Maha, the Path to OER-Enabled Pedagogy, and Technological Determinism

Iterating Toward Openness

Among other things, the post discusses her role in my decision to abandon the phrase “open pedagogy” and adopt the phrase “OER-enabled pedagogy.” While the term “open pedagogy” appeared with some frequency on my blog for a number of years ( Google site search link ), I believe these posts show the important contours of how my thinking evolved: What is Open Pedagogy (2013), where I first “introduce” (more on that below) and define the term.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Teachers in each department have been developing their own custom Google-based websites over the span of a year with help from high school teacher John Hineman, who is overseeing the project. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resourcesTeachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. By and large, it’s working.

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Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials. I’ve even offered up ideas on issues the K-12 OER movement needs to confront and work through in the coming years as it struggles with the success of greater adoption. How does OER help educators and students? Are all OER digital?

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

Edsurge

THE BIG GUYS: Here’s news from Google, ABCMouse, and Amazon. First up, Google Education announced a new “casting” app for the classroom projector, released the “Expeditions” virtual reality app for all teachers and students, and added a new quizzing feature in Google Forms. Full EdSurge coverage on Google here.) Matty Fox (@what2foxsay) June 28, 2016. In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. One of LPS’s lead math teachers, Mike Fauteux, wanted to improve student engagement and address his students’ individual learning gaps, so he began experimenting with new instructional practices that used Google Sheets and OER to provide students with self-guided learning experiences.

VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

Edsurge

Thanks to Google Expeditions , Within , Aurasma , and many other tools, students can explore coral reefs , go to refugee camps , and watch art come to life. High Hope #4: Cleanly Curated Open Education Resources In order for high quality OERs to be combined with high quality instructional design, teachers need tools that allow them to curate the resources. Office of Education Technology launched GoOpen last year, OERs have gotten a big boost.

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Curriculum Foundry integrates with Google Drive, Google Apps for Education

eSchool News

Growing number of schools using Google’s programs can now share learning resources created in Curriculum Foundry. Learning.com ‘s Curriculum Foundry, a solution for seamlessly accessing, organizing and sharing digital content, is now fully integrated with Google Drive and Google Apps for Education. Curriculum Foundry also provides districts with a searchable repository of high-quality, vetted and tagged open educational resources (OER) and other free digital resources.

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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

There are a wide variety of resources available including Youtube for Schools and Google for Education. OER Commons provides a database of free learning materials commonly used by teachers nationwide. Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

”, you declare, “the overwhelming majority of OER in the world are licensed in ways that permit commercial use, so what’s the problem?” Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub. They are developing additional tools to support personalized learning with OER with funding from a major foundation.

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Amazon Education to Launch New Website for Open Education Resources

Marketplace K-12

School administrators learned about the site, to be called Amazon Inspire, during a “Transitioning to OER” session Friday as part of the National Conference on Education of the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, held here. Amazon Education’s research indicated that “teachers spend 12 hours a week on content creation and sharing on their own,” said Joseph, using Google Drive or shared folders within a district. Phoenix.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

There’s a couple of partners out there we work with: OER Commons , they’ve got all the resources; ISKME , they run OER Commons; another one is Creative Commons ; Open Up Resources (rebranded from the K-12 OER Collaborative). We have an upcoming session for Google Expeditions, and all the teachers coming to that are going to be learning with my IT staff. Tech directors are a busy lot these days.

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Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

Iterating Toward Openness

Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests. Decision rules that preclude commercial interests from being involved in OER will ensure that no company ever profits from OER created by volunteers and nonprofits, but will also ensure that no company ever contributes, improves, or provides support for OER. The same logic applies to OER, but as a community we continue to cut off our nose to spite our face.

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“Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

Iterating Toward Openness

Just for fun, look at Google’s definition of open. Be sure to click the down arrow at the bottom of the box to get all the juicy details – Google presents 15 major definitions of the term, none of which cover the specific context our current conversation imagines.). The tl;dr. In many contexts – like open content, open educational resources, open source software, open access, and open data – “open” means “free plus permissions.”

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

Marketplace K-12

The move follows news earlier this year that Amazon Education is working on Inspire , a platform on which schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover such resources, known as OER. While some industry observers see OER as a challenger to the content and curriculum that schools pay for, others are more sanguine. “I don’t see OER as a threat,” said Willig.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? |

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What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter?

Graphite Blog

The most open license, and the license generally recommended for open educational resources, or OER , is Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY). Visit [link] and you’ll see that these search services include Google and Flickr. For example, if you go to Google Advanced Search and scroll to the bottom, you can filter results by usage rights. In a sense, CC licenses are the infrastructure of roads underlying the ecosystem of OER to make reuse and sharing possible.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? |

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How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

MindShift

The Liberty Public Schools district sees Langhorst and his colleague as front-runners in an important shift toward open educational resources (OER). The district has joined the #GoOpen movement — a Department of Education campaign to raise awareness about OER — and has committed to ditching the textbook for at least one class , using open and adaptable online resources instead.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The vice chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand , in Johannesburg, on Monday issued an unusual plea for help to ‘save the 2016 academic year.’” Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face).

