The Washington K12 OER Project has just released the results of our review of full course Algebra I/Integrated Mathematics I and selected units in 11th-12th grade English Language Arts (ELA). This review was part of the legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license. These resources may be used free of charge, distributed without restriction, and modified without permission.
OER Review Goals
1.Help educators select high-quality materials for their classrooms
2.Provide districts with information to help with materials adoptions and a replicable process and instruments to evaluate CCSS alignment of instructional material
3.Identify gaps in CCSS alignment that can be addressed by content creators or school district users
In ELA, reviewers found many choices for educators seeking ELA units with some alignment to the CCSS. In mathematics, reviewers found that OER are an emerging platform for mathematics curricula with alignment to the CCSS. For both the ELA and mathematics reviews, extensive reviewer notes provide an extremely valuable resource as educators and content developers tap into the most powerful feature of OER: the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials to meet the specific needs of districts and students.
Visit the OSPI OER Review project website for the results of this OER review as well as the process and instruments used.
·This review process was not intended to rank the materials; rather, the results provide rich evaluator feedback on changes necessary to bring the OER resource into closer alignment with the CCSS.
·The results of this review do not represent an endorsement from OSPI as to the recommended use or adoption of the OER materials that were reviewed. OSPI does not require the use of any particular instructional materials, including OER, by districts or schools.
·Washington school districts have specific local policies and procedures that may govern the use and adoption of core and/or supplemental instructional materials. These should be reviewed as districts and buildings consider OER within their suite of instructional materials and resources.
·The results of this review represent a point in time in a continually evolving process of OER materials. They are intended as a resource for schools and educators, as well as content developers creating materials for those audiences.
·The instruments used in this review process were intentionally selected and are intended to be used in concert. The suite of instruments and process may be used with any instructional material, OER or published, to gauge CCSS alignment.
·For results of past OSPI instructional materials reviews, including state laws and guidance for the selection of instructional materials, visit the OSPI Instructional Materials Review and Resources website.
OER Day at North Central ESD
May 23, 2013 9:00 - 3:00
No Registration Fee—Lunch provided by NCESD—5 Clock Hours Available
To Register: http://www.escweb.net/wa_ncesd/catalog/session.aspx?
Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly-licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and research. This day-long awareness-developing event will explore OER and address issues in their usage in the K12 classroom. It features a keynote by Dr. Cable Green, and additional pertinent presentations. This seminar will lay the groundwork for further work to be done in the area of OER.
9:00 ● Welcome, Introductions and Instructions
9:15 ● OER in K-12: Sharing, Common Core and Future Directions - Cable Green,
Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons (Webinar)
The Internet, open licensing, cloud computing and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a quality education can be a basic human right, and Washington Schools can have updated, high quality, afforda-ble, common core aligned curriculum and textbooks for the marginal cost of $0. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learn-ing at Creative Commons, will discuss the current state of OER, what is happening in K-12, the opportunity for an "open common core," and how governments are adjusting their policies and funding requirements to ensure publicly funded resources are openly licensed resources.
10:15 ● Guide to Open Educational Resources - Karl Nelson,
Director of Digital Learning Department, OSPI
Despite national spending of $5.5 billion dollars a year on instructional content, many students still use textbooks that are out-of-date. Open educational resources (OER) may help address this issue. Come learn about the explosion of OER - teaching and learning assets free to use, edit, and share. Learn how to search for OER and how to evaluate their quality and alignment to common core standards. We’ll discuss delivery options, licensing issues, and Washington‘s OER pro-gram.
11:00 ● OER as a Full Curriculum Option - Hetav Sanghavi,
Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing, CK-12 (Webinar)
CK-12 Foundation creates and aggregates high quality, curated STEM content for K-12. Learn about the FlexBook platform that allows you to customize FREE textbooks for your classroom. Also explore CK-12’s collection of thousands of concepts, interactive learning objects, exercises, teaching materials, and a web-based interactive Algebra 1 curriculum…available to teachers, students and parents.
Noon ● Lunch is on-site and will be provided by NCESD.
1:00 ● OER in the Real Classroom - Ron Brown,
Director of Instructional Technology and Assessment, Wenatchee School District
Delivering digital content on a wide scale requires thought and consideration given to infrastructure,
implementation and transition. Ron will share some insights into Wenatchee's implementation of OER
curriculum and tools, one-to-one initiatives, delivery approaches to digital resources, handling of security, learning management systems, true costs, and access issues.
