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17 things to know about K-12 OER textbooks

Hapara

Has your school district started to use open educational resources (OER) yet? But has your school district considered K-12 OER textbooks? First, OER are free for anyone to use. That’s right — OER textbooks don’t cost money. You don’t have to physically store OER textbooks.

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Why This Professor Believes OER Can Make STEM More Inclusive and Affordable

Edsurge

For some folks in higher ed, the very idea of using open educational resources (OER) sparks dread. The right OER provides professors opportunities to teach the latest research and even make areas like math and science more inclusive.

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3 challenges to OER implementation

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) have made their presence known in education, with teachers and administrators voicing their excitement over free resources that are easily shared and adapted. While the move toward open resources is encouraging, many districts are left wondering how they can ensure quality, ease of access, and proper implementation for their educators. Next page: Three challenges to OER use. Digital Learning and Tools Resource

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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A day in the life with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack

Hapara

With just a few clicks, she shares the content with each student to quickly access it when they log in to their H?para para Student Dashboard Digital Backpack. . This alignment allows every student the opportunity to engage with digital content successfully. It’s 6:30 a.m.,

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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. Starting today, Lessoneer provides anytime anywhere access to the MVP curriculum and all of the support materials teachers need on a daily basis, eliminating the need for expensive printing. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top News

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Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.

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5 ways to expand federal educational OER

eSchool News

In a letter sent earlier this month, a group of ed-tech stakeholders urged the Obama administration to make federally-funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). Creating OER, which are free to use, share, and edit, would help increase educators’ access to educational, training, and instructional materials, according to the more than 85 stakeholder organizations that signed the letter. Next page: Five core principles for OER policies.

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OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges

Edsurge

One popular draw to open educational resources is that these openly-licensed learning materials can—and are often encouraged to—be tailored for a particular professor or course. Communications librarian Kristen Hoffman oversees much of the OER work at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university in Washington. Pricey textbooks and access codes are a national challenge. One course at the university is completely using OER, Whitchurch says.

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Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

SETDA Says

Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning read more.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. For students at Central Valley middle and high schools, accessing classroom lessons rarely involves opening a book. Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resources

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#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, which centered around OER in Higher Education. Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. Chatters agreed OER should be available for adaptation and redistribution.

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Transition to Digital: Improving Access, Affordability and Achievement in Higher Education

EmergingEdTech

Future of Education Technology Making the case for Education Technologies Mobile Learning Resources Open Educational Resources OER _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics digital textbook best practices making transition to digital textbooks successful transition to etexts tips for transition to digital learning materialsOriginal Image Source … and important steps to help you get there!

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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Edsurge

Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States. Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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'Better Every Semester': How Faculty Use Open Educational Resources to Improve Courses

Edsurge

So Hardy and a colleague decided to create their own lab manual—and make it open access. They worked nights and weekends to develop the resource, which can be used digitally through a WordPress website or downloaded as a PDF. They can with OER materials. “I’ve

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#DLNchat: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation?

Edsurge

Those were just a couple of the questions raised on Tuesday, February 27 when the #DLNchat community got together to discuss: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation? The conversation was guided by special guest Steven Bell , Associate Librarian at Temple University Libraries, where he works with colleagues on a number of digital learning initiatives. But why stop with faculty and digital media experts?

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SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

SETDA Says

Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

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Seven advantages of using digital textbooks in schools

Hapara

While schools have traditionally used printed textbooks, choosing digital textbooks impacts learning in positive ways. By adopting e-books in your school or district, you can expand learning opportunities. Why else are digital textbooks worth it for K-12? Learn more.

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SETDA Applauds the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

SETDA Says

Digital Learning Equity of Access Legislation OER PolicyLast week, Senator Hatch (UT) and Senator Bennet (UT) introduced the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of 2016 which would amend current law to. read more.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. Digital Learning and Tools News

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. Now, students always have access to current materials.

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Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

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Adopting Open Educational Resources Can Help Students. But It Takes Time, Money and Effort.

Edsurge

Students who took multiple community college courses that used only free or low-cost OER materials earned more credits over time than their peers who took classes that used traditional course materials such as textbooks, according to a new study. OER has eliminated that issue.”

