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  • And now a few words from another one of our sponsors, Richard Culatta from the Department

  • of Education. Richard.

  • Thanks everybody. I’m really very excited to be here and there are so many great things

  • that are happening. How do you top that, right? There are so many wonderful projects that

  • are going on and it's a lot of fun to see what happens when we have so many smart people

  • working on the same problems. It's also neat to see how exciting and fun data is. If people

  • when I was in high school knew how fun data was I would have been a lot more popular back

  • then. But we won't talk about that much now. Up until this point one of the things that

  • we have been talking about specifically is data about people, about learners, about students

  • - very, very important data. But I want to talk about another type of data that's also

  • important. And that is data about content - digital content. As we transfer from print

  • to digital we have all kinds of wonderful opportunities opening up in education; simulations,

  • new documents, and images, and source documents - many of which are available for free because

  • they're available under open licenses. But there is a challenge here, and that is the

  • fact that these materials are scattered all over the place, all over the web. And it's

  • very hard to find them. It turns out that traditional search engines aren't set up very

  • well to find digital learning content - especially if you're trying to search for it by standards.

  • It just isn't how they're build - it's not what they're meant to do. So we end up putting

  • a huge burden on teachers (and parents and students) to try to find the right materials

  • by searching through all of these millions and millions of resources that are out there.

  • One of the approaches that we tried to make this better was saying, "what if we make portals?"

  • "what if we grouped these content areas into content repositories where teachers could

  • go and search and find it?" Well there are problems with that too, because even though

  • when you go to the portals you do a better job of searching, the search does not return

  • results from any of the other portals - and there are thousands of them. So teachers still

  • have to go from one to the next to the next and we place a huge burden on teachers again.

  • What if... What if we could flip that around and instead of putting the burden on teachers

  • to find content we made it so the content found the teachers that needed it? Teachers

  • would be much happier as well as parents and students who would be able to use their content

  • and find just their right match for what they need. Let me talk about a really exciting

  • initiative called the Learning Registry. Learning Registry is an open directory - a way where

  • sites and portals like this can publish the information about their content to a common

  • place. They don't move the content there, they just say "here's what we have" and if

  • there's information that they know about it like. "here are standards that it's aligned

  • to" it's also able to share in there and then once all of these different sites are created

  • to Learning Registry you could do a search in any one of those and return results from

  • across all of them. And let's say, for example, that Thinkfinity happens to know that the

  • video up there is aligned to a particular Common Core standard, and that same video

  • is down here in the NASA repository but they don't know about that content alignment that

  • was made in that one system, by connecting through the Learning Registry that information

  • can be shared. Very, very cool. It get's even better because the learning is an open platform.

  • People can build apps on top of it. So you could have an app, for example, that allows

  • teachers to rate the quality of content and that rating information could then go to all

  • of the places where that content is stored across multiple portals. You could have another

  • app that let's teachers make suggestions about what content area - what standards - a particular

  • resource is aligned to. And most importantly you could have an app that says "based on

  • what we know about you, we can tell what content will make the most sense for what you're trying

  • to teach." So if I'm a fifth grade teacher teaching science to predominately English

  • language learners, I can get recommendations by other 5th grade science teachers teaching

  • predominantly English language learners on what content worked for them - which is going

  • to be a very different recommendation that then science teacher across the hall teaching

  • 6th grade predominately English language speakers. And so you see this is a very, very powerful

  • platform. What does this mean? It means that for states it becomes much easier to share

  • content alignment. Right now many states across the country - especially as we transition

  • to common core - are going through and trying to make these decisions. Trying to get recourses

  • aligned so that teachers have the materials that they need. Today, if they're not using

  • Learning Registry if a state makes 100 assertions (takes 100 pieces of content and says "there

  • are what they're aligned to"). If every state does that, every state has a total of 100

  • aligned resources to standards. If, on the other hand, they use Learning Registry, and

  • still make just those same 100 alignment assertions, each state will have 5000 aligned pieces of

  • content. Very, very efficient. Now for publishers, the Learning Registry allows you to share

  • once and everybody can have access to it. Instead of saying "we're going to make a connection

  • to share these videos with this school, and this place, and this site" they can say "we're

  • going to share once to the Learning Registry and anyone who wants access to the content

  • can pull it out of the Learning Registry." Developers can build awesome apps. All of

  • those apps that we just talked about - those are open to anybody who is creative enough

  • to come in and say "here is what we should be able to do with content." By the way, folks

  • like Dominion Enterprises that have been just doing a Learning Registry hack-a-thon building

  • all kinds of great new apps to sit on top of this platform. Teachers can access the

  • exact right resources that they need based on customized recommendations and researchers

  • can start to identify what content is most effective for teaching certian groups of people

  • particular content standards. Very, very proud of the folks that we already have publishing

  • metadata into the Learning Registry - these are just some of the great publishers that

  • we have partnering to publish content into learning registry. And, I'm particular excited

  • to say that we have announcements of additional Learning Registry content that will be in

  • the Learning Registry in the very near future. Curriculum Pathways is a great program that

  • many of you are familiar with that is going to be there soon. Thinkfinity and their partners

  • have committed to having their content available in the Learning Registry as well. So, a very,

  • very exiting time. UEN is a great story that you will hear about in just a minute so I

  • won't say any more about that. Let me end by saying that Learning Registry is an open

  • project, as I stared. Which means that it only works when people like you and people

  • that you know participate. So if you are a content publisher, help us by putting the

  • metadata about your content into the Learning Registry. if you're a developer, build really

  • awesome apps to help teachers and parents and students find the content that you need.

  • And help us share this idea so that we can really transform the way people access the

  • content that they need to be successful in learning. Thank you very much.

And now a few words from another one of our sponsors, Richard Culatta from the Department

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