Today we are launching the pilot between Open Up Resources and Microsoft Education. Open Up Resources is a nonprofit working to develop the highest quality full-course OER curricula, Common Core aligned, and provided for free to promote instructional equity. This curriculum was developed by Illustrative Mathematics, and currently covers 6th – 8th Grade Math. 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.
The Office 365 Education solution takes the Open Up Resources curriculum and assessments and puts together a free solution that pulls together content, assessments and analytics.
- Content: Organize all your class materials, including Open Up Resources, into one digital notebook with OneNote Class Notebooks. Then, create more compelling, interactive content that you can easily collaborate on with students and colleagues.
- Assessments: Quickly create basic surveys, quizzes, questionnaires, registrations and more with Microsoft Forms. Teachers can view results as they are submitted, and data can be easily exported to Excel for grading or be viewed in dashboards.
- Dashboards: Monitor and analyze a broad range of live data from content engagement through easy-to-use dashboards, interactive reports, and compelling data visualizations with custom Dashboards provided by Microsoft Education.
To see how these three pieces tie together, we’ve put together a short video
Using the custom OneNote Class Notebook to access and deliver the Open Up Resources curriculum:
- Teachers can distribute the Illustrative Mathematics course materials on any device via OneNote.
- Students can write, draw, collaborate and save their work automatically in a personal digital notebook.
- Real-time collaboration can occur around the materials: teacher-to-class, teacher-to-student, and student-to-student.
- OneNote Class Notebooks integrate seamlessly with common LMS and SIS platforms.
Open Up Resources content delivered in OneNote Class Notebooks
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 Brucker, 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:
- Easy digital assessments
- One-click assignment and efficient scoring
- Support for differentiation through rapid, formative assessment insight.
Sample Open Up Resources assessments delivered in Microsoft Forms
For the pilot program, Microsoft Education has created custom dashboards that are tied to the Open Up Resources Class Notebooks and Forms data. =These dashboards will allow teachers to gain insights into the assessment data and trends.
Example analytics dashboard, pulling from the OneNote Class Notebook and Microsoft Forms assessment data
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 participate in a pilot,
- Go to the Open Up Resources site and sign up
- Log in to the site
- Request materials and check the box for “piloting Microsoft OneNote” (see example below)
We are excited for school districts to start piloting this new solution across Content (OneNote), Assessments (Forms) and Analytics. Both OneNote and Forms are part of Office 365 for Education, which is free for teachers and students with a valid school email address.
Microsoft Education @MicrosoftEDU
Microsoft OneNote for Education @OneNoteEDU
Open Up Resources @OpenUpResources
Illustrative Mathematics @IllustrateMath