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.

Powering up the Chromebook Experience at Roxbury Public Schools

New Jersey's Roxbury Township School District has been a 1:1 school for five years. Their older chromebooks were beginning to age, so they wanted to choose more powerful future-ready devices.

What Is the Difference Between Online, Blended, and Virtual Learning?

Want to gain a stronger foundational skill set and knowledge regarding what this new online and blended learning is really all about? Then let’s dig in and see what it can look and feel like from our end user’s perspective: our students, our educators, and our parents.

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Math Learning Center Releases Free Teacher Resource Guides

The Math Learning Center's Box It or Bag It is a math program that provides a year's worth of whole group and independent practice for K–2 students.

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Three Free Creative Tools to Up Your Teaching Game

With remote instruction, teachers require a greater degree of imagination and agility than ever before.  These three free creative apps can help teachers to enhance this new education landscape.  

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The Mother Load: Learning, Teaching, and Parenting

I put on my "ed tech instructional designer" hat and began teaching my kids from home the only way I knew how: a way I had unknowingly been preparing for for a decade.

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Diary of a Math Teacher: Quarantined, Part II

It's undeniable that some things are truly flourishing in this new environment. Others are not. It's basically daisy-petal-picking at this point. Here are my takeaways…

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New State of EdTech Leadership 2020 Survey Report

The annual CoSN EdTech Leadership Survey has just been released: providing critical information on the state of K-12 technology, infrastructure, and leadership.

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Silver Linings and Solutions During COVID-19

In Part One of this series, we looked at the many challenges facing educators as they rush to rethink their curriculum to fit into a remote learning environment. Now we look at the “bright side” of this sudden transition to making elearning the new normal.

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Educator Challenges and Solutions During COVID-19

While there are a wide-range of factors contributing to general educator frustration during the pandemic, these common challenges can be categorized into four distinct buckets.

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Parent Challenges and Solutions During COVID-19

With the right tools and the abandonment of perfection as a goal, curiosity and joy of learning can still occur with parents connected to the process like never before.

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I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen…

My wife and I had a game plan for managing our children's remote learning at home and expectations of screen time…that is, until COVID-19. 

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