expect.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Should scale be the goal?

K12 Open Ed

I have written before about the connections between OER and open practice and why I think open practice should be the goal, not merely the adoption of OER. While I hope and believe that OER can pave the way for open practice, it is not at all obvious that the use of OER is a necessary condition. It is possible to have open practice with proprietary content. The answer is scale.

Adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials – final report

K12 Open Ed

As many of you know, I’ve spent much of this year working on a project to explore the adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials and to explore business models for the successful and sustainable publishing of such open educational resource (OER) materials. I’ve written about some of this work as it’s progressed, and now the final report on this is available.

DigiWriMo, meet the Make Bank

K12 Open Ed

I’m taking part in another open collaborative learning event in November: DigiWriMo. In talking about this with a group of folks last night , someone asked “ As a college student working on my elementary major, how could I use this writing piece in my future classroom?” ” and I immediately thought of the Make Bank. Add your own “makes” too! clmooc digiwrimo

Fear, responsibility, identity, civil society, and the Internet (not new topics, I know)

K12 Open Ed

Credit: J. Albert Bowden II. So I was working on a (non education-related) project with a bright young woman today. It involved putting together a short video about her professional work. At the end, she asked me to talk her name off the title because she “tries to keep a low Internet profile.” ” Wow, that threw me for a loop. I suspect not.)…What

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Thinking about OER as core curriculum

K12 Open Ed

Credit: Kayla Galway. As I’ve mentioned, I’m in the midst of a series of interviews with states and districts to explore how they adopt core curriculum and what factors might be especially relevant to those looking to have OER adopted as core curriculum. I’ve now talked to several state curriculum and instruction leaders, as well as a few districts. Hurray!)

Open business models, part 6: the canvas

K12 Open Ed

Creative Commons is currently engaged in a project to look at open business models. They’ve put forth this template and have this community to share these ideas. Since I have been thinking about this as it relates to core curriculum for K-12, I have tried to synthesize some ideas here. As always, I’d love your input and ideas. Uncategorized business models k12oer2015

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Open business models, part 5: development costs

K12 Open Ed

Credit: Karen Fasimpaur; CC BY. In the first post of this series , I mentioned that most OER publishers rely on philanthropy to fund initial product development and that I had questions about how sustainable this model is. First, if more K-12 OER doesn’t achieve higher adoption and use rates, I wonder how long funders will continue to fund it. So what are the options?

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Values and my work: part 3/leadership

K12 Open Ed

Credit: SteFou!, CC BY. I am a believer in open peer learning. We are social beings and learn best through sharing with others. Whether it is through my education related experiences like those at Peer 2 Peer University and CLMOOC, or through more informal interactions like our seed library , I have seen the benefits of this kind of learning. I think there are several ways to move toward this.

Positioning “open” – part 1

K12 Open Ed

Credit: viZZZual.com , CC BY. In marketing most things, including educational materials, positioning is important. Whether it is the short one sentence tag line or the elevator pitch description, how you describe something affects how people view it. I would even argue that coming to consensus on positioning within an organization affects the product or service itself.

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The consequences of success

K12 Open Ed

Today, on the first day of Open Education Week , I am happy to say that OER has gained traction in K-12 over the last year. More and more people are talking about OER. States and funders are putting serious efforts into OER as core curriculum. More high quality OER content is becoming available, and most importantly, more K-12 schools are using and remixing OER. ” (Hewlett Foundation). Yay!).

Thinking about open practice

K12 Open Ed

Credit: opensource.com. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about open learning and with Open Education Week coming up, thought it would be a good time to explore this in more detail. To be clear, I am not talking about open educational resources (OER), but rather open learning practices. (Is Is there a common term people are using for this? Open learning? Open pedagogy? Open practice?).

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Open Education Week – Mar. 9-13

K12 Open Ed

It’s that time of year — Open Education Week ! Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. You can submit your own events to the Open Education Week calendar here.

Demand, district adoption, and silver bullets

K12 Open Ed

A few us have been pondering the question “ How can we best advance the adoption of OER in K-12? ” both online in this document and f2f at the Open Ed 14 conference. As I’ve thought about this, a few conclusions I’ve come to are: The demand problem is more significant than the supply problem. For the most part, this supply is not being used as much as it could/should be.

Where we become a commercial publisher (to take commercial publishing down?)

K12 Open Ed

Much of my research to date on the adoption and implementation of K-12 OER core curriculum in ELA and math has led me to the realization that, to schools, price is not a significant factor in adoption. In fact, most don’t even look at price until the adoption decision has been made. At the same time, OER developers and publishers face the challenge that to complete in state and district adoptions, they need to include many components that add significant cost. It’s worth noting that that’s how some of the larger implementations of EngageNY materials have happened.).

Big step forward for the K-12 OER Collaborative

K12 Open Ed

The K-12 OER Collaborative has taken a great step forward as Karl Nelson has agreed to join the organization full-time as of later this month. Karl has been the Director of Digital Learning for Washington state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for five years and prior to that worked with Puget Sound ESD. He is a creative thinker about digital learning and a skilled manager. Karl has been instrumental in getting the Collaborative up and running in its early days as the Washington state Collaborative member. Stay tuned for more.].

