State Board of Education: Learning Roundtable

Yesterday, I had the powerful opportunity to speak to the Texas State Board of Education at a Learning Roundtable, Educating the Digital Generation.  Surrounded by Superintendents, Researchers, Publishers, Experts, and Instructional Technology Directors, I listened, watched and learned for quite an inspirational day at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

For the two hours preceding my assigned speaking time, I wrestled with the question – What makes the content I intend to share worthy of listening?  I made quick adjustments to my speaking notes and I started with this … My name is Mary Kemper.  I serve as the Director of Mathematics in Coppell ISD.  More importantly, I am a proud product of Texas Public Schools.  I have a vested interest in our schools.  My children are/will be students in Texas Public Schools.  And, 11,000+ learners in CISD are impacted by my work.

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Why Open Source? 6 Reasons + 1.

We are at a tipping point in education and it is exciting to be on the leading edge of great change! The change that is coming is in what materials we use to teach – how students access information.  Traditional content is being challenged by Open Source.

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell)

Why change?  Why seek teaching resources from anywhere other than a traditional textbook?

I offer 6 reasons (and one bonus reason!) below: value, accessibility, alignment, quality, availability, and money. I would like to add that it is not surprising, though, in a time of HGTV and DIY, that teachers are creative and they utilize their digital access to content in classrooms around the world.

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