What Can Digitization Do For Learning?

Written by Neeru Khosla on December 16, 2012

“What can digitization do for learning?” This is the fundamental question that has driven the team at CK-12 and motivates us to innovate. It stimulates a much more intriguing thought process than the more mundane “how do we digitize a textbook?” or “how do we get curriculum into the virtual world?” We don’t just ask ourselves what it would take to make great content accessible to all students, but rather we question what would make the content more meaningful to

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20 Million Thank You’s!

Written by Neeru Khosla on November 15, 2012

CK-12 Foundation has reached a major milestone today! For the past 2 years, we have strived everyday to ensure students the world over don’t fall by the wayside simply because their schools, in the face of intensifying budget cuts, are unable to provide quality educational resources. Today we proudly announce that between content downloads and pageviews we have delivered more than 20 million learning opportunities to students everywhere – without charging a cent.  11 million of those coming in the

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Enabling Social Learning – CK-12 Introduces its New StudyHELP Facebook App!

Written by Neeru Khosla on November 1, 2012

CK-12 is always striving to provide new ways for students and teachers to collaborate and learn K-12 concepts in multiple ways, so today we are introducing the StudyHelp platform on Facebook. Students can now get answers to their homework questions, anytime (even when an assignment is due next morning!)

https://apps.facebook.com/studyhelp/

“Ask”
The “Ask” feature provides the ability for students to ask questions instantly while they are learning at home or away from their classroom. It allows someone struggling with a problem or topic

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Multi-Modality Learning: More Resourceful Than Ever!

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 8, 2012

Beginning this month, we launched our new, multi-modality platform. I am very excited about this release, because I believe this type of innovative learning is extremely beneficial to students and teachers alike. New technologies create unique ways to enhance learning, and at CK-12, we take advantage of this opportunity by providing diverse modes of learning. Each modality can be defined as “a different way to learn or explore.”

We don’t subscribe to a single “best” learning method at CK-12, but we

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A New Vision: Innovate and Invigorate

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 1, 2012

I have been absent from writing blogs recently, because we have been making some exciting changes to our website.  CK-12 now presents an entirely new educational platform that is concept based.  Learning evolves from a knowledge base, and this initial point of reference affects all of our future learning. As this knowledge base is enriched through education, more complex and creative ideas can follow.  Adhering to this basic principle, our online textbooks have been broken down into smaller pieces of

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To be commercial or not is the question?

Written by Neeru Khosla on April 27, 2011

There has been growing debate over whether OER should use commercial licensing.If this is an issue you feel passionate about, please check out the online debate being led by UNESCO/OER Foundation “Should OER Favour Commercial Use?” http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/debates/group:14358/phase/251476/252289.At CK-12, we believe strongly that licensing should be a choice, not a mandate.We believe that the choice should represent a true spirit of openness for both the users and as well as those providers who take the time and consideration to share their

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OER Presentation Dr. Louise Waters, Leadership Public Schools

Written by Neeru Khosla on April 8, 2011

This particular blog entry I am using a different format. I will share verbatim the presentation of Dr. Louise Waters at the Hewlett Foundations OER conference. It speaks to what I cannot seem to say as well as she says.

Open Source Educational Resources
Using the Power of Open-Source Resources to Transform Urban High Schools
By Louise Bay Waters, Superintendent & CEO Leadership Public Schools

A Presentation for the 3/30/11 Hewlett Foundation OER Conference


“Oh yeah, that’s right!”

Written by Neeru Khosla on February 2, 2011
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Do you ever stop to wonder why we need someone to prove to us something that we innately know to be true?

We tend not to believe certain facts until and unless someone with credentials proves to us that they represent a truth. The proof comes from spending years of their life deciphering the concepts, followed by research papers, book/s on the topic, and that’s when we can safely say “Oh yeah, that’s right.


Why even bother with Superman?

Written by Neeru Khosla on December 13, 2010
superman

For some time there has been much talk about “Waiting for Superman” but I now feel compelled to join the conversation.

I do believe that this movie did a lot to accelerate the dialogue about what we have done with our education system but to be honest I believe the conversation has headed down the wrong path.The problem is not charter schools vs. public schools and which is better than the other but rather what we, as adults, are doing

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Common Cause

Written by Neeru Khosla on November 3, 2010
indian_classroom

It was really thrilling to be invited to represent the educational part of a recent White House delegation to India, led by White House CTO Aneesh Chopra and Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.The trip was quite informative for me, since I have not kept up with the educational system in India.

An Indian Classroom

Use of Resources

To be honest, I was expecting the “same old same old” list

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