OER & Digital Curriculum

How does learning change when students have access to digital resources and a learning environment that goes beyond the classroom walls? This toolkit is designed to help educators incorporate digital curriculum by showcasing the research-based practices that other schools have used to great success.

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All Digital Curriculum toolkit files

A zip file containing all downloadable Digital Curriculum toolkit resources  

Getting Started with Digital Content

Success depends on a strong network of professionals working together to support digital programs

Challenges and Solutions

Consider the following challenges you might encounter when migrating to digital content

Digital Curriculum Checklist

Evaluate your school’s readiness for a digital curriculum

Instructional Delivery

Game-based learning, virtual simulations and multimedia help students engage in personalized learning experiences 

Learning Management Systems

A learning management system (LMS) allows teachers to offer tailored instruction: anytime, anywhere

Parent and Teacher Resources

Websites for digital media, educational app reviews, internet safety, online privacy and family media management

A Platform for Learning Transformation

An overview of Microsoft* CityNext Education solutions: providing a broad platform of technologies

Curriculum and Assessment

This Microsoft* resource outlines how technology can improve curriculum and assessment outcomes

Transforming Learning Environments for Anytime, Anywhere Learning for All

This Microsoft* paper explores how ‘flipped communities’ may serve as a catalyst for schools to create educational impact

Curriculum, Content and Assessment for the Real World

This Microsoft* paper provides an overview of recent practice and research to guide effective curriculum

Vision for Anytime Anywhere Learning for All Transformation Framework

This Microsoft* paper addresses vision design and provides evidence of how it can inspire successful transformation

Create and Modify Open Educational Resources

An overview of OER’s ability to be customized to meet a variety of teaching and learning needs

Opening Up to Open Educational Resources

A comprehensive guide to OER and how these teaching and learning materials are freely available to anyone

OER Localization

An introduction to the practice of localization: adapting a resource for a new context such as geographical or pedagogical

Modifying Open Textbooks

An overview in modifying or adapting open textbooks to ensure that the resource meets your unique needs

OER and Traditional Publishing

Discover the ways that traditional publishers can evolve their business model and incorporate OER benefits

OER Resources

Discover a wealth of OER: both general collections and resources organized by subject

The #GoOpen Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative encourages states to help school districts transform learning through OER

General Open Resources Guide

This resource, created by the Saylor Foundation, lists potential sources for openly licensed materials

The Open Education Resources Ecosystem

This report, prepared by The Boston Consulting Group, is a comprehensive evaluation of the OER movement

Reality Bytes: Virtual Reality and K-12 Education

Virtual Reality immerses students in rich worlds to free learning from the confines of a screen.

Math is One of Many Stars at Walter Payton Prep

Math teams and contests, exciting electives, collaborative problem solving, and a culture of experimentation and exploration make this Chicago Magnet School a very special place.

Redefining Learning in Maine Township, Illinois

Teacher-led professional development, a student “genius desk,” a 1:1 initiative featuring Dell Chromebooks, and oodles of collaboration all characterize High School District 207’s transformative approach.

Small Pilots Lead to a Successful 1:1 Program in Hillsborough, NJ

Four years ago, when the Hillsborough Township Public Schools started discussing 1:1, they were determined to take a careful and thorough approach to hardware planning. Their decision to adopt Chromebooks and Android tablets grew out of three years of pilots involving a variety of devices.

Miami-Dade Focuses on Equity in its 1:1 Initiative

When you’re planning a 1:1 initiative for a district the size of Miami-Dade Public Schools – the nation’s fourth-largest district – it’s crucial to have the infrastructure and a PD plan in place, along with a vision and support at every level.

Narrowing the Divide and Nurturing Tech Experts in Sterling Morton Schools

96 percent of students at the Chicago-area Morton 201 High School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunch but that didn’t stop the district leadership from finding ways to get Dell laptops into students’ hands for one-to-one use.

Goodbye, Textbooks; Hello, Tech

Vail School District in Arizona embraces the digital life with its Beyond Textbooks initiative, now in its sixth year.

Teamwork Takes This Texas District’s 1:1 Program to the Next Level

It’s been several years since we first profiled Klein ISD’s one-to-one program. In this update we look at what’s happened over eight years in this pioneering district.

A Shared Vision Yields Results in Huntsville, Alabama

A one-to-one program in grades 3-12, involving Intel-based laptops and partnerships with industry and the community, helps narrow the digital divide.

Planning and Rebuilding with Help from HP Chromebooks

Brick Township Public School District, in Ocean County, NJ, has built a thriving program where student learning comes first. In the wake of a devastating hurricane, teachers, leaders and tech personnel worked as a team to plan and implement their most recent educational technology initiative. Intel-powered HP Chromebooks are a key component of this student-centered middle school program.

BYO, Chromebooks and Innovative Learning in Southeast Texas

A robust wireless infrastructure, Google Apps for Education, student-owned devices, and Acer Chromebooks are the perfect backdrop for innovative classroom learning in Dayton ISD.

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Digitize Math with EquatIO

Texthelp, the accessibility-focused developer, has added a new Chrome extension to its quiver of tools. EquatIO solves a tricky conundrum for math teachers and students: digitizing math expressions and equations.

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OER: An Approach for Teachers
What exactly is OER, and how is it different than the informal environment of openness and fair use in the field of teaching and learning? This white paper developed by Clarity Innovations help to both tease out a usable definition and provide a guide for schools, districts, and educators interested in the Open Education Resources movement.
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Learning in Motion: Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Children are natural born storytellers. This is why digital storytelling has become such a popular tool for today’s students and educators alike.

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Breaking News: Helping Students Navigate a Post-Truth World

What is real? What is a lie, and what’s merely a joke? Is a fact, in fact, a fact? These days, it’s hard to tell.  

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Opening Up to Open Educational Resources

As more K–12 teachers, administrators and district leaders become aware of OER, the more eager they are to embrace the model. OER provide opportunities to update and adapt materials to meet different student needs, spurs innovation in open learning practices, and reduces content acquisition costs.

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Microsoft Technology Planning Resources

Microsoft works with hundreds of thousands of schools and school systems to solve big problems. Here are resources to guide school leaders as they transform schools with a vision to empower students to achieve more.

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Curated Google for Education Resources

Google for Education has gathered ideas, best practices, and resources from hundreds of schools. Learn from their successes as they share what they've learned with this collection of curated resources.

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Digital Side Effects

In what ways can the powerful technology practice of crowdsourcing bring us together in support of learners? See Leslie Wilson's insights as she helps us to explore the possibilities. 

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Five Ideas to Go Beyond SAMR

How deep is the learning in your technology integration? Get the latest strategies for incorporating powerful learning by applying SAMR in your classrooms.

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IoT in Education Whitepaper
IoT in Education: Landscape Review

As technology continues to evolve, computers grow smaller and more power efficient. This means that computing devices can be embedded into all sorts of objects, from household items to clothing. This survey paper, developed by Clarity Innovations, provides an introduction to Internet of Things (IoT) and offers a glimpse into how it may affect education.

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The K-12 Blueprint: Produced by Clarity Innovations

Clarity Innovations matches the most promising technology with the evolving needs of education. By merging creativity, technology, and pedagogy, we create powerful learning experiences. Learn More