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. I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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

edWeb.net

According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. In her recent presentation “ K-12 Instructional Materials: What’s New in 2019,” she previewed results from Simba’s Publishing for the PreK-12 Market, 2019-2020 , and talked about how digital is changing—and not changing—the landscape. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise.

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OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

eSchool News

Developed by Illustrative Mathematics, the nonprofit founded by standards author Bill McCallum to improve mathematics instruction in U.S. It is the first curriculum made openly available by Open Up Resources, which was founded to develop new high-quality alternatives to curricula offered by traditional publishers, and to increase equity in education by distributing these materials freely, as OER.

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OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

Students at Lovett Elementary, the Clinton, Miss. public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials. Teachers concur: in a recent survey by Education Week , just 18 percent of teachers strongly agreed that their materials are standards-aligned.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. In a recent edWebinar , presenters from Idaho and Pennsylvania discussed how state and district leadership support digital learning opportunities and implement digital materials. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.