The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

I work in K-12 education in the U.S., and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. I also depart from Clark on the issue of the importance of cost savings to OER in the U.S.

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Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information.

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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.

New Educational Technology Program (ITECH) Included in Reauthorization Bill

SETDA Says

Digital Content ED EETT Legislation OER Policy Professional Learning ESEA ITECH On April 16, the Senate HELP Committee, unanimously passed the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA) bill, in an effort to reauthorize the. read more.

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

edWeb.net

Adoptions, non-adoptions, civics, SEL, career-ready education, and the possible recession. Rather than a single book or set of books, most basal programs now include a number of materials to facilitate learning. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

State Examplars: How are states demonstrating leadership in digital learning ?

SETDA Says

SETDA and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University College of Education recently co-released the national report, State Digital Learning Exemplars: read more. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Content OER Personalized Learning Policy Privacy Professional Learning Research State boards

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. In America ,” former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan often says, “ your zip code or your socioeconomic status should never determine the quality of your education. ” Commit to Personalized Professional Learning.

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League Districts Take on Major Challenges Together

Digital Promise

With 12 new districts and seven returning districts joining this year, the League of Innovative Schools now comprises 102 districts across the country who tackle education’s biggest challenges within their districts and with each other. Blog Educators League of Innovative Schools

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity. Curating OER. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. Facilitates Professional Learning. OER Portals Pearltrees.

A School Leader’s Guide to Using edWeb for Personalized Teacher PD

edWeb.net

To provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, school leaders need to provide their teachers with professional learning opportunities that are personalized and engaging. edWeb Blog administrators Next-Gen PD online professional learning PD school leaders

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The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

Digital Promise

2018 was an incredible year for the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters). We are always excited to invite new districts that are implementing new teaching and learning practices into the League. 10 Education Conferences.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training.” ” Via The Atlantic : “Does Trump’s Education Budget Even Matter?” An education IPO!

Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap.

Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

More Verbs

The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. Increasing access with a focus on learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. Also speaking volumes, the publications that framed the educational fallout from last week’s referendum on EU membership in terms of how it might possibly hurt the business of British ed-tech. Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” Education in the Courts.

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Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

First-year teachers have a lot to think about, especially at the beginning of the school year: decorating their classroom, planning lessons and learning units, trying out different classroom-management techniques, and -- most importantly -- getting to know their students. OER Commons.

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#CUE17- The Game

CUE

I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. Keynote speakers at #CUE17 include poet and former teacher Taylor Mali, mathematics professor Jo Boaler , educator George Couros , and arts educator Cathy Hunt.

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

edWeb.net

Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. Even in states that don’t have statewide instructional materials adoptions, the departments of education must provide schools and districts with vision, guidance, and support.

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Inspiring Students: Bringing Awe Back to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Applying this concept to education is both exciting and depressing. Awe is a driving force for learning that will not just benefit our students now, but also well into their future. Increases in our willingness to innovate can result in disruptive changes to learning.

Students Collaborate on Supporting Bee Populations with Digital Tools

edWeb.net

Each year, K-12 schools and districts that have leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievements of their students are honored through SETDA’s Student Voices program. You can learn more about Operation Bee here.

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Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Joining Soumakian were Stuart Burt, chief technology officer for Royse City ISD; Doug Brubaker, an assistant superintendent at Garland ISD; and Tom Murray, a former educator and tech director who now helps coordinate the Future Ready Schools project for the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth.

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. Materials can be printed or can be digital; they may include textbooks, technology-based materials or other educational media. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

With the widespread introduction of laptops and tablets into the classroom, the digitization of primary education is rapidly expanding across the United States, making access to quality education materials easier and more flexible than ever before.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. The recommendations are finalized by the state board of education.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Then, they submit their findings to the state department of education for review, where the process starts again. One key element in most of the initiatives, including Florida and Nevada’s new approach, is professional development.

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Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. Key characteristics include real-time updates, quality data in and out, educator and school control of the data, and flexibility in reporting. Teacher. Classroom facilitator.

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What Would Dewey Do? Quotes…Ideas…Resources for Genuine Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have often wondered what John Dewey would do in today’s educational setting with our vast amount of knowledge from research and our rapid growth of technology. Making Learning Happen…New York PBL – Join me in Syracuse, New York in August for some exciting PBL workshops.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. Don Buckley - Co-Founder, Tools at Schools - "Is it Possible to Innovate in Education?"

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