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.

Getting to Scale

How do schools scale excellence and innovation so that it reaches more students across the district? Read Donna Teuber's thoughtful and keen insights for scaling innovation. 

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Thinking Outside of the Box, v2.0

Is your organization innovative? David Jakes examines the necessary shift needed for being an innovative school. 

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Going Digital is as Easy as 1 2 3

Manteca School District superintendent, Jason Messer, describes the comprehensive approach his district took to going digital. Learn how it helped the successes to add up. 

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Removing Roadblocks

For true innovation to take place, leaders need to build a culture of support for teachers. View Donna Tueber's valuable tips for bringing the right culture into being.

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Today's Student and Technology Relevance

How do you define technology? Kevin Schwartz explores the true meaning and application of the word technology in schools. 

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I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else!

Mike Gorman shares his reflections on the teaching profession in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. 

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Study Questions Efficacy of 1:1 vs. 2:1 Learning with Devices

What are current research studies saying about tablets and 1:1 initiatives? Elliott Levine examines the question of research and applicability. 

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Canoeing Illustrates a Need for Harmony

How do school leaders navigate well in today's environment in the face of many competing demands? Read Leslie Wilson's insights on how colleagues can discover solutions and map out success through power, integrity, creativity and innovation. 

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Disruption and Stability

The right technology supports goals of all kinds. Look at the analysis of Disruption vs. Stability from the perspectives of learners. 

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Free Isn't Always Free – Why don’t we look gift horses in the mouth?

Are there hidden costs to 'free' educational technology solutions? Read Elliott Levine's guide to evaluating various offers here. 

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