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.

Plan Your Adventure - A Reading Prescription for 2016

Want to bring about meaningful change in 2016? See Donna Teuber's 'Reading Prescription for 2016'. 

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Positive and Energized - Getting to Flow in Technology and Education

There are many ways to approach educational technology in schools. Read as Leslie Wilson illustrates the difference that motivation, force and approach make. 

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Cow Paths of Learning

Taking a fresh look at student learning in new and instinctive ways is an critical part of empowering transformative learning. In this post, David Jakes shares essential questions for today's leaders. 

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Tristen Talks About Social Media in Middle School

Social Media - What do the students say? Read for ideas and insights from Richland 2 student, Tristen Prescott. 

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Deeper Learning: Passionate Learning

Finding and inspiring passionate learning is a daily goal of dedicated educators. Read the insights of Marianthe Williams and her experience with Intel's Innovative Educator's program. 

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Vetting Web 2.0 Educational Tools - The Web in the Classroom Part 2

What kinds of questions should we be asking about web resources before using them in the classroom? Read Part 2 of Mike Gorman's series on the best ways to vet classroom resources. 

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10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom Part 1

How do you vet educational technology web resources before using it in the classroom? Read these valuable points from Mike Gorman. 

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Irreplaceable: Teachers

Teachers have and always will be irreplaceable. Read Leslie Wilson’s insights on the time honored importance of teachers and their role today in the meaningful use of educational technologies. 

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Customer Experience: The Real Measure of IT

Buy in and positive customer experience can are found on the road to success. Read Bob Moore's insights on ways in which schools can apply attention customer experience when implementing successful educational technology initiatives. 

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The Dangers of Saying 'No' to Edtech

When examining technology in schools, a close look at uses and applications is essential - both now and into the future. Read Leslie Wilson's insights on recent critiques for educational technology. 

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