Follett Commits to U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen Initiative to Support Schools’ Use of OERs
Follett’s Destiny integration will streamline teachers’
ability to find, utilize openly licensed educational resources
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2016–Follett announced today it will join the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign committed to supporting districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources (OERs) in their schools.
Follett plans to introduce searching and access to the Learning Registry – a shared repository of learning resource metadata – into its market-leading Destiny solution this fall. This new functionality will make it easier for teachers to search for and find free, open educational resources from the Learning Registry alongside print and digital resources owned by their school, creating lesson plans and playlists that drive appropriate content to students.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched the #GoOpen campaign in late October and earlier today hosted the #GoOpen Exchange in San Francisco, a gathering of state and district leaders, as well as representatives from education technology companies and non-profit organizations, all working together to share ideas, expertise, and proven strategies to help educators transition to using OERs.
“We are proud to be one of the first ed tech companies to commit to the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen movement,” said Nader Qaimari, Executive Vice President, Follett Corporation, and General Manager, Follett School Solutions. “The opportunity for educators – no matter their districts’ funding – to seamlessly access trusted, vetted content quickly is hugely significant. As a company with deep roots in K-12 libraries, we are particularly excited about how this will help teacher-librarians further curate and guide teachers where to find the best content and use it effectively.”
The #GoOpen initiative is part of the ED’s challenge to states and districts to begin replacing traditional textbooks with OERs, which help schools increase equity, save money, keep content relevant and of high quality, and empower teachers.
“Switching to openly licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning,” said Andrew Marcinek, Open Education Advisor at ED.
Follett’s Destiny solution is used by more than 60,000 K-12 schools nationally and internationally to provide teachers and students with access to educational resources.
For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com.
About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation| follett.com
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.
Pearson Announces STEM Keynote Line-Up for 28th Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics
International gathering, March 10-13 in Atlanta, will explore closing the diversity gap in STEM fields
ATLANTA – Feb. 29, 2016 – Pearson today unveiled the keynote speakers for its 28th Annual Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM), March 10-13, in Atlanta. All three prestigious speakers bring unique perspectives to the conference theme of closing the diversity gap in the STEM fields.
Kicking off ICTCM 2016 keynotes on March 11 will be Harvey Mudd College Associate Professor and Statistician Talithia Williams, focusing on “Addressing the Achievement Gap in STEM.” She will be followed later in the day by Gary Rockswold, author/professor emeritus, Minnesota State University, on the topic of “Can Mathematics Be More Inclusive?” Mona Akmal (formerly of code.org), and currently vice president, store technology at online retailer Zulily, will explore “Diversity in STEM: An Industry Perspective” in her keynote address on March 12.
WHO: Pearson 28th Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM).
WHAT: ICTCM 2016 will focus on addressing the diversity gap in STEM-related fields.This international event will attract over 700 college level math educators, researchers, administrators, students and others. Hosted by Pearson, Clayton State University, and a volunteer committee of respected mathematics and statistics educators and researchers, ICTCM explores how digital learning technologies can be integrated within courses to improve teaching and learning.
Attendees can choose from more than 150 interactive breakout sessions, including mini-courses, MyMathLab™ and MyStatLab™ training workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Live-streaming and on-demand access to virtual tracks will also be available to all attendees for up to six months following the conference. In addition, continuing education units (CEUs*) for ICTCM professional development workshops are available for conference participants. A student poster session focused on technology in mathematics, as well as a networking event will also take place on March 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.
WHEN: March 10-13, 2016
WHERE: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, and virtually
WHY: ICTCM will focus on emerging technologies and new methods and systems of teaching to increase achievement. Attendees will learn about the latest educational technologies from the experts who use them, share knowledge and experience with their peers, and get involved on an international level in the world of teaching with technology.
Register to attend ICTCM 2016 here.
Follow @PearsonNorthAm and use #ICTCM16 to join the conversation.
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit www.pearsoned.com.