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

Curating OER. Lately I’ve been asked to speak about the librarian’s role in supporting OER (open educational resources) implementation through curation and I realize that in the K12 setting, curating and leveraging OER means very different things to district-level administrators, to principals, to department chairs, to teachers and to librarians. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. OER Portals Pearltrees. OER and You: The Curation Mandate.”

What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter?

Graphite Blog

The most open license, and the license generally recommended for open educational resources, or OER , is Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY). Visit [link] and you’ll see that these search services include Google and Flickr. For example, if you go to Google Advanced Search and scroll to the bottom, you can filter results by usage rights. In a sense, CC licenses are the infrastructure of roads underlying the ecosystem of OER to make reuse and sharing possible.

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Global Leadership Week Next Week - Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a week-long celebration of leadership through global action in K-20 education, taking place April 25 - 29, 2016, and organized by the Global Education Conference (GEC) Network. Please take time to visit our sponsors’ websites and learn more about how they support globally-connected teaching and learning: VIF International Education , Edmodo , Google , TES , The Wonderment , iEARN-USA , the Global Campaign for Education - US Chapter , and Otus.

Simple Tips for Vendors When Reviewing Terms

Graphite Blog

This post focuses on privacy, but the general lesson - that bad markup gets in the way of good content - holds true in both the OER and the privacy space. Google your privacy policy and terms of service. Sites where Google couldn't pick up the text of the policy and was only able to index the script that is supposed to load it. This post is the result of many conversations over the last several years with Jeff Graham.

Looking backward and forward

Kathy Schrock

This article originally appeared in the Discovery Education blog " Kathy Schrock's Katch of the Month " in December 2016 and is re-posted here with permission. __ What was hot in educational technology in 2016 and what are some cool new things that are on the horizon for 2017? Discovery VR , Google Expeditions ( iOS | Android ), and ThingLink VR are some of the large-scale projects in this area specifically targeted for education.

Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] March 8th, 4:00pm US-Eastern: Webinar: CloudReady, Your Aging PCs + The Google Admin Console Ever wish your existing, aging computers ran like your Chromebooks and could be managed in the Google Admin console? Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below. As a special note, we are now taking presentation proposals for the "Privacy in the Digital Age" mini-conference--see below! Feb 23rd - 28th: OZeLive.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

Google)’s biotech company, Calico. “From January 2006 to July 2016,” wrote the Bureau of Labor Statistics in August , “the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items.” during the 2016–17 academic year, “slowing from 2.9% There have also been efforts to expand college degree programs that rely entirely on OER. of courses use OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” ” Via the Pacific Standard : “ Google ’s Broken Privacy Promise.” Inside Higher Ed on the results of the 2016 Campus Computing Survey."

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

From Course Report : “the 2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study.” ” Among the findings: “In 2016, the sheer number of bootcamp providers has grown to 91, compared to 67 last year.” Via the Providence Journal : “Three teachers have resigned from Blackstone Valley Prep after the charter school confirmed allegations that they posted hurtful messages about some of their students” into a Google Doc shared with the entire school.

Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning… Up To 20 Free Resources and Tools

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I am almost booked through January and the 2016 calendar is beginning to fill. OER Commons. About: One of the largest data bases of OER (Open Education Resources) for free classroom use. Google Advanced Search. About: This portion of Google provides scaffolding important in conducting a proper search. Check out my Booking Page … Dates are going fast, with time up to and including December just about filled, and I am taking 2016 dates

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Congratulations, Class of 2016 , from The New Yorker: this week's new yorker cover is ruthless pic.twitter.com/B7UUvkPbir — adam hamze حمزة (@adamhamz) May 24, 2016. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“The UK government has published its 2016 HE White Paper, entitled Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice,” the Times Higher Education reports. And The Next Web headline makes for… something: “ Facebook and Google could be allowed to award university degrees.” “ Hail and Farewell to The Google Books Case ” by James Grimmelmann. Via the US News & World Report : “The 2016 U.S.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” CSS pic.twitter.com/JYyabJDAS3 — Owen Williams ⚡️ (@ow) June 6, 2016. Heard there was an intruder in my sons school last night.wasn't so angry when I found out who it was @thereaIbanksy pic.twitter.com/pC8WTo7v83 — Rebecca Radford (@RebeccaRadford7) June 6, 2016. “ Apple , Microsoft , Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” says Edutechnica , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing pseudo-LMSes.

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The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

Leadership Lounge

So far I’ve written about one-to-one computer programs and Open Educational Resources (OER). classrooms: Edmodo and Google Classroom — part of Google’s G Suite for Education. The game-changer aspect I find in schools’ use of an LMS, especially those that also employ one-to-one computing and OER, is how it becomes the classroom’s digital hub.

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