Underappreciated No More: A Free Edtech Platform Shines as Schools Go Remote

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As countless educators around the world have scrambled to figure out how to deliver lessons remotely with whisker-thin budgets, many turned to open education resources (OER). CK-12 is at the forefront of OER by doing adaptive and personalized learning.

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OER and you. The curation mandate

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At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. Hosted at the beautiful Skywalker Ranch, Friday’s #GoOpen Exchange engaged major players in education from the White House and the DOE, as well as state officials, leaders of non-profits and learning institutions, the biggest names in e-commerce and technology, developers, vendors, publishers, state officials, administrators, leading folks in edtech, and educational thinkers and practitioners.

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

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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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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ Blog Access edtech Equity future ready Osmo Osobot planning Policy Privacy professional learning Samsung Social Media SustainabilityThis post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door

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Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. Advocates praise their accessible low-prices and ability to meet students on digital devices. The most recent example occurred this week, when OER company Lumen Learning announced a partnership with one of the country’s largest textbook distributors, Follet Corporation. On its own, the OER company partners with nearly 150 campuses.

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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

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In 2014, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year , and in 2015, I wrote about edtech teaching trends for the new school year. 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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Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

Given the rise of OER (of which I am a fan ), an increasing array of business models, questions about the degree of alignment to state standards and assessments, claims of effectiveness, and interoperability concerns, the instructional materials procurement decisions facing school districts have never been more complicated. That is, if educators need to actually part with any money in the first place given the rise of the freemium model and the promises of OER advocates.

OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

My reaction to a news story about an education company acquisition seems to have set off a debate in my twitter feed about the intersection of open educational resources (OER) and the role of the private, for-profit sector in the K-12 content/curriculum market: For the love of all things good and holy, can we not keep confounding ‘open’ with ‘free’? The Pro-OER Elephant Test. Like greenwashing, I think openwashing is a problem in the burgeoning OER movement.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition). A paper and pencil version of the SAT will continue to be available in order to make the test as accessible as possible to all students. Couldn't an immutable database with access privileges do the trick? EdTech News News news

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Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog (which Education Next then reposted on its blog) arguing that “[a]dvocates of OER and personalized learning … tend to underestimate the breadth of knowledge necessary for true comprehension,” thereby leaving students with “a narrow and haphazard base of knowledge.”

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

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. It should not be controversial in 2016 that there is a baseline expectation of access to technology in schools, just as there are baseline expectations for access to textbooks and desks. The glasses have been raised.

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

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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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Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

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In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). The increasing availability, accessibility and quality of OER materials offer districts the opportunity to move away from textbook publishers and develop their own curriculum. With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

It offers a large number of students access to study high-quality courses online through video streaming. Anyone can access these courses and there is no minimum qualification to take them. The Google Glass offers features such as Head-Up Display (HUD) which gives users the opportunity to access high-quality content from the comfort of your home. Open Education Resources (OER). education edtech innovation teaching

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

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In summary, their results suggested “no noticeable improvement” in standardized test scores (PISA) for reading, mathematics, or science in countries that heavily invested in classroom technology; thus, they do not believe expanding access to high-tech devices (1:1 Chromebook programs) will abate falling test scores. . OER Commons provides a database of free learning materials commonly used by teachers nationwide.

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How Will the Presidential Election Results Influence Education Technology in Schools?

Doug Levin

Doug Levin, president of the consulting firm EdTech Strategies, is worried. Federal support, affiliation with ConnectEd , Future Ready , Go Open , and the threat of [Office of Civil Rights] action for unequal access , the convenings, speeches, reports and toolkits – all of it , including the personnel – it could get halted, shifted or eliminated on the first day of a Trump administration,” he wrote in a series of Twitter posts. appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

Thinking about open practice

K12 Open Ed

To be clear, I am not talking about open educational resources (OER), but rather open learning practices. (Is Transparency and open access. EdTech Update Uncategorized open openeducationweek openeducationwk 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.

