Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc., OER remains a recent invention and the relatively large technology investments required to successfully implement a digital content strategy in schools just hadn’t been made in very many places.

The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom

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For the past three years, I’ve been leading work around Open Educational Resources (OER) and the role that instructional materials play in teaching and learning. Some district leaders have never considered how traditional materials like […]. The post The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Learn conference cue bold Featured Speaker instructional materials OER

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Navigating the Shift to OER

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During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information. Keys to the OER shift: – Community buy-in: The community wasn’t satisfied with the achievement levels and graduation rates.

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

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. 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. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

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Leave this field empty if you're human: Teachers often spend many hours at night or on weekends searching the internet for good instructional materials – or just good ideas about how to meld online learning into their classrooms. Sometimes, they consult curation sites that have evaluated these materials; sometimes they just consult other teachers on what they use. These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent.

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The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

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According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. In her recent presentation “ K-12 Instructional Materials: What’s New in 2019,” she previewed results from Simba’s Publishing for the PreK-12 Market, 2019-2020 , and talked about how digital is changing—and not changing—the landscape. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise.

OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

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Developed by Illustrative Mathematics, the nonprofit founded by standards author Bill McCallum to improve mathematics instruction in U.S. Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math is a problem-based curriculum that fosters discussion-filled classrooms and encourages students to show their mathematical thinking in multiple ways. Daily teacher feedback was used by the Illustrative Mathematics authoring team in the refinement of the materials.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks. Now, though, some states are going back to the beginning and rethinking how they review instructional materials and allocate funds to ensure that they are focused on the realities of the 21st century classroom.

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How our district is making math relevant

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As in many other districts, our efforts to improve student achievement were hindered by curriculum materials that were not tightly aligned with the new standards and often lacked the tasks, norms, and routines needed to create problem-solving classrooms. Choosing an OER turned out to be a great way to garner teacher buy-in, which is essential to the success of any instructional program.

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

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To some surprise, most of the sales and adoption of its openly licensed materials have come so far from schools that ask for printed versions. Kiddom , a startup based in San Francisco, will offer core curriculum materials from the nonprofit publisher on its curriculum management system. But this will be the first time that Kiddom offers a core curriculum, and the platform will automatically align the scope and sequence of Open Up’s materials to any district’s standards.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

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It’s about saving teachers instructional time. And it’s also about instruction and modeling for learners what it looks like to organize content and tools to manage our digital lives as information citizens. Curating OER. It often refers to the gathering and contextualizing of OER to replace expensive traditional texts and to include them in learning management systems. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. Builds Instructional Partnerships.

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

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public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials. When league districts convene a few times each year, we share experiences with instructional approaches and materials with our peers, and we’ve all been encouraged by the success stories emerging from this work.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

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Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.). Over 1 billion openly licensed materials are published online.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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. Schools and districts can manage and protect student mobile devices anywhere to create an ideal learning environment while extending the school day with Wi-Fi on the bus and Internet access outside the classroom.

Production Value in Online Higher Education

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In 2012, during a rare moment of clarity, I wondered aloud about the possible impact on the institutional reputation of academics choosing to post their instructional materials online, including lecture videos, for all the world to see. University brass was not typically aware of these OER practices, despite its potential significance. The course materials are predictably beautiful. Consumers need to become more adept at identifying instructional value.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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But many times tech is only integrated at specific points in the classroom or with a specific tool as determined by the teacher. 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. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instruction

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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Classroom facilitator. This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. Typically, at the beginning of the school year, teachers have limited information about their students; they have to build a profile of their students over time, which wastes instructional hours when the they could be developing more targeted lessons and growth plans. Teacher. Database analyst?

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OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

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In the absence of answers to this question, it is too easy for teachers and administrators to become unwitting brand ambassadors for companies seeking to integrate their products into the classroom, regardless of impact on student learning and success. Leave this field empty if you're human: We need to ensure that all learning materials — including software — are subject to public inspection by taxpayers and parents of students assigned to use them.

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Ed-Tech Software Group Objects to Messages in Feds’ #GoOpen Campaign

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The Software and Information Industry Association, in a recent online post , said the campaign—which encourages states and districts to consider open options—wrongly suggests that open resources are invariably linked with districts’ shifts to adopting digital materials, whereas commercial materials are stuck in the print world. Supporters of OER also point out that for resources to meet this definition, it’s not enough that resources branded as “open” be free.

Hack Education Weekly News

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The New York Times on The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow , an online charter school: “Online School Enriches Affiliated Companies if Not Its Students.” “ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” The company, which provides public radio and related instructional materials to classrooms, has raised $1.55 Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v.