3 challenges to OER implementation

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) have made their presence known in education, with teachers and administrators voicing their excitement over free resources that are easily shared and adapted. Districts know all children learn differently, and this means they need the right mix of content to help teachers differentiate their instruction and resources for students, said Randy Wilhelm, CEO and co-founder of Knovation , which collects and organizes free digital content for educators.

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5 steps to implement OER in your LMS

eSchool News

As open educational resources (OER) become a more viable option for K-12 school districts that want to adopt new resources, curating these “free” and “open” educational assets has become increasingly difficult. Department of Education making a clear push for OER via its #GoOpen campaign, where districts take on the challenge of replacing at least one textbook with OER, the need for reliable vetting and selection tools has grown exponentially.

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5 questions to answer about OER use

eSchool News

As open educational resources (OER) grow in popularity, school leaders are tasked with identifying the best way to find, organize and use these resources. During a CoSN webinar focused on using effective OER use, a panel of educators shared their experiences and offered insight on OER’s impact on education. Here, we’ve gathered their responses to critical questions on OER use and implementation. More of a facilitator of learning.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

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In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

eSchool News

Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools. SETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource, OER in Action: Implementation Highlights , examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

5 ways to expand federal educational OER

eSchool News

In a letter sent earlier this month, a group of ed-tech stakeholders urged the Obama administration to make federally-funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). Creating OER, which are free to use, share, and edit, would help increase educators’ access to educational, training, and instructional materials, according to the more than 85 stakeholder organizations that signed the letter. Next page: Five core principles for OER policies.

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Report: Which districts show a higher OER adoption-and why?

eSchool News

Only one-third of school districts said they are aware of both the term “open educational resources” (OER) and its licensing, according to a report from the Babson Survey Research Group. What We Teach: K-12 School District Curriculum Adoption Process examines the degree to which K-12 districts are aware of and have adopted OER, as well as the process districts use to select and adopt full-course curricula materials. Digital Learning and Tools News

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Today's Newsletter: Where to Find & Curate OER Resources

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Guest post by Steve Baule, Educational Leadership Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Superior: As the school year begins, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of Open Education Resources (OER). The two biggest challenges to using OER sources seem to be finding them and having the time to curate those appropriate for one’s courses. The OER Commons is a core site with resources from pre-school through adult education.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resourcesBy and large, it’s working.

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'Better Every Semester': How Faculty Use Open Educational Resources to Improve Courses

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They worked nights and weekends to develop the resource, which can be used digitally through a WordPress website or downloaded as a PDF. But OER advocates think open access course materials hold another kind of promise for students, too. They can with OER materials. “I’ve

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Teachers gain access to OER math curriculum

eSchool News

EdCaliber and Mathematics Vision Project integrate OER math curriculum and support materials into Lessoneer teacher empowerment platform. I know these teachers will embrace the ease and usefulness of this fantastic supportive tool!”. By integrating MVP Teacher Notes and Support Ancillaries such as the Ready Set Go Answer Keys, Lessoneer is providing everything a teacher needs to successfully facilitate student learning.”. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top News

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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Edsurge

Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States. Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. Underlying a range of new trends, experts say, is a growing recognition that designing learning resources from the beginning with students with disabilities in mind can benefit all students.

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Transition to Digital: Improving Access, Affordability and Achievement in Higher Education

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Future of Education Technology Making the case for Education Technologies Mobile Learning Resources Open Educational Resources OER _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics digital textbook best practices making transition to digital textbooks successful transition to etexts tips for transition to digital learning materialsOriginal Image Source … and important steps to help you get there!

SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

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Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

New tools emerge to support schools’ digital transition

eSchool News

Knovation’s icurio delivers open educational resources (OER) and instructional tools to support personalized and engaging digital learning. School districts across the country are replacing print textbooks with free open educational resources (OER); however, many are finding it difficult to evaluate the quality and relevancy of these unlimited online resources. One such solution comes from Knovation’s icurio suite of personalized learning solutions.

