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.
I am concerned that the most prevalent sound bytes that we hear are ignoring the voice of people of color and leading to an imbalanced perspective.
From the trailer of Life Animated, it certainly appears that this movie is a must-see that will raise awareness of the personal struggles that families deal with when it comes to autism.
The biggest problem tackling the deficit of skills that our students have in the area of digital literacy is the fact that the so many educators have the same deficits.
If students in our schools aren't among the scores of people accessing social media and using it to become leaders, then we have some work to do.