As part of the Back-to-School Bus Tour, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made his fourth stop in Williamsfield, IL yesterday. One of the key topics during his stop yesterday was Open Educational Resources and Technology. Williamsfield Community Unit School District 210 was used as a great example for this topic as they started to move toward technology-based classrooms back in 2013.
The Illinois Open Education Resources (IOER) team was also present to showcase how IOER is on the forefront of opening up access to resources for teachers, administrators, parents, and students. IOER is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois State Board of Education. A release from the Office of Educational Technology about the Williamsfield School District states:
Some of the district’s teachers took the initiative to find new, more capable instructional materials on their own, which lead them down the path to openly licensed educational resources. They soon had the full support of Superintendent Farquer who had previously worked with the Illinois Open Education Resource development team readying open tools for district and teacher use. Working together, the team was able to replace several textbooks with openly licensed educational resources…
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