K-12 OER Collaborative enters next phase

K12 Open Ed

[Disclosure: I am part of an advisory group for this project.]. Last week, the K-12 OER Collaborative entered the next phase of their project, awarding contracts for rapid prototypes to the following developers: edCount LLC. Expeditionary Learning. Illustrative Mathematics. Learn Zillion. Literary Design Collaborative. Mathematics Vision Project. Odell Education. Public Consulting Group, Inc. University of Utah. Victory Productions. Quite an ambitious undertaking! ” Many developers have expressed interest in this project, and 24 groups submitted proposals for the rapid prototypes.

10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

Ditch That Textbook

The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again. Alice is one of the only people I know personally who codes for [.].

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10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Ditch That Textbook

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.].

Android on Chromebooks! Here are some resources and apps to check out

Educational Technology Guy

Android has come to Chromebooks and is available on EDU Domains! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with Chromebooks, adding thousands of great apps, features and capabilities. id=com.visionobjects.calculator&rdid=com.visionobjects.calculator Turns handwritten equations into typed and solves them Evernote https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote

Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace

The Web20Classroom

When I was 6 or 7 years old I was at home on a boring rainy weekend. Being an inquisitive kid and generally looking for mischief I found some tools in a closet and decided something in my house needed taking a apart. I'd always wondered how a toaster actually made toast so it became the subject of my experiment. Galileo. Newton. Edison. And there are spaces in between. How can making help?

How to improve student engagement

The Christensen Institute

Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. They don’t see how school is relevant.”. They won’t put in the effort.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. Unsure if student engagement is a problem at your school? Last month in Little Rock, Ark., Feel successful.

Creating Control: Managing Bullying in the Classroom

EdNews Daily

One of every four students reports being bullied during the school year, according to the National Bullying Prevention Center. Bullying in the classroom has always been a problem, and educators are now taking bullying seriously. In today’s classroom, teachers must ensure that they offer all students a classroom environment free of bullying. Bullying Definition. The U.S. Types of Bullying.

#06: The 6 Most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: Sylvia Duckworth on the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sylvia Duckworth (@ sylviaduckworth ) is a leading sketch note artist in education today. Her new book Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners is a MUST BUY for every teacher and administrator. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor.

How This Teacher Took A Risk And Found Happiness In Her Work

EdNews Daily

This is our fifth interview from our thought-leadership series from teachers who work at 51Talk. Elizabeth, please tell us about your education background. I hold a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State University, a Master’s in English Education from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (violin) from The University of South Carolina. Cat!”.

Why I Hack My Classroom

EdNews Daily

Written By: Grace O’Shea. New York City, Summer 2011. I was excited to be joining a force of Teaching Fellows poised to tackle the opportunity gap in NYC. I began my summer school assignment feeling a healthy mix of zeal and terror. I was about to go live. The challenge? Get a group of straggling eighth graders excited about science. Room 230. I enter. I wanted to get my students talking.

5 Things That Harm a Student’s Ability to Succeed

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #09: A 10-Minute Teacher Show Interview with Dr. Brad Johnson From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We ask students to sit and expect them to learn? We want children to act like adults? These are just two of the five things that sometimes we educators are doing today to harm student learning. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor. Full Bios.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #29 Steven Anderson talks technology trends From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson @web20classroom brings back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Costs?

14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Ditch That Textbook

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person. My, how things have changed. Everything seems to have a camera [.].

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2 BRAND NEW tools to help students display work, reflect

Ditch That Textbook

Google Slides is such a versatile tool in G Suite (Google Apps). It goes much further than creating a slide presentation to show on the screen to the entire class. Mix in images — the visual tools that make instant connections in our brains — and you’ve got an engaging activity in the making. I [.].

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Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Ditch That Textbook

Infographics are everywhere. I first started noticing them on the front page of USA Today as a journalism major in college. As Pinterest became more popular, the long, tall infographics have begun popping up everywhere. There’s a reason you see infographics all over social media and beyond: They’re eye-catching. They summarize information succinctly. They’re very visual, [.].

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3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning

The Web20Classroom

When I was a middle school science teacher I regularly assigned projects. At the time I thought that the projects would be a great way for me to understand what my students understood about particular concepts and topics. I had them make visual representations of atoms of the periodic table, reports outlining the effects of global warming on our community, and several others. Sure. Certainly not.

How This Teacher Builds A Professional Learning Community Online

EdNews Daily

This is the first article in our series about building professional learning communities for online teachers. In this series, we share ideas from online teachers who work at 51Talk. 51Talk is the largest online English education platform in China. In June 2016, it became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (COE). We hope you find these tips encouraging and helpful.

#08: The BreakoutEDU Box: The Classroom Experience That Has Everybody Talking

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Adam Bellow From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn the pitfalls, challenges, and advantages of these BreakoutEDU adventure game boxes used to teach everything from grammar to math. Kids and teachers are raving about BreakoutEDU boxes. Let’s learn what they are from Adam Bellow, cofounder of BreakoutEDU.