At ISTE this year, Learning.com announced Curriculum Foundry, a searchable repository pre-populated with vetted open education resources (OER) that can be used alongside other digital content within a district.
What are OER?
OER are teaching and learning materials that have an open license. This allows educators to use and repurpose learning materials to meet the needs of their district, classroom and students.
What makes this cool?
- Allows districts to provide teachers with quality content from a standards-aligned repository. Districts can also access other types of digital content they have licenses for.
- Teachers can search for new content, supplement district-created curriculum or create their own to suit individual student needs.
- Helps districts address budget challenges by making it easy to find and use standards-aligned digital content.
- Students can access digital content from multiple sources using a single login.
- Ties together learning systems, student information systems, digital content and curriculum building tools.
Why is it important to teachers?
Teachers have a lot on their plates. Access to vetted, standards-aligned content can be a big time saver. While for many teachers, creating original lessons is exciting, constantly re-creating the wheel can be cumbersome. This tool lets districts create, combine, and share curriculum in an efficient way. Thus, putting more time back into the pockets of teachers.
Why is it important to the space?
We know that blended and personalized learning are becoming increasingly important in today’s classrooms. Curriculum Foundry provides an easy way for districts to get the right digital curriculum into the hands of teachers and students.
Bottom line, Curriculum Foundry provides the flexibility and ease-of-access to OER that many K-12 districts are looking for when building digital curricula. Watch the video below and learn more by visiting learning.com/tools.
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