Online Case Studies Highlighting the Implementation of OER in Schools

SETDA Publishes Open Educational Resources in Action: Implementation Case Studies 

August 26, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders, recently published OER in Action: Implementation Highlights (http://oerstudies.setda.org), a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.  Continue reading

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High Quality Professional Development, Collective Wisdom, Teaching, and Learning

Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, maintains a website and blog at www.PracticalTheory.org.  As we approach the start of the new school year, his thoughts on professional development and collective wisdom are important ideas for teachers, administrators, and school boards to discuss.  We know the impact of high quality professional development on teaching and learning.  That is constantly researched and documented.  But we don’t seem to really put plan into action.  Take some time to reflect on these shared thoughts, and come to appreciate the true impact of collective wisdom and understanding.  Everyone is valuable.  Everyone is important.  Everyone should be heard.  And everyone should listen. Continue reading

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What’s exciting about teaching and learning?

The National Science Foundation is an organization that supports learning in a wide range of areas. NSF is tapping into our robust student and teacher community, and give everyone a chance to share our excitement for learning.

They would like you to participate in our back-to-school campaign over the next two weeks (August 26-Sept. 11). Continue reading

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Measuring America’s Broadband Wants You!

Together, the FCC and SamKnows aim to provide America with reliable and accurate statistics of broadband performance.

Volunteers will receive a purpose-built broadband measurement unit which can be plugged into the existing modem/router. This is called the SamKnows Whitebox.

If you are interested in helping us by hosting a SamKnows Whitebox, and playing a part in changing the face of the American broadband industry, then please sign up here: https://www.measuringbroadbandamerica.com/fixed-broadband/sign-up-form/.

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14 Social Media Tips for Teachers

The Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers on Social Media

eLearning Infographics  http://elearninginfographics.com/dos-donts-teachers-social-media-infographic/

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The 13 Things Parents and Teachers Must Talk About

Nothing changes you like perspective. As young teachers, we often do so many things wrong. As parents, we also do things wrong but we have a different perspective and a different role to play. In the end, when it comes to any student, nothing beats how parents and teachers can unite to solve problems and face issues together.

So that’s the question: What are the most crucial areas about any student’s school life that must remain transparent between teachers and parents? Continue reading

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Leveraging Open Education Resources to Improve Learning Outcomes

To personalize learning, educators across the nation are developing and using open education resources in K-12 education.  Flexible, editable, changeable. These are words not typically associated with K12 educational materials. However, with shifts in the development, access and implementation of digital instructional materials, the inclusion of Open Education Resources (OER) in our nations schools is on the rise. OER content, from chemistry to history to language arts and mathematics, has spiked across the country as teachers find value in the ability to use, edit, remix and share OER to personalize learning.

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