Teaching With Technology: Philip Lacy

Written by Champions on April 18, 2012

Welcome to Teaching with Technology! This series of guest posts asks educators to share how they integrate technology in their classrooms. These posts are written by a very special group, CK-12 Foundation’s Champions.

Today’s guest post is by Philip Lacy. He is the Director of Instructional Technology at Niles Township Community High School District 219 in Illinois.

How do you currently integrate technology in your classroom (e.g., products used, devices, etc.)?
We have a Ubuntu based 1:1 program using Free and Open Resources

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CK-12 March 2012 Newsletter

Written by CK-12 Foundation on April 11, 2012

CK-12 Foundation is introducing the next generation FlexBooks system in June. In addition to the current FlexBooks functionality, the new system introduces learning in the form of concepts. Concepts are small units of content that can be used to learn or review a particular topic.Click here to read the full newsletter.

CK-12 February 2012 Newsletter

Written by CK-12 Foundation on March 1, 2012

CK-12 is excited to announce that in February, we reached 1,000,000 books downloaded! The downloads include books of all titles and across many different formats: PDF, Kindle, iPad, NOOK and more. The momentum is definitely building as educational institutions and individual learners search for high-quality and open solutions to their content needs. Click here to read the full newsletter.

CK-12 January 2012 Newsletter

Written by CK-12 Foundation on February 4, 2012

CK-12 and OER on the Rise in 2012

Happy New Year! 2012 promises to be a big year for CK-12 Foundation and the OER movement. Momentum has already begun to build. In a recent press release the state of Utah announced its intentions to develop and support open textbooks, with math and science titles based on CK-12 content. The Washington State Legislature is considering an OER bill. Recent testimony from Reuven Carlyle, State Representative of the

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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

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

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

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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Words with Friends

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 14, 2010

I am a big fan of Scrabble – I played it on a board until Facebook offered it online. So, I played it with absolute delight with my friends. Life got even more interesting when “Words with Friends” (a twist on Scrabble) was offered on the iPAD and iPhone. Now – I play with my friends, my children, with their friends, colleagues, my nephew and my sister in India.By now you should be asking “where do you

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