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.

Choosing Digital Content for One-to-One Classrooms

For school leaders, many choices come in to play when bolstering one-to-one programs. Learn about how nex+Gen found built the right mix of resources for teaching and learning. 

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Visioning Schools - From Idea to Attainment

Leslie Wilson discusses both the vision and evidence found in effective and personalized learning environments in schools. 

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A Model for Personalized Learning

Technology integration frameworks come together in support of student personalized learning in this post. 

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Range of Use for Digital Learning

When choosing digital tools and learning activities, it is important to consider the impact on learning. Let this discussion on Metiri's 'Range of Use' be your guide to successful learning with digital tools.

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Tips for Successful Online Discussions

Today's anytime learning allows for online discussions to promote academics. Read Mike Gorman's advice for promoting effective online discussions for today's learners. 

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We Started a School!

Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia continues on the path of innovative student learning in the digital age by launching a second school. Learn about the process and mission for the new addition to the SLA.

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The Horizon Report K-12 Names Key Technology Trends

Read about recent findings on educational technology trends from a worldwide panel of experts. 

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Professional Development as a Key to Blended Learning Success

Blended learning and robust professional development make all the difference when it comes to the success of learning and technology in the classroom. 

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Personalized Learning for a Collective Purpose

You hear the term more and more these days but what  does "personalized learning" really mean? Here are some insights, drawn from a year of exploration and a recent deep dive.

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Ten Ways to Use Discussion Forums to Promote Digital Citizenship and Academics

Discussion forums can be used with students in a variety of ways that stimulate thinking, learning and collaboration. Here are some examples.

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