With the application of technology increasing every day, the genre of education does not remain immune from it. The use of online mode of application both for teaching and for learning is in huge demand. However, often getting the right data becomes a problem. Most websites provide information, which are pedantic or vague. To solve the problem Michael Jay, President of Educational Systemics has developed a new program- the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative or LRMI. Jay worked at Apple where he designed a particular technology to define education more clearly and help establishing a tri-polar relationship among resources, curriculum and standards.
Other latest entries in the field of specifications are the Learning Registry and Shared Learning Infrastructure. While the latter is an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers for cloud-based statistics warehouse. The former is a medium of digitized educational content straight from the Department of Education and Defense of United States of America. This data warehouse supplies a structured directory of digital educational content. This data can be presented in form of visual map. All these specifications can collaborate for more particular data identification.
While commenting on the function of LMRI, Michael Jay drew a metaphor to focus on what the educators, parents and student might gain from this kind of initiative. Learning Resource Metadata Initiative works together with the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons and is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Florida Hewlett Foundation.
The initial development of LRMI started in 2011. It is recently revealed that the rating system of the data warehouse has begun and has put it in a new light. The users- the teachers and the students can now take the help of the ratings and look for significant and vital information more quickly. The educators can also look for personalized information like, the resource category, kind of activity or the media being used.
LRMI is desirous of expanding its periphery beyond America, with the intention of increasing the number of English speakers beyond classrooms. It surely has geared up itself to reach out to the teachers and students of other nationalities. Apart from globalizing the form of education, it has set up plans to focus on the students of higher age group.
The activities of LRMI are yet far reaching. It taps the problem faced by schools to implement Common Core. The element of math and science of the Common Core State Standards are lucidly mentioned in the LRMI. On second Wednesday of every month, LRMI distributes a complimentary letter to the academic community. Mentioning the latest blog post and upcoming projects and links with the hope of maintaining a velocity on the latest educational activities.
The tech experts need to focus more on specified education, right from the beginning of the system to college and leading further up to higher studies. This specified data will continue to be important for the state and federal standards, but requires perpetual improvements to meet academic initiatives.