2:00 ● Technology Requirements of Scaling up OER in the School—Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director
3:00 ● Wrap-Up
OSPI plans to provide Washington school districts with the first round of student growth data on March 14, 2013. OSPI will send out a bulletin to superintendents, principals, and district assessment coordinators next Thursday, March 7, announcing the student growth percentile (SGP) data release and addressing other pertinent policy questions surrounding the data. In the meantime, please follow this link http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StudentGrowth.aspxto find an overview of the SGP model and a summary of the data and supporting materials districts can expect on March 14.
If you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com.
A Guide to Common Core-aligned MAP | Webinar Series
NWEA is pleased to offer our partners a series of webinars designed to answer common questions about the transition from standard MAP(Measures of Academic Progress®) assessments to MAP aligned to the Common Core. We invite you to register for the webinar that’s most relevant and convenient for you.
Links to the inaugural webinars in the series are below. The first sessions in the series will focus on:
Register now to reserve your space for these complimentary live webinars, or to receive information about viewing on-demand.
How did students think we could "Un-Make a Bully"?
Congratulations to all who entered and to the winners from each level!
We have gone through all the entries and selected the three winning entries:
Elementary: Giselle Chicas from Mr. Weavers 2nd Grade at Columbia
"Tell the bully to stop and be nice to people and respect them and listen to others."
Middle School: Diana Rios from Mrs. Cox 3rd period at Pioneer
"The way to un-make a bully is by making friends with him and convincing him to stop. When he does, he'll do the same, it'll cut the chain."
High School: Yvette Ramos from Mrs. Monroe 6th period at Westside
"Treat others how you want to be treated. You never know what a person goes through so Don't Bully."
These students and their selected teachers will be working on their anti-bullying videos the week of March 18-22. Once they have completed videos we will post to our district YouTube channel and various district websites.
Wenatchee and Eastmont school districts are partnering with Better Actions Now (BAN) for the How to UnMake A Bully program. Three classrooms from each school district are being randomly selected to participate. Students write, produce, direct, act in, and film their own public service announcement (PSA) about taking a stand against bullying. The program teaches students that if they are not taking a stand against bullying, then they are contributing to bullying.
A fundraiser and information evening is being held Tuesday, November 6 from 7 to 830 PM at the CTC building. Come to learn more, view previous productions, and hear from students who have participated in the program. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. For more information, visit www.betteractionsnow.com or call 518-487-1550.
Learn from the Leaders:
Sharing Best Practices in Educational Assessment
Riverside is pleased to present an exciting new series of online meetings devoted to the most pressing issues in educational assessment. Throughout the coming months, we are offering a variety of webinar topics focusing on professional development for district administrators, school principals and teachers. Join us to explore best practices in educational assessment and data use with online presentations from our distinguished authors, research experts and thought leaders in the field.
More information and Registration at: http://www.riversidepublishing.com/learnfromleaders/index.html
Moving Beyond ORF: Essential Constructs in Reading and Mathematics for RTI Implementation
Presenter: Julie Alonzo, PhD, Research Faculty, University of Oregon
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 3:00 P.M. Central
About the Webinar
During this webinar, Dr. Alonzo, one of the lead developers of the easyCBM™ system, will provide a brief overview of the reading comprehension, vocabulary, and mathematics CBMs available on easyCBM, answering questions about the research behind the measures. She will then demonstrate how to glean the most instructionally-relevant information from the benchmark, group, and individual assessment reports. This seminar is appropriate for teachers, school psychologists, para-professionals, and administrators interested in enhancing their ability to use the easyCBM system as an integral part of their Response to Intervention model
Integrating Writing with Technology
Presenter: Dr. Bob Haller, Educational Testing Service
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. Central
About the Webinar
Writing is a skill essential to virtually all learning especially as it involves critical thinking. Learning to write involves a process and as such takes a significant amount time and effort. Technology can provide automated writing programs to help streamline the writing process, organize the time spent in learning to write and optimize the time available to teach individual students how to write well. This Webinar will explore how such programs work and provide specific examples to help teachers evaluate them
Teach Like a Champion
Presenter: Michael White Ph.D.
Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. Central
About the Webinar
Tired of waiting for superman, martyrs or geniuses, Dr. White has spent the past several years examining the craft of teaching. In this presentation he identifies some simple techniques that teachers can use to get above average results from themselves and their students.
You can also register for Pre-Recorded Webinars
that include the following topics:
More information and registration can be found at: http://www.riversidepublishing.com/learnfromleaders/index.html
A one-day conference for educators on learning more about Google tools and apps
Saturday, April 21, 2012
At your regional Educational Service District
To learn more about:
·Google in the Classroom
·Using Google for Assessment, Portfolios
·Flipping Your Classroom with Google
Checkhttps://sites.google.com/site/waconf2012/for more information coming your way, including registration instructions.
For more information, contact the Educational Technology Director at your regional ESD.
GradeCam announces a free formative application that automates multiple-choice test scoring and provides teachers with immediate feedback on the learning in progress in their classrooms. The Web-based program works with a standard web or document camera to quickly grade multiple-choice tests at no cost.
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Found a couple new websites and a couple of old ones to use... enjoy and pass them on! These were triggered when I attended "The Highly Engaged Classroom" training on 12/6/2011.
FREE RESOURCES AND LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY - http://freetech4teachers.com
How blogs motivate students to write, read, create art, & use technology - http://www.kidslikeblogs.org/
For the WSD you have several tools for blogging available, we have public blogging tools and private blogging tools, talk to your TRT.
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. - http://wordle.net
Welcome to Tagxedo, word cloud with styles - http://tagxedo.com
Very cool site that shows you the mindset of students in your classroom.. we sometimes forget they live in a time different from our past experiences - http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/
One teachers list of tech tools... - http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/stuff.html
TILT - Teachers Improving Learning with Technology - http://tilttv.blogspot.com/
JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. - http://jeopardylabs.com/
Taboo - http://www.monzy.com/taboo/
Random student picker/generator with built in timers - http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/
The fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices - http://polleverywhere.com
Video Clip on mirror neurons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzMqPYfeA-s
Steve Jobs Stanford 2005 Commencement - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
Middle and high school students from across the country used Google Docs to write about the issues and concerns they want our next president to address. - http://www.letters2president.org/get-involved
Lip Dub - http://www.lipdubhub.com/
Meet new people, discover new cultures and connect with classes from around the world, all without leaving the classroom. - http://education.skype.com
My favorite blogs about integrating technology - http://prodev.wsd.wednet.edu/index.php/home/blogroll
iGoogle - get your own personalized Google home page with all of your own add-ons, change your theme (background) and search for Gadgets or StuffStuff - add gadgets to your iGoogle homepage like Moodle login, Google Docs, news, scores, clock, Gmail, words of the day, there are thousands to choose fromExtensions - add-ons to Chrome that allow more flexibility, for example Easy YouTube Video Downloader. This is an external link but normally for extensions go to Window > ExtensionsCalendar - add the calendar gadget and sync it with your iCal (video to help you sync if you have Snow Leopard)
I attended a webinar with some interesting ideas...
“Secrets” of High-Quality Interactive Lesson Content, hosted by Tech & Learning magazine and sponsored by DYMO/Mimio Interactive Teaching Technologies.
The original event was broadcast on:
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We hope you will share this URL with colleagues so that they can watch it as an on-demand event.
Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers - 37 tools in 60 minutes!
OSPI Memorandum 002-11 ITS
Action Required: March 31, 2011
Re: Educational Technology Assessments (Integrated with Science, Math and Global Issues): Feedback and Field Test
Summary: The purpose of this memorandum is to recruit educators to review and field test the assessments for the Educational Technology Standards. In draft now, the assessments for Grades 3 – 12 enable teachers to determine student progress toward Washington’s standards for educational technology. Educators can participate in this process by reviewing the assessments and completing an online survey, informally using the assessments with students, or joining the formal field test and submitting scored student samples and in-depth feedback to OSPI.
This memo also notifies educators of an opportunity for professional development. At least two educators from every district — teachers, teacher-librarians or instructional coaches — are eligible to join OSPI’s Coach Your Colleagues professional development sessions in March and June 2011. The sessions are free and clock hours are available. Participants will learn how to optimize the new student-centered assessments for educational technology, and then train colleagues to use their resource-rich instructional tools and support materials.
For more information about the assessments or to sign up for a PD session, go tohttp://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/Assessment/