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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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER


Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States. As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. But while many benefits of OER are visible on the surface, we must notice the fine print.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resources

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OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024


David Wiley, a pioneer of open education resources who co-founded Lumen Learning , a for-profit company that supports OER efforts, sees one place where textbooks could actually be vanquished by openly licensed alternatives: community colleges. It was very different from the physical calculators that you had to wait your turn to use at my elementary school. And there’s so many nonprofits in the OER space already, and there are only a couple of big funders in the space.

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


Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school. Another student could find photographs of places or inventions he wants to study and then create augmented reality-triggered videos of himself explaining what he’s learned. A couple of years ago, my high school students created their own scavenger hunt with QR codes , and loved learning from one another that way.

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


Rather than a single book or set of books, most basal programs now include a number of materials to facilitate learning. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

Part 1: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Science

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Learning Reviews Science – More than 500 free interactive science websites and apps. Learn Genetics – Visit this site from the University of Utah. OER Commons Science – Check out this great resource that connects to hundreds of other amazing free resources.

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

Doug Levin

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. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. It offers a more experiential learning experience.

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5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs


Working in tech and media for the past 20 years, I’ve seen some of these changes firsthand, and one thing has proven consistently true: Engagement is critical when learning new information and mastering new skills. We know that dips in student engagement have dramatic effects on the metrics we care about: academic performance, social emotional learning (SEL), school climate, and attendance. Here are some key insights we’ve gathered about the ways video games foster learning: 1.

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Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K-12 schools get course materials – yet

The Hechinger Report

Digital OER are free. In this file photo, students at Piedmont Elementary School get vocabulary practice online. There’s a lot of buzz around OER in schools and districts, but actual practice hasn’t reached systemic levels. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities


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 use of digital resources has changed the way students learn and the way teachers teach.

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

Students at Lovett Elementary, the Clinton, Miss. In reality, every district we know approaches open educational resources with a single goal: to accelerate student learning by bringing the highest-quality instructional materials into classrooms. K-12 Opinion online learning

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom… Putting the Arts in STEM

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Proper infusion of the Arts will create a STEAM culture that engages and promotes intrinsic learning. OER Commons – Take a look at these results from a search I did for STEAM based activities. Since it is OER (Open Education Resources) it is free.

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Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

Teacher Advisor is a free online resource that helps elementary school teachers plan math lessons. 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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#CUE17- The Game


I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. OER Playground (New!). Activities in this category all revolve around sharing what you’ve learned at this year’s conference.

?Open Up Resources Announces First Full Math Curriculum—And Its Plans for Profitability


Open-licensed learning materials have generally been slower to carve out a spot in the K-12 market they have in higher education, where companies like Lumen Learning have found target demographics. It includes teacher-facing resources like lesson plans and support strategies, worksheets and activities for students, as well as resources for parents to help with homework and learning at home. We think when students are talking, they are owning the learning.”.

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Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I look forward to learning from you! OER Commons – Take a look at these results from a search I did for STEAM based activities. Since it is OER (Open Education Resources) it is free. Learn how to use Art to teach fractions, decimals, and percent equivalents.


OPINION: Teaching social and emotional skills is easy when students already have them — what about those who don’t?

The Hechinger Report

Related: New advances in measuring social-emotional learning. Students who have suffered traumas or have learning difficulties for a variety of reasons often need specialized support. Technology allows for personalization of content, learning style and pace. Future of Learning.

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35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM


Proper infusion of the Arts will create a STEAM culture that engages and promotes intrinsic learning. OER Commons – Take a look at these results from a search I did for STEAM based activities. Since it is OER (Open Education Resources) it is free.

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Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this fourth post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. Proper infusion of the Arts will create a STEAM culture that engages and promotes intrinsic learning.


Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration


ABCya.com : ( click here ) ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. OER ( click here ) Open Educational Resources on Web 2.0 Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry!

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New Open Ed. Group Vows to Battle Commercial Publishers for K-12 Contracts

Marketplace K-12

Open Up Resources, a nonprofit that until recently was called the K-12 OER Collaborative, says it will offer openly licensed materials to school districts, and predicts it will achieve savings from what those systems would normally pay for commercial materials. Jay Diskey, the executive director of the PreK-12 learning group for the Association of American Publishers, said he couldn’t say whether the Open Up Resources effort will take off or stall.

Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

10 Free Learning Websites for Kids 51 Great Tools for educators and students to use [link] Richland School District Two 1TWO1 Digital Starter Kit [link] Excellent collection of web apps, sorted by category, with lots of information and ideas for using the web apps in class. utm_source=gmail They can learn the piano keyboard using: "Color Piano!": It allows you to choose to learn in several different languages and if desired you can earn an official typing certification.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Ozelle Stephen, Rev/Director of Education, Miridians Elementary School, Centre of Enabling Support Foundation, Uganda Access to Quality education Opportunities, Good Health + Well-being for all. Bronwyn believes we live in a world where we should be learning together.

Hack Education Weekly News

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This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. More PR from Techcrunch : “ Nintendo is bringing Labo kits to elementary schools.” The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above. Via Techcrunch : “ Tencent and education startup Age of Learning bring popular English-learning app ABCmouse to China.” Via The Washington Post : “The new lesson plan for elementary school: Surviving the Internet.”

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6,263,439, titled ‘Verification system for non-traditional learning operations.’ Via Gawker : “ Black Elementary School Teacher Body-Slammed By Cop and Lectured on ‘Violent Tendencies’ of Black People.” ” “A Platform to Monitor Learning” is the headline IHE uses to describe Yellowdig , a new social platform where instructors can watch how students interact and share information. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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The NAACP endorses OER. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99 Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

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” Via DelawareOnline : “The first step to reducing violence among young people is to have police officers assigned to elementary and middle schools, says a coalition of state officials, education administrators and police.” ” From the press release : “ Learning Machine and MIT Media Lab Release Blockchain Technology for Educational Credentials.” The video learning company has previously raised $1.57 Education Politics.


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Via The New York Times : “ New York to Shorten Standardized Tests in Elementary and Middle Schools.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Facebook , an Online Learning Platform?” ” Via Edsurge : “Now Any Organization Can Create Content for LinkedIn Learning.” ” “The Case for Learning Platform Grade Book ” by Mindwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. (National) Education Politics.

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week - Online, Free, and with Amazing Speakers and Presenters

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

It''s an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning , and the entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform, running out of my FutureofEducation.com community.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Candidate Advanced math for the young, the very young, and the young at heart - Dr. Maria Droujkova Affinity Spaces as Learning Tools - Lindsey Tropf, M.Ed. Sueann Galt, STEM Coordinator Does the use of ‘Learning Menus’ increase students’ intrinsic motivation?


Week of February 7th, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. link] PSYCHOLOGY OF MATH LEARNING ( Math 2.0 Join this "live" discusion of P2PU "Psychology of Math Learning" class. Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010-2011 school year.

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