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

The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology. CREATE – Collaboartion, Resources, Educate, Apps, Technology, Enriching. ICT – Information Communications Technology.

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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. Education Technology

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

Edsurge

Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. Not only do they need the skills to navigate and utilize technology, but they need to understand how technology can connect them with people, places, and resources that were previously unreachable. Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. Not ready to dig through all OERs and curate on your own?

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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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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes.

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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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. Education Technology Open Educational Resources Technology in School

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

Doug Levin

How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools? ” Will schools continue to accelerate the pace of blended learning – which incorporates technology into classes along with in-person instruction? Will states enable schools to pursue personalized learning strategies, which make use of technology to create custom-fit lessons for students? Doug Levin, president of the consulting firm EdTech Strategies, is worried.

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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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.

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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The Primary Problem with Educational Technology

iterating toward openness

There is much that’s wrong with the educational technology (“edtech”) market. However, I’m positive that in the updated version of the EdTech Bible, Corinthians 13:13 ends “the greatest of these is charity scale.”

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

Securly

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom. Ask questions that assess how a leader integrates and dictates technology into his/her projects and to those he/she leads.

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

If technology doesn’t disrupt the very notion of the textbook first, its future is surely digital. That is, if educators need to actually part with any money in the first place given the rise of the freemium model and the promises of OER advocates.

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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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.

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). Tagged on: August 18, 2017 Is classroom technology good for learning or wasting time?

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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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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. Of course, states are investing in technology devices and infrastructure, but also in data-driven learning. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

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

Doug Levin

Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). fund to boost technology for kids | Belgrade News → The idea behind the initiative is to set up every student in the district with their own computing device.

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The EdTech Trends You Might Be Missing (Redux)

Doug Levin

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. While the term ‘ filter bubble ‘ wasn’t in my lexicon at the time, it was decidedly an effort to help burst some of those bubbles with respect to news and writing about technology in and for education.

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

Doug Levin

While opportunities to advance technology-enabled or -enhanced school reform and improvement efforts appear throughout ESSA (and are in no way precluded as a strategy anywhere in the bill), it is Title IV that presents the most direct opportunity for state leadership.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

The Layers of ESSA: Educational Technology in Title IV – 21st Century Schools, Part A. K-12 educational technology policy. educational technology policy should be over the coming four years (when the law will next come due to be reauthorized).

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. This led to a conversation about TextGenome and our work developing technology to improve reading comprehension with Drs. Working across so many disparate texts, it would be nearly impossible for a teacher to create anything like this when using OER. The challenge of using OER in the classroom is not just finding good content, but instilling good practices.

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100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

Encourage students create a doll of themselves by using ratios, proportions and technology. First, I was specifically searching for a math-related spark since so many math teachers struggle with integrating technology.

Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Leveraging Technology without Gating. First, student learning, which is restricted by our present system, may gain a freedom heretofore unseen, networked through technology for access to unprecedented amounts of both knowledge and community. By LeiLani Cauthen.

Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

Edsurge

The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. Brian Kibby, CEO of Knewton Getting into the courseware business marks a major pivot for the New York City-based company, which originally licensed its adaptive learning technology to publishers. Its past proclamations about the omnipotence of its technology attracted plenty of ire. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business