Underappreciated No More: A Free Edtech Platform Shines as Schools Go Remote

Edsurge

As countless educators around the world have scrambled to figure out how to deliver lessons remotely with whisker-thin budgets, many turned to open education resources (OER). CK-12 is at the forefront of OER by doing adaptive and personalized learning.

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Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

NeverEndingSearch

And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience. But, first, a little background: I’ve been playing around with building virtual school libraries for a very long time. I started playing around with the fairly easy and recently very popular strategy of building a library scene in Slides. by EZ EdTech! 2011) Evolving the Virtual School Library, Part 1: Deconstructing My Own Interface. 2005/2006) “The Virtual Library.”

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OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. Hosted at the beautiful Skywalker Ranch, Friday’s #GoOpen Exchange engaged major players in education from the White House and the DOE, as well as state officials, leaders of non-profits and learning institutions, the biggest names in e-commerce and technology, developers, vendors, publishers, state officials, administrators, leading folks in edtech, and educational thinkers and practitioners.

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

It wasn’t until three semesters into my degree, after spending $1,000 dollars merely renting my textbooks that I discovered my University’s ebook library. After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative ), I spent hours doing my own personal research on my university’s open access policy and scouring the library website. Engage faculty members in the learning process of “what is OER?”

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

Edsurge

In 2014, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year , and in 2015, I wrote about edtech teaching trends for the new school year. The students at Algonquin Regional High School helped their local towns with tech support nights at local libraries. High Hope #4: Cleanly Curated Open Education Resources In order for high quality OERs to be combined with high quality instructional design, teachers need tools that allow them to curate the resources.

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Where Edtech and Its Investors Miss the Mark

Edsurge

In three years as an investor at Reach Capital, an edtech venture fund, I’ve watched public, private and philanthropic dollars pour into school operations, adaptive software, data analytics, teacher development, and teacher tools in worthy attempts to improve education. I wish you wouldn’t pin all hope on OER or content marketplaces or playlists as curriculum solutions. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ Around the World

Edsurge

OER was one of six “emerging technologies and practices” the panelists highlighted as most likely to significantly influence postsecondary teaching and learning in the future. “It It is moving up the adoption ladder,” says Susan Grajek, vice president of communities and research for Educause, of OER. “It The report identifies Canada, Western Europe, and parts of South America and the Middle East as leading the international effort to create and disseminate OER.

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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 network to be able to connect with and correspond with 22,000 other individuals in the library world, and to be kept updated on this and future events. 1:00 pm (PDT) Fast and Fit Brain Training: Through a Library Service Delivery Model, Year Two Patricia Shepard Sohmer, M.A.,

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Events + News - K12 Online Call for Proposals - Library 2.0 Spring Summit Recordings - Starting to Homeschool Webinar Today

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Library 2.015 Spring Summit Recap On April 30th we held the first ever Library 2.015 Spring Summit - The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning , a half-day conversation about technology issues and trends in the future of library and information services. The event was inspired by and organized in partnership with Dr. Sue Alman of the SJSU School of Information, and designed to complement the fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference on October 20th, 2015.

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

Edsurge

Here are the five companies in the 2016 cohort: Lrnr : An adaptive-learning platform that uses open educational resources (OER). In the next couple of months it will continue building its technology and adding to its library of content. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech BusinessFive higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week. Michelson Runway , a San Francisco-based accelerator, announced the handful of companies that will be in its inaugural cohort.

Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

Edsurge

Founded in 2008, Knewton blazed its way into the edtech industry with bold proclamations about its adaptive-learning technology, which it then licensed to digital curriculum providers. Combined, the two companies say they will have 44,000 textbook titles, many of which are expected to be added to the Unlimited library. Knewton’s Alta, by contrast, is tapping into openly-licensed, or OER, materials.

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. Many in edtech celebrate the potential of adaptive learning platforms to change how students learn.

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

Edsurge

And even before the management change, the company had quietly started building a huge library of courses bolted to its adaptive engine. The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Michael Feldstein, the edtech consultant who called the company’s previous pitch snake oil, said that “after years of absurd hype from their former CEO, it’s a relief to hear them promote a value proposition that at least makes sense.”

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. 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. While the nouns can help locate the important content that can be supported with OER (Open Education Resources) , it is the verbs that will take your students into Bloom’s higher order while conquering the 4C’s.

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

NeverEndingSearch

Our own Kristina Holzweiss shared the Wakelet on Wakelet she co-presented, as well as her blog post on library uses of the platform. I was honored to join several esteemed colleagues to present on the panel: Leading the Charge: Leveraging Librarian Leadership to Support the OER Journey. And here is the sketchnote Margaret Sisler created during the session: #oer and teacher librarians! This year attendees were treated to a Battle of the EdTech Stars.

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Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

Edsurge

And of course there are other vendors, like Elsevier and Wiley (like Jones Soda and RC) and openly-licensed resources known as OER, or open education resources (which are something like a Sodastream homebrew). Even though the per-item costs with the bulk courseware arrangements are usually lower than the retail price, the switch eliminates the ability for students to find a used or free alternative from a friend or library.

