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School Districts Illegally withhold Materials from Public Domain

A huge amount of instructional material that should be in the Public Domain is kept by school districts . Materials created with federal or state grants, materials developed by school districts that receive federal dollars...all belong in the public domain. This is the law.

 

Open this content up to everyone because school districts do not hold legal title to it!

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Assistive Technology for Any Student Who Needs Extra Support

Please help educators understand the full benefits of using assistive technology to accommodate students who need extra reading and writing support. These tools aren't just for kids with special needs. If administrators clearly recognized the value of these tools, more students would get the help they need earlier in their schooling years and school budgets would enjoy more economies of scale to spread the cost per ...more »

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Professional Development

Create professional development opportunities around the Registry to help teachers best integrate digital resources into their teaching

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importance of open learning lines - The Netherlands

suggestion & discussion: on the connection between the teacher and the huge abundance of learning objects In The Netherlands we are in the process of describing all curricula for all levels for all subjects by use of controlled vocabularies. We are in the awareness that *) there is and there will be an huge abundance of learning material ; **) in the 'old world' teachers use the folio method (book) to know what to ...more »

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Rethink Push Toward Competitive Grants

If you end up continuing along the path of making school districts compete for grant funds...you need to even the playing field. There is no way small, rural, and poor school districts in my region can compete with the BIG dogs in these types of Federal and state grant competitions. Please give students in small - poor- rural schools across america equity in opportunities to learn....and give their schools funds to improve. ...more »

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Free primary source materials online

More free educational content from the states. Here at the Illinois State Library we developed the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) to provide access to primary source materials in Illinois libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions. It was designed to be a searchable repository for the Illinois State Library's digital collections as well as collections in other libraries and cultural ...more »

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Encourage embedding of license info in educational content

Encourage content creators to embed license info into educational content as well as in metadata - eg through use of MS Research's Creative Commons plugin for Office [category of guidelines for content providers?]

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FREE educational content from states

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the efforts around a very similar collaborative project lead by several State Technology Directors. In Ohio alone, we have gathered, disseminated, published over 4500 FREE digital media education assets. If you would like to learn more please contact me beth.cortolillo@etech.ohio.gov

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