Open Source Software – Educational Technology

As I continue to teach in a blended learning (half online, half traditional learning) fourth grade classroom, I find it amazing and surreal in which route education technology is heading. I decided to look further into the area of Open Content, which refers to educational subject matter free of charge as well as modifiable by the public. There are several ongoing programs within Open Content that I plan to continue researching. The following is and update on what I have found so far.

Open Content enables teachers to annotate the curriculum as it works for their planning guide. I see this of great value, because personally, I don’t adhere to teacher’s manuals in the manner they are intended to be utilized.  Recent trends can be found at the 2016 State of Open Source Software Report Open Content supports teacher’s quests as they annotate the curriculum as it fits their planning. I have yet to find a math series that I have agreed with the timeline. It is amazing that the annotations could be saved for future years of teaching.

The Free Curriculum Project is currently working on offering free curriculum to students in all levels of education. Free Curriculum claims that this would work well for home-school students. I see that this would work well for private and public schools as well. It would be of great benefit to students to have access to textbooks via the Internet. Currently, my school district provides students access (if they have access to the Internet) to our social studies, science, and math curriculum online. As textbooks are adopted technology is integrated as an alternative to traditional books. I see this of value for all K-12 schools. It would unquestionably decrease the number of back injuries from heavy books carried. This will only work if all students have direct access to the Internet. In reading about a new bill presented by The House, it appears that disadvantaged students may have Internet access at the homes in the future. There is so much more to research about Open Content, and the possibilities that may evolve in education.

By, Allison Yager, M.E.T. EdTech Reporter

Contributing Reporters – Jaclyn Elizabeth,  Social Media Reporter