Open Educational Resources

4 Reasons Students Love The Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab was created to connect students to over 2 million digital resources available from 19 Smithsonian museums and the Smithsonian National Zoo. Partnered with this is the adoption of new state and federal policies calling for curricula to include digital materials and resources, including open education resources. But let's not focus on the stuffy adult whatnot. There are fun and [...]

By | 2017-05-31T13:01:30+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

How To #GoOpen Using The Learning Registry

#GoOpen Campaign The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen Campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning. Open data is the idea that data should be freely available to the public—both technically and legally—to use and redistribute without limitation. When high-value data sets are publicly available practitioners, researchers, and the public [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:37+00:00 January 5th, 2017|

6 Reasons Teachers Love The Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab provides an online toolkit for teachers to discover Smithsonian’s digital resources and create personalized learning experiences for themselves and others. Educators can visually explore more than 2 million resources from across the Smithsonian, so it’s easy to find something of interest. The website’s tools enable users to easily organize and customize the resources to make them [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:17:37+00:00 December 16th, 2016|

California’s Blended PD/Curriculum Project Works To Explain Growing Popularity In Other States

California has been experimenting with an online model that blends professional development with collaborative curriculum design to help promote improved instruction and use of digital open educational resources. And in an era when current data shows billions of dollars annually spent on professional development has yielded little measurable improvement, California has instead been wrestling with the accelerated success of their program statewide. What [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:37+00:00 December 12th, 2016|

Recognition For Research: Navigation North Keeps Development Connected To The Classroom

Navigation North is proud to receive recognition for the research-based work we have conducted with our colleagues at the Smithsonian in developing and shaping the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Digital Promise convened experts at Teachers College, Columbia University to review and selected one exemplary company and two honorable mentions in each category. EdSurge reported on the findings, identifying Smithsonian Learning Lab for its work [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:37+00:00 November 18th, 2016|

Where Exquisite Summer Content Begins to Bloom

The seeds all looked more or less the same as did the work to plant them. Now there are tomatoes, wildflowers, peppers, sunflowers, and corn well on its way. A convergence of exquisite and diverse flora from a common environment of soil and water, experience and effort. We have been involved in some interesting conversations around what's working for schools and districts and what's [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:38+00:00 June 28th, 2016|

Transforming Rich OER Into Instructional Music Will Take More Than a Kazoo

OER sometimes looks like millions of random musical notes at its most granular level. They can be organized in many different ways by different practitioners to create entirely different songs...and at times, some projects choose to do a bit of assembly and organize the notes into certain kinds of songs or sheets of pre-constructed music to lend more structure and focus. I find this [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:38+00:00 April 13th, 2016|