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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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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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Emphasize Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness (CLEAN)

Research shows that most adults in the US get a failing grade when it comes to basic climate and energy literacy. The CLEAN project (http://cleanet.org ) is one of many emerging efforts to help address confusion, misconceptions and cognitive gaps around climate science and energy topics. A national campaign to mainstream climate and energy literacy and address holes, using the Six Americas research on climate knowledge ...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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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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Newburgh Learning Center

A program I use here is geared toward making a bond through hs kids and elementary kids. We have established a homework club where students come to work on their HW. High School kids check it and help them if needed. It had become a community of learning that has been very effective in the community.

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Make learning content crawl-able

I don't see this issue as a search engine problem so much as it is a content format problem. The biggest problem with accessing "learning content" right now is that most of what we call learning content (SCORM packages) is closer to being a mini-application than it is to being a pure provider of content. How can a search engine be expected to crawl a site that has its navigation locked away in a proprietary format....especially ...more »

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Make learning content crawl-able

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Faceted Search

Kids and Teachers alike are still familiar with sections in their school library classified by the Dewey Decimal system. Librarians and Technology Coordinators in K-12 use it daily. If search engines supported search by explicit classifications (Dewey, Library of Congress, others), it could make use of existing taxonomies.

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CORDRA-style tagging

Thinking about this off and on for awhile...CORDRA was an idea to metatag learning content into a global repository. Build on that concept by allowing owners and developers to maintain rights while search engines can find their content via various tags related to content, category, resource, etc. Additional tags can be for cost, seat time, or similar companion courseware. When searching, you immediately know the content ...more »

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Create Better Search Forms

There are several reasons that educators and/or learners cannot find the content the learning content they would like find on the web. Some of those reasons mean that even this suggestion will not solve the problem but it may provide some interim steps to improve discovery until some of the underlying causes are remedied. For the purpose of this suggestion I will temporarily ignore the issues of content that is not ...more »

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context based content delivery

Provide context based learning content delivery, i.e. according to the potential difficulties of the pages or activities performed by users

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