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The Potential of Open Resources for Your Classroom


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A webinar for the Virtual 4T Conference on Monday, May 20

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The Potential of Open Resources for Your Classroom

  1. 1. The Potential ofOpen Resourcesfor Your Classroom
  2. 2. Introductions• Karen Fasimpaur, P2PU School of Ed• Jane Park, Creative Commons/P2PU School ofOpen• Verena Roberts, Alberta Distance LearningCentre (ADLC)• Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy
  3. 3. Open source softwareOpen accessOpen cultureOpen educational resourcesOpen contentOpen dataOpen scienceOpen researchOpen licensingOpen textbooksOpen coursewareOpen policyOpen assessmentOpen badges
  4. 4. Open means different things todifferent communities.
  5. 5. “OER are teaching, learning, andresearch materials that reside in the publicdomain or have been released under anintellectual property license that permitstheir free use and re-purposing by others.”- The Hewlett Foundation
  6. 6. 4 R’sReuseReviseRemixRedistribute
  7. 7. “All rights reserved”
  8. 8. In a digital world, teachers andstudents alike are creators ofcopyrighted content.
  9. 9. With Creative Commons,creators can grant copy andreuse permissions in advance.
  10. 10. least freeMost freeLeast free
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  12. 12. Open Educational Resources (OER)
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  15. 15. Benefits of OER for k12Verena Roberts@verenanz
  16. 16. Using Open Educational Resourcesreminds me of the story, "If you Give aMouse aCookie"by Laura Numeroff andIllustrated by Felicia Bond
  17. 17. The book is known for its playful, circularpattern. A boy gives a cookie to a mouse. Themouse asks for a glass of milk. He thenrequests a straw (to drink the milk), a mirror(to avoid a milk mustache), nail scissors (totrim his hair), and a broom (to sweep up).Next he wants to take a nap, to have a storyread to him, to draw a picture, and to hangthe drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at therefrigerator makes him thirsty, so he asks fora glass of milk. The circle is complete whenhe wants a cookie to go with it.Retrieved from:
  18. 18. Breaking the Pattern....
  19. 19. SHARING - Leaving the Island,_Northwestern_Hawaiian_Islands,_USA-2012.jpgDiscovering theopen waters....Focusing on the partsthat are harder to getto....
  20. 20. dont have to reinvent the wheel
  21. 21. BenefitsSaves timeLeaves more time to spend with students
  22. 22. Create and remix more meaningfulcontentremixed video: video:
  23. 23. We are not all good at everything.You can remix contribute and add tosomething that has already beenstarted.....To encourage authentic learningexperiences and connections.
  24. 24. Move away from static textbooks
  25. 25. Create books that come to life....
  26. 26. Model 21st Century LearningMonkey See- MonkeyDo
  27. 27. Learning Together
  28. 28. Sustainable Learning Environmentsfor allOpportunities for:interdisciplinary,intergenerationalandinternational learning
  29. 29. Focus on student created content
  30. 30. Leads to self-directed learning andconnected learning
  31. 31. Ahead of the Game.Horizon Report k12...
  32. 32. Benefits of OER in k12• Breaking a Pattern - Change• Promotes sharing of resources.• Discover new ideas and content• More time to spend on learning!• Encourages authentic learning experiences• Learners of all ages• Sustainable Learning Environments for all• Self-directed & connected learningexperiences• Ahead of the Game - Innovators
  33. 33. Where can you find thebest OER?
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  35. 35. Some of my favorite OER…
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  43. 43. How You Can Open LicenseYour Own Work• Just write “licensed under Creative CommonsCC BY” on the work• Use the Creative Commons “Choose aLicense” tool– Supplies license artwork– Optional code you can put on a web site to beaccessed by open search engines• Share on an OER site like Curriki
  44. 44. OER atMontana Digital AcademyJason NeifferCurriculum DirectorMontana Digital Academy
  45. 45. About me…• First Curriculum Director of MontanaDigital Academy• 13 years in the social studies, speech,debate, computer science and journalismclassroom• Long-time Moodle user• Part time blogger:• Professional development speaker• Doctoral candidate at the University ofMontana• Shameless self promotion:http://www.neiffer.com
  46. 46. Montana Digital Academy is Montana’s statewide virtual school withthree progams:• Original credit courses• Credit recovery courses• Middle school world langauge workshopsESTABLISHED IN2010http://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgAbout MTDA
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  49. 49. Open ToolsIn Beta: Teacherblogging platformreplacing studentannouncements.We use EduBlogsas our enterpriseWordPress system.http://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgWe use the verypowerful ContentManagementSystem Joomla torun our mainwebsite. We serve70,000 page view amonth.We use Moodle, thepremere opensource learningmanagementsystem. We useMoodleRooms asour enterpriseMoodle host.Moodle Joomla Word Press
  50. 50. Traditional Modelshttp://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgBarter BuyBuild Buddy
  51. 51. Traditional Modelshttp://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgBarter BuyBuild Buddy
  52. 52. Evolution to OERFinancialFlexibilityQualityPhilosophy
  53. 53. Open High School OCW Open Course LibraryConnexions CK-12 Georgia Virtual LearningNROChttp://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgOur Libraries
  54. 54. ResultsMajority of new courses use OER orrepurposed free online resourcesDecrease in per-student costsIncrease curricular flexibilityAbility to share with partners
  55. 55. Next steps…Develop/releaseour own OEREncouragepartner face-to-face districts toadopt OERBuild staffcapacity toadapt, modifyand use OERUse OER inregulardevelopmentcycle
  56. 56. http://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgEmail:neiffer@gmail.comTwitter:@techsavvyteachThank you! Websites:www.montanadigitalacademy.orgwww.techsavvyteacher.comwww.neiffer.comGoogle
  57. 57. Questions and commentsThank you!
  58. 58. • Karen, @kfasimpaur• Jane, @janedaily• Verena, @verenanz• Jason, @techsavvyteach