ISKME In the News

Big Ideas Fest 2016
December 4, 2016 - December 7, 2016

The need for change in education is on everyone’s mind--and we invite you to come be part of the solution-making process. Big Ideas Fest is a unique three-day immersion into collaboration and design, dedicated to catalyzing innovation in education. Each year, we gather with education mavericks and change-makers from around the world who serve K-12...
A Broader View of OER: In Response to McShane’s Article on Open Education
Education Next,   November 02, 2016

Michael Q. McShane’s article, “Open Education: Is the federal government overstepping its role?” (Winter 2017) makes the case that educators are essentially consumers of open education resources (OER) who lack the time, skill, and support to handle the “administrivia” required to be serious developers of content and pedagogy that can meet the...
STEM & the Library
The Contrarian Librarian,   October 31, 2016

It is very common for History and English teachers to arrive at the library doorstep looking to collaborate, but a little less likely for Science and Math teachers. As a curriculum and literacy nerd, I am always looking for the intersection of STEM subjects and research, because I believe fervently that literacy across the curriculum improves...
Power Grid: Librarian and Physics Teachers Collaborate on STEM Initiative
Amherst Today,   October 03, 2016

Combining literacy and electricity isn’t exactly intuitive, but two Souhegan High School teachers and the librarian took on the challenge through a project called “School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning” sponsored by Granite State College, the New Hampshire Department of Education and the American Association of School...
School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning (SLASL): Our experience with Open Education Resources
Katharine Gadwah Blogspot,   October 18, 2016

Read about 21st century learning and skills and you will read about making connections to real life as well as reflective and collaborative practice -- for both students and teachers. With all the demands on teacher time, how does one find the time to be truly collaborative?
OpenStax, OER Commons partner on community hubs
Rice University News & Media,   October 11, 2016

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax is partnering with OER Commons to provide online community hubs where instructors can freely share and modify syllabuses, homework, study guides and other open-copyright course materials that are made specifically for each of the free textbooks in OpenStax’s growing catalog.
What's After Next?
Advancing Philanthropy,   January 15, 2016

Being innovative is the must-have quality of any successful leader in the competitive for-profit sector, but that attribute is generally not mentioned as often with regard to those who lead nonprofit organizations. Maybe that is beginning to change. 
What Are Open Educational Resources?
Center for Digital Education,   September 06, 2016

Though the term "open educational resourcs" has become widely used in recent years, not everyone is clear on exactly what it means. According to the Hewlett Foundation, whose definition is considered the most official, says Lisa Petrides, the CEO and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), "[open...
7 resources for open education materials
opensource.com,   August 23, 2016

Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." Read more here.
Next Generation Science Standards Aligned Open Simulations and Tools
Getting Smart,   August 15, 2016

For many, the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) means a required shift and different approach to teaching. A shift from teaching science facts, vocabulary and figures to a more integrated, engineering, design focused and inquiry-based approach. Read more here.
SeniorNet First Discovery Tool Usability Study
SeniorNet,   July 22, 2016

Recently we were asked to participate in the usability testing of a new application and technology called the First Discovery Tool. The usability test is a part of a larger project that seeks to help people personalize an approach to accessibility and removing barriers to the access to digital content. Read more here. Click here to learn more...
Small School Collaboration
CORELABORATE,   March 25, 2016

Faculty in small isolated districts often wear several hats: they teach, head departments, evaluate curricula and oversee professional development.  Chances for broader collaboration are often rare, but creative Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) help remedy and improve student learning. Read more here.