2 05, 2018

An Easy Way to Correlate Open Educational Resources (OERs)

By | 2018-06-07T21:35:20+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|classroom teaching, content development, education, OER|0 Comments

So many free and open educational resources exist on the Internet that can be utilized to enhance learning activities.   What is an open educational resource? Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free of copyright or license and publicly available online for anyone to use. OERs include full courses, course modules, lectures, lesson plans, homework assignments, tests, lab and classroom activities, games, simulations, and more.   OERs can be correlated to existing curriculum maps and used to supplement or reinforce lesson plans. Some best practices for the curation of open educational resources include: Consider contexts of the content Identify the type of resource (media, text, or classroom materials) Validate the resource based on core competencies, outcomes, and/or objectives Evaluate the resource based on the 5 Rs criteria: retention, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute View the video below to learn more about OERs and how they can be correlated to your existing curriculum. Find Review Evaluate Tie to standards or lesson plans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bViSNnE662c

26 07, 2017

A Pass Educational Group’s Post on Digital Resources on Nibletz.com

By | 2018-07-06T23:54:57+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 [...]