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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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.

Pushing Beyond Future-Ready: Creating a Bold Context for K-12 Libraries

Rethinking the school library means being bold and thinking in disruptive directions. The question is: in what direction? David Jakes gives you four ways to jumpstart your thinking.

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Transform Teaching with the New SHI Digital Transformation Toolkit

The new Digital Transformation Toolkit —sponsored by SHI—provides vital information on the essential components of digital transformation in today’s schools and districts.

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Lights, Camera, Learning: 5 Keys to Better eLearning Videos

Through her work designing videos and courses for clients, Allison has learned some key elements to creating engaging and effective eLearning videos.  

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Reality Bytes: Virtual Reality and K-12 Education

Making learning more personalized, more relevant, and more immersive have always been  the moving goal-posts of education. Digital media has helped create infinite opportunities in terms of access to dynamic content, but it’s still, for the most part, an extension of traditional learning: groups of students watching and absorbing static information with minimal interaction.

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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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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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26 Ways to Foster a Transformative Maker Culture

Take a moment to contemplate what it would be like if every school had a Maker Culture as part of the curriculum. Mike Gorman explores the many ways to bring the making culture to your school and to effectively align it with standards. 

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