The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. After all, I’ve advocated for federal support for the development, use, and adaptation of OER (see, e.g. , the May 5 Education Week story by Sean Cavanagh, “ ‘Open Educational Resources’ Promoted in U.S. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status?

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

NeverEndingSearch

Claims on Social Media : Students consider the sources of a tweet and the information contained in it in order to describe what makes it both a useful and not useful source of information. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Social studies teachers will adore these!

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Districts having success in this area have comprehensive refresh plans, work with high quality partners, build relationships with local businesses, work diligently to receive grants, and leverage a variety of open educational resources (OERs). SIIA, the organization that represents the software industry launched the Student Privacy Pledge , giving school partners that collect data a platform to show their commitment to maintain student privacy. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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

Doug Levin

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. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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

Doug Levin

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. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. EdTech News News news OER

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Today's Newsletter - Curriculum & IT: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

techlearning

Social Media. Data Privacy. The world of learning has evolved rapidly in the past decade. Mobile devices. All of these can cause curriculum and IT departments to spiral into a Kayne-vs-Taylor-Swift-type feud. In a recent report by Innovative Educator Lisa Nielsen, she writes, “Successful adoption of technology into the curriculum requires a happy marriage between curriculum and technology.

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

Doug Levin

In the absence of the weekly news round-ups, I took the time away to do some further writing and analysis: Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches , which details the ham-handed way in which the Texas Association of School Boards has communicated about their breach of personal information about Texas educators. Required reading: Data breach disclosure 101: How to succeed after you’ve failed via Troy Hunt.).

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Districts move to single sign-on solution

eSchool News

SchoolMessenger Passport allows districts to provide teachers, staff, parents and students with quick and secure access to online learning applications, open educational resources (OER), and a variety of school management and administration software programs using a single sign-on. In addition, SchoolMessenger Passport supports access to student information systems, family portals, school social media tools and more.

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

Edsurge

The deal marks the latest in a series of acquisitions involving digital courseware, the industry parlance for online products that leverage data and technology to personalize the course instruction and feedback that each student receives.

Announcing October 21st Mini-Conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #librariesascommunityanchors on their social media posts about the event. Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021.

Write a report.

NeverEndingSearch

It forced me to reflect–to collect and share a rich array of evidence in the form of data, stories, student work, collaborations, photographs, and video. Grab that data! How have you led in curating and integrating OER?

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.”. Keeping up with the requirements of every application, the data policies, and matching them with your school’s policies can be a daunting task. ASSISTments will give students and teachers actionable data and save valuable time.

10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period. MOOCs made a lot of noise, but compared with the impact of the web 2.0/social media developments of the late 00s this was quite small scale. I think we are entering a phase of many different technologies becoming more sophisticated and more integrated into education eg mobile learning, social media, learning analytics.

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Data collection for planning. How do teachers transfer face to face social, emotional, and 21st century skill-based learning to the online and blended environment? Data collection for planning. Data collection for planning. Data collection for planning .

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Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I kicked things off with a survey of major technological developments in a very top level way, then dived into specific, currently used digital tools (the LMS, ePortfolios, video, robotics, big data, social media, 3d printing, etc.). Our social media section also went over to FERPA, with some audience members arguing for the LMS as superior to the social web for privacy reasons, plus some discussion of personal versus professional social media use.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please spread the word and tell people about the Summit forward this email , or post on social media Hashtag: #homelearningsummit Twitter: @homelearnsummit Facebook: @homelearningsummit Instagram: homelearningsummit HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOPICS WE ARE WORKING TO COVER IN THE SUMMIT TALKS, INTERVIEWS, AND OPEN-CHAT TIMES : ADHD and Learning ? Open Source and OER ? Social and Emotional Learning ?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The New Media Consortium announced in an email to its members that it would be immediately shutting down. I have been busy with my year-in-review, but I will be updating my Horizon Report “data liberation” project with as much data as I can scrape from the NMC website before it all goes away.). The Chronicle of Higher Education on the latest report from the Babson Survey Research Group on OER adoption: “Use of Free Textbooks Is Rising, but Barriers Remain.”

