ISKME In the News

How Open Education Can Transform Learning
KQED Mind Shift,   March 27, 2012

 As the open education movement grows, the ripple effects of what it means for teachers to take control of what they teach is being witnessed across all spectrums in education. Customizable content, sharing and becoming part of a community, and deconstructing entrenched ideologies about what constitutes quality learning materials —...
How Do You Measure Learning
KQED Mind Shift,   March 27, 2012

It’s not a new question, but it’s certainly a divisive one — how to best measure student learning. As the Department of Education works toward finding a way to assess student learning beyond what most agree are sub-par standardized tests, and movement for opting out of assessments grows, educators and those who work in the...
ISKME Study on Assessing Graduation Proficiencies and External Validation
Western Association of Schools and Colleges,   March 07, 2012

At its November 2-4, 2011 meeting, the Commission decided to continue to study and receive comment from the region on the Redesign Steering Committee's recommendation that institutions will externally benchmark key graduation proficiencies as part of the redesigned Institutional Review Process. The intent of the recommendation was that external...
International Initiatives Fuel Growth of Open Ed. Content
Education Week,   January 29, 2012

Open education resources are claiming a place in schools in a diverse array of countries.   South Africa's Education Department is printing math and science textbooks produced from such resources for use in grades 10 through 12. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education has developed a platform called Wikiwijs for employing open resources...
Building a strong foundation for open practices
Open.Michigan Blog,   December 21, 2011

I was fortunate to attend this year’s Big Ideas Fest, held in Half Moon Bay, California. While I attended last year’s Big Ideas Fest (BIF), this year’s was particularly relevant to our work here at Open.Michigan. A primary feature of the Big Ideas Fest each year is the action collab, where participants are grouped together to...
Big Ideas Fest: A Student Perspective
Roadtrip Nation,   December 21, 2011

Our team attended the Big Ideas Fest Half Moon Bay with a group of eight amazing Roadtrip Nation students from South San Francisco High School who interviewed Leaders at the conference! I had a chance to talk to Roadtrip Nation student Natasha Lee about her experience at Big Ideas Fest!
Helping Educators Determine the Quality of Open Education Resources
achieve.org,   December 16, 2011

Open Educational Resources (OER), or digital materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research and more, are made available for free to be used with few or no restrictions. They include full lesson plans, learning modules, complete courses, and many other tools, materials, and techniques used to support access to knowledge — and...
Big-time educators think up big ideas
Half Moon Bay Review,   December 14, 2011

Danny Hillis is trying to create an online version of his fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Wilner, an educator who knew her students and could tailor materials and skill assessments to their interests.   This is how Hillis began a lecture to about 180 teachers, administrators and education experts during the third annual Big Ideas Fest held at the...
Half Moon Bay's Big Ideas Fest
Half Moon Bay Patch,   December 13, 2011

Half Moon Bay is the home of the Big Ideas Fest, a leading conference where innovative thinkers and leaders in the world of K-20 education have converged for the last three years. Last week, the conference hosted an eclectic and inspiring group of speakers. One of the most moving presentations was given by Kaycee Eckhardt, a New Orleans teacher...
Big Ideas Fest Lived Up to Its Name
Berkeley Blog,   December 08, 2011

I'm not a conference-going person. In fact, I'd rather spend three days in solitary confinement at a high-risk prison (which I've never done...yet) than three days trapped in a conference with hundreds of people I don't know or necessarily want to know and listen to boring speeches.   The Big Ideas Fest (www.bigideasfest.org), an education-...
What Adults Can Learn From Kids
KQED Mind Shift,   December 08, 2011

This week, a group of educators and entrepreneurs got together at the Big Ideas Fest to push forward smart, actionable innovations in education. (I’ll report more on the event in the coming week.)
Educators + Entrepreneurs = 'Big Ideas' in Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Patch,   December 07, 2011

For the past three days in Half Moon Bay, the startup spirit of Silicon Valley has combined with the steadfastness of lifelong educators at the Big Ideas Fest, a conference focusing on providing solutions to some of education's most provocative questions.   "Education is in the state of disarray," said Lisa Petrides, the founder and...