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Wednesday, April 25 • 11:10 - 11:35
How a Hashtag Launched a K-12 OER Movement

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Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1AIJNyRItOgTiyAxI4zOciP0-hYXiWkenoKyRsFrnetY/edit?usp=sharing 

In October 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched #GoOpen, a national movement that supports states, school districts, and educators transitioning to the use of open educational resources in place of traditional instructional materials. Open educational resources, commonly referred to as OER, are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. OER have enormous potential to increase equity in access to high-quality educational opportunities in K-12 schools. Choosing openly licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to empower teachers and reallocate curriculum funds to professional learning, infrastructure, and the transition to digital learning.

#GoOpen was launched on October 29, 2015 at the Open Education Symposium, an event that brought together district and state leaders, nonprofits, foundations, and private sector companies. The #GoOpen Exchange in February 2016 officially launched the #GoOpen State work and expanded local work to 40 committed districts. In March 2017, the GoOpen Exchange brought more than 100 district and state leaders, researchers, nonprofits, and educational technology companies together to share best practices, learn, collaborate, and design prototypes of future work.

#GoOpen is a hashtag that launched a movement. It has gained momentum largely in part to a groundswell of OER champions in over 100 districts and 20 states, as well as nonprofits, foundations, and private sector companies. This session will share the #GoOpen story and its continued growth through the development of a thriving community of practice to ensure sustainability and scalability that can impact change in K-12 education.

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Kristina Ishmael

Public Interest Technology & Education Policy Fellow, New America
Kristina Ishmael is a Public Interest Technology and Education Policy Fellow at New America where she supports states, districts, and educators transitioning to Open Educational Resources (OER) to shift how we think about instructional materials. Previously, she was the K-12 Open... Read More →


Wednesday April 25, 2018 11:10 - 11:35
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