BRIGHT: Stories of Hope & Innovation in Michigan Classrooms

In Michigan Virtual’s podcast called “Bright”, they interview teachers located across the state of Michigan who have been doing an outstanding job in dealing with the challenges of the pandemic. We get to hear their stories of how they tried new approaches to reach their students virtually, failed and succeeded in various areas, and we think that now more than ever their stories deserve to be told.

While the podcast interviews educators in Michigan, the content is relevant for anyone involved in K-12 education. The podcast was launched in early 2021 and new episodes are published every 1-2 weeks. Many of the episodes are applicable to current events as well as challenges that students, parents, and educators will face in years to come.

So if you are interested in the podcast, we would certainly appreciate it if you would consider giving it a listen! If you would also consider subscribing via Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts, we would really appreciate it! Subscribing makes a big difference in helping us promote our episodes to a wider audience.

https://michiganvirtual.org/bright/

Kialo Edu

A unique tool for teaching critical thinking

Kialo Edu is a custom version of Kialo (kialo.com), the world’s largest argument mapping and debate site, specifically designed for classroom use. Its clear, visually compelling format makes it easy to follow the logical structure of a discussion and facilitates thoughtful collaboration. Kialo’s mission is to promote well-reasoned discussion online, and to that end, Kialo is free for educators to use.

https://www.kialo-edu.com/

Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians

The book, Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians, is now published under CC BY and offers an additional way to access the openly licensed CC Certificate content. It’s available in print at the ALA store, or it can be downloaded from our website!

Whether you’re a volunteer, professor, instructional designer, researcher, administrator or technologist—or simply looking for a great holiday gift—this book offers a background on copyright law, as well as a clear guide to open licensing and open advocacy. You can read this book on its own or while taking the CC Certificate course.

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, “providing leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

After initial collaboration with the ALA on “Copytalk” webinars, we were delighted to partner with them for this project under the shared goal of increasing equitable access to information.

https://creativecommons.org/2019/12/06/cc-for-educators-and-librarians-is-available/

Open Pedagogy Notebook

This website is designed to serve as a resource for educators interested in learning more about Open Pedagogy.

We invite you to browse through the examples, which include both classroom-tested practices and budding ideas, and to consider contributing examples of your own experiments with open pedagogy.