The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. After all, I’ve advocated for federal support for the development, use, and adaptation of OER (see, e.g. , the May 5 Education Week story by Sean Cavanagh, “ ‘Open Educational Resources’ Promoted in U.S. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status?

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Navigating the Shift to OER

During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information. Keys to the OER shift: – Community buy-in: The community wasn’t satisfied with the achievement levels and graduation rates. The post Navigating the Shift to OER appeared first on edWeb.

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A day in the life with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack


Her Student Dashboard Digital Backpack brings together everything she needs for learning, on any device. Mr. Stone locates openly licensed content found on OER Commons and uploads it within the Student Dashboard Digital Backpack. Accessing digital learning resources .

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SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers


Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. The Office of Education Technology ( @officeofedtech ), has lead the charge on OERs, and has compiled various resources on their GoOpen site. This blog was originally posted on the Future Ready website at [link].

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New Educational Technology Program (ITECH) Included in Reauthorization Bill


Digital Content ED EETT Legislation OER Policy Professional Learning ESEA ITECH On April 16, the Senate HELP Committee, unanimously passed the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA) bill, in an effort to reauthorize the. read more.

State Examplars: How are states demonstrating leadership in digital learning ?


SETDA and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University College of Education recently co-released the national report, State Digital Learning Exemplars: read more. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Content OER Personalized Learning Policy Privacy Professional Learning Research State boards

Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning


Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning read more.

SETDA in 2014: Year in Review


ConnectED Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News OER Policy Professional Learning As the calendar year draws to a close and we take time to celebrate family and the holiday season, all of us at SETDA. read more.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. With school budgets being planned on a year over year basis, the concern over long-term sustainability for digital learning arises. Commit to Personalized Professional Learning. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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


These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

The FREE Lesson Plans and Resources You Aren’t Using! (but should be) – SULS0148

Shake Up Learning

but should be) – SULS0148 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode, Kasey chats with Rich Dixon, Senior Director of Innovative Learning at H?para. Rich shares the power of Open Educational Resources (OER)–what they are, where to find them, and how to get started.

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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. While not necessarily high volume, there are some other instructional areas gaining ground: STEAM, civics, career and technical education,and social-emotional learning (SEL). edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


The professionals we spoke with described a process in which they began by collecting or gathering; moved to connecting content and resources for specific purposes and audiences; curated by adding value with context and commentary; and contributed by offering the community opportunities for collaboration, learning and growth. Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity. Curating OER.

A School Leader’s Guide to Using edWeb for Personalized Teacher PD

To provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, school leaders need to provide their teachers with professional learning opportunities that are personalized and engaging. is free and can help school leaders provide teachers with personalized PD that meets teachers’ needs and interests, and promotes collaborative learning with peers. Using edWeb, a school, district, or any other group can create their own professional learning community.

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H?para partners with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium to offer Student Dashboard Digital Backpack free in Alberta


para partners with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium to offer Student Dashboard Digital Backpack free in Alberta. 24, 2022– The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) announced Monday that it will support pilots of H?para’s FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

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Education Arm of The Buck Institute – PBLWorks – Receives a $2.9 Million Grant from the Bezos Family Foundation

eSchool News

million grant from the Bezos Family Foundation to design an innovative social studies and civics curriculum that uses a Project Based Learning (PBL) model. The new PBL units are being designed for teachers of grades 4-12 and will be available free as Open Educational Resources (OER). .

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Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

More Verbs

The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. We currently have one opening for a Regional Education Representative: Digital Learning Specialist (and anticipate two more in the coming months). Our strategic efforts include: Maine Learning Technology Initiative – The first, and only, statewide 1to1.

League Districts Take on Major Challenges Together

Digital Promise

Digital Promise has launched five Challenge Collaboratives centered on Challenge Map topics: Real World Learning, Assessment Data Interoperability, Computational Thinking Pathways, OER Deeper Learning for NGSS, and Computational Thinking for NGSS. DPLIS @DigitalPromise @MikeLynchMentor @MCSDSuper @LakotaSuper @MentorSupt @fmorrison79 @Lakota_Learning @GLSMoweryFalcon

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Iterating Toward Equity

Iterating Toward Openness

The Evidence-based Teaching Practices Framework is the intellectual core of our professional learning offering, Lumen Circles. It quickly became our most popular professional learning offering. Cross-posted from Lumen Learning ).

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Diagnostic assessments and instructional strategies

eSchool News

Resource library of expertly developed digital tools, customizable assessments, professional learning modules, and instructional strategies, along with a curated, vetted collection of open education resources (OER).

