The U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of 13 statewide #GoOpen initiatives committed to supporting school districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools. This inaugural cohort of #GoOpen states joins leaders from an expanding number of #GoOpen districts and innovative platform providers in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students can access the tools, content and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected wold.
“Openly licensed educational resources can increase equity by providing all students, regardless of zip code, access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content,” said Acting U.S. Education Secretary John King. “The leadership, mentorship, and collaboration of these #GoOpen states and districts are critical, not just to grow and sustain this movement, but to transform our schools.”
States and districts were recognized for their leadership by the U.S. Department of Education at the #GoOpen Exchange, a gathering of state and district leaders and innovators from education technology companies and nonprofit organizations working together to help educators transition to using openly-licensed educational resources. At the event, several education technology companies unveiled new platform features that enable the integration of openly-licensed educational resources into their platforms and sharing between platforms via the Department of Education Learning Registry so teachers and schools will have access to these materials no matter where they start their search.
“States are powerful collaborators in supporting and scaling innovation. They can connect forward-thinking educators, share effective ideas widely, and amplify successes,” said Joseph South, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. “With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives, states are helping districts 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 the United States.
“Switching to openly-licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning,” said Andrew Marcinek, Open Education Advisor at the Department.
For more details on #GoOpen commitments made by states, school districts, and technology companies, visit http://tech.ed.gov/open.