ISKME In the News

ISKME Study on Assessing Graduation Proficiencies and External Validation
Western Association of Schools and Colleges,   March 7, 2012

At its November 2-4, 2011 meeting, the Commission decided to continue to study and receive comment from the region on the Redesign Steering Committee's recommendation that institutions will externally benchmark key graduation proficiencies as part of the redesigned Institutional Review Process. The intent of the recommendation was that external...
International Initiatives Fuel Growth of Open Ed. Content
Education Week,   January 29, 2012

Open education resources are claiming a place in schools in a diverse array of countries.   South Africa's Education Department is printing math and science textbooks produced from such resources for use in grades 10 through 12. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education has developed a platform called Wikiwijs for employing open resources...
Building a strong foundation for open practices
Open.Michigan Blog,   December 21, 2011

I was fortunate to attend this year’s Big Ideas Fest, held in Half Moon Bay, California. While I attended last year’s Big Ideas Fest (BIF), this year’s was particularly relevant to our work here at Open.Michigan. A primary feature of the Big Ideas Fest each year is the action collab, where participants are grouped together to discuss and jam on...
Big Ideas Fest: A Student Perspective
Roadtrip Nation,   December 21, 2011

Our team attended the Big Ideas Fest Half Moon Bay with a group of eight amazing Roadtrip Nation students from South San Francisco High School who interviewed Leaders at the conference! I had a chance to talk to Roadtrip Nation student Natasha Lee about her experience at Big Ideas Fest!
Helping Educators Determine the Quality of Open Education Resources,   December 16, 2011

Open Educational Resources (OER), or digital materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research and more, are made available for free to be used with few or no restrictions. They include full lesson plans, learning modules, complete courses, and many other tools, materials, and techniques used to support access to knowledge — and...
Big-time educators think up big ideas
Half Moon Bay Review,   December 14, 2011

Danny Hillis is trying to create an online version of his fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Wilner, an educator who knew her students and could tailor materials and skill assessments to their interests.   This is how Hillis began a lecture to about 180 teachers, administrators and education experts during the third annual Big Ideas Fest held at the...
Half Moon Bay's Big Ideas Fest
Half Moon Bay Patch,   December 13, 2011

Half Moon Bay is the home of the Big Ideas Fest, a leading conference where innovative thinkers and leaders in the world of K-20 education have converged for the last three years. Last week, the conference hosted an eclectic and inspiring group of speakers. One of the most moving presentations was given by Kaycee Eckhardt, a New Orleans teacher...
Big Ideas Fest Lived Up to Its Name
Berkeley Blog,   December 8, 2011

I'm not a conference-going person. In fact, I'd rather spend three days in solitary confinement at a high-risk prison (which I've never done...yet) than three days trapped in a conference with hundreds of people I don't know or necessarily want to know and listen to boring speeches.   The Big Ideas Fest (, an education-...
What Adults Can Learn From Kids
KQED Mind Shift,   December 8, 2011

This week, a group of educators and entrepreneurs got together at the Big Ideas Fest to push forward smart, actionable innovations in education. (I’ll report more on the event in the coming week.)
Educators + Entrepreneurs = 'Big Ideas' in Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Patch,   December 7, 2011

For the past three days in Half Moon Bay, the startup spirit of Silicon Valley has combined with the steadfastness of lifelong educators at the Big Ideas Fest, a conference focusing on providing solutions to some of education's most provocative questions.   "Education is in the state of disarray," said Lisa Petrides, the founder and...
Action Collabs and Rapid Fire Presentations at Big Ideas Fest 2011
jackcwest: Edtech in high school,   December 6, 2011

It is almost six o’clock on Tuesday and I am sitting in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay at the Big Ideas Fest 2011. At the core of this unique conference is a product development process called an Action Collab. Think Startup Weekend with a focus on big ideas in education, and add colored construction paper and pipe cleaners...
OPAL Award: The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), USA
Open Educational Policy Initiative ,   December 6, 2011

ISKME is the 2011 winner of the OPAL Award for Bodies which Influence Policy. Gráinne Conole received the award on behalf of Lisa Petrides, Director of ISKME, at the awards ceremony.