On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

Iterating Toward Openness

As the movement grew and more people began advocating for the adoption of OER in place of traditionally copyrighted materials in classes, some advocates chose to make cost the primary focus of their advocacy. Other schools have OER policies and OER degree programs.

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Ten Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I took some time to look over my past posts and decided I needed to provide Social Studies Teachers with some great resources for their classroom. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to another STEM related series of four posts bringing you over 150 amazing resources. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts of STEM being a Verb in the last post. In this series of posts my goal is to provide you with practical resources in each of the STEM areas.

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Adopting Open Educational Resources Can Help Students. But It Takes Time, Money and Effort.


Students who took multiple community college courses that used only free or low-cost OER materials earned more credits over time than their peers who took classes that used traditional course materials such as textbooks, according to a new study. OER has eliminated that issue.”

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


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Social studies teachers will adore these!

Elevating School Librarians As Curriculum Creators and Collaborators

Educator Innovator

As the use of digital content in education connects to improved teaching and learning, our partner OER Commons aims to elevate the potential of the school librarian, especially in relation to open educational resources (OER). “Together, the school librarians and STEM teachers in the training program are seeking to enhance their skills in using open educational resources. Read the full article at the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.


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


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. Games Make Us More Social Companies like Google are finding that SEL skills are more important to students’ success than the mastery of STEM subjects alone.

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Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

Additionally, studies have found that peer teaching is mutually beneficial; simply preparing to teach others can deepen a learner’s own knowledge.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More


I spoke with biology instructor Kathy Watkins and Associate Dean of STEM Bruce Johnson about how CPCC is hoping to transform a biology survey class using adaptive technology. This has allowed students to experience studying biology lab and lecture as a whole as opposed to approaching the course as two separate entities. We also replaced the $150 textbook we were using with open education resources (OER).

Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools


Peak Performance Mathematics Bridge Program —a six-week summer course for students who place below the first math class in their chosen field of study. According to a study by the Pell Institute and PennAHEAD, individuals from the highest-income families (top quartile) are eight times as likely to have acquired a bachelor’s degree by age 24 as individuals from the lowest-income families (bottom quartile). Mary Fulé could do the math, and she didn’t like what the numbers told her.

The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret


After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. case studies and articles I had purchased over the years). A study at the University of Minnesota, found students were more likely to pay for resources available at the library if the professor went first to the permission center instead of the library to select the textbook for the class. Engage faculty members in the learning process of “what is OER?”

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study. TESS101x: Enhancing Teacher Education Through OER. Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning. Locating, Creating, Licensing and Utilizing OERs.

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! I plan on providing sessions that integrate PBL with STEM, Makers, Differentiated Instruction, Inquiry, Deeper Learning, and Technology Integration.

G is for Grounded in Standards: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks, Elements, & Compounds of Deeper Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Study must focus on these along with deeper learning and 21st century skill acquisition. OER Commons – A great place for open and free content aligned to the standards.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

Using half of the funds, the Texas Education Agency contracted with OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University, to write textbooks for several popular high school STEM courses.

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016


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). MAKING THE PRIVACY CUT: A 2013 Fordham study found that less than 7 percent of the district-vendor contracts restricted the sale of student information by vendors. Mary Jo Madda ( @MJMadda ) is Senior Editor at EdSurge, as well as a former STEM teacher and administrator.

Part 5…Beyond the Shine : Supporting Technology with the SAMR Model plus Ten Great Resource Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

Production Value in Online Higher Education


University brass was not typically aware of these OER practices, despite its potential significance. From Providing Access to Knowledge to Designing Learning The inevitability of higher production value also stems from long-term changes in access to instructional materials.


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

Educational Technology Guy

The program gives students the ability to study anatomy and physiology by looking inside the human body. To add to the richness of the experience, BioDigital Human allows students to virtually conduct dissections and use the information to study and explore. hl=en Social Studies Google Maps - https://maps.google.com/ G o Social Studies Go - A Good Alternative to Social Studies Textbooks - Multimedia books about US History, World History and World Religions.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Associate Professor, Co-Director of Asian Studies, Adelphi University | Jan Dormer, Ph.D., Hawkesdale P12 College Let’s Hangout – Successful Student Study Groups – Snacks Optional , Candy R. Social Studies Teacher Licensure to become an educator.

2017 Global Education Conference - 39 Live Sessions on Tuesday, Day Two!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tuesday, November 14th, is day two of the eighth annual Global Education Conference. We are ready for another great day of sessions and keynotes! IMPORTANT NOTES: Check out our new guide to attending the conference. Everything you need is here.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Paloma Garcia-Lopez - Executive Director, Maker Education Initiative - "Maker Movement: Making More Makers" Jeanne Century - Director of Research and Evaluation and Science Education, Outlier Research and Evaluation, CEMSE, University of Chicago - "Is it STEM or Just Good Practice?"


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. The Intel Education Study App has now too been discontinued.

This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.


Cooperate or Compete What happens when legacy publishers and OER upstarts meet in the same room to talk about a buzzy phrase like the “Netflix of Higher Ed”? Much of the hype behind personalized learning, said Berger, has been driven by a belief in the power of technology to scale better instruction and learning, along with research, such as Benjamin Bloom’s study , about the outsized results stemming from 1:1 tutoring. “I Morning yoga, evening karaoke.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which oversees the country’s higher ed accrediting bodies, voted Thursday to have a subcommittee study oversight questions involved in for-profit colleges seeking to reclassify as nonprofit entities.” Via Education Week : “Is STEM Oversold as a Path to Better Jobs? Which STEM jobs are in demand and pay well?


Hack Education Weekly News

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" The majors include sociology, media studies, and political science. ” Via The New York Times : “Where the STEM Jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t).” The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. Via Chalkbeat : “When teachers are better at raising test scores , their students are less happy , study finds.” (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The University of Louisville ’s head basketball coach has been suspended for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games of the season, a piece of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s punishment stemming from a prostitution scandal that has roiled the institution for two years.” ” Via Edsurge : “Education Technology Tools for Adult Learners Get Mixed Results From SRI Study.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” " Via the MIT Technology Review : “Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching Us All.” News/Raytheon STEM Index recorded a slight rise in hiring, education and general interest in technology and engineering over last year, while math education and general interest in science declined. ” Via The Atlantic : “The Complex Data on Girls in STEM.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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He believes the future of education means all STEM, no arts and no humanities. Via Inside Higher Ed : “New study finds that penalties for breaking NCAA rules are largely consistent across conference membership – and that men’s basketball and football account for the vast majority of violations.” ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.

The 2017 Global Education Conference (Online) Starts Today! Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Miller Great Global Challenge Project Awardee Presentation: Why should I study a Foreign Language?