OER Commons


The worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. The Open Education Movement is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it’s about participation and co-creation. Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning.

ISKME's OER initiatives aim to grow a sustainable culture of sharing and continuous improvement among educators at all levels. In 2007, ISKME launched OER Commons, its digital public library and collaboration platform, informed by the organization's pioneering efforts in knowledge management and educational innovation. OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners. Diving into OER Commons is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other educators and learners, at the forefront of a new educational era.

OER Commons forges alliances between trusted content providers and creative users and re-users of OER. In addition to content partnerships, OER Commons, and its creator, ISKME, builds strategic relationships with organizations, consortia, states, districts, and others, in order to develop innovation and new research focused on OER, to advance the field of open education, and to build models for its sustainability.

Supported in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ISKME, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, created OER Commons as part of the Foundation’s worldwide OER initiative.

From content, to infrastructure, to policies, many individuals and organizations work to make open content for all a reality. We acknowledge our partner organizations for their vision, expertise, and collaborative know-how


Introducing Plus Portals

KCHS is introducing a new platform to communicate with our families called Plus Portals, by Rediker. We will no longer be using Edline.

Plus Portals is a cloud-based application integrated with the KCHS student information system. This application provides access to student class pages where you will be able to see your students' grades, progress reports, schedules, attendance and discipline records along with teacher contact information.

It also makes available school-wide information such as event dates, school announcements, and resources (forms, handbooks, etc). Please look for the activation email and click on the link to set up your Plus Portals account.

Learn to track your child's classroom progress, communicate with teachers, and stay updated on what's happening at school through our hands-on interactive guides and videos.

The ParentPlus web portal connects parents and students with schools and teachers. As a parent, you can quickly stay informed about what's happening at the school and your children's classes—from knowing if the school is closed on a given day to seeing how well your child did on his or her last homework or exam. With features such as E-Locker, uploading homework as a parent or student is a breeze and only a few clicks away.

Check out these interactive guides to help you learn to navigate the new portal!


5 places where any kid can learn how to code

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“The kids of today tap, swipe and pinch their way through the world. But unless we give them tools to build with computers, we are raising only consumers instead of creators,” says programmer Linda Liukas. That’s why parents and teachers should introduce coding as a creative act — a playful form of making that requires imagination, bravery and perseverance. Ready to teach your kids how to code? Here are 5 great places to start.
Hello Ruby is a whimsical website (and book!) created by Liukas to explain programming fundamentals to kids. The detailed lesson plansare appropriate for kids 5+.
Code.org teaches students the basics of programming through a free series of guided exercises — and is one of several resources on this list to be recommended by the TED Technology Team. To bring coding into your classroom, check out the Hour of Code model.
Created and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT’s Media Lab, Scratch is a both a programming language and an evolving community of young coders. To get started, dive into these resources.
Will the next generation of computer scientists include more Ada Lovelaces? Yes, if teachers and parents inspire more girls to start coding — and to embrace risk. “Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure,” says founder Reshma Saujani. “Coding is an endless process of trial and error.” Learn more about the Girls Who Code curriculum here.
Even a Waldorf school can get excited about these computer science teaching tools. “CS Unplugged has activities you can do without a computer to teach programming fundamentals,” says Liukas.


How to Search For (and Add) Free Images Right Within Google Docs

If your document needs some imagery, you can insert free images from right within Google Docs. You don’t need to be out scouring the Internet every time you need an image. Instead, you should learn to take advantage of the free tools right within the app that will allow you to search for and insert images in your doc in just a few easy steps.

In Google Docs, click on the Insert menu at the top of the screen, and scroll down to Image.
In the window that opens up, you’ll see all the usual options for inserting images from your drive, from a URL, or from your computer. However, you should also see the Search option on the far right hand side of the window. Click on that.
Here you will get a search bar. The results that are displayed will be labelled for commercial reuse with modifications, so you know that you can safely use these images. Search for the keyword(s) you’d like. The search pulls from Google, LIFE and stock images.
Click on the image you want. Click Select, and it will insert into your document. From there, you’re free to adjust or resize it as required.