Open Schools Network
At the end of the 2014/2015 school year, the DigiLit Leicester project put out an open call to all schools in the Leicester City Council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme to participate in a new collaborative open schools network. Network members will support their schools in developing staff digital literacy in relation to copyright and the creation and use of electronic resources, building on the council’s work on open educational resources (OER). They will also provide support for other BSF and primary schools across the city who want to develop their work around the use, creation and sharing digital resources.
The newly formed Open Schools Network group consists of ten network leads and two network coordinators, representing 12 city secondary and special schools. The network is made up of school support staff, teachers and leaders from a wide range of different types of schools.
You can find out more about their work and download the resources they are sharing at the project blog:
OER Schools Conference
The OER Schools Conference – the first event of it’s kind in the UK – took place in Leicester on 29 January 2015, organised by Leicester City Council in partnership with De Montfort University. 92 attendees from 48 primary, secondary and specialist provision schools took part in the day, as well as representatives from five UK universities.
The conference was designed to take forward the council’s recent work in ensuring school staff are benefiting from understanding, finding, using, creating and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER). The day focused on exploring two key recent developments:
- Leicester City Council’s recently released OER guidance and resources for schools, produced by Dr Bjoern Hassler, Helen Neo (University of Cambridge), and Josie Fraser (Leicester City Council), developed with the input of Leicester school staff, through review and practical trialling.
- The permission given to employees of the 84 community and voluntary controlled schools in Leicester by the council to openly licence the educational resources they create in the line of their work.
The council is a global leader with respect to it’s work in this area, which is itself shared under open licence so that other educators, schools, local and national governments can benefit from and build upon the resources.
OER Schools Resources
- Download the OER Schools guidance, activities, policies and more here
- Checkout the speakers and programme
- View the panel videos and presentations here
- Find out more about OER school policy and the permission Leicester City Council has given to school employees to openly licence their educational resources here, and download model documents to help your school or local authority implement this approach.
- Find out what school staff told us about the day – what were the key issues, challenges and actions they identified?
- Do you work in Primary/K-12? Jo Badge has created a unit of 6 Key Stage 2 lesson plans to teach children how to search for and re-use Creative Commons (CC) licensed images: Teach children about Creative Commons Licences to re-use images
- Look through #OERSCH15 tweets from the day
- Download slide decks from the day
OER Schools Conference reports:
- OER Schools Conference, Marieke Guy, Open Education Working Group
- On digital literacy in Leicester, Richard Hall, De Montfort University
- Teachers, Children and Technology, Marieke Guy, Ramblings of a Remote Worker
More on the council’s OER work from around the web:
- Leicester City Council gives permission to 84 schools to create and share OER (3 November 2014) Cable Green, Creative Commons
- Making OER Mainstream in Schools (10 November 2014) Josie Fraser, OER Research Hub
- Leicester City Council and OER in Schools (20 November 2014) Josie Fraser, Open Scotland
- Sharing resources: Sorry Mr President, we thought of it first (6 February 2015) Ann McGauran Schools Week
- Copyright & OER – what school governors need to know (28 February 2015), Josie Fraser, Modern Governor
- TEDx Leicester – Open & Connected Learning: Transforming School Practice (13 May 2015), Josie Fraser, DigiLit Leicester