Introducing the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Doug Levin

In a post of nearly two years ago (“ OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test “), I argued that the OER community lacked a reliable way to assess new entrants to the OER field, especially for-profit organizations, in terms of their support for openness and OER community values. It is for that reason that I am pleased today to introduce the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship. “The Care Framework for OER Stewardship.”

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Actually, the UNESCO Recommendation Makes Most OER Impossible

Iterating Toward Openness

This week on the blog I’m serializing a talk I gave for CSU Channel Islands last week as part of their Open Education Week festivities. If traditional copyright protection prohibited no-cost access, libraries could not exist.

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Open Library gets even more open


Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published. In Open Library, browse by genre or subject or search to select a title.

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


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR.

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. 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.

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Announcing Library 2.019: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design" - Registration and CFP Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our first Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Digital Promise

That is until about five minutes into the session, when a hand in the audience went up asking, “Can you define what you mean by OERs?”. Define OERs. So I explained to my class that Open Educational Resources (OER) could be most easily defined as “free stuff on the Web.” And how can OERs supplement the print and digital resources already purchased by the school? Taking on that task can be daunting, especially if OERs are new to your acronym vocabulary.

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Final Schedule + Speakers Posted - Join Us for "Library as Classroom" Mini Conference This Wednesday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: " Library as Classroom ," is this Wednesday, June 15th! Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. In school libraries, digital curation represents a workflow strategy for student inquiry. Curating OER. Clearly, curation is not only about OER.

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Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd. Education BlogWelcome to the first entry in our “Innovations for Educators” series, spotlighting interesting technologies that have the potential to amplify and complement the work done by educators.

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

Doug Levin

Especially important is a strategy to align digital learning plans to participation in the E-rate program and any state programs designed to meet similar ends (including those beyond K-12 education that support broadband build out to universities, hospitals, libraries, or public safety institutions).

A letter of support


It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In other areas, library programs are being cut because some tight budgets favor more pressing priorities. As this year’s School Library Month draws to an end, I thought it might help similar efforts if I shared this recent letter. Through their websites and guides, school libraries organize the information worlds of their schools. Library is not merely a place to get stuff.

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

Bryan Alexander

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.

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

Bryan Alexander

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.

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How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

The two types of calendars every collaborative project needs From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. These are OER and ready for you to use.). An OER Resource created as part of the.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

The Cost Trap, Part 3

Iterating Toward Openness

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” Ismael tweeted: My own take: these are two complementary approaches to #OER that should enrich each other, not exclude (or even blame) each other. As someone concerned with equality, I like #OER as a way to make teaching cheaper. As an educator, I like #OER as a tool for transforming learning. I settled on OER-enabled pedagogy.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

Students can now have an entire library in their backpack, and this changes the dynamic for schools and students. edWeb Blog district leadership research-based webinar SETDA state leadership

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll. I especially appreciated the following quote, “On his blog, Gorman shares what he has learned with a focus on how tech enables project-based learning.”

Ten Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

You will discover a wide variety of materials including readings, OER (Open Education Resources), primary documents, textbooks, lessons, activities, interactives, videos, audios, and some great blog readings.

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A School Leader’s Guide to Using edWeb for Personalized Teacher PD

Webinars can also be used to explore a variety of topics and initiatives that some teachers may not be familiar with, like autism instruction, OER (open educational resources), and the latest tech tools for iPads.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

The facilitator of the blog is employed by the New Technology Network of Schools. As stated in the blog, “interesting math problem/project can come in the form of a picture, a video, a tweet, something your child says, etc”.

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ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)


For instance, Kasey Bell generously shared her own resource-packed presentations on her Shake Up Learning Blog prior to the conference. Our own Kristina Holzweiss shared the Wakelet on Wakelet she co-presented, as well as her blog post on library uses of the platform.

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Part 1: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Science

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

NSDL – The National Science Digital Library has some outstanding resources that include numerous links to some great STEM programs and organizations. OER Commons Science – Check out this great resource that connects to hundreds of other amazing free resources.

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Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI


Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). enhancing every-day learning experiences–media-rich annotations of historic places, libraries (shelves, books?), Things to consider: provide a safe environment for your “play area” in the library.

Keep Calm and Read On

The Daring Librarian

Hello there dear blog readers and my Twitter / Instagram family and friends. Here's a kind of mirrored post that I put out on my Daring School Library blog for my kids, parents, and community. Your local or state Library System probably also has this ability.

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Part 5…Beyond the Shine : Supporting Technology with the SAMR Model plus Ten Great Resource Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Link: Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. Puentedura, the teacher is just using the technology to replace a resource list that could be used in the library.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS).

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian


They can also incorporate such content-rich resources as library databases, ebooks, videos, and the growing array of available OERs. The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The current schedule is in a blog post from me. 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.

Content Creation: The Highest Form of Learning

Kairos EdTech

Creating and Sharing OER - An iTunes U collection by Apple Distinguished Educators. Library of Congress : resource to explore and use primary sources of information. The following are resources that are useful in the entire process: Tools for the SEEK stage: Open Educational Resources: Creative Commons Search tool - Allows you to search for different kind of media with Creative Commons licenses.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. For example, this story from the School Library Journal : “ Charter Schools , Segregation , and School Library Access.” ” And folks are looking at blog posts the student wrote for class. ” “ No, YouTube is not a library – and why it matters” by Sarah T.

‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Writer and Activist Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators


In science fiction novels like “Little Brother,” he has explored the implications of mass surveillance, and on the popular blog Boing Boing , he has written on topics such as net neutrality, open access and user privacy. I wanted to ask you about OERs. In terms of open access [journals] like [Public Library of Science]… they're leading edge.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

Computing platforms have different abstraction levels, including a computer architecture, an OS, or runtime libraries. I’d love to provide a link but Andreessen deleted his blog in 2009. Someone generously re-posted all the content from that blog to a Posterous site.