Getting Past Working in Silos: Creating Open Resources for Teacher Education

The real threat is if colleges and universities lose their monopoly on higher education certification. -Educause, Open Educational Resources and the Role of the University

Why are we working in such silos in teacher education in Texas and elsewhere?  For instance, teachers must take a common set of assessments (teacher certification tests) to become certified as a teacher in Texas.

Why are there not free open-access tutorial, videos, podcasts, and other free materials to prepare students for this that can be used statewide? I realize there are commercial options for students and I have even written a teacher certification test prep book as a co-editor. However, it seems that we should be creating shared open and free shared repositories for our overlapping topics within teacher education as review materials for teacher candidates.

For instance, the state of Texas require that preservice teachers be prepared to know about the topic of dyslexia. Why are there not shared videos, study guides, and other items beyond the few resources the Texas Education agency provides? I think we need to take it upon herself to create such shared open access materials.  Here are a few ideas below that I think would really benefit the state of Texas.

  1. Competency-based podcasts and videos that provide concise overviews and micro lectures specifically on competencies addressed within the teacher certification tests. This could be reviewed and reviewed by teacher candidates.  They could include interactivity by embedding many quizzes that are self-checking, e.g., using tools such as Zaption. These multimodal review materials could be compatible with mobile learning.
  2. Review questions for the test that align with the test format. These practice questions could be on a platform that is mobile compatible such as by providing  questions using actual such as Socrative. This could also be arranged by competency.  This would also model m-learning or mobile learning for other instructors and also teacher candidates.
  3. Open educational resources for web-based content and articles that align with competencies for Texas teacher education could be created. This would be different than a Wiki in that it would simply be where we could collectively curate links and resources that support learning.
  4. Tutorials available state-wide (and beyond) on topics such as dyslexia could be created. I envision a web-based dyslexia tutorial that could be used statewide in Texas and beyond. This could include curation of video and other multimedia content related to the topic, a viewing of the documentary movie “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” (available on Netflix streaming) along with a study guide and a shared and open discussion board.

I think these ideas are a start and I intend on working on creating these resources (with an EC-6 English Language Arts Reading and a dyslexia focus) over the summer! These free and open resources would benefit students looking for support to be sure they pass their teacher certification tests in Texas. The shared and free dyslexia tutorial could be used by teacher educators across Texas and even by those people wanting to learn more on the topic. 

Defining Dyslexia: Overview of the Topic with a Mind, Brain and Education Perspective

39,816 comments

  1. Embargo llevo mucho periodo usando Internet, probablemente
    sea porque no sabía lo suficiente.

    Pero tengo que reconocer que páginas web como esta me hace sentir
    muy bien. Esta nombre es %nombre_simple_masculino.dat% Y soy un pequeño pueblo de %provincias_espana.dat%,
    comparto muchos gustos y aficiones con el resto de la multitud de este blog.
    Lo único que puedo decir es en hora benigna por la pensamiento
    y el diseño que le habéis dado a mi página. Llevo altamente tiempo buscando información parecida
    y no he dado con ella.

    Así que seré un usuario usual de la web.

    Muchas gracias lucro todo y espero poder colaborar en mi aporte.

  2. naturally like your web site however you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the
    reality however I’ll definitely come again again.

    Look into my blog post roulett.de

  3. whoah this weblog is excellent i love reading your posts.
    Stay up the great work! You already know, lots of individuals are looking around for this info, you
    can help them greatly.

  4. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a really good article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.|

  5. Hello! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  6. Hey are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!|

  7. I do not even understand how I stopped up right here, however I assumed this publish used to be great. I do not recognise who you are however certainly you’re going to a well-known blogger for those who aren’t already. Cheers!|

  8. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I’m inspired! Extremely useful information specifically the remaining section 🙂 I take care of such information a lot. I used to be seeking this certain information for a very lengthy time. Thank you and best of luck. |

  9. I’m really imρressed with yoսr writing skills and also with the lаytout on youг blog.

    Is this a pаid theme or did youu modidy it yourself?

    Either wayy keep up the nice quality writing, iit is rare to see a nice blog
    like this one nowadays.

    My wеb blog vintage rock t ѕhirts (dlbet.net)

  10. Embargo llevo mucho periodo usando Internet, quizá sea porque no sabía lo suficiente.

    Pero tengo que reconocer que páginas web como esta me hace sospechar muy bien. Esta nombre
    es %nombre_simple_masculino.dat% Y soy un pequeño pueblo de %provincias_espana.dat%, comparto montones
    de gustos y aficiones con el resto de la gente de
    este blog. Lo único que puedo decir está en hora
    buena por la calidad y el diseño que le habéis dado a mi página.
    Llevo bastante tiempo buscando información parecida y
    no he dado con ella.

    Así que seré un usuario usual de la web.

    Muchas gracias lucro todo y espero poder colaborar
    en las siguientes lineas.

  11. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself or did
    you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like
    to know where u got this from. appreciate it

    Look at my web blog; detox pad

  12. It’s the best time to make some plans for the future
    and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire
    to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article.

    I desire to read more things about it!

    my site :: promote skin health

  13. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My site has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any ways to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d definitely appreciate it.|

  14. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a
    daily basis. It’s always interesting to read through content from other authors and practice a little something from
    other web sites.

  15. Thank you for some other magnificent article. Where else could anybody get that kind of information in such an ideal means of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such information.|

  16. Hello there I am so thrilled I found your site, I really found you by error, while I was looking on Bing for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a remarkable post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the excellent b.|

  17. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!|

  18. I’m now not positive the place you are getting your
    info, but great topic. I needs to spend a while studying more or working out
    more. Thanks for great information I used to be
    looking for this info for my mission.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *