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Are Open Educational Resources at the Tipping Point or the Tripping Point?

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2010 | 11:06 PM

There are so many crises in education today, that to explore the tipping point for OER (Open Educational Resources) might seem to have little relevance in light of the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind and the $4.3 billion being awarded to States in the Race to the Top. However,...

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The Wisdom Within the Crowd

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 10:56 AM

This past summer, former Google executive Paul Buchheit announced that he wanted to give away “a bunch of money” and that he wanted a social networking community to make suggestions as to what organization he should give to. As the Executive Director of Curriki, a non-profit that helps educators around the world eliminate the cost...

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What Chocolate Can Teach Us About Curriculum

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Imagine you are at your son or daughter’s play with a distracting hankering for a piece of chocolate. After much internal debate, you decide to satisfy your sweet tooth by allowing yourself exactly one piece of chocolate. In the lobby, students are offering two options—a Lindt Truffle for $0.14 or...

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What Chocolate Can Teach Us about Curriculum

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2009 | 9:58 PM

Imagine you are at your son or daughter's play with a distracting hankering for a piece of chocolate. After much internal debate, you decide to satisfy your sweet tooth by allowing yourself exactly one piece of chocolate. In the lobby, students are offering two options--a Lindt Truffle for $0.14 or...

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Free Education -- Sustaining Open-Source Curriculum?

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 9:45 AM

In the digital marketplace, the most effective price is no price at all, argues Anderson (The Long Tail). He illustrates how savvy businesses are raking it in with indirect routes from product to revenue with such models as cross-subsidies (giving away a DVR to sell cable service) and freemiums (offering...

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Come in, We're Open

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 1:41 PM

Dear Mr. President, honorable federal and state Legislators, and Parents:

As schools put their open signs back on and millions of children return to the classroom for more science experiments, mock trials, literature circles and other endeavors that will foster their development as young contributing members of society, this is...

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The Disruptive Innovation of Curriculum 2.0

(7) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM

In this age of rampant information sharing, why aren’t educational materials as ‘open’ as some other things – like some computer code? This is the question that Scott McNealy, who revolutionized software development with Sun Microsystems, asked himself about instructional materials while he was trying to find a way to...

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