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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.

The #GoOpen Exchange was made possible by the generous support of Amazon Education.

For more details on #GoOpen commitments made by states, school districts, and technology companies, visit http://tech.ed.gov/open.

 

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Moodle Basics: Using a Course Management System (no required prior knowledge necessary)  
This July 25th workshop is for you if you want to learn more about using Moodle at your school!

In the first half of the class, find out what this powerful course management system is, how to use it as the one stop website for your class, and how to get your own for free. Participants will have an opportunity to see how other teachers are using Moodle, and try their hands at setting up various features of the course management open source software.

In the second half of the class, participants will have an opportunity to practice developing their own course in Moodle. Lots of hands-on time will be provided to create a sample class and organize it. This class runs 8:30 to 3:30 at Cooperating School Districts at a cost of  $149 for a CSD member; $189 for a non-member. Sign up early! Register here.

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Choose one, or both on Monday, March 1! Each class costs $69 for Cooperating School District members and $107 non-members (and no graduate credit is available). The morning workshop is for beginners, and the afternoon workshop is a continuation, or for people already familiar with Moodle who want to delve deeper.

Moodle Basics: Using a Course Management System to Increase Teacher/Student Connections takes place 8:30-11:30am in the tele. Heard of Moodle, but don’t have a clue what it’s all about? This half day workshop is for you! Come find out what this powerful course management system is, how to use it as the one stop website for your class, and how to get your own for free. Participants will have an opportunity to see how other teachers are using Moodle, and try their hands at setting up various features of this powerful course management open source software. This is for beginners with no prior knowledge of or experience with Moodle.

Intermediate Moodle: Creating Your Own Course takes place 12:30-3:30 pm in the tele.  Already familiar with Moodle and have a pretty good idea how it works? Now it’s time to practice developing your own course. Learn the advanced features of this open source course management system and have time to practice them. Lots of hands-on time provided to create your own sample class and organize it the way you want. Prereqisite: Moodle Basics class OR prior knowledge of Moodle.

To register for either class, visit the tele website: www.csd.org/tele. Space is limited, so sign up today!

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moodle-logoBeginning and Intermediate Moodle Training: choose one, or both! The morning workshop on July 31 at Cooperating School Districts is for beginners, and the afternoon workshop is a continuation, or for people already familiar with Moodle (it is a free Web 2.0 application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites) who want to delve deeper.

moodle classMoodle Basics: Using a Course Management System to Increase Teacher/Student Connections from 8:30-11:30 a.m.; $69 CSD member; $107 non-member; (No Credit)
Have you heard of Moodle, but don’t have a clue what it’s all about? This workshop is for you! Come find out what this powerful course management system is, how to use it as the one stop website for your class, and how to get your own for free. Participants will have an opportunity to see how other teachers are using Moodle, and try their hands at setting up various features of this powerful course management open source software. This is for beginners with no prior knowledge of Moodle.

Intermediate Moodle: Creating Your Own Course from 12:30-3:30pm; $69 CSD member; $107 non-member ; (No Credit)
(Now that you are) already familiar with Moodle and have a pretty good idea how it works, it’s time to practice developing your own course. Learn the advanced features of this open source course management system and have time to practice them. Lots of hands-on time provided to create your own sample class and organize it the way you want. Prerequisite: Moodle Basics class OR prior knowledge of Moodle.

Sign up for this tele class at www.csd.org.

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