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From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses. It might lead one to ask: after two decades and dozens of hundreds of millions of dollars, how many university courses can be taught using OER today? To try to answer this question, I did a quick count of the titles listed in the Open Textbook Library , which is the biggest referatory of “whole course OER” that I’m aware of.

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School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

The CoolCatTeacher

For school counselors, what’s key is that school counselors have the ability to look at the demographics of a school, to look at where students are going in terms of course placement. In my classroom, we talk of course about Augusta Ada Byron Lovelace, who was the world’s first programmer.

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Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

There’s great news out of the recent UNESCO meeting in Paris, where member states unanimously adopted the draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER).

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Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

The Hechinger Report

Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. Even though the companies are often taking the bulk of the tuition revenue the degree programs pull in, the firms still aren’t profitable in many cases.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting. I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S.

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Trade Shows: When to Go and What to Do When You Get There

Attending trade shows seems like an absolute must for educational publishers; the cost, personnel, and logistics can be obstacles for even the larger companies. First, since no company can attend every event, staff should meet to discuss event strategy every year ahead of trade show season.

It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

Dangerously Irrelevant

And of course those teachers that 1) hardly do anything, 2) join those damned unions, and 3) have huge salaries and summers off. And of course we’ll cut science classes. Plus we need hundreds of millions of dollars to give to companies so that they can create a dozen or so jobs.

Colleges Enlist Peer Mentors to Make Campuses More Welcoming to Neurodivergent Students


This perspective is influencing research, course offerings and student services at some colleges. “I With parties, pep rallies and the departure of their parents, many freshmen find college orientation exhilarating. Others primarily perceive it as … noisy.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

The Hechinger Report

Only about one in five of 2016 graduates got full-time jobs in legal offices, the advocacy organization Law School Transparency reported. I will not shut down my investigations or stand by while loan-servicing companies are given a free pass to cheat students.”.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL SUPPLY COMPANY BUILDING BLOCKS OF SCIENCE 3D ( ) Carolina Biological Supply Company launched the new Building Blocks of Science 3D hands-on unit kits for students in grades K to 5.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

Is California saving higher education?

The Hechinger Report

ver the course of a century, California built the country’s top-ranked public research university and its largest and most affordable community college system. The university system has gotten an infusion of money to add more courses and advisors and reduce bottlenecks.

Colleges welcome first-year students by getting them thinking about jobs

The Hechinger Report

It was the final day of first-year orientation at Grinnell College, with classes scheduled to start the next morning, and these new students were still finding their way around the campus, meeting neighbors in the dorms and waiting to hear whether they got into the courses they wanted.

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Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

And while core course content is often housed on the district’s internal learning management system (LMS), the extracurricular content—advanced placement (AP), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), honors, homeschool, and blended learning content—must also be factored into the equation.

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Teachers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

The Hechinger Report

It seemed an uncontroversial ask — of course I wanted his class to have the supplies they needed for the year. The Title I program identifies what fiscal resources schools need, but Congress hasn’t allocated enough resources to meet those needs.

Seven Questions for Sandra Liu Huang, Chan Zuckerberg's New Head of Education


After a career working at tech-centric companies including Google and Quora in product roles, Liu Huang joined CZI in 2017 to oversee the product development, notably the Summit Learning platform. CZI aims to be a different type of philanthropy looking to integrate grantmaking, advocacy and technology to serve others. You’ve helped build products for Google and Facebook, companies that in recent months have been scrutinized over data collection and sharing practices.

Here’s What College Advisors Wish the Tools Built for Them Would Really Do


Even in the age of online lectures and digital courseware, college advising has remained relatively low-tech: sketching out degree plans with a pencil and paper during one-off meetings between students and advisors. That’s starting to change, though, as more companies and campuses create technology-augmented advising systems like predictive analytics, self-service course registration platforms and early-alert tools.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

The Hechinger Report

What they lack is college-educated relatives, counselors, role models or mentors to make sure they take the courses and meet the deadlines they need to, or who encourage them to think about their further educations.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

The Hechinger Report

Over the past three years, they have introduced an induction ceremony for freshmen (like the inverse of a graduation ceremony), a redesign of introductory courses and a handful of other initiatives.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

The Hechinger Report

Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms.

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

Both the wider internet and the narrower education space are filled with companies and organizations that provide value-added services around openly licensed software and content. In this paper the authors examine the impact of “doing” on thousands of students in several courses.

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Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

The Hechinger Report

Lake Oconee Academy was the brainchild of the Reynolds Lake Oconee real estate company. The high school, which enrolls less than 200 students, has been able to offer as many as 17 Advanced Placement courses. In December of 2006, the school board called a special meeting.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

ATLANTA — Brent Agnew remembers feeling a sense of relief when he left the meeting called to discuss his 6-year-old son Caleb’s anxiety attacks. Students like Caleb continue to languish in GNET schools while the lawsuit continues its course.



In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment. Registration for the course began November 1, 2017.

Increasingly skeptical students, employees want colleges to show them the money

The Hechinger Report

One of the most active student clubs at Michigan State University meets every other Wednesday in a room above a buzzing cafeteria. The default position, of course, among academics is to research issues and to publish findings.”. EAST LANSING, Mich. —



BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

It’s a look back at what’s happened over the course of each year, not simply – to counter that totally overused phrase from hockey player Wayne Gretsky’s dad – to “skate to where the puck is going,” but to examine where it has been.

The CARE Framework

Iterating Toward Openness

They believe there are those who should not be allowed to benefit from OER – namely, companies. In it’s most extreme version, those who hold this belief don’t feel that companies should be allowed to benefit from OER under any circumstances (and they tend to find it exceedingly frustrating that authors of OER use licenses without the NC condition). Not so in the OER community; at least, it doesn’t feel like companies are granted this option.

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A solution as obvious as it is rare: Making high school graduates ready for college

The Hechinger Report

Paola De La Torre Macias and Brian Torales, who started college this fall already having completed remediation courses while still in high school. SAILS courses are designed by college faculty in collaboration with high school teachers and are provided in person and online.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

By the fall of 2020, all Northern Cass students will plot their own academic courses to high school graduation, while sticking with same-age peers for things like gym class and field trips.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all. These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.”

Can the Right Nudge Help Low-income Kids Go Beyond High School?


What they lack is college-educated relatives, counselors, role models or mentors to make sure they take the courses and meet the deadlines they need to, or who encourage them to think about their further educations.

Making College A Powerful Experience For the Most Marginalized


The cohort of 16 students meet once a week for three hours to discuss readings and how their individual projects connect to the theories they’re learning. Any time they meet in person the school provides childcare and food to make sure everyone can come. In between those meetings, students are working full time, but are also expected to complete between 20 and 30 hours of work at home. The courses are named goofy things for a reason,” Bush said.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

But one district has been steadfast in its commitment, staying the course through three superintendents: RSU 2. To build public support for the changes, the foundation also gave smaller grants to youth and immigrant advocacy groups in the districts. Staying the course in Portland.

Navigating the ‘Wild West’ of Digital Collections in Schools


To help meet their needs, librarians are scrambling to curate effective digital collections accessible through a variety of devices, but it’s a complicated and often expensive task. And school librarians aren’t just stocking library catalogues, they’re also ordering books for courses and supporting teachers with resources. Heise’s company aggregates digital content on a platform that schools use for easy access.

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