February 29 2016

Burlington Schools Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Education for Use of Technology

By: BNEWS

Burlington’s use of technology in teaching was recently praised by the top education agency in the country. 

 

Burlington Public Schools was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its leadership in transitioning to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in its schools, a blog post by Superintendent Eric Conti states. 

 

“Burlington joins leaders from an expanding number of #GoOpen districts and states in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected world,” the blog reads. 

 

Acting U.S. Education Secretary John King said the use of technology helps educators keep curriculum up-to-date and engaging for students. 

 

“Openly licensed educational resources can increase equity by providing all students, regardless of zip code, access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content,” he said. “The leadership, mentorship, and collaboration of these #GoOpen states and districts are critical, not just to grow and sustain this movement, but to transform our schools.


States and districts were recognized at the #GoOpen Exchange, a gathering of state and district leaders and innovators from education technology companies and nonprofit organizations working together to share ideas, expertise, and proven strategies to help educators transition to using openly-licensed educational resources, the blog continues. The #GoOpen Exchange was held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock.


“Openly-licensed educational resources have enormous potential to transform of teaching and learning in the United States,” said Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology. “The work of these #GoOpen districts is critical for openly-licensed educational resources to reach their greatest potential to transform education.”

 
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