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.

The Importance of Words in Educational Change

Where does learning happen? Read David Jakes insights about the importance of the words we use when it comes to redesigning learning. 

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Getting to Transformative Change

Are your student creating and using new knowledge in today's world? Read Donna Teuber's thoughts from Tech Learning Live in Atlanta.  See her insights on how technology tools and other resources combine for personalized learning, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. 

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Boundless Learning - Powered Up and Personalized

It never fails. When we ask learners about learning, they’ll tell us. Read Leslie Wilson's experience on the look of real personalized learning as it goes from planning through to results

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Accelerating Learning

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to attend the Future Ready Summit in Raleigh, NC hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, the US Dept. of Education Office of Technology, and the Friday Institute team.

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Artifacts and Absolutes

How can we best foster and support change in schools? Read Kevin Schwartz's insights and discussion of Artifacts and Absolutes. 

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Peel Back the Onion: Organize for Success

What are the essential ingredients for moving a school forward to successful and comprehensive change? Read Leslie Wilson's insights to find out more. 

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Open Access for Personalizing Learning

Making Personalized Learning come true means assuring immediate, real-time student access to a world of tools and content. Read Donna Teuber's guidelines for schools navigating policy and procedure changes when moving to blended learning models.

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Important Considerations for Using Digital Assessment Tools

Today's assessment tools provide ample means for reviewing student work. Read Mike Gorman's pos about important considerations educators must weigh.The sites listed below allow for some wonderful interaction.

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One District’s Search for the Next-Gen Device - Part III

Part 3 in a Series: Planning for educational technology integration in schools involves a series of choices. Read about key choices for Riverdell School DIstrict's evaluation of network and productivity tools.

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Miami Dade's Digital Convergence Project

School leaders, teachers and students in the nation's fourth-largest district share their enthusiasm for the digital convergence project that will deploy over 100K Windows 8.1 tablet devices to students

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