Following on from early adoption of OER by faculty willing to experiment with new technologies, Amarillo Independent School District has introduced a number of schemes in support of OER practice.
This transition to OER is two-fold: in addition to adoption of open textbooks and other freely available resources the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning is investing in tablet computers that help faculty understand student use of digital texts.
Early adopters demonstrate the technologies to other faculty at “‘Appy Hours” which are sessions intended to support peer learning among teaching staff. This has become a recognised part of professional development.
Further support is provided by a content management system called Net Texts which comprises an app for students as well as provision for remixing open content from a range of sources.