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Open Education Resources (OER) are free resources such as documents and media that make it easy for teachers to share, use and reuse. In this presentation, Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer of Curriki, will start by introducing the concept of OER and will provide examples of some of the types of OER that are readily available including individual lesson plans, full courses, student facing materials, videos, interactives, and assessments/worksheets. Ms. Pinto will then interactively walk through the use of Curriki, a free OER provider, including searching for resources, the use of forums for collaboration, and the use of tagging and organizing resources into collections for individual teacher or group use.

See archive of this presentation by using this link à REGISTER HERE

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the value and availability of Open Education Resources
  • Gain familiarity with Curriki as a source of OER, collaboration and resource organization


Driving Connectivity and Access: State K-12 Broadband Leadership Monday, Apr. 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time REGISTER HERE

Sponsored by SETDA.org and and Common Sense Kids Action


Presented by

Laurence Cocco

Jeff Egly

Christine Fox

Steve Garton

Laurence Cocco
Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education

Jeff Egly
Associate Director, Technical Services, Utah Education Network

Christine Fox
Deputy Executive Director, SETDA

Steve Garton
Senior Manager, Learning Solutions Program, Common Sense Education

This webinar will highlight a collaborative report by SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action, State of K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access (to be released in early April). In this report, SETDA builds upon the research and recommendations from prior publications with a focus on the role of state leadership in supporting districts and schools to increase high-speed connectivity and access for students and educators.

State leaders from New Jersey and Utah will share their state's approach to supporting high-speed broadband access for all students including details about New Jersey's Digital Readiness for Learning and Assessment Project (DRLAP) Broadband component, a statewide broadband purchasing consortia which has greatly reduced costs and increased broadband access across the state and Utah's statewide high-speed broadband network.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning community on edWeb.



Fun way to share your ed tech story and win prizes!

April is Advocacy Month – the perfect time to try your hand at grassroots advocacy in support of a cause we know you are passionate about – improving ed tech policies and increasing funding.
We know you have a unique ed tech story to share and we’d like for lawmakers to hear yours! In 20 seconds or less, tell us about a time that ed tech made a difference for your students and transformed learning in your classroom.
Participating and advocating for ed tech – is easy:

·        Record a 10- to 20-second video of yourself responding to the question, “Why do you stand for ed tech?”

  • Then, post your video on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #WhyEdTech.  Make sure it’s public to be entered into the contest.

Everyone who posts a video will be entered into a random drawing to win one of three $100 Amazon gift card.  Check out what others have submitted for inspiration!

As our part for advocacy month, ISTE will share a consolidation of these important stories with state and federal government policy makers. Share your unique story and influence education transformation today! Learn more about ISTE Advocacy today.


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