Chronicles of Oregon Open Learning - October 2023

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Chronicles of Oregon Open Learning (COOL)

October 2023

Hello! The Oregon Open Learning team is changing the newsletter up a bit and will be spotlighting more amazing educators and schools doing cool things with Open Educational Resources (OER). If you or a colleague fit the bill - get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and celebrate your efforts! Email us at

Do you know of other educators who would be interested in receiving Oregon Open Learning’s Quarterly Newsletter?  If so, send them this link: OOL Newsletter Quarterly Newsletter.

tina roberts

Educator Spotlight: Tina Roberts, ODE Language Arts Education Specialist 


Prior to joining the staff at ODE, Tina was a high school English teacher, instructional coach, English department chair, and mentor for beginning teachers in the Gresham-Barlow School District.

Passions in Education: 

Tina believes that literacy is critical for living a connected, meaningful life. Although she hopes that all students fall in love with reading and writing, she also hopes that at the very least they would know how to read and interact with the world around them. Tina always wanted students to leave her classroom with strong enough reading and writing skills that they could read something or hear something and challenge assumptions, consider multiple perspectives, and create an argument with evidence.

Tina feels that it is important that educators know about the Early Literacy Success Initiative. It’s first of its kind legislation in Oregon, which has the potential to really move the dial on literacy development in this state.  She also wants educators to know that while developing foundational reading skills is vitally important for long-term student achievement, developing writing skill is equally as important—this focus on literacy as a whole, rather than just reading, is a central tenet in the recently-released Oregon’s Early Literacy Framework: A Strong Foundation for Readers and Writers (K-5).

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ELA and Open Education Resources:

In the Language Arts and Literacy Group on Oregon Open Learning,  Tina recommends the lessons in the Media Literacy folder:  “These lessons can be used in a variety of content areas and, are valuable to develop critical thinking and analytical skills when it comes to evaluating sources—something I tried to teach my students to do, regardless of the type of text we were studying”.

Contact information and newsletter sign up:   


Phone: (971) 273-8488 

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Pictured: Tina Roberts holding a salmon caught on a fishing trip.

Upcoming Events  

Media Literacy Week is October 23rd-26th! Media literacy and Open Educational Resources (OER) go hand in hand. OER is meant to be an open available resource for all to freely use, remix, edit and share. The more OER is adopted and spread across our classrooms the more informed and literate we all become in our ever changing world. More news, resources, and events can be found on the U.S. Media Literacy Week Website.  Additionally, check out the our media literacy resources on Oregon Open Learning, lots of great resources available!

Media Literacy Week Events

3rd Annual Media Literacy Week Film Festival

October 20 - October 28

Media Literacy Week – Virtual Film Festival co-presented by Women Make Movies & the Media Education Foundation October 23-27, 2023

Media Literacy, AI & Journalism: the Challenges and Opportunities

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

Artificial Intelligence has led journalists to question how they’ll report. While the benefits of AI include simplifying complex topics and assisting with questions for interviews, many find it can’t always be trusted.

Productive Conversations without Confrontation

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

When a friend or loved one shares a viral hoax, fabricated photo or conspiracy theory, how do you respond? With the holiday season and a presidential election ahead of us, we can expect to encounter rumors and falsehoods along with heated debate. 

Artificial Intelligence, ChatPGPT: The Future is Here!

October 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrate U.S. Media Literacy Week by attending this in-person session to learn about the different types of Artificial Intelligence that may shortly have big impacts on our lives.

Intro to Audio Storytelling: Soundscape Building Blocks

October 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Free online workshop for grade K-12 educators. Register here! Get a taste of audio storytelling by exploring ways to use sound to communicate ideas and create a more immersive audio story.

Next Level Audio Storytelling: Engaging Student Voice

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free online workshop for grade K-12 educators. Register here! Ready to help your students share their voices? Podcasts are a great place to start. 

Other Upcoming Events:

Fall Conference:  The Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE), the Oregon Council for the Social Studies (OCSS), and the Oregon State Literacy Association (OSLA)

November 4th @ 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Parkrose High School, Portland

The theme for this year’s conference is “Reimagining Our World Together”.  Penny Kittle will Keynote, and sessions will include a discussion of Open Education Resources applied in ELA and Social Sciences.

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Featured Resources

Media Literacy OER to Use, Adapt, and Share

Digital Citizenship K-5th Grade Scope & Sequence (K-5)

This sequenced collection, curated by Seattle Public School educators, contains openly-licensed Digital Citizenship resources for K-5 educators. 

How is being a citizen online like being one in real life? And additional resources (upper primary)

The inquiry helps students examine the responsibility of  being a citizen both in the real world and the online world. In answering the compelling question “How is being a citizen online the same as being one in real life?” students will identify the attitudes and actions necessary to be a good citizen. The unit offers 12 lessons with formative performance tasks for educators to choose from depending on the age and needs of their students. Each provides students with opportunities to collect evidence and an understanding of how online behavior and boundaries are comparable to those necessary in the real world. At the end of the inquiry, students create an explanation and identify examples of the correlation between online and real life communities.

Digital Citizenship (Secondary)

This lesson over digital citizenship is a brief overview of the elements of being a good digital citizen, ways our students can better protect themselves online, the lasting effects of a digital footprint, and finally some things that they can do to be a better digital citizen. The information was pulled from a variety of academic resources. 

Digital Citizenship: Misinformation & Data Commodification in the Twenty-First Century (Educator)

Digital Citizenship and critical thinking are foundational skills for our students in the 21st century.  This is an instructional text that seeks to untangle the social complexities and ethical dilemmas of online data and information. DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP will educate readers on the economics of the Internet and the means by which political bad actors exploit its platforms to pervert the public discourse.