By Kim Jones, Curriki CEO
If you’re not familiar with the term OER (Open Educational Resources), they are learning resources that teachers, educators, or other professionals have created and have made freely available to others for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing.
Last week, Representative George Miller (CA) introduced the Transforming Education Through Technology Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Act would help schools, districts, and states transform learning systems by utilizing innovative technology.
We are very excited because the legislation includes prominent roles for OER in two ways:
- All U.S. states would be required to “consider making content widely available through open educational resources when making purchasing decisions with funds received” under the Act.
- OER is explicitly called out as an efficiency/productivity strategy that grantees could pursue to extend the “reach of high-quality materials, tools, curriculum, instruction, or teachers.”
I ask that you support this Act by creating awareness of its intent (i.e., please spread the word!), as well as its OER provision, so that we can garner broad support to advance this in Congress.
You can find out more about the Transforming Education Through Technology Act here. Specifically the legislation would:
- Support teachers and principals in using technology to increase college and career readiness, close achievement gaps, and engage all students.
- Help school districts build a technology infrastructure to make sure schools take full advantage of what technology has to offer.
- Help states improve student learning, upgrade assessments, and improve educator preparation and support.
- Seed innovation to create the learning environment of tomorrow using the best technology of today.
Thank you and stay tuned for ways that we can support this Act.