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May 19, 2016

Press Release | and launch “Digital Learning Resources: OER to DIY”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE and launch “Digital Learning Resources: OER to DIY”
The professional learning community will support educators who are navigating the growing universe of digital learning resources.
PRINCETON, NJ, May XX, 2016 —, a professional learning and social network for the education community, and, a provider of K-12 solutions to support districts as they transition to digital content and build students’ digital literacy skills, announce the launch of Digital Learning Resources: OER to DIY, a free professional learning community to assist educators with ways to use, create, organize, and share digital resources for instruction.
Open Educational Resources (OER) have numerous benefits over traditional educational resources for both educators and students. OER can be updated, vetted, and re-used by a broad group of educators, promoting collaboration and spurring pedagogical innovation and new alternatives for effective teaching. OER also can lower the cost for students to obtain educational content. Finding and incorporating OER into the curriculum can present challenges such as uneven quality of content and educator resistance to using “new” digital resources. The new professional learning community was created to help teachers, administrators, curriculum leaders, technology specialists, and media specialists with those challenges by providing a “go-to” online destination for working together to make digital content effective and engaging for students.
Digital Learning Resources: OER to DIY provides a forum where educators can connect with others who are actively seeking ideas and sharing insights about making digital content effective and engaging across the curriculum. The professional learning community hosts free webinars presented by curriculum leaders and teachers. provides CE certificates to educators who attend these live events or watch the archives. This certification of participation helps educators get credit for engaging in personalized professional learning.
The community’s first live webinar was held on May 5th and was attended by educators from around the world, including teachers from Serbia, Morocco, Macedonia, Colombia, and Ukraine. “Using OER Smarter, Better & Faster for Elementary Mathematics” was presented by Eva Henderson, a Professional Development Specialist; with Jeff Meyer, Product Specialist for The one-hour presentation provided attendees with suggested best practices and tools to both identify and deliver engaging, instructionally sound lessons built around OER – specifically for elementary mathematics. The recording of the webinar is available for on-demand viewing.
The community’s next free webinar, “Using OER Smarter, Better & Faster for High School Social Studies,” will be presented on Thursday, May 19  at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Eva Henderson and Jeff Meyer will be returning to share tips, tricks, tools, and techniques for finding quality, standards-aligned social studies content and creating lesson plans that support 21st-century skills and current technologies.
“There is an increasing interest in open educational resources, but teachers and all educators need help if they are going to review, select, and integrate these educational materials into the curriculum,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb. “We’re so delighted that’s community on edWeb is going to address that need.”
Lisa Datka, Director of Marketing and Product Marketing for noted, “ consistently reaches out to educators to gather insights, suggestions and ideas about the tools, content and services they need to use digital content successfully in instructions. We are pleased to sponsor this community and look forward to great collaboration and dialogue ahead.”
Educators are invited to join the free Digital Learning Resources: OER to DIY professional learning community on for invitations to upcoming webinars, online discussions, and access to resources.
For more information contact:
Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO,
Rebecca Pilcher, Senior Marketing Operations Manager,
About is a free professional learning and social network that is a highly engaged community of connected educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at PreK-12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support. Educators are creating their own communities on edWeb, and also participating in edWeb’s professional learning communities and webinar programs. edWeb’s growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve learning for all students. Learn more at or follow on Twitter @edwebnet.
About 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. We support districts as they move to digital content with tools to build and share district-created digital curriculum. is the developer of award-winning products including EasyTech®, Curriculum Foundry, Project NextTech and Inquiry.
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