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.

1:1 Laptops Set the Stage for District-Wide Innovation

Twelve years ago, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) in Virginia handed out Dell laptops to the ninth-grade students at its new high school and students attending the Engineering Academy. Today, all 5,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers in the district are part of the Dell Latitude 1:1 program.

Going 1:1 with Chromebooks in North Carolina

Google Apps for Education and other cloud-based resources are crucial to learning in North Carolina’s Union County Public Schools, so it’s not surprising that the district chose to place rugged Lenovo Chromebooks in the hands of all students in grades 6-12

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The Librarian Lists: 5 Resources for the Upcoming Presidential Election

Timely and quality resources are given in this Leadership Voices post by Katie Nelson. See 5 top resources for the upcoming presidential election. 

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The Librarian Lists: 5 Visual Tools for Student Learning

Student research is an essential part of learning. See Kate Nelson's latest Librarian List where she showcases 5 tools students can use to show what they know during the research process.

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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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Seeing RED at ISTE: The Latest Ed-Tech Findings

Project RED announced phase III of its national research project on June 28th at this year’s ISTE Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Apples to Apple: iOS 9.3 in Education

The report iOS 9.3 in Education: Assessment and Evaluation reviews and evaluates Apple's latest tablet operating system release within the context of education.

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Embracing Reading in the Digital Age

How do traditional reading and online reading differ and what does that mean for our students? Read and respond to Leslie Wilson's analysis. 

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High School Junior Elizabeth - Having the World at My Fingertips

Learn how high school junior Elizabeth Hodonicky has forged global connections and life long learning skills through the use of technology. 

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12 Sure Fire Ways to Unlock Successful PBL

For today's student to become seekers of knowledge and lifetime self-learners, fostering 21st Century skills and Project Based Learning is critical. Read Mike Gorman's ideas for effectively tying PBL work to standards and skills. 

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Lego - Play Well

In the inaugural post for the Today's Library Media Center series, Todd Burleson explores 'Legos', their uses and student creativity. 

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200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom

Do you want to explore creative uses of word clouds for learning? Read this list of 200 ways to use Word Clouds by Mike Gorman. 

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