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About the Saylor Foundation

• The Saylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  established by Michael J. Saylor, founder and CEO of business
  intelligence firm MicroStrategy. Mr. Saylor created the
  Foundation because he had a very simple, very earnest, and
  very bold idea: Education should be free.

• Mission The mission of the foundation is to make education
  freely available to all.

• Major products and highlights
   – Experienced educators build courses from online materials.
   – provides over 280 free online post-secondary courses
     to anyone with an internet connection.
   – Initiatives in K12 and Masters level courseware to launch 2013.
Introduction to Saylor K-12

The Saylor Foundation is developing K-12
  courses that are:
• Free
• Complete
• High-quality
• Peer-reviewed

These courses are built around the Common
  Core State Standards and incorporate the
  most innovative ideas in education.
Introduction to Saylor K-12

About the K-12 Courses:
• Open Educational Resources
• Student and Educator versions
• Final Exams
• Reviewed by 3 other educators
•, iTunes U, and in other formats
First Look at Saylor K-12
SneakPeak Courses:
• K12ELA11
Unit View
Resource Box
How do we build a course?

•   Review Common Core State Standards
•   Write learning objectives
•   Develop course blueprint
•   Find resources that fit the objectives and
•   Select standards to cover in that resource or
•   Write directions for what students should do
•   Edit and revise
•   Peer Review
Where do you get your
•   Publishers?
•   Other teachers?
•   Khan Academy?
•   Teachers Pay Teachers?
•   Thinkfinity?
•   Other sources?
What do you want to
learn more about?
•   How we locate resources?
•   How we vet resources?
•   How we frame resources?
•   How we implement using OER?
•   What is challenging for teachers? What
    resources have we created to support
How do we locate resources?

• Simple search = Google topic + Creative
• OER Resource Guides
• Creative Commons Search
• OER Commons
• The Orange Grove
• Connexions
Major Sources for Content

Math:                 ELA:
• cK-12           •   Project Gutenberg
• Khan Academy    •   Librivox
• Wallace Math    •
• James Sousa     •
• Open Textbook   •   EDSITEment
  Catalog         •   Great Writers Inspire
How do we vet resources?

• Use your judgment – does this fit the
  learning objectives? Is it accurate? Does
  this fit my needs?
• Text complexity guidelines and rubrics
• Common Core standards - What standard
  would this meet? Is this really fostering
  critical thinking and analysis?
How do we frame resources?

• Clear directions for self-paced resources
• How does this fit in with our unit and our course?
• Why are we looking at this resource?
• What are the goals for this?
• What do I do when I get to this website?
• What should I look for while going through this
• What should I get from this? How can I tell if I met
  that goal?
• Be specific! GeoGebra applets are great but they need
• Ask questions
Unit Introductions
Unit 4
   Our final unit concludes the course with the exploration of exponential and
   logarithmic functions. These two functions are studied together because they create
   inverses of each other.
   Exponential functions describe situations that get very large or very small quickly.
   The unknown in the function is in the exponent. Solution processes for solving
   these exponential equations are significantly different from how we handle
   equations involving linear, polynomial or rational functions. Of course equations like
   3x = 9 or 2x = 16 can be solved easily using number sense, but equations like 7x =
   10 need special techniques, and that’s where logarithms come in.
   Logarithms were invented in the early 17th century as a way to simplify some
   calculations. For example: if you need to multiply 7,000 * 80,000, you can multiply
   7 * 8 = 56 and add seven zeros thereafter, yielding 560,000,000. Technically, you
   are doing the follow calculation:
   7,000 * 80,000 = (7 * 103) (8 * 104) = (7 * 8) (103 * 104) = 56 * 107 =
   Logarithms use properties of exponents to simplify calculations. One of the
   advantages of logarithms is that problems like 7x = 10 can be written in a different
   format and that simplifies the solution process. For a long time those logarithmic
   expressions were approached by books of tables, but we live in the world of
   technology where a simple scientific calculator can yield the information we want.
Subunit Introductions
• 4.1 Exponential Functions
  Exponential functions have their unknown in the
  exponent of the function. Suppose you invest $2 in a
  bank that doubles your money every month. The amount
  of money you have after x months could be described by
  the exponential function f(x) = 2x. Note that after a year
  you would have f(12) = 212 = $4096. That’s fast money!
  Some exponential functions get small very fast. This
  subunit will help you identify exponential functions, to
  find equations to describe them and to apply them to the
  concept of compound interest.
Examples of Instructions
K12ELA10 Instructions:
• This video discusses four of the first
  abolitionists. Think about the motivation of
  each of these abolitionists. Were they
  motivated by the same thing? Were they
  motivated by different things? Write down the
  abolitionists names mentioned in this video
  and tell what motivated them. For example,
  were they motivated to fight for abolition
  because of their beliefs about education,
  Christianity, morals, personal experiences, and
  so forth?
Examples of Instructions
K12MATHGEOM Instructions:
• This page provides a series of practice
  problems that allow you test your knowledge
  of arcs in circles. Each question has
  explanations worked out step-by-step if you
  need hints along the way. The program
  monitors your success, and when you have
  correctly completed about six questions
  consecutively, it will tell you that you are ready
  to move on to a new skill.
Examples of Instructions
K12MATHSTATS Instructions:
• Please watch the video, which reviews
  everything you learned in the first two
  subunits. It takes you through a real-world
  example of using the normal distribution to
  solve a real-world problem. The lecturer also
  shows you how to use the calculator
  “backwards,” because you now are given a
  normal probability and you want to find the
  z-value or the x-value corresponding to it.
How do we implement?
• OER gives us lots of options – be selective, make sure
  each resource meets our needs.
• Students need answer keys, review, and activities.
• Pick the best content and tailor it to your students’
What is challenging
for teachers?
•   Distinguishing if content is open
•   Time commitment to vet content
•   Modern fiction
•   Fair use v. open
•   Interactive content
•   YouTube
•   Tricky providers – edu sources that are
    copyright,, DANA center, etc.
What resources have we
created to support them?
• How-to find open YouTube videos
• Webinar how-to find open content
• Resource guides for ELA and math with
  categories (videos, readings, practice
  problems, etc.)
• Saylor 101 and Common Core 101
• Targeted resource assists
What questions
do you have?

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