How open resources help infuse Common Core into lessons

eSchool News

Open resources can help design attractive, engaging lessons with a Common Core twist. In 2010, my state, Mississippi, joined the growing list of states adopting the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math. While the rigor of the Common Core will ultimately prepare our students for college and careers, implementation has its challenges. Next page: OER in action. Common Core Top News

Teachers gain access to OER math curriculum

eSchool News

EdCaliber and Mathematics Vision Project integrate OER math curriculum and support materials into Lessoneer teacher empowerment platform. School districts across the country have discovered that they can realize the vision of the Common Core State Standards using the MVP curriculum, while avoiding the license fees charged by traditional publishers.

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Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Edsurge

Using OER is hard. Over sandwiches and iced tea, we talked about the challenges of OER. Leveled readings —Each of the articles in the course is provided at multiple reading levels to ensure that all students can access and understand the material, enabling them to participate in the class. Working across so many disparate texts, it would be nearly impossible for a teacher to create anything like this when using OER.

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OER: Free Like a Beer, or Free Like a Puppy?

Edsurge

Those in the puppy camp argued, with good reason, that free curricula and OER content were hardly free once the related costs and risks were factored in. There were other sound arguments critical of open source and open access content, as well as doubts that creators of free curriculum would be able to secure the talent and resources required for sustained, quality production and delivery at scale. Is free curriculum content like a free beer or a free puppy?

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CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

NeverEndingSearch

The CommonLit library of more than 440 readings may be browsed or searched by keyword and filtered by such criteria as: recent additions, Lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device demonstrated, and Common Core Reading: Literature standards. Readings are organized around fourteen commonly-taught universal themes. CommonLit is a fine example of OER curation and OER creation that belongs in every librarian’s toolkit.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

I recently had the honor of traveling to the MIT campus in Boston and participating in a panel discussion on Open Education Resources (OER) at The Sixth Conference of MIT''s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) with three illustrious advocates of these open resources: Nicole Allen, Philipp Schmidt, and panel moderator Steve Carson. Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web.

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Amazon Inspire’s relaunch

NeverEndingSearch

Offering a familiar, filtered Amazon search/shopping interface, Inspire allows educators to discover, download, curate and share Open Educational Resources (OER). Amazon retreated into a private beta only available to those with a special access code. (I Currently, resources in the portal are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards, the Virginia Standards of Learning, and Florida State Standards.

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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Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. The Value of Common Standards in OER.

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Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

Cable quickly introduced the Creative Commons project as the global standard for open licensing for copyrighted resources. He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. The mood was positive, especially as OER adoption seems to be rising, reaching <>15% of adoption in some cases. For example, Oregon announced grants to fund OER creation.

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Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

Cable quickly introduced the Creative Commons project as the global standard for open licensing for copyrighted resources. He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. The mood was positive, especially as OER adoption seems to be rising, reaching <>15% of adoption in some cases. For example, Oregon announced grants to fund OER creation.

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Your midsummer ed-tech check-in

eSchool News

What do they have in common? OER meets iPads in this district. For students at Central Valley middle and high schools, accessing classroom lessons rarely involves opening a book. Top BYOD tools for the Common Core classroom. With just 4 categories and less than a dozen tools, educators can hit a lot of Common Core standards. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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Part 4: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Math

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards and explore real life questions. Illuminations – Illuminations works to serve you by increasing access to quality standards-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, including interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers. It is a free platform giving access to high-quality teaching resources.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. While the nouns can help locate the important content that can be supported with OER (Open Education Resources) , it is the verbs that will take your students into Bloom’s higher order while conquering the 4C’s. Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The App Hub is dedicated to bringing transparency to developers’ data and accessibility policies, and to help decision-makers find information about apps to meet the unique learning goals and policies of their school districts.”. Developers Resource Page – a resource page for app developers to access best practices and policies. You will also find information about the app’s data policy, privacy policy, accessibility, and terms and conditions.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools. In this focused conversation, we will address the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Karla Pobke Coordinator Personalised Learning Born Accessible STEM: Making Sure Accessibility is Not Just an Afterthought - Anh Bui Director of Product Strategy for Global Literacy Project-Based Learning: You''re almost doing it already! The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas!

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Testing, Testing… “ Common Core testing group wages aggressive campaign against critics on social media,” according to The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss. “ Gates Foundation CEO Admits Underestimating Common-Core Challenges.” The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8 This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Education Week : “Even When States Revise Standards, the Core of the Common Core Remains.” Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley. “More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access” by David Wiley. “If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER” by Stephen Downes. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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According to the conservative news site The Daily Caller , “Bailing On Common Core Tests Is Costing States Millions.” ” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Chalkbeat : “‘ Common Core ’ no more: New York moves to adopt revised standards with new name.” Department of Veterans Affairs this week backed Ashford University ‘s attempt to shift its state-based eligibility for veterans’ benefits from Iowa to Arizona , likely preserving the for-profit university’s access to Post–9/11 GI Bill and active-duty military tuition benefits.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “Scaling Educational Access ” by Mindwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. “Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?” ” Data and “Research” “We need a little patience” says USC professor Morgan Polikoff , when it comes to evaluating Common Core. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Faculty members at Purdue University took a strong stance Thursday against last week’s unorthodox acquisition of Kaplan University, passing a University Senate resolution calling the deal a violation of common-sense educational practice and respect for Purdue faculty,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Creative Commons has released its State of the Commons 2016 report.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” ” Speaking of openwashing : “ Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core , Rise of ‘Open’ Resources.” Elsevier has acquired SSRN , an online open access repository. Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, There are, of course, vast inequalities in access to technology — in school and at home and otherwise — and in how these technologies get used. At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.

OER will evolve to address the problems we hire it to solve

The Christensen Institute

Today, open educational resources (OER) are an increasingly common feature in the K–12 education ecosystem. As one example, consider the popularity of Khan Academy , whose library of practice activities and videos are accessed each month by over 10 million users around the world and in many schools across the United States. Department of Education (DOE) has a project, called the Learning Registry , which helps make OER content easier for teachers to find.

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