On Friday, September 23rd, administrators, teachers and curriculum specialists from around the New England region met at Amazon’s offices in Cambridge for the #GoOpen regional summit Hosted by the North Reading Public Schools. For district leaders and educators interested in OER resources and how these resources can be scaled to support curriculum initiatives, this was an opportunity to connect with other leaders and OER experts to develop strategies and next steps.
The summit was an opportunity to dive in and ge t familiar with the #GoOpen initiative and hear the perspectives from the Office of Educational Technology’s Open Education Advisor Kristen Peters and Andrew Marcinek the former #GoOpen Advisor from Massachusetts. Also speaking was Ken Klau Director of Digital Learning who provided the state perspective on the support for districts developing teams and selecting curriculums to curate OER content.
The summit featured sessions from Nicole Allen from Sparc who provided an overview of OER resources and provided strategies for how districts can start using openly licensed educational resources, and how it can relate to our existing curriculums. She also shared some places we can find high-quality openly licensed educational resources to support the #GoOpen initiative.
Grace Magley, Director of Digital Learning Natick Public Schools and Kerry Gallagher, Digital Learning Specialist from St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers provided presentations targeted at teachers seeking to leverage these resources in the classroom. Grace presented on Natick’s approach to curating, sharing, and evaluating OER/free resources. Kerry presented on how classrooms look, feel, and sound different when teachers and students are using OER curation and distribution tools
An administrative session led by Andrew Marcinek and Daniel Downs provided a forum which reviewed strategies to increase sharing and collaboration related to scaling of OER resources. A dominant topic amongst administrators was the shifts necessary for districts to support transitions to OER resources and administrators were asked to create long and short term goals for aligning the utilization of OER with district initiatives.
Accompanied with the presentations were vendors and representatives from several organizations such as Amazon Education Services, Friday Institute and CommonLit.org who provided options for resources and professional development opportunities to assist in the scaling of OER in schools.
Next steps for districts participating in the #GoOpen initiative is the upcoming Future Ready Summit in Boston in November. Additionally, districts which are looking to be part of the New England Open Education Collaborative can join up by following this link http://bit.ly/neoec2016 . Thank you to Amazon Education Services for providing a great venue for sharing perspectives and resources.
Listed below are several of the links to resources shared from this event.
Amazon Education Solutions -TenMarks, Amazon Inspire, Whispercast, Audible, Amazon Business, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Robotics
Contact: Nancy Magnum
- Fall MOOC-Ed Courses (free courses for teachers and district leaders)
- Leading Schools Summit (2 day event for principals – November 10 & 11)
- Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning(Facilitator training for districts & organizations to then train principals)
- Online MOOC’s https://place.fi.ncsu.edu/
Rob@CommonLit.org & Sarah@CommonLit.org
- BYOD/1:1 Guidance: http://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/byod.html
- Software Selection and OER resources: http://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/planning/software-OER.html
- Digital Equity Resources: http://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/assistive/digitalequity.html
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