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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. Tell us what tools, platforms, methods, etc. you use to exhibit and celebrate student work.

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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. There is currently a good amount of high quality, standards-aligned OER in K-12 with lots more coming online.

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On discoverability

K12 Open Ed

There is a lot of talk in OER circles about discoverability. Much of it deals with metadata schemes and other technical details that may seem arcane to some. Here’s a real-world story of discoverability. Over the past couple weeks, I have been looking open materials on sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and food systems. I looked in the usual repositories and found a few things, but not much.

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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.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

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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. With that success comes other side effects.

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Shotcut: An open video editing tool

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For a long while now, I’ve been looking for a free, preferably open source, video editing tool that was reasonably full-featured but also easy to get started with. With the recent demise of Windows Movie Maker, the need for this kind of tool is more urgent than ever. Looking around a few weeks ago, I found Shotcut , and I’ve been really impressed with it. Shotcut has been around for a while but has recently been completely rewritten.)

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Open Education Week

K12 Open Ed

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. There is a big slate of resources and events happening this week. And check out our curated list of K-12 open education resources here. Uncategorized OER openeducationwk

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Openness and TRUST

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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.

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Thinking about connected learning

K12 Open Ed

In a chat on Twitter, this weekend, Kevin said that our little postcard project was one of the “most connected/enjoyable” CLMOOC activities. That got me thinking back to the meaning of connected learning and whether this project qualifies. Here’s my mapping of the CL principles and values to this project. Interest-powered — Yes, we are all doing this because it is of interest to us.

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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. In fact, some of the most vibrant classroom exemplars of open practice in action that I’ve seen have not involved OER. It is possible to have open practice with proprietary content.

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

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Remix attributions

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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. Best practices for attribution require that “when you are using a work that is an adaptation of one or more pre-existing works, you may need to give credit to the creator(s) of the pre-existing work(s), in addition to giving credit to the creator of the adaptation.” ” ( Creative Commons ).

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Positioning “open” – part 1

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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. It becomes the target or the “mission,” if you will.

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K-12 OER Collaborative enters next phase

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[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.

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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. Here are some preliminary take-aways. There aren’t as many “adoption states” as there used to be.

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Granularity

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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.

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

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“We need textbooks!”

K12 Open Ed

It’s time for education to move past standardization and textbooks. Several conversations lately have made me ponder the importance of community understanding and support for various new initiatives like open learning and OER adoption. In particular, I was at a meeting with the mayor and city manager of a local community last week.

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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.

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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. Otherwise, stay tuned for lots of great free and open events and resources coming soon.

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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.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Open business models, part 6: the canvas

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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. This concludes this series on business models for OER K-12 core curriculum.). Uncategorized business models k12oer2015

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Open business models, part 5: development costs

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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. More importantly, as a movement, it’s not wise to be reliant on handouts.

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

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Values and my work: part 3/leadership

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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. Peer learning often implies a decentralized, learner-driven approach.

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