ED Launches Open Source Tool for Educators

In an effort to improve accessibility to high quality educational resources, the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense teamed up with a variety of organizations to produce an online “Learning Registry.”

As described by the Education Department, the Learning Registry is not a website or a repository; rather, it is a “communication system that allows existing educational portals and online systems to publish, consume, and share important information about learning resources with each other and the public, while respecting the privacy of individual users.”

The source’s creators hope to provide a tool for teachers to find the resources they need to directly support teaching and learning. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the Registry “an important step toward reaching our goal of personalizing learning and differentiating instruction.”

According to its main page, the Learning Registry system is an open technology framework to which anyone can create and publish content for uses such as sharing metadata describing learning resources; ratings, reviews, comments and other annotative data; and alignment to educational standards.

View Learning Registry’s technical guides to learn more.

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