ISKME In the News

Sharon’s Big Ideas Fest Experience
Teaching Bites,   December 16, 2016

Contrary to typical sit and get curriculum PD’s that go in one ear and out the other, the Big Ideas Fest is my favorite PD yet!  It’s life-changing and the founder and CEO of ISKME, Lisa Petrides and her team, carefully and intentionally curated amazing speakers who are making positive changes in our world....
Eleanor Green (Lavender Courage) Shares Her Big Ideas Fest Experience
Twitter,   December 9, 2016

Alright, let’s talk about America! Long post inbound! My trip to California was short but amazing. 
Big Ideas Fest 2016
December 4, 2016 - December 7, 2016

The need for change in education is on everyone’s mind--and we invite you to come be part of the solution-making process. Big Ideas Fest is a unique three-day immersion into collaboration and design, dedicated to catalyzing innovation in education. Each year, we gather with education mavericks and change-makers from around the world who serve K-12...
A Broader View of OER: In Response to McShane’s Article on Open Education
Education Next,   November 2, 2016

Michael Q. McShane’s article, “Open Education: Is the federal government overstepping its role?” (Winter 2017) makes the case that educators are essentially consumers of open education resources (OER) who lack the time, skill, and support to handle the “administrivia” required to be serious developers of content and pedagogy that can meet the...
STEM & the Library
The Contrarian Librarian,   October 31, 2016

It is very common for History and English teachers to arrive at the library doorstep looking to collaborate, but a little less likely for Science and Math teachers. As a curriculum and literacy nerd, I am always looking for the intersection of STEM subjects and research, because I believe fervently that literacy across the curriculum improves...
School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning (SLASL): Our experience with Open Education Resources
Katharine Gadwah Blogspot,   October 18, 2016

Read about 21st century learning and skills and you will read about making connections to real life as well as reflective and collaborative practice -- for both students and teachers. With all the demands on teacher time, how does one find the time to be truly collaborative?
OpenStax, OER Commons partner on community hubs
Rice University News & Media,   October 11, 2016

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax is partnering with OER Commons to provide online community hubs where instructors can freely share and modify syllabuses, homework, study guides and other open-copyright course materials that are made specifically for each of the free textbooks in OpenStax’s growing catalog.
Power Grid: Librarian and Physics Teachers Collaborate on STEM Initiative
Amherst Today,   October 3, 2016

Combining literacy and electricity isn’t exactly intuitive, but two Souhegan High School teachers and the librarian took on the challenge through a project called “School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning” sponsored by Granite State College, the New Hampshire Department of Education and the American Association of School...
What Are Open Educational Resources?
Center for Digital Education,   September 6, 2016

Though the term "open educational resourcs" has become widely used in recent years, not everyone is clear on exactly what it means. According to the Hewlett Foundation, whose definition is considered the most official, says Lisa Petrides, the CEO and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), "[open...
7 resources for open education materials,   August 23, 2016

Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." Read more here.
Next Generation Science Standards Aligned Open Simulations and Tools
Getting Smart,   August 15, 2016

For many, the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) means a required shift and different approach to teaching. A shift from teaching science facts, vocabulary and figures to a more integrated, engineering, design focused and inquiry-based approach. Read more here.
Learn How to Facilitate an Action Collab
August 1, 2016 - August 2, 2016

Sign up for our upcoming Action Collab Facilitator Training session! Action Collabs help groups discover innovative fixes to practical challenges and create real value for educators and learners. It is a collaborative approach to problem-solving that combines human-centered design-thinking concepts with improvisation techniques to unlock a group’s...