Stephanie Pope

Sharing is the New Normal

Blog Post created by Stephanie Pope on Feb 12, 2016

What does the phrase 'unlock the power Open Education' mean to you?


Open Education allows teacher to use resources beyond a textbook, which tend to encourage critical thinking and offers an exploratory learning journey. These tools not only empowers teachers, but the students as well. Students have direct access, without charge or worry of having the right access code. Open Educational Resources also fosters a collaborative environment for educators- where sharing it the new normal. The beauty is creating or building unique resources is then sharing them with others looking for the exact same thing. Professional Learning Communities, similar to the Canvas Community, leverages the knowledge of others. OER's enable teachers to not be the only keeper and teacher of knowledge. This philosophy can provide deeper meaning for our students. 


Share a time when you leveraged OER for teaching and it (the resource or the experience) turned into something awesome!


I used Start ASL (keep reading to hear how awesome it is) to add a wider range of signing styles to my ASL classroom. Mainly times, ASL student become very familiar with how their teachers signs. Then, when they see someone else signing they think, "that's not how my teacher signed it." By providing my students with various signers, they become exposed to various: 1) signing styles, 2) signing abilities, and 3) signing ranges by coasts and age. These resources not only help me communicate how signs can range, but it shows them.


Name one (or more, if you want) OpenEd repositories or tools do you use and why?


My subject, American Sign Language, has a very limited amount of digital resources (for actual American Sign Language), but over the years I've found a few valuable, free, and helpful resources for my students. I've found that the best ones are video-based, offer free tools for students, and don't require a login (LOVE that). One of my favorites is Start ASL. Tons of resources are at your fingertips: dictionary videos, vocabulary lists, handouts, dialogue conversations, and much more. It's for parents, students, and teachers- and it's all free. This is a fabulous resource for teachers who need to know specific signs to teach their students in K-12.


Anything else about Open Education you want to share (a poem, a music video, a wordle, a drawing...)?


I know their are many OER commons and articles to reference the best and brightest OER's. Not all OER's are big names, like Start ASL. So let's highlight the websites that many people may not know about and have the potential to ignite something awesome...because it's all about sharing.


Share on!