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Digital natives still clamor for print materials

eSchool News

Is the digital revolution more of a slow evolution? He’s got a thick hard-cover “Adobe Digital Desktop” textbook. Creating a Digital Learning Environment Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy News Top News books digital digital materials ipads mcclatchy OER print

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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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Adult Learners Need Their Own EdTech Tools, Ed Department Report Finds

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To help adult learners, edtech tools should be designed for their needs and goals, support them in virtually communicating with instructors and classmates and offer them a smooth mobile experience, according to a new report published on behalf of the U.S. Luminary Labs hosted summits, interviewed educators and reviewed more than 100 educational resources to inform its four reports, handouts and a video series about making adult learning opportunities more effective and appealing.

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

Edsurge

Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school. So this year, I’m sharing my high hopes for how some of the new powerful tools out there could be used in your school or classroom. Thanks to Google Expeditions , Within , Aurasma , and many other tools, students can explore coral reefs , go to refugee camps , and watch art come to life.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. Digital Learning and Tools News

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Survey: Districts are increasingly going digital

eSchool News

Annual survey reveals more and more districts are turning to OER and other digital learning resources. Sixty-two percent of districts in a recent survey have a digital content and curriculum strategy, and more than half of those strategies (38 percent) include using Open Educational Resources (OER). Digital Learning and Tools News Research

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. This work can potentially impact policy changes related to procuring instructional materials to best meet the ever changing individual needs of students in the digital age.”.

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

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Smart Sparrow , which provides course-authoring tools for faculty and instructional designers to build adaptive courseware, has found a new home in a much bigger nest. In recent years, Dror-Naim says his team has been building the next iteration of its adaptive course-creation tool.

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. OER and open books.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

Perched in lime green desk chairs, dozens of employees of OpenStax work here to transform physics, calculus and psychology materials into digital textbooks that students can study at no cost. And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. The network runs the Open Textbook Library , a digital resource that contains links to nearly 700 openly licensed textbooks.

Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

Edsurge

Top Hat got its start in the “clicker” business, offering a web-based and mobile classroom response tool that lets instructors gauge whether students understood the lesson (or paid attention). Nobody is going to be forced to convert from print to digital.”

itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content

eSchool News

LMS provider itslearning and Gooru , a nonprofit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators of the same name, announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. The alliance will initially give teachers an avenue to find, remix and share collections and courses of open content designed for future-ready learning.

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Small District Offers Students Big Possibilities

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One of the limitations many rural students face is a lack of the same educational opportunities to learn as students in larger school districts. Backed by a 1 Mbps per student Internet connection, the school leader decided it was time to try using open educational resources (OER), a set of free materials that could be curated just to meet his students’ needs. The district, pushed by its enthusiastic students, has continued to expand learning opportunities in a variety of ways.

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Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

eSchool News

District leaders have a lot on their plate, but it’s more important than ever to ensure that technology is supporting a school district’s learning goals. These districts are taking new and innovative approaches to how technology can advance learning goals, improve instruction, and make students feel safe and secure. The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever.

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Curriculum Foundry integrates with Google Drive, Google Apps for Education

eSchool News

Growing number of schools using Google’s programs can now share learning resources created in Curriculum Foundry. Learning.com ‘s Curriculum Foundry, a solution for seamlessly accessing, organizing and sharing digital content, is now fully integrated with Google Drive and Google Apps for Education. Using Curriculum Foundry’s comprehensive set of tools, educators can build learning objects, lessons, units and even entire courses.

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Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance. Digital learning can support enrollment growth and improved completion rates to lower overall costs for institutions to pass along to students.

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The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey

eSchool News

Created to assist executives and curriculum and technology directors in guiding the transition to digital curriculum and content, the survey also offers schools the chance win national awards. The Learning Counsel’s 2016 Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey and Assessment Tool is now available online. Educators can log in at TheLearningCounsel.com to start their assessment and help their school or district understand where they stand in digital transition. “As

Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

The awards recognize educators’ and institutions’ innovative use of digital courseware to improve outcomes for students, especially underrepresented ones. Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) last November. The awards recognize educators’ and institutions’ innovative use of digital courseware to improve outcomes for students, especially underrepresented ones.

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. With the advent of more device-agnostic digital classrooms, many tech-savvy teachers and schools are taking a step back and reevaluating how best to use technology to support their goals. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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