Professional Development Overview
Initiatives in the Professional Development Division:
Digital Learning Assets (DLAs) are any form of content and/or media that have been formatted into a binary source which include the right to use it for the purpose of "facilitating learning". DLAs are most commonly found in online learning such as academic coursework and corporate training. 
Wikipedia Digitial Learning Assests - Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License;
“Submitting work to digital learning repositories is one way to broadly share the findings of research work and digital learning objects...” For more information click here
One way of making some of this easier is to start by using resources (e.g. images) that have open licenses. Both Flickr and Google have advanced image searches that allow you to narrow your search to just items that have an open or Creative Commons licence
- Search Flickr or click on the word 'search' at Flickr.com to get to the Advanced link
- Search Google Images or search from the Settings cogwheel in the right of your name when you are logged into Google
By sourcing images in this way you are consciously aware of licensing, the licenses are normally clear as to what you are able to do with the image and it means that you can get on with the job in hand rather than wasting time tracking down who holds the copyright for the image.
Freedom to Learn:
How Much Do You Know About Source Learning and Resource Sharing?
Link to quizzes
What happens in another copy?
What is copyright?
1. What are the advantages of digital text?
2. What makes a resource an OER?
3. How do I show attribution to another OER?
5. Where can I find OER Resources and Open Source textbooks?
6. What do I need to know about OER? 7 Things You Should Know About OER http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7061.pdf
AcrossWorld Education has developed the first cloud-based platform to fully enable k-12 schools around the world to access open educational resources (OER) and Open Content. These include course content, academic journals, and broader curricula from the world’s accredited institutions made available online and open content. AcrossWorld’s platform, EducationBridge, is a powerful platform and infrastructure, which enables users to discover community rated, reviewed, and ranked content. Teachers are able to either adopt the entire curriculum or just use specific resources to augment existing curricula with newly created or discovered materials. Students and teachers alike can recommend, share and collaborate on learning and teaching resources.
Across World Education and its Education Bridge Platform provides teachers and students alike an innovative and responsive infrastructure and delivery platform to discover not only content but also collaborate on the basis of skill and competency amongst teachers. AcrossWorld continues its drive towards an education marketplace and will add various services and offerings over the coming years building a true learning ecosystem for teachers, students and parents
Maine Arts Alliance for Educators:
The Maine Alliance for Arts Education is a statewide nonprofit that works to strengthen education in all of the arts, through direct-service programs, advocacy, resource-sharing, and network facilitation. MAAE is a member of the national Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.
Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning:
Director Mike Muir Dr. Muir has been an educator for over 25 years. Over that time,he has been a high school and middle school mathematics teacher, a middle grades technology integrator, a university practicum supervisor, a professor of middle grades education and educational technology, a consultant working with other educators to actively create motivating and engaging learning environments for all students, and an educational developer. He continues to serve on the faculty at the University of Maine at Farmington and as the Director of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning.
Maine DOE: Jeff Mao, Argy Nester, Kristie Littlefield
Winthrop Superintendent: Gary Rosenthal,
Fayette School Department
RSU #38 Superintendent: Rich Abramson
Maranacook Middle School:
The pilot school, Maranacook Community Middle School (MCMS), is located in Readfield and has 310 students.