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The EdTech Trends You Might Be Missing (Redux)

Doug Levin

As compared to others, I am more likely to tag local/regional and state-specific news stories, in-depth policy analysis, open resources (OER, open source software tools, open data, open access, etc.), About a year and a half ago , I launched a ‘reading list’ feature on this site in an effort to expand folks’ perspectives on technology in education.

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Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

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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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Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators

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Back in February, an EdWeek Market brief reported that Amazon Education was starting to beta-test a new platform with educators, helping teachers navigate the jungles of open educational resources (or OERs, for short). A free, mostly-OER platform (see below for why it’s “mostly OER”), Amazon Inspire works like a search engine for educational videos, lesson plans and games. At the moment, the platform is free but requires an access code.

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Those students, fueled on basics but allowed instant access to all other human knowledge without normalizing , could flourish and become the future leaders we so desperately need. First, student learning, which is restricted by our present system, may gain a freedom heretofore unseen, networked through technology for access to unprecedented amounts of both knowledge and community. Digital Learning Featured Technology EdTech LeiLani CauthenBy LeiLani Cauthen.

Amazon’s Education Hub, Amazon Inspire, Has Quietly Restored ‘Sharing’ Function

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Amazon officials took down the offending content and pledged to quickly put a review system in place, but in the meantime they restricted access to the service to a select group of beta testers and the site fell off the radar for about a year. Peters says that some states ended up deciding to pick other platforms, like OER Commons , in their efforts to organize and review open materials created or used by their teachers. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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Alta at a Glance With Alta, Knewton aims to combine third-party open educational resources (OER) with assessments and the adaptive-learning technology created by the company to inform how students progress through the content. The company says its materials are compliant with web accessibility standards, and shareable through a noncommercial Creative Commons license ( CC-BY-NC-ND ). Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

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Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. To answer this question, I have to examine my own experience with OER and its advocates. Therefore, I had the simple mission of writing an openly-licensed textbook that not only addressed my students’ learning needs, but would be accessible to anyone. To me, using OER felt like a no-brainer. We know that many educators today are using OER. I am not referring to OER usage in the classroom.

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What Happened to Amazon Inspire, the Tech Giant’s Education Marketplace?

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Though users can give each item a star rating, the vast majority of resources in the collection have no ratings, since only a limited audience has access to the beta site. Administrators, she says, “notice that for new teachers the quality of their lesson plans are better because they have access to so many more resources, and it’s easier to get resources,” she adds. My sense of publishers is that they’re in this mode of dismissing OER entirely, and it’s a crazy mistake,” he adds.

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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.

The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

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After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative ), I spent hours doing my own personal research on my university’s open access policy and scouring the library website. The collaboration allowed the bookstore access to the library’s online catalog to see which materials in faculty’s course packs were readily available in library journals.

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Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

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We’re focusing on higher-ed access and completion and transition into the workforce,” says Michelson 20MM Foundation President Phil Kim. “We Here are the five companies in the 2016 cohort: Lrnr : An adaptive-learning platform that uses open educational resources (OER). Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech BusinessFive higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instructionBut many times tech is only integrated at specific points in the classroom or with a specific tool as determined by the teacher. At St.

Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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Founded in 2008, Knewton blazed its way into the edtech industry with bold proclamations about its adaptive-learning technology, which it then licensed to digital curriculum providers. Alta is an ideal complement to our publishing strategy, our WileyPLUS platform [its online course and homework platform], and our efforts to promote more affordable curriculum and content solutions, which include print rental and inclusive access.”

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This Government Websites | ITIF → The public relies on federal websites to access information and services from the U.S. Blog EdTech News News news

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Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

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by EZ EdTech! Whether or not we are planning for a virtual experience in September, it is clear that we need to translate our practice. We need strategies for personalizing and enriching the remote learning experience. And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

I would take this one step further — the dominant paradigm of EdTech keynotes is not either dystopian or utopian , but giving the audience the utopia or dystopia they desire. To play into the musical tropes of EdTech blogging, we give the people what they want. I gave a presentation at #dlrn15 that was critical of the OER movement message, which my research and scholarship identifies as an attempt to be inclusive while pragmatic.

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