Learning Registry


Education is about sharing. Everyday
teachers share what they know with students. The learning registry is a tool designed
to make sharing much easier in a digital world. It
permits NASA and Smithsonian to share their content with organizations like PBS and the
California Department education. It lets teachers on California’s website, for example, tell others what they find
to be most useful. Classrooms around the country are
transitioning from print based text books to more personalized and engaging
digital learning resources. As we undertake this change, it is becoming
increasingly important help everyone to share what they know and as many states
adopt the Common Core Standards for English and Math, the opportunities for
sharing even across state borders, increases
dramatically. While the Learning Registry can share many types of information, the open community working on the
project is currently focused around a few key areas. The community is
sharing ratings and opinions generated by teachers as well as sharing
learning content from sites around the world. And perhaps most
importantly, members at the Learning Registry community are sharing standards alignment data,
particularly around the Common Core State Standards.
Standards alignment refers to the relation between a
resource used for learning and a curricular standard. Sp for example, if a state department of
education determines that a particular Khan Academy video is
useful for teaching a concept in eighth grade, they can express that relationship in a
format that computers can understand. That information can be shared into the
learning registry. The value of the Learning Registry isn’t as
a destination itself, so unlike Facebook and Google, the Learning Registry isn’t a website,
it’s more like a road network that helps cars and trucks get from place to place so the registry
helps content and information get between web sites where teachers go to get help today. So
each state educational company and local school
that uses digital content can continue to use the systems they have now and the Learning Registry will help
deliver learning information that is created elsewhere. Think about it this way, if twenty states each aligned just 50 digital resources
to the Common Core and shared that information with the
other states through the Learning Registry, teachers in every state would have
access to a thousand standards aligned resources in the
systems they already use today. The more organizations and people who
share with each other, the more information that is available for
everyone. We also let teachers share their ratings and opinions through the
Learning Registry to help inform other teachers about
what’s working for them. The reason Learning Registry matters for
this is because if teachers are located far from each other and don’t use any website or learning
systems in common, without the Learning Registry it’s not possible for them to tell each
other what they know. Learning Registry connects the systems teachers used
together so that information can flow to wherever
it can be useful. For the future, this project will grow in
sophistication and scope. As the Common Core becomes more widely
adopted and new science and other standards are released, the Learning Registry will help
everyone’s expertise. As data systems grow in sophistication the Learning Registry technology is
designed to grow as well to include more sophisticated activity
such as usage data and collaborative filtering techniques. Everyone in education has expertise and information they can share and the
Learning Registry is designed to ensure that all this knowledge can be used
effectively.

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