How can technology users take control of their own digital information?
The problem, we believe, is well documented: students trained to memorize content, following strict guidelines, ticking off rubrics, working in isolation, staying clean with sleeves buttoned down, all with little encouragement or opportunity to think outside the proverbial box. Next stop is the workforce or university, where expectations of collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving are paramount for success.
Students need to develop the ability to delve into blog posts and articles and determine where things veer from fact to fiction.
Let's stop talking about fake news, an exercise that may lead us down an inescapable rabbit hole, and start talking about reliable sources of information.
Build skills even if you do not know what you want to do with them. Skills are universal. Don't focus on specific knowledge.
Under the right circumstances - which include meaningful district support and investment - I've seen firsthand that OER curation can lead to powerful shared assets and professional learning.
As I reflect on what the Go Open movement can learn from our experiences, I think we underestimated the capacity-building that needed to be done with teachers to get them comfortable creating curricular resources.
The #GoOpen District Launch Packet provides a comprehensive outline for schools and districts to organize their efforts to infuse their curriculum with openly-licensed educational resources.
Not surprisingly, the thing that has made the biggest impact for us in providing more meaningful sessions for staff members has been putting structures in place that allow staff members to have a more active voice in developing the schedule.
In a day and age where the public perception of teachers, schools, and school districts is tied more closely than ever to the results of state tests, we cannot afford unknown variables contributing to the final judgment.