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

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

Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resourcesTeachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. By and large, it’s working.

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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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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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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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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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This Teacher Appreciation Week, put teachers’ voices first in curriculum decisions

FETC Converge

Mark Brandenberger is principal of Blum Elementary School in Texas’ Blum Independent School District. . Uncategorized Curriculum OER Open Education Resources Teacher Appreciation WeekA Texas principal considers what role administrators play in relieving the financial, time and energy burdens to create or purchase classroom resources. Read more at Education Dive.

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.

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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. STEAM Art Lessons – Take a look at these wonderful STEAM based art lessons from an amazing elementary Art teacher.

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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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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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#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.

?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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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. school district’s sixth-grade-only school. Photo: Jackie Mader.

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.

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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.

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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. STEAM Art Lessons – Take a look at these wonderful STEAM based art lessons from an amazing elementary Art teacher.

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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. 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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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!

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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.

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. SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning.

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.

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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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. The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday!

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Gawker : “ Black Elementary School Teacher Body-Slammed By Cop and Lectured on ‘Violent Tendencies’ of Black People.” ” Via the AP : “ Remington Arms and the families of some victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have agreed that any dispute over the release of company documents in a lawsuit brought by the families and a surviving teacher will be decided by a judge.” Presidential Campaign Politics. Convention Week #2.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The fourth annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) starts this Friday, October 11th, running for three days and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The NAACP endorses OER. ” Gotta love a quote like this, from a story in Edsurge profiling McComb, Mississippi ’s Summit Elementary School: “We are learning how to mitigate between policy and trying to be as innovative as possible without breaking state laws.” Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” “ What does Trump’s executive order on education do?

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?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ New York to Shorten Standardized Tests in Elementary and Middle Schools.” ” “​ OER Researchers Don’t Disaggregate Data on Diverse Students. (National) Education Politics. “To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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 Lumen Learning’s David Wiley : “Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption.” Education Politics. “ Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.”

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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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