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Using OER Smarter, Better & Faster for High School Social Studies
Thursday May 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Eva Henderson, Professional Development Specialist; with Jeff Meyer, Product Specialist for Learning.com
Sponsored by Learning.com
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Are you currently using or planning to integrate Open Educational Resources (OER) in high school social studies instruction? The universe of digital content offers everything from political cartoons and digital maps to video clips, primary sources and interactive history games that can be used to energize and personalize instruction. With the breadth of high school social studies curriculum covering civics, economics, geography, and U.S. and world history; sourcing best-fit resources is an ongoing task. Beyond finding the resources, it’s important to source those that support key concepts and offer students new paths to understanding history and contemporary society. Which ones are right for you, your lesson plans, and your students? Finding quality, standards-aligned content on your own can be time-consuming and challenging. It doesn’t have to be.
Take a look at OER through the lens of high school social studies. Our presenter is Eva Henderson, who has worked in education for 16 years with a special emphasis on technology. She was joined by Jeff Myer, Product Specialist for Learning.com. Together, Eva and Jeff suggested best practices and tools to both identify and deliver engaging, instructionally sound, lessons built around OER – specifically for high school social studies.
Sourcing the content is only one piece of the puzzle. Using it effectively for instruction is the other. Eva and Jeff discussed how to use OER smarter, better, faster for creating lesson plans that support 21st century skills and current technologies. In 60 minutes, learn how you can efficiently do more with digital content.
This session will be beneficial for high school social studies and general education teachers, high school principals, curriculum leaders/developers, technology specialists, and media specialists.
Eva Henderson is a Professional Development Specialist. An educator for 16 years, Eva has worked in private schools, public schools and nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on using technology. She served as a trainer and Senior Technology Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs where she developed and helped deliver technology instruction daily to youth ranging from 6 to 18 years old. Eva teaches because she loves children and feels a sense of pride and purpose watching them develop academically. She is passionate about the Learning.com digital literacy curriculum and how the products can successfully enhance students’ mastery of 21st century skills.
Jeff Meyer is a Product Specialist for Learning.com, where he provides prospects and customers with professional development, implementation, and project management services for regional, statewide and international projects related to common core standards, digital literacy, and 21st century skills. Jeff has worked in education for 34 years as a public school teacher and coach, district curriculum and technology director and administrator. He is passionate about the need to transform education using data-based, inquiry-driven approaches and digital resources, especially with urban students and educators. Prior to his nearly eleven years of service with Learning.com, Jeff worked in the Austin and Eanes school districts, Education Service Center, and University of Texas at Austin, Texas.
Learning.com provides K-12 solutions to help students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts around the country equip their students with the digital literacy skills needed for online assessments, college, and the workforce using our award-winning digital literacy solutions. Learning.com supports districts as they move to digital content with tools to build and share district-created digital curriculum.