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

The Hechinger Report

Lisa Petrides is founder and CEO of the nonprofit ISKME , an international leader in information-sharing and innovation in the education sector that manages OER Commons , a public library for open education resources. Douglas Levin is founder and president of EdTech Strategies , a consulting firm that provides strategic research and counsel on issues at the intersection of education, public policy, technology and innovation.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

https://technologyrescue.eventbrite.com March 14th, 7pm US-Eastern: Webinar: Using EdTech to Supercharge Student Inquiry and Multimedia Literacy Skills This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the event link. This webinar will address how edtech tools like Blendspace and TES can: Help you and your students become more transliterate; Foster inquiry based learning; Support standards-aligned approaches to 21st century learning.

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

NeverEndingSearch

The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. They can also incorporate such content-rich resources as library databases, ebooks, videos, and the growing array of available OERs. HyperDocs are perfect opportunities to grow teacher librarian/ classroom teacher partnerships.

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.” Techcrunch says that “ EdTech is having a renaissance , powered by the emerging world.”

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

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Content and Curriculum Creator, Project Explorer Creating OER-s and Interactive STEM Applications in Mathematics Higher Education , Lucie Mingla Math Educator, New York City College of Technology, CUNY Cross-cultural alignments, fertilization, differentiation: Bridging the gaps through technology , Melda N. I am the Founder of #MexEdChat and I have been an ISTE Edtech Advisor. The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday!

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The business of OER. ” This seems to fly in the face of the library profession ’s belief in privacy. ” Via EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin : “The COPPA Rule, FERPA , and the Security of Student Data.” From investors Chian Gong and Jennifer Carolan, writing in Edsurge : “ Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments.” (National) Education Politics.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

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Sueann Galt Animating Science Education - Dr Jocelyn Wishart Crusoe College''s online Mathematics course - rich, personalised, technology-rich Mathematics - Robert Sbaglia Cultivating Collaboration in Transdisciplinary Problem Based Learning - Kat Deaner, STEM Coordinator Introducing Glogster EDU: the Online Multimedia Poster - Valery Siegel, Literacy Coach- EdTech Top Ten Classroom Tools from the Maker Movement - Sylvia Martinez, M.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” “Free College” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Bard College opens its second ‘microcollege’ in Brooklyn Public Library. ” Via Nesta : “ What is the evidence for edtech ?”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in damages for copyright infringement by Sci-Hub , the Library of Genesis (LibGen) project and related sites.” ” “Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe,” according to an investor in Edsurge. (National) Education Politics. Via Pacific Standard : “Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. “ 14 projects win 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries.” More, via Inside Higher Ed , on various colleges’ OER initiatives. Education Politics. I watched the results roll in from the Brexit referendum last night with great, great sadness.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The NAACP endorses OER. Perhaps this will help the Grovo fellows: “Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig – From the EdSurge Jobs Team.” IHE ed-tech blogger Joshua Kim wonders “Who Exactly Holds This Neoliberal EdTech Ideology ?” Via Edsurge : “The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments.” The NMC Horizon Report 2017 – the Library Edition. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“In the Leeds offering, for example, each course certificate will cost £59 and there are five taught courses; the sixth assessment course, which leads to 10 credits, is priced at £250 – making a total cost of £545 – which will also cover access to online library content,” The Guardian reports. (It’ll This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” Its Crunchbase description is great : “TX-based edtech company.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The Digital Public Library of America has a new head : John S. The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. Part 3 of EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin’s look at schools’ data collection and data security: “ Ad Tracking & Surveillance.” “ The Edtech Edifice Complex ” by The World Bank’s Michael Trucano. (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?” ” Via Edsurge : “ Phishing Season: Widespread Email Scam Targets Schools, Edtech Companies.” “School libraries can serve as personalized learning hotspots,” says Education Dive – but only if libraries fail to protect student privacy and gather lots of clicks about what students are doing, which seems fundamentally anti-librarian to me. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Cory Reid , who previously ran two edtech companies – Instructure and MasteryConnect – as their chief executive, has landed a new gig at Tyton Partners,” says Edsurge , failing to disclose that it shares investors with MasteryConnect. ” Student workers at the University of Chicago’s library have voted to unionize. ” “A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin ” by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter. The American Library Association announced its youth media awards. ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.

The 2017 Global Education Conference (Online) Starts Today! Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Marshall Exploring Gender Neutral/Inclusive Bathrooms in Libraries: A Global Perspective - Raymond Pun, Kenya Flash Flipped Learning in L2: How to Encourage Cross-Cultural Critical Thinking to Teach Global Problem-Solving Skills - Birgit A.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ UVa Library’s Plan to Cut Stacks by Half Sparks Faculty Concerns.” “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. ” “ Copy Machines in Libraries Are ‘Going the Way of the Dodo’ – Slowly,” says Edsurge. Via the Getting Smart blog : “Incubating EdTech: AT&T Announces 4th Aspire Accelerator Class.”