The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

Digital Promise

We are always excited to invite new districts that are implementing new teaching and learning practices into the League. We hosted 20 League districts at the ASU GSV conference (thanks to the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), ISTE, CoSN, iNACOL, SXSW EDU, SIIA, NGLC, Remake Learning, JEX, and the EdElements Personalized Learning Summit. Principles for Building a Learning Ecosystem—Lessons Learned from Tucson, Arizona.

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Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap. In this third post, we explore how Powerful Learning is collaborative and connected, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices.

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

But with the rise of OER, growing use of supplemental resources over core textbooks, and the increasing flexibility of state funding, more purchasing decisions have moved to the school and district level. Several topic areas were expanded in the latest Guide , including planning for purchases in respect to curriculum standards; interoperability, privacy, and accessibility considerations; and professional learning. In addition, there is a separate section on vetting OER.

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Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

First-year teachers have a lot to think about, especially at the beginning of the school year: decorating their classroom, planning lessons and learning units, trying out different classroom-management techniques, and -- most importantly -- getting to know their students. The apps and websites on this list cover a broad spectrum of categories, from communicating with families to finding lesson plans and learning materials. Seesaw: The Learning Journal. OER Commons.

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Students Collaborate on Supporting Bee Populations with Digital Tools

Mountain Heights Academy in Utah, the 2017 Student Voices Award winner, encourages students to participate in the instructional design process using an OER curriculum. Through the activities in their curriculum, students “bee-come familiar with bees” by learning why bees are so crucial to the environment, how they can help the populations in their neighborhoods, and learn observation and data-collecting skills. You can learn more about Operation Bee here.

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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!). CUE is pleased to partner with ChromeWarrior to offer a Gamified PD #CUE17 Online Game similar to the one CUE member Cate Tolnai introduced to 2016 Fall CUE attendees to gamify their learning environment. Activities in this category all revolve around sharing what you’ve learned at this year’s conference.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Stuart Burt : When they changed E-rate a couple years ago, it was a learning curve. The only way they work is through high quality professional learning opportunities for teachers. There’s a couple of partners out there we work with: OER Commons , they’ve got all the resources; ISKME , they run OER Commons; another one is Creative Commons ; Open Up Resources (rebranded from the K-12 OER Collaborative). It’s got to be learning driven.

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Transforming teaching and learning and providing access to digital instructional materials, both on and off campus is critical for all students,” said Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA. Funding and Budget Implications: Strategic short- and long-term budgeting for bandwidth, devices, and digital instructional materials is fundamental as states, districts, and schools move towards digital learning environments. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

Digitizing Curriculum Development: Think Efficiency

With all of the digital tools available to teachers these days, developing learning experiences should be a cinch, right? They would be delivered to your learning management system or downloaded into an Excel notebook, or whatever vehicle can absorb them.”.

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The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

To do this, Lilly turned to the CK-12 Foundation to help develop a suite of Open Educational Resources (OER) that would help them meet the school’s budgetary and educational needs. One product of this partnership was the use of CK-12’s FlexBooks®, a fully free and customizable platform that allows teachers and educational professionals to collaborate, build and modify highly responsive digital texts.

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Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. 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.

What Would Dewey Do? Quotes…Ideas…Resources for Genuine Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and a continuing series on Professional Learning Communities! Also, remember that I can come to your conference or school district and provide engaging authentic and purposeful professional development. Making Learning Happen…New York PBL – Join me in Syracuse, New York in August for some exciting PBL workshops. Join me, the Institute of Play, and PBS Learning Media.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Developing digital portfolios and personalized learning plans: Every student at St. Albans belongs to a learning community, which covers two grade bands, and works on a stewardship project for the whole school year. They had a bee robot that they learned to program to better understand bee behaviors.

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. In a recent edWebinar , presenters from Idaho and Pennsylvania discussed how state and district leadership support digital learning opportunities and implement digital materials. The use of digital resources has changed the way students learn and the way teachers teach.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

DeLeón, Education Programs Professional at the Nevada Department of Education, and Alison Harte, Instructional Materials Specialist for the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support in the Florida Department of Education, presented case studies on how their states are changing the conversation to digital first. One key element in most of the initiatives, including Florida and Nevada’s new approach, is professional development.

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Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Furthermore, the members developed use cases for the new standards, such as student transfer information, personalized learning, and learning object repository. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

Due to CEN’s services, schools have been able to host eSports events, offer distance learning, run Hour of Code events for the school and community, produce internet radio and video conferences, and many other activities that rely on stable internet access. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?

Inspiring Students: Bringing Awe Back to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Awe is a driving force for learning that will not just benefit our students now, but also well into their future. However, traditional views and functions of school deprive many students from experiencing the joy and power of awe as a catalyst for meaningful learning. We have a responsibility to awe and students need us to bring this element into their daily learning experiences, such as those aligned to Quad D of the Rigor Relevance Framework.

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