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

Edsurge

When I think about electronic media and pedagogy, though, the thing that I worry about is how our systems of protecting kids from the real dangers of the internet revolve around surveillance. We're in this great global conversation about social media and what Shoshana Zuboff calls "surveillance capitalism," and kids are perfectly capable of understanding that stuff. I wanted to ask you about OERs.

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

Cathy O’Neil’s criticism of data analytics’ misuse resonated with a large number of people. Related to this development was the rise of what I think of as Social Justice Edtech. This movement asks us to rethink technology to address social problems in education and society. They argue that putatively equitable technologies actually reinstate social inequalities. Decisions about pedagogies and systems, data and platforms may well become more challenging.

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. ” “ OER , CARE , Stewardship, and the Commons” by “Econproph” Jim Luke. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security. Via The New York Times : “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. Schools should consider the ways in which their own social media surveillance re-inscribes these sorts of violent, nationalist policies. The business of OER. This week’s Uber news, via Bloomberg : “ Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People.”

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. ” Those “countless needs and niches” can be met thanks to all the data generation and data collection that happens on them. Platforms are “an extractive apparatus for data.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “With Student Interest Soaring, Berkeley Creates New Data-Sciences Division.” ” Social emotional learning ! Via Getting Smart : “Extending Social Emotional Learning into the Home.” ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In the digital age, inquiry and problem-solving can span across a range of media and tools. For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools. Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below. As a special note, we are now taking presentation proposals for the "Privacy in the Digital Age" mini-conference--see below!

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Via the Stanford press office : “ Stanford explores case for code of ethics to tackle big data’s deluge in higher ed.” ” Spoiler alert: not enough access to data. More on data and privacy in the politics section above. US Presidential Campaign Politics.

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The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

CEFR, Plurilingualism and Pluriculturalism Win-Win Situation , Mrs. Maha Hassan, Teaching ESL Hub Chemistry Content and Modeling to Teach Climate Change and ACTION , Ashley Shunk- Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Alison Bixby Stone School Citizen Science-Led Open Data Innovation Through NASA Programs , David Lockett, STEM Teacher, Bok Academy | Denise Wright, STEM Teacher, Ocean Bay Middle School Class of 2030: We're here, so what are you waiting for? ,

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

His wife is also the founder of the OER organization CK12. Really great investigative work on Department of Education data on school shootings by NPR’s Anya Kamenetz, Alexis Arnold, and Emily Cardinali : “The School Shootings That Weren’t.” ” SEL is “social emotional learning,” of course. Thank you, big data, for giving people this insight. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. This from the school district that is still reeling from a major student data privacy breach.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this week about privacy, data, monopoly power, and regulations. ” Via Campus Technology : “ NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp.” “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” It’s 2017 and many critics agree that social media is full of trolls and harassers, that it helps subvert democracies here and abroad, but hey: “To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media ,” says Edsurge. Via Techcrunch : “ Kudos wants to be a gentle introduction to social media sharing for kids.” (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Meanwhile on Campus… Via Education Week (from last Friday – as I work on the week’s round-up of news, I try to avoid looking at social media, but I think there was another school shooting this morning): “10 Dead, Most of Them Students, and 10 Wounded in Texas High School Shooting.” And That Has Given It Some Eye-opening Data.” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Schools across the country are about to be held accountable for student attendance – attaching stakes to a measure that previously had much less significance and increasing the risk that schools will try to manipulate that data,” according to Chalkbeat’s Matt Barnum. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Recently released federal data show that 17 percent of federal student debt holders are over the age of 50. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). “ Village Capital ’s ongoing social entrepreneurship programs is like a friendlier – and perhaps more impactful – version of Survivor,” says Edsurge. “ Are Universities Training Socially Minded Programmers? “ Was It Ethical for Dropbox to Share Customer Data with Scientists?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I’ve never seen an education story receive quite as much attention from non-educators on social media. Via the Arizona Capitol Times : “ Arizona bill to ban school ‘ social justice ’ courses dies quickly.” The Department of Education , under the auspices of “transparency,” promises more access to data about financial aid. Via WHIO : “ School social media director fired after correcting student’s misspelled tweet.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

danah boyd has announced that she’ll be stepping down from running her research organization Data & Society. IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. Via Bill Fitzgerald : “Protecting Ourselves From the Equifax Data Breach, and Data Brokers in General.” “Blame Big Data.” (National) Education Politics.