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.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards. “We

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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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

Are any education technologies, for that matter? Andreessen’s definition does begin to get at some of the reasons why platforms have been so appealing to investors – ideologically as much as technologically. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

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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Amazon Education to Launch New Website for Open Education Resources

Marketplace K-12

School administrators learned about the site, to be called Amazon Inspire, during a “Transitioning to OER” session Friday as part of the National Conference on Education of the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, held here. ” Vodicka displayed a slide showing how his district shares the OER it has discovered or that educators have created, which mirrored the description of district-created folders or documents in Google. Phoenix.

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. After all, technology is expensive to maintain.

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

Bryan Alexander

Most of the actual work was done by Emory Craig (University of New Rochelle, and of Digital Bodies fame), who hurled the audience into a deep exploration of this technology. First, we began by asking the audience to describe where their institutions were with this technology.

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Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

Technology can often seem like an afterthought, but if used wisely from the start, some edtech tools and resources can be a big help to a teacher who's just starting out. Microsoft Teams. OER Commons.

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

Edsurge

It’s rare that you have the ability to to take consumer technology and offer it to schools,” he said. 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.

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

iterating toward openness

And Audrey Watters’ ongoing work on the history of educational technology is vastly more important than anyone seems to realize. It should be absolutely mandatory reading for every student in a graduate program on educational technology or learning sciences, period.

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

Edsurge

Throughout the past decade, Knewton ’s adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Among the Pearson products that will phase out Knewton’s technology include those in the MyLab and Mastering suite , which cover a wide range of higher-ed courses in math, economics, English, sciences and engineering. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. In February of 2014, Obama rounded up technology donations worth more than a $1 billion from U.S. Microsoft 1) provided over 3 million students with free access to Office 365 in K-12 schools across the U.S.,

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

Edsurge

Luminaries in the edtech industry, including Richard Culatta (ISTE CEO and former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here. What is it about the Utah that makes it a hotbed of education and technology talent? (Is Education Technology Events CommunityPolish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

But the technology lends a question: to what extent should educational products make assumptions about a user’s end goal? Speakers from University of Virginia, University of Maryland, MIT and University of Pennsylvania will share what works, what doesn’t and how they have built structures to support technology initiatives on their campuses. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality.

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

techlearning

It is the STEAM that allows students to not just be technology consumers, but technology creators! 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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Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

NeverEndingSearch

Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). Companies are investing in immersive technologies. What are immersive technologies? We can inspire our communities to use affordable emerging technologies to create communication products and stories using AR/VR/MR.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Perhaps the disappearance (and reported murder) of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t seem like an education technology story. “Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” Via Techcrunch : “ Upskill launches support for Microsoft HoloLens.”

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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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “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 Bedoya, the former chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, on data as “A License to Discriminate.”

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via MIT Technology Review : “ DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp.” “ Apple and Microsoft Now Offer $100 Styluses. “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review. ” I think many historians of ed-tech would note that this has long been the argument for teaching Microsoft productivity tools in lieu of computer science. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” ISTE will start charging money to license its technology standards , the NETS , which it first released back in 1998. “ The Bipolar Literature on Technology in U.S. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” ” There are many departments at many universities where the ethics of technology is not just an add-on to an existing program.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. Microsoft had a media event this week. Via The New York Times : “Microsoft Looks to Regain Lost Ground in the Classroom.” ” “Microsoft’s new education push plays to its strengths, the cheap and familiar,” says Techcrunch. Here is the Microsoft blog post announcing its new products. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” 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. Via Campus Technology : “Recipients of 2018 McGraw Prize in Education Revealed.” Because technology imperialism. Technology Will Save Us has raised $4.2

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Microsoft is doing a desktop PC thing. Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “ AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the Microsoft press release : “Introducing Education Resources, a source of Open Educational Resources within Office 365.” ” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” ” Similar news about Microsoft products. (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

technologizing” the government. ” Via the BBC : “ Accenture and Microsoft plan digital IDs for millions of refugees.” Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). The list of which education technology companies have raised the most money is more so. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” Microsoft has released an early access version of its Minecraft : Education Edition. ” Data and “Research” Education Week has released its annual report “ Technology Counts.”

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