[kids-lib] Oregon's (ODE's) #GoOpen Initiative & Open Educational Resources

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Mar 4 08:24:35 PST 2016

Please pardon the cross-posting. While opportunities to participate are only available to those associated with school districts right now, I thought some of you might want to know what’s going on.

Hi. I thought some of you might be interested in the press release below from the Oregon Department of Education. ODE (Oregon) has joined #GoOpen with other “states from across the country in committing to support the use of high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in our schools.” So far, Beaverton is the only Launch district listed<http://tech.ed.gov/open-education/go-open-districts/>, but Carla Wade from ODE told me that other districts are welcome to participate.

The press release did not mention Oregon’s involvement in the K-12 OER (open educational resources) Collaborate that ODE announced<http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?ID=10538> in February 2015, so I asked Carla about that, too. This is her response: “The K-12 OER Collaborative work is one part of what we are doing. The first step was joining the exchange. Next we will be building a plan and implementing usage of OER. It will be very important to have libraries involved!”

She read my mind with that last statement, and that’s why I’m alerting you. If you’re interested in lending your expertise and time to the OER cause, you might want to find out what your district is doing in that area.

Oregon’s #GoOpen info (click on “read more”): http://www.oregonednet.org/groups/go-open
National #GoOpen info: http://tech.ed.gov/open-education/
K-12 OER Collaborative: http://k12oercollaborative.org/


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Subject: [Super] NEWS RELEASE: State Joins #GoOpen Initiative

The following just went out to statewide media.

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February 26, 2016
Media Contact: Jenni Knaus at 503-947-5860 or Jenni.Knaus at ode.state.or.us<mailto:Jenni.Knaus at ode.state.or.us>

State Joins #GoOpen Initiative
Oregon one of 13 states announcing commitment to openly licensed education resources

(Salem, Ore) – Today Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor announced the launch of a new statewide #GoOpen initiative. Oregon is joining states from across the country in committing to support the use of high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in our schools. Oregon was recognized today for its leadership by the U.S. Department of Education at the #GoOpen Exchange, a gathering of state and district leaders, innovative education technology providers, and non-profit organizations working together to support educators transition to using openly licensed resources.

“Access to high-quality, openly-licensed education resources improve teaching and learning in our state,” Deputy Superintendent Noor said. “We are excited to become a member of the #GoOpen Exchange Community as we continue to build on the good work currently underway in our state and increase access to these resources in Oregon schools.”

Oregon was recognized for its commitment to a statewide technology strategy that includes the use of openly-licensed resources as a central component, developing and maintaining a statewide repository for openly licensed resources, and participating in a community of practice with other #GoOpen states and districts to share learning and professional development resources. More information on Oregon’s #GoOpen commitment can be found on the Oregon Educator Network website at http://www.oregonednet.org/groups/go-open.

“States are powerful collaborators in supporting and scaling innovation,” says Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education.  “They can connect forward thinking educators, share effective ideas and approaches widely, amplify successes, and can support districts in leveraging limited resources. With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives, states are helping districts thoughtfully transition to a new model of learning by facilitating the creation of an open ecosystem of digital resources that can increase equity and empower teachers.”

Openly licensed educational resources have enormous potential to increase equitable access to high-quality education opportunities in Oregon and throughout the United States. For more details on #GoOpen commitments made by states, school districts, and technology companies, visit http://tech.ed.gov/open.


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