Education

Open source is driving change and collaboration in K-12 education. We’ll talk about key projects, APIs, open standards and technological challenges in education technology as it accelerates the progress of U.S. public schools.

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Sharren Bates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is building a set of shared technology services that will allow states and school districts to connect student data and education materials that currently exist in different formats and locations. Learn about the developing technology, including the technical specifications, data store, APIs and SDK, and address participant questions. Read more.
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Kurt Bollacker (Applied Minds)
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(3.40, 5 ratings)
Our current public education system was built using industrial age thinking, and is now struggling to adapt to modern educational needs. Open Source philosophies have given us an information age of prosperity. Recent developments mean we can finally use "open source thinking" to transform our educational system into a 21st century success- but it won't look much like it does today. Read more.
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Greg Grossmeier (Creative Commons), Steve Midgley (US Department of Education)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
We've done it. We've created a ton of high quality OER. But how can that material enable a personalized learning environment? How do students find the best material for their unique needs and desires? The Learning Registry coupled with the new LRMI metadata standard provide that infrastructure. Come learn how you can improve your own learning platforms, or write the next generation. Read more.
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Michael Brewer (UGA: Franklin College OIT)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
One of the many parts of the FERPA law is the ability of students to put a restriction on the release of their academic information. While this sounds simple enough, there are many powerful (and sometimes unforeseen) consequences of choosing the Restriction. In this session, we will discuss why you should add the field to your student records, why students opt in, and what side effects can happen. Read more.
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Nathan Dotz (Detroit Labs)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
We are bringing a previously unrepresented field, neuroscience, to K12 education with an unheard of method: we are open-sourcing everything. You'll learn how building upon open source technologies and using open licensing on our creations lets us do what no one else has -- bring neuroscience to primary education classrooms around the world! Read more.
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Jonathan Briggs (Eastside Preparatory School)
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(2.67, 3 ratings)
Take a tour of 8 years of lessons learned building, assembling, purchasing and adapting an optimal online learning ecosystem at a forward thinking 5-12 independent school. Find out how to get rapid teacher adoption, maximize resources and influence instructional practices. We will also take a tour of how Eastside Prep's integrated systems support all levels of the school. Read more.
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David Preston (The Preston Group)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Forget what you think you know about school and education policy: the unevenly distributed future is here. Open source learning is no longer hypothetical. Learners are using open source values, organizing principles and tools to construct experiences and networks that inspire, support achievement, and create previously unimagined opportunity for expansion. Read more.
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Bob Regan (Pearson Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
With so much digital content out there, why aren’t schools yet digital? It’s because so much educational software and experiences are hard to use, hard to find and hard to integrate with existing tools. Come discuss concrete ways developers can help to bootstrap the community of educators working to transform schools. Read more.
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John Hunt (IBM)
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(3.00, 1 rating)
The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an OASIS specification that defines a set of XML doc types for authoring and organizing topic-oriented information, including maps to sequence topics and other resources into structured collections, and taxonomy-driven metadata to classify content. Attend this session to learn about DITA features supporting interop standards for K-12 education. Read more.
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Evan Eustace (CoreSpring)
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(3.50, 2 ratings)
Development and exchange of formative assessments are hampered by inconsistent implementation of standards that do exist, and silo-ed data with static transfer between systems. CoreSpring,org is building an open library of formative assessment content aligned to new teaching standards, and a suite of tools and open APIs to facilitate development, distribution and data analysis. Read more.
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Tara Tiger Brown (UC Irvine), Chris McAvoy (Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Self directed, interest based learning needs validation, Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure opens learning accreditation to all. We'll cover the current thinking around interest based learning, and dive into the implementation details of the Mozilla Open Badges infrastructure, which provides a framework for recognizing and legitimizing self directed interest based learning. Read more.
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Gerardo Capiel (Benetech)
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(3.00, 2 ratings)
Benetech's Literacy program is revolutionizing access to educational materials for print disabled students (e.g. blind, dyslexic, quadraplegic). It is accomplishing this goal by leveraging and contributing to an end-to-end ecosystem of FLOSS technologies to make sure that as the educational content landscape rapidly evolves print-disabled students are as “plugged-in” as their peers. Read more.

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