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Open Educational Resources in Poland: Challenges and Opportunities (Nov 2013)

Excerpt from the conclusion from this UNESCO report on OER :

_Open Educational Resources are currently gaining momentum, both globally and in Poland. After many years of grassroots activities performed by nongovernmental organisations and groups of activists and enthusiasts of modern education (who see OER as an opportunity to support deep transformations in the educational system) the trend has evolved into the commonly accepted standard. However,
this does not mean that everyone supports it. The year 2012  was particularly important in terms of the increased pace at which the changes were happening. The predictions for the systematic implementation of programmes that support and develop OER slowly started to materialise and became a reality. ...
.... The Polish government decided to launch the “Digital School” programme (and to create open e-textbooks within this programme). This last example is also the first complex governmental programme that creates open textbooks. _
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"It is in the interest of a plutocracy [def: rule by the wealthy] to keep people uneducated, since an educated populace is dangerous. By marketing education as a commodity, the plutocracy encourages the view of education as a product that can be purchased, and is sold by professional “manufacturers”"
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Facebook Like button broken on Google sites - possible solution

I was helping my son add some social sharing to his website hosted on Google Sites (www.beeptest.ro).  Seems that adding a Facebook like button was always a pain (until +Steegle.com  published their gadget)...but now is pretty well blocked (if you want to use javascript).

Possible workaround? no javascript, sharing URL endpoints using Addthis...

While not a perfect solution, I did manage to add a working Facebook like button to a Google Site using Addthis, more specifically, using their newsletter link format which is a URL with no javascript required.  You also don't (appear to) need an Addthis account but you do need to manually specify a URL which is the target page to be "liked".

You can try it out on in the right hand column on www.beeptest.ro (my son's website for a school project).

The non-javascript sharing buttons for Addthis are here (select Email Newsletter in top left, and follow the instructions...)
https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing-buttons

There's also a recently added google plus/G+ functionality mentioned here:
http://support.addthis.com/customer/portal/questions/830336-google-

Addthis sharing URL endpoint are documented here:
http://support.addthis.com/customer/portal/articles/381265-addthis-sharing-endpoints

There's probably other ways but at least for me, for the time being, this is a partial solution until something better comes along (or this too becomes disabled).  Hope it helps other.

The issue/discussion on Google's product forums is here:
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/sites/EZLVepVFY_4/2DM0IkhLJmwJ

#googlesites     #facebook     #likebutton   
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Applying science of learning in education 

Looks like an excellent free ebook (PDF: 300+ pages) addressing theory and practice for improving learning based on theory and research in cognitive psychology.

From the site:

"Authors wrote their chapters with nonexperts as the target audience – teachers who may have little or no background in science of learning, research-based approaches to teaching and learning, or even general principles of psychological science."

 "The 14 chapters in Part 1 address important concepts, principles, theories, and research findings, and applications related to the science of learning. The four chapters in Part 2 focus on preparing faculty to apply science of learning principles in their courses. Finally, the six chapters in Part 3 provide examples of research that have been done in real academic settings and that have applied one or more science of learning principles"

Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/asle2014/index.php

#education #ebook  
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2012 Digital Learning Report Card
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/reportcard

Digital Learning Now!’s second annual report card measures state policies on digital learning...the graphic is nice - green is good, red is less good... also a downloadable PDF report...

It's based on perceived alignment to '10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning': 
1. Student Eligibility
2. Student Access
3. Personalized Learning
4. Advancement
5. Quality Content
6. Quality Instruction
7. Quality Choices
8. Assessment and Accountability
9. Funding
10. Delivery

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"The DPLA will be a distributed system of electronic content that will make the holdings of public and research libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies available, effortlessly and free of charge, to readers located at every connecting point of the Web."

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from page 2:
"How will such material be put to use? I would like to end with a final example. About 14 million students are struggling to get an education in community colleges—at least as many as those enrolled in all the country’s four-year colleges and universities. But many of them—and many more students in high schools—do not have access to a decent library. The DPLA can provide them with a spectacular digital collection, and it can tailor its offering to their needs. Many primers and reference works on subjects such as mathematics and agronomy are still valuable, even though their copyrights have expired. With expert editing, they could be adapted to introductory courses and combined in a reference library for beginners."
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