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Utah Piloting Copia Digital Learning Platform for Statewide OER Science Curriculum

A statewide open educational resources program in Utah is piloting digital learning content for science instruction in grades 3-12.

Utah's State Office of Education has partnered with Copia Interactive to deploy the company's Copia digital learning platform in school districts across the state. The Copia platform provides a library of content sources stemming from primary and supplementary providers as well as interactive digital classroom tools, allowing teachers to "engage students, monitor student achievement in real time, and ... react to their students' needs and adjust their instruction accordingly," according to a press release.

"Our move toward OER was spearheaded by a research project conducted by University of Utah's Dr. David Wiley. The project started with a small group of educators in the Nebo School District, and grew to become a statewide project based on the cost-saving ability and flexibility of OERs and the needs to have texts that students could use with current literacy strategies," commented Sarah Young, science specialist at Utah's State of Office of Education, in a prepared statement. "The Copia platform takes our internally created resources to a more engaging and comprehensive level. This allows for a more student-centric experience, fostering the engagement between students and teachers that is central to our vision for K-12 education in Utah."

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