Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I promised I would write a few posts about reducing friction with regard to OER. In last week’s post I talked about how we’re making it ridiculously easy for students, faculty, and others to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of OER.

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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. Why Commercial Publishers Should Switch to an OER Model.

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OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

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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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about recently, particularly with yesterday’s revelation that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. Some professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.

Forgetting Our History: From the Reusability Paradox to the Remix Hypothesis

Iterating Toward Openness

Audrey’s constant refrain that “no one seems to remember our history” was made for her again this week when McGraw-Hill and Microsoft announced a new project based around – I kid you not – learning objects. Wow, there’s been some great writing lately.

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Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

Microsoft Teams. Microsoft's collaboration platform is ideal for sharing resources, working on projects, communicating progress, and more with its whole-class "notebooks." OER Commons. Every teacher should become familiar with open educational resources, or OERs.

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

Edsurge

Back in February, an EdWeek brief reported that Amazon Education was beta-testing a new platform with educators, helping teachers navigate the jungles of open educational resources (OER). MICROSOFT LOVES ITS PARTNERS: Microsoft has partnered with edX on five upcoming courses for school principals, headmasters, superintendents and other leaders. The ISTE conference isn’t the biggest edtech conference in the world by sheer luck.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Iterating Toward Openness

Twenty years ago, proprietary software companies like Microsoft were equivalent to the devil himself for many in the open source community, much as commercial publishers like Pearson are demonized by many in the open education movement today. Over the last twenty years every major software company (and new entrants during that period), including Microsoft, has become a major contributor to open source. This essay is crossposted from the #OER18 website.

Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education: a NERCOMP workshop

Bryan Alexander

Korkin turned to Microsoft Hololens, in part for its built-in gaze, voice, and gesture recognition, and partly because of the chance to get pre-commercial tech. Meanwhile, on Twitter Steve Covello shared this resource : Here is my OER chapter on AR/VR/MR for my class: [link] Includes supp.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum.

Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education: a NERCOMP workshop

Bryan Alexander

Korkin turned to Microsoft Hololens, in part for its built-in gaze, voice, and gesture recognition, and partly because of the chance to get pre-commercial tech. Meanwhile, on Twitter Steve Covello shared this resource : Here is my OER chapter on AR/VR/MR for my class: [link] Includes supp.

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Districts move to single sign-on solution

eSchool News

SchoolMessenger Passport allows districts to provide teachers, staff, parents and students with quick and secure access to online learning applications, open educational resources (OER), and a variety of school management and administration software programs using a single sign-on.

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Part 3… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Verbs and Blended Learning Possiblities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Link: Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. Technology allows the 21 st century classroom to use this awareness of the nouns to connect with free resources on the internet known as OER (Open Education Resources).

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. His awards include district Teacher of the Year, Indiana STEM Educator of the Year and Microsoft’s 365 Global Education Hero.

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Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

Edsurge

The notion that adaptive technology is the reason why one school should choose one company’s content over OER (open educational resources) or other options” has become a staple of many publisher’s marketing claims, says Trace Urdan, an education market analyst. Knewton’s website currently lists 32 partners that include blue chip tech companies (Microsoft, HP), online schools (Florida Virtual Schools) and non-U.S.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Microsoft 1) provided over 3 million students with free access to Office 365 in K-12 schools across the U.S., Over the past few years, the government has made several moves in other edtech spaces, mostly related to open educational resources (OERs) and evangelizing innovation from the top-down. And to provide more digital content beyond OERs, the government launched the Open eBooks app back in February 2016.

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Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

NeverEndingSearch

Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). Microsoft Translator , offer real-time translation, improving our ability to support and communicate more effectively with our community–students, parents and new immigrant populations.

Ed-Tech Software Group Objects to Messages in Feds’ #GoOpen Campaign

Marketplace K-12

Supporters of OER also point out that for resources to meet this definition, it’s not enough that resources branded as “open” be free.

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

Educational Technology Guy

hl=en Geogebra - [link] (free software, Google Chrome web app) Desmos graphing calculator - [link] Scientific Calculator - [link] Google as a Graphing Calculator [link] Wolfram - [link] Microsoft Mathematics - math help and a graphing calculator [link] Google Geometry Calculator - Google has an interactive search widget that solves geometry problems. Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality. A Debate on “Open” Educational Resources : Can free and open educational resources (OER) save students money without compromising their content or value? Publishers like Peter Cohen (Group President, McGraw-Hill Education) and other OER leaders like Kim Thanos (CEO of Lumen Learning) will share their thoughts in a friendly debate hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

As such these companies – Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and the like – are the most significant education companies. Microsoft : “Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools,” Techcrunch reported in January.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard and Microsoft.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th!

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. ” “ OER , CARE , Stewardship, and the Commons” by “Econproph” Jim Luke. Kahoot has raised $17 million in Series B funding from Northzone, Creandum, Microsoft Ventures, Eilert Giertsen Hanoa, and Date Invest AS.

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

Edsurge

godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here. 10:00AM: Tech Titans Battle for Market Share: How Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft are Reshaping the K-12 Landscape with Kevin Bushweller (Education Week), Chris Curran (Tyton Partners), Holly Yettick (Education Week Research Center), Keith Bockwoldt (Township High School District 214) and Tom Ryan (Sante Fe Public Schools & CoSN). Polish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. The business of OER. (National) Education Politics. “ The Republican War on College ,” by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. “ Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans and higher education,” The Washington Post reports. And perhaps it’s not just higher ed.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Techcrunch : “ Upskill launches support for Microsoft HoloLens.” Edsurge covers OpenEd : “Beyond Free Materials: OER Advocates Push For Inclusiveness in Teaching Practices.” “ Does OER Actually Improve Learning? Microsoft says it is open-sourcing its patent portfolio. Kahoot has raised $15 million from Northzone, Microsoft, and Datum AS. 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

“Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Microsoft has acquired GitHub. Here’s the NYT headline : “Microsoft Buys GitHub for $7.5 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Apple and Microsoft Now Offer $100 Styluses. “ 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 Edsurge : “Transcription and Accessibility – New Partnerships from Microsoft and Amazon.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.