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Free Download: 7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources (PDF)

Thanks to Heather Braum for retweeting this today.   Via @Educause.

This is a nice overview and will provide a good foothold for anyone digging into the cost savings and other benefits to be had by adopting Open Educational Resources within their organization.

Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other educational material. Open resources are issued under a license that spells out how they can be used: Some may only be used in their original form; in other cases, resources can be modified, remixed, and redistributed. OER expand the access to educational resources to more learners, more of the time, and they have the potential to spur pedagogical innovation, introducing new alternatives for effective teaching.

The “7 Things You Should Know About…” series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues..

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Free Article: Security in a Web 2.0-Based Environment

This month’s Multimedia & Internet@Schools has a free online article by Nancy Willard , M.S., J.D.  Ms. Willard  is the director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.   She taught “at risk” children, practiced computer law, and was an educational technology consultant before focusing her professional attention on issues of youth risk online and effective management of student internet use in 1995.  She is also the author of two books: Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press) and Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Helping Young People Use the Internet Safety and Responsibly (Jossey Bass). Nancy’s focus is on applying research insight into youth risk and effective research-based risk prevention approaches to these new concerns. To better address the professional development needs of educators in this area, she is developing video presentations and online classes.

Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers—Part 1

Trying to prepare students for their future and teach them about internet safety without Web 2.0 in schools is like trying to teach a child to swim without a swimming pool!

A combination of factors is currently leading schools to reassess how they are managing student internet use, addressing internet safety education, and responding to the concerns of youth risk when using technologies.

It is becoming clear that concerns about internet risk and the ineffective way in which schools are now trying to manage internet use are a major barrier to moving schools forward to embrace 21st-century learning environments. The new Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) will require that schools teach internet safety. Increasingly, schools are recognizing that the online behavior of some students is having a damaging impact at schools and on the ability of students to feel safe and be successful.

Read on at Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers—Part 1 /  Multimedia & Internet@Schools Magazine.

Baldgeekinmd on Days Two and Three of CIL2010

Maurice Coleman of T is for Training podcast and (almost) Bald Trainer Blog sums up his second and third days at Computers in Libraries 2010 and this years offerings for teachers and trainers.

My Computers in Libraries experience tends to blur after the first full day of the conference, but here are some of my impressions from those last two days of the conference.  My conference tweets from CIL can be found at @confbaldgeek This is my happy recap of the last two days of the conference. …

At some point at CIL or right after CIL (2009),  a group of T is for Training folks discussed what changes we would love to see at the Computers In Libraries conference, including tracks that focused on Training/Learning.

Read on at Impressions of Day Two and Three of CIL2010 « (almost) Bald Trainer Blog