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DPLAfest 2015 took place on April 17-18, 2015 in Indianapolis, bringing together over 300 to discuss everything from technology and development, to (e)books, law, genealogy, and education. The annual DPLAfest celebration will appeal to teachers and students, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, genealogists, and members of the public alike who are interested in an engaging mix of interactive workshops, hands-on activities, hackathons, discussions with community leaders and practitioners, and more. To join the conversation on Twitter, check out #dplafest

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Saturday, April 18 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Open Educational Resources in K-12 Schools

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The availability of high-quality, low-cost digital content in our schools is a priority for the President and a pillar of his ConnectED Initiative. Fostering the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in our nation’s classrooms can help meet this goal. Open Educational Resources have the potential to provide students and teachers access to a universe of high-quality, up-to-date content that can be tailored by educators to reflect new developments and current events on the fly.  OER can also reduce the cost of purchasing necessary educational resources, so that schools can redirect funds for other instructional needs.  We believe this approach can foster greater collaboration between cultural institutions and schools when digital collections of openly licensed resources are tapped for classroom use.  However, significant barriers remain to the efficient discovery, curation, delivery, use, and reuse of OER in classrooms that impede wide adoption and routine use of OER as an alternative to costly curriculum materials.  

The Office of Educational Technology is currently developing a plan for a national initiative to fulfill the President’s vision and is seeking the DPLA community's engagement on the best ways to address barriers preventing wide-spread adoption of OER. We hope this workshop draws a diverse group of attendees interested in discussing and sharing ideas for how we can work to increase the use of existing Open Educational Resources in America's K-12 classrooms.

Notes available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jvFt-4wC9yRA4hwrfeFzwC7Q_KikSR6kJTDb4dMlO7E&authuser=1 

Speakers
avatar for Joseph South

Joseph South

Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Joseph provides leadership for transforming education through the power of technology and is part of the team that is realizing the President's ConnectED Initiative to bring high speed broadband, interactive devices, professional development for teachers and leaders, and high quality, low cost digital content to our nation's classrooms. In his role at the Department, he works in the Office of the Secretary to develop national educational... Read More →
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Sara Trettin

Presidential Management Fellow, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Sara Trettin is a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology. She leads digital engagement for the office and spearheads OER work for the Department. She holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a former Teacher in Residence with the Library of Congress. Her previous research is on the impact of institution use of social networks like... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
Indiana Historical Society: Day Classroom B 450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

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