Today we are announcing the general availability of the Open Up Resources curricula and Microsoft Education free offering for Back to School 2018. Open Up Resources is a nonprofit working to develop the highest quality full-course OER curricula, standards-aligned, and provided for free to promote instructional equity. This curriculum was developed by Illustrative Mathematics, and currently covers 6th – 8th Grade Math. Recently, EdReports rated this curriculum with their highest ever rating.
Any teacher can now easily sign up to use the Open Up Resources curriculum. With today’s announcement, Microsoft Education is offering this curriculum through OneNote , Forms and custom dashboards. This solution is free and can be used by teachers and students on any platform and device.
To get a sense of the solution, we put together a video for the original pilot demonstrating the overall concept
Using the custom OneNote Class Notebook to access and deliver the Open Up Resources curriculum:
Open Up Resources 6th grade curriculum selected in the custom OneNote Class Noteobok app
Last spring, both Buncombe County and Evergreen school districts engaged in a private pilot using the Open Up Resources materials in a OneNote Class Notebook. Here is what Stephanie Buckner, District Tech Coordinator from Buncombe County had to say:
“The integration of the Open Up Mathematics resources into OneNote has allowed teachers in our district to truly integrate our one-to-one devices and mathematics in a powerful way to advance student learning. Utilizing OneNote and Illustrative Math together in the classroom has opened up a gateway to each student’s thoughts and ideas throughout the units. The collaboration of materials between OneNote and Open Up has actually increased the practice of mathematical discourse simultaneously with our digital initiative.”
Open Up Resources assessments have been integrated with Microsoft Forms. When a Class Notebook is created, the Forms are all automatically pre-installed into the Educators Forms library in Office 365 Education, ready to be distributed as assessments. Through assessments, delivered in Forms, benefits include:
Open Up Resources assessments delivered in Microsoft Forms
To help teachers and schools get up and running, we have put together Getting Started materials on the Microsoft Support site which includes instructions and support information..
If you or your district would like to begin using the new offering,
Microsoft Education @MicrosoftEDU
Microsoft OneNote for Education @OneNoteEDU
Open Up Resources @OpenUpResources
Illustrative Mathematics @IllustrateMath
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