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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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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 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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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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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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Professional Development

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

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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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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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LODE

I took a pretty deep look at LODE (an IMS working group) recently. It has a lot of features that we are going to need. I think it's potentially a huge step forward in the concept of registries for learning. I also saw it as maybe missing a few pieces, such as non-centralized augmented metadata: the ability for anyone to post defining/categorical information about anyone else's resources. So if NASA publishes a photo ...more »

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Metadata augmentation and performance

How can we get metadata augmentation from many different sources in a way that doesn’t create gatekeepers but also permits high performance searches? Metadata augmentation would permit classification or other information about a resource to be searchable from any node on a network, regardless of who publishes the resource. In traditional metadata models, only the publisher of a resource can provide metadata and search ...more »

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Paradata formats and storage

Are there any good/popular formats for structuring "paradata?" Also, how should paradata be stored? Is the publishing agent responsible for storing and sending it to anyone who asks for a period of time? Could we use a bittorrent concept to help make paradata available to all but without having to be stored by everyone? (Share the storage?) Paradata is any kind of usage data (whether raw weblogs, ratings, reviews, ...more »

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Crosswalking / integrating diverse metadata

What technologies exist to permit crosswalking diverse metadata into searchable / discoverable interfaces?

 

We've run across Fedora, DSpace, xtf and I'm sure there are many more out there. Anyone have experience with products that solve this problem efficiently?

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