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The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

With the widespread introduction of laptops and tablets into the classroom, the digitization of primary education is rapidly expanding across the United States, making access to quality education materials easier and more flexible than ever before. But the switch to digital can come at a relatively high cost. With a full suite of concept based learning content that’s enriched by multiple modalities (text, video, lesson plans, activities etc.)

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Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ Around the World

Edsurge

Open educational resources have gone global and may help make learning more accessible, equitable and inclusive around the world. It is moving up the adoption ladder,” says Susan Grajek, vice president of communities and research for Educause, of OER. “It

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

Edsurge

Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school. Another student could find photographs of places or inventions he wants to study and then create augmented reality-triggered videos of himself explaining what he’s learned. A couple of years ago, my high school students created their own scavenger hunt with QR codes , and loved learning from one another that way.

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Cleon Franklin, a great innovator and former Director of Virtual Schools and Online Learning at Shelby County Schools, said a very interesting thing about what happens when you ungate students. When you let them learn forward and go outside of their age group, it is like moving up to a new game level inside video games, and some kids find the opportunity inspiring. Now imagine that it is possible via custom software and virtual world learning environments. By LeiLani Cauthen.

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The FREE Lesson Plans and Resources You Aren’t Using! (but should be) – SULS0148

Shake Up Learning

but should be) – SULS0148 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode, Kasey chats with Rich Dixon, Senior Director of Innovative Learning at H?para. Rich shares the power of Open Educational Resources (OER)–what they are, where to find them, and how to get started.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

Perched in lime green desk chairs, dozens of employees of OpenStax work here to transform physics, calculus and psychology materials into digital textbooks that students can study at no cost. And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. The network runs the Open Textbook Library , a digital resource that contains links to nearly 700 openly licensed textbooks.

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Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

Edsurge

It has even tried partnering with publishers like Pearson to digitize their print materials, according to Silagadze. That means, at least for a few years, Top Hat will find itself supporting the print business for Nelson customers that haven’t made the transition to digital.

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Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

Edsurge

Last week, Pearson announced it paid $25 million to acquire Smart Sparrow’s technology, in a move that the publisher says will bolster the digital infrastructure that will soon support all its future higher-education offerings.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Regardless of which region of the country the conversations take place, a number of concerns arise regarding a district’s digital transformation. These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity.

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. The coordination of state purchasing contracts and the encouragement of consortia purchasing can support the transition to digital as well.

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H?para partners with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium to offer Student Dashboard Digital Backpack free in Alberta

Hapara

para partners with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium to offer Student Dashboard Digital Backpack free in Alberta. 24, 2022– The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) announced Monday that it will support pilots of H?para’s FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

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itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content

eSchool News

Partnership supports educators’ access to open educator-curated content. LMS provider itslearning and Gooru , a nonprofit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators of the same name, announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter News

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Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

eSchool News

District leaders have a lot on their plate, but it’s more important than ever to ensure that technology is supporting a school district’s learning goals. These districts are taking new and innovative approaches to how technology can advance learning goals, improve instruction, and make students feel safe and secure. The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever.

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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. Using Curriculum Foundry’s comprehensive set of tools, educators can build learning objects, lessons, units and even entire courses.

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Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

More Verbs

The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. We currently have one opening for a Regional Education Representative: Digital Learning Specialist (and anticipate two more in the coming months). Our strategic efforts include: Maine Learning Technology Initiative – The first, and only, statewide 1to1.

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. With the advent of more device-agnostic digital classrooms, many tech-savvy teachers and schools are taking a step back and reevaluating how best to use technology to support their goals. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap. In this third post, we explore how Powerful Learning is collaborative and connected, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices.

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Why American higher education faculty tend to resist digital materials: new study

Bryan Alexander

Most American professors generally avoid digital materials, according to a new study. Put another way, the classroom use of digital materials is a very divided space, and progress towards the digital is slow. Whether or not materials exist in digital form isn’t an issue for a clear majority of instructors. There is a bedrock layer of faculty with strong resistance to digital materials.

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms.

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The Best Teacher Tips and Lesson Ideas of 2022

Shake Up Learning

The post The Best Teacher Tips and Lesson Ideas of 2022 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I have compiled a list of the BEST and most popular Shake Up Learning blog posts and podcast episodes from 2022. A special thank you to all the Shake Up Learning readers and listeners.

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