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26 07, 2017

A Pass Educational Group Guest Post on Nibletz.com

By | 2017-07-26T16:56:07+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Correlations, OER|0 Comments

Teacher workloads are immense. Between planning engaging lessons to meet student needs and staying up to date with the latest technology, teachers are in dire need of support. The recent 2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Educator Confidence Report highlights some of the teacher needs surrounding professional development and educational technology. "Among the largest barriers to effective education technology integration are lack of time to plan for implementation of digital resources into instruction (46%), a shortage of devices in the classroom (40%), and lack of access to technology-focused professional development (48%)." Digital resources are plentiful. A teacher might sit down to lesson plan and visit a site like https://www.oercommons.org/. Some materials are curated, but teachers still need to filter and search by subject, standard, and grade level. Then the teacher must review the resource to ensure it maps to the lesson objective and is appropriate for the age group. Correlating freely available digital resources to a district curriculum map takes time. What if you had a way to save teachers time and provide students with engaging, appropriate, freely [...]