K-12 OER Collaborative enters next phase

K12 Open Ed

Last week, the K-12 OER Collaborative entered the next phase of their project, awarding contracts for rapid prototypes to the following developers: edCount LLC. As a refresher, the K-12 OER Collaborative is a project to create comprehensive CCSS-aligned curriculum for grades K-12 math and English Language Arts that is open licensed under a CC BY license. This may be the one of the important opportunities for OER, blended learning, and CCSS we’ve seen to date.

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Big step forward for the K-12 OER Collaborative

K12 Open Ed

The K-12 OER Collaborative has taken a great step forward as Karl Nelson has agreed to join the organization full-time as of later this month. For those unfamiliar, the K-12 OER Collaborative is a state-led initiative involving 12 states and other organizations working to develop core, free, openly-licensed K-12 math and ELA curriculum aligned with state college ready standards. EdTech Update Uncategorized K-12 OER Collaborative OER

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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. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

OER – Open Educational Resource (this can be any online materials that are free to use). Tagged: acronym , acronyms , edtech , education , exxample , learning , tech , technology , terms. education acronym acronyms edtech exxample learning tech technology terms

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In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU

Edsurge

Here’s more of what we heard and saw on Monday at SXSW EDU: A Sustainable Future for OER Monday marked day one of Open Education Week, and speakers at a panel used the opportunity to discuss the potential for open educational resources as an alternative to increasingly unaffordable textbooks—as well as the challenges and misconceptions that the open movement still faces. Still, sustainable ways to fund OER into the future remains an open question.

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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. But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S.

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OER: Free Like a Beer, or Free Like a Puppy?

Edsurge

Those in the puppy camp argued, with good reason, that free curricula and OER content were hardly free once the related costs and risks were factored in. So the discovery, vetting, and alignment costs inflicted upon the teachers and districts that would try to embrace free and OER content would remain high. And it turns out that a great deal of free and OER content is actually free like a free beer—in fact, like a really good craft beer.

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door

Edsurge

Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. The most recent example occurred this week, when OER company Lumen Learning announced a partnership with one of the country’s largest textbook distributors, Follet Corporation. David Wiley [CEO at Lumen] is the godfather of OER, and he has really been driving the textbook affordability challenge for years,” says McFarlane.

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The consequences of success

K12 Open Ed

Today, on the first day of Open Education Week , I am happy to say that OER has gained traction in K-12 over the last year. More and more people are talking about OER. States and funders are putting serious efforts into OER as core curriculum.

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10 sources of free interactive content for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Ed Tech blended learning edtech educational technology oers online learning open educational resourcesYears ago, textbooks served a different purpose. Information was at a premium, and textbooks filled the void. They were chock full of it — a one-stop shop for the curious student.

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Demand, district adoption, and silver bullets

K12 Open Ed

A few us have been pondering the question “ How can we best advance the adoption of OER in K-12? There is currently a good amount of high quality, standards-aligned OER in K-12 with lots more coming online. This is nearly impossible for OER to do.

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Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

Edsurge

New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER), or freely downloadable and adaptable learning materials. But some providers of OER still ask for fees in return, and that has advocates concerned. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free.

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Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials. How does OER help educators and students? Are all OER digital?

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. Stories of EdTech Innovation.

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

Edsurge

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.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. 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). Blog Access edtech Equity future ready Osmo Osobot planning Policy Privacy professional learning Samsung Social Media Sustainability

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OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

What I do want to comment on (in greater than 140 characters) is the practice of ‘openwashing:’ what it is, why I believe not being able to go beyond a pro-OER elephant test for organizations and service providers is untenable in practice, and some thoughts on what we can do about it.

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Help Deliver Better Learning From Textbooks with the OpenStax College “Concept Coach”

EmergingEdTech

OpenStax College is Testing Embedded Coaching Software for Their OER Textbooks … and YOU can Help. More and more teachers, administrators, and #edtech enthusiasts like yours truly are becoming. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

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Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

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. appeared first on Doug Levin | EdTech Strategies.

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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Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. The nonprofit edtech company Gooru provides a telling example of the importance of cohesive OER curricula.

Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

Technology can often seem like an afterthought, but if used wisely from the start, some edtech tools and resources can be a big help to a teacher who's just starting out. OER Commons. Every teacher should become familiar with open educational resources, or OERs.

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

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition). EdTech News News news

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tagged on: March 8, 2017 New Solutions—Not Just New Winners—In the Curriculum Marketplace | New America → Innovative uses of OER offer an entirely new way of answering the question of how we solve for inefficiencies in the curriculum marketplace, rather than just advocating for new winners. Blog EdTech News News news

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The EdTech Trends You Might Be Missing (Redux)

Doug Levin

As compared to others, I am more likely to tag local/regional and state-specific news stories, in-depth policy analysis, open resources (OER, open source software tools, open data, open access, etc.), About a year and a half ago , I launched a ‘reading list’ feature on this site in an effort to expand folks’ perspectives on technology in education.

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How Will the Presidential Election Results Influence Education Technology in Schools?

Doug Levin

Doug Levin, president of the consulting firm EdTech Strategies, is worried. appeared first on EdTech Strategies. Blog News OER Policy Donald Trump Office of Educational Technology U.S. As quoted in: Dobo, Nichole. “ How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools? ” The Hechinger Report. 16 November 2016.

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

edWeb.net

In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research TechnologyAdoptions, non-adoptions, civics, SEL, career-ready education, and the possible recession.

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

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. The post The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

Edsurge

In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. LPS is a promising example of the substantial gains that can come from using edtech innovations to redesign instruction.

Positioning “open” – part 1

K12 Open Ed

I’ve been thinking about how to position specific OER curriculum products, especially in the K-12 space. If you ask most educators if they know what “open licensed” or “OER” or “Creative Commons” is, they will say yes.

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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

OER Commons provides a database of free learning materials commonly used by teachers nationwide. Not all schools are built equally, but the coming years will see the rise of “digital classrooms” according to EdTech.

Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Edsurge

Using OER is hard. Over sandwiches and iced tea, we talked about the challenges of OER. Working across so many disparate texts, it would be nearly impossible for a teacher to create anything like this when using OER. Tools like TextGenome create new opportunities for OER to resemble more traditional textbooks without placing more demands on the teacher. The challenge of using OER in the classroom is not just finding good content, but instilling good practices.

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