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

Edsurge

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. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative have spurred school districts across the country to incorporate quality open resources into their curricula, but initiatives like Central Valley’s are fairly rare among elementary and secondary institutions, University of Pittsburgh librarian and open educational resource advocate Paul Bond said. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resources

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OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

eSchool News

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. Formerly the K–12 OER Collaborative, Open Up Resources partners with the country’s foremost materials experts to create superb instructional materials, then equips districts with the support they need to implement with fidelity.

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

Fourth graders at High Tech Elementary School met with nearby organizations and launched their own websites and businesses to support the police department, water board, humane society, and more. Coding has helped students get hooked on computer science in the elementary and middle levels and has helped self-motivated students build apps for their high schools. Office of Education Technology launched GoOpen last year, OERs have gotten a big boost.

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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. With the continued emphasis on reading at grade level by third grade, schools are looking for their elementary materials to focus on phonics. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research TechnologyAdoptions, non-adoptions, civics, SEL, career-ready education, and the possible recession.

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. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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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. EdTech News News news OER

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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. In K-12 schools, however, where open educational resources have been hailed as an opportunity to democratize high-quality curriculum and break the publishing oligopoly, OER has had a slower uptake. There’s a lot of buzz around OER in schools and districts, but actual practice hasn’t reached systemic levels.

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?Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans

Edsurge

From that focus group they narrowed the list of potential applications to professional development tools and, eventually, settled on a searchable database exclusively for elementary school math. The consensus was: start with math at the elementary level, because those teachers are usually licensed as elementary teachers—they may not have strong subject-level expertise.

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The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit Has Started! #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Elementary Years ? Open Source and OER ? Today is the first day in a daily, two-month free online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning. Whether by circumstance or choice, learning at home is now the reality for more students than ever.

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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.

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

Edsurge

Our middle and elementary teachers had been using Illustrative Math resources over the years and it was a positive experience,” says Williams. But the move to OER and digital curriculum hasn’t been completely smooth for everyone, Williams adds. A former Pearson executive, Singer has been taking notes in the last year not only from the educators using the resources, but also from what other publishers and companies in the OER space are doing.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and 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. Teacher Vision Art and Math –Students will enjoy participating in math class with our art activities for teachers of any grade level, from elementary to high school. STEAM Art Lessons – Take a look at these wonderful STEAM based art lessons from an amazing elementary Art teacher.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and 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. Teacher Vision Art and Math –Students will enjoy participating in math class with our art activities for teachers of any grade level, from elementary to high school. STEAM Art Lessons – Take a look at these wonderful STEAM based art lessons from an amazing elementary Art teacher. Image Creative Commons.

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#CUE17- The Game

CUE

OER Playground (New!). Currently an education consultant advising a variety of organizations, Lucy Gray previously taught elementary grade levels in Chicago Public Schools and middle school computer science at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She also has worked at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

HHMI BioInteractive – It really is through innovative science education programs that HHMI seeks to strengthen education in biology,and related sciences from elementary school to graduate studies and beyond. OER Commons Science – Check out this great resource that connects to hundreds of other amazing free resources. Science Hub – Here are hundreds of free detailed plans for projects for elementary, middle and high school students.

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OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

Students at Lovett Elementary, the Clinton, Miss. Of the 14 elementary school math programs, only two products were found to be standards-aligned across grades K-5, again both published by nonprofits. Increasingly, ‘early mover’ districts support OER at a district level, to reflect constraints on teacher time. school district’s sixth-grade-only school. Photo: Jackie Mader. By nine school district superintendents from nine states. Now is the time of year when U.S.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and 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. Teacher Vision Art and Math –Students will enjoy participating in math class with our art activities for teachers of any grade level, from elementary to high school. STEAM Art Lessons – Take a look at these wonderful STEAM based art lessons from an amazing elementary Art teacher.

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

techlearning

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. Teacher Vision Art and Math –Students will enjoy participating in math class with our art activities for teachers of any grade level, from elementary to high school. STEAM Art Lessons – Take a look at these wonderful STEAM based art lessons from an amazing elementary Art teacher.

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

Edsurge

Learn more about gaming while at ISTE—and beyond: Book a meeting at ISTE 2018 to learn about Classcraft’s Engagement Management System for schools and districts, and the Quests Marketplace featuring partners like Google Education, Discovery Educator Network, Newsela, LRNG, Breakout EDU and OER Commons. Another study concluded that children in elementary school who played five or more hours of games a week performed better socially and academically than peers who did not.

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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. The K-12 OER Collaborative was an effort launched by 13 states, under the development of the Learning Accelerator, a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit.

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

The Hechinger Report

Not all students can have one-on-one, in-person support, and not all students want that,” says Kathy Hall, principal of Perry Elementary in Ohio and a Ripple Effects implementer. Related: How to sort the good from the bad in OER. A kindergarten class eagerly awaits the chance to correct a sentence in the morning lesson. Photo: Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report.

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

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! This year was filled with so many wonderful ideas shared among colleagues (virtual and face to face), connections made at conferences, and friendships formed through collaboration.

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The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Elementary Years ? Open Source and OER ? Alice Keeler : Interview Amany Kheriba : OER: A way out through pandemics and beyond Amna Manzoor : Veni, vidi and vici: Ingenious, Making the Most Out of the Pandemic! Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home?

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Previously, Elizabeth worked as an elementary teacher in Nevada and a residential counselor in Montana. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

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

Educational Technology Guy

Seven Free Online Whiteboard Tools for Teachers and Students [link] Chromebook Apps and Extensions for Elementary Teachers [link] 3 Simple Ways to Zip and Unzip Files on a Chromebook [link] Take Your Reading Offline With These 5 Chrome Apps [link] Geddit free web-based student response system for gaining valuable information about student understanding. Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use.

Keep Calm and Read On

The Daring Librarian

Please note that I a Middle Grades (ages 10-14) and Young Adult specific educator and not Primary or Elementary. To help schools with eLearning during the closures, Follett announced March 11 it is waiving the cost for current Destiny customers through June 30 for its Classroom Ready Collections (CRC), which are standards-aligned, educator-curated Open Educational Resources (OER) that include lesson plans, activities, videos and worksheets.

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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. Amanda is the recipient of the Roger Grizzard Innovative Educator Award, Weatherford ISD Teacher of the Year, 2015 Curtis Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2015 Region XI Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2017 Great Educators Matter Award, and 2017 + 2019 ISTE Presidential Bronze Volunteer Service Award.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010-2011 school year. The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers. Steve Hargadon interviews Wayne Mackintosh about WikiEducator and the formation of an OER University.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Gary Bass Meaningful STEM-Based Learning in a University/Elementary School Partnership - Maria D. Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education) Using Scratch and Picoboards to teach "x", Maths and Science - Martin Levins, Director IT What''s The Connection? 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.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” *Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ 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 The Washington Post : “The new lesson plan for elementary school: Surviving the Internet.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.