6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)

Wisewire

Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. These credible sites offer a wealth of vetted, high quality OER resources, categorized and sorted for easy navigation. Have more suggestions for how to identify high quality OER?

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Iterating Toward Openness

Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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Personalization in Lumen’s “Next Gen” OER Courseware Pilot

Iterating Toward Openness

For almost three years Lumen Learning has been helping faculty, departments, and entire degree programs adopt OER in place of expensive commercial textbooks. Have you ever used the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button on the Google homepage? You type in your search query, push the I’m Feeling Lucky button, and – instead of showing you any search results – Google sends you directly to the page it thinks best fulfills your search.

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The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

Iterating Toward Openness

By definition, open educational resources (OER) are licensed in a manner that gives you permission to change, update, and improve them. Learning analytics, on the other hand, can provide great insight into where course materials – including OER – are not effectively supporting student learning. In this open access article we outlined a method for automating the identification of the OER in a course that are most in need of improvement.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Edsurge

Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. Remember OER resources provide curriculum that: Makes learning more authentic by giving the teacher the ability to localize learning. A Listing Of 25 OER (Open Education Resource Sites).

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VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

Edsurge

Thanks to Google Expeditions , Within , Aurasma , and many other tools, students can explore coral reefs , go to refugee camps , and watch art come to life. Another student could find photographs of places or inventions he wants to study and then create augmented reality-triggered videos of himself explaining what he’s learned. Office of Education Technology launched GoOpen last year, OERs have gotten a big boost. Not ready to dig through all OERs and curate on your own?

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Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. Suggestions for extensions/apps to be preloaded on Chromebooks Edmodo Google Keep - notes and lists Evernote Web Adblock Plus Evernote Web Clipper WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker GeoGebra math app Read&Write - reading support EasyBib Desmos Graphing Calculator A to Z of Google Services https://docs.google.com/viewer?srcid=0B6dF7rWxc-5aMGMyanRsMW5DbzQ&pid=explorer&efh=false&a=v&chrome=false&embedded=true

5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs

Edsurge

I believe the answer has been in front of us this whole time: video games. Good video games are incredibly effective at capturing our attention, converting extrinsic rewards into intrinsic motivation, and creating meaningful experiences. Here are some key insights we’ve gathered about the ways video games foster learning: 1. Attend our ISTE 2018 session to learn about gamifying Google Classroom.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? |

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? |

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Open Library gets even more open

NeverEndingSearch

A little while back I mentioned Google’s Talk to Books search. You may know that you’ve been able to embed books from Google Books on your website by clicking on little link icon above a book. Preview, Google eBooks or Free Google eBooks titles can be embedded.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

Curating OER. Lately I’ve been asked to speak about the librarian’s role in supporting OER (open educational resources) implementation through curation and I realize that in the K12 setting, curating and leveraging OER means very different things to district-level administrators, to principals, to department chairs, to teachers and to librarians. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. OER Portals Pearltrees. OER and You: The Curation Mandate.”

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

By the way, this resource is excellent for any Google for Education school that uses the Chrome browser, not just Chromebooks! While I can’t actually fit 100 ideas into this blog post and podcast episode, I can offer you a FREE Google Chromebook resource that is loaded with ideas, lessons, apps, and more! I want to introduce you to the Chromebook App Hub from Google. Each Idea Spark includes the name of the author, their location, and their Google Certifications.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

” Leading the shift is Google, which has made huge inroads into K-12 with its web-based Chromebook devices and popular G Suite productivity tools. For many of the pledge’s other signatories, embracing accessibility will mean more basic steps, such as putting captions on videos. Schools’ embrace of free open educational resources, or OER, (which educators may use, adapt, and share as they see fit) has many potential benefits.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

GAFE – Google Apps For Education (include Google Docs, Google Sites etc). MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners). OER – Open Educational Resource (this can be any online materials that are free to use). Vlog – Video Log. The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators.

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How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

In this demonstration, I’m using Google Calendar. These are OER and ready for you to use.). How to Use this Tutorial to Help Teachers Learn Google Calendar. Also, note that I made some common mistakes (and fixed them) that teachers have when working with Google Calendars. Video Tutorial: Creating a Classtimes Calendar. I am sharing the tutorial and video notes here, but go to the original page for up to date instructions.

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

NeverEndingSearch

According to the HyperDocs site , HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis ask the simple, but provocative question: Given one Google Doc, what could you put on it to engage, educate and inspire your students? What Google App can I use to package this lesson?

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Because of their close alignment with the core values of education, adopting OER in place of traditionally copyrighted educational resources provides unique opportunities and benefits to faculty and students. in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video).

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. It offers a large number of students access to study high-quality courses online through video streaming. Interactive Audio-Video Learning. Streaming videos online are now an everyday affair for many people. YouTube is the 2nd major search engine for creating and showcasing videos. Many industries are embracing the online video learning platform for e-learning.

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#DLNchat: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation?

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His work has shown him that “it will definitely be a more sustainable initiative if it is collaborative—-whether it's OER, open access journals, etc.if And Digital Learning, Research & Instruction Librarian Robin Ashford shared this approach at George Fox University: “Identifying quality OER, helping faculty & students author open textbooks or purchasing library ebooks to replace costly textbooks is how I work developing our textbook affordability program.”

Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

One example used was Google’s idea to allow its employees 20% percent job time for self direction. From this effort, such big projects as G-Mail, and Google News have evolved. OER Commons – Take a look at these results from a search I did for STEAM based activities.

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Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

NeverEndingSearch

Currently, one very popular strategy is the creation of classroom scenes using Google Slides populated with their flexible Bitmojis. For more inspiration, check out these posts: We Are Teachers: Teachers are Creating Virtual Bitmoji Classrooms Bitmoji Classroom Tutorials (Jenny Murphy) How to Create a Virtual Bitmoji Scene in Google Slides or PowerPoints (Shana Ramin).

Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

Through videos, photos, text, and more, these digital portfolios provide evidence of students' learning for all stakeholders (including families) and strengthen school-home connections. Google Classroom. Google Classroom is the go-to resource for teachers looking to organize and streamline their workflows. OER Commons. Every teacher should become familiar with open educational resources, or OERs.

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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

The rise of technology was rapid, but teachers can gradually incorporate technology into lesson plans by using online news articles as a topic of discussion or showing videos to better illustrate a concept just learned in class. There are a wide variety of resources available including Youtube for Schools and Google for Education. OER Commons provides a database of free learning materials commonly used by teachers nationwide.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. While the nouns can help locate the important content that can be supported with OER (Open Education Resources) , it is the verbs that will take your students into Bloom’s higher order while conquering the 4C’s. Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum.

Champion for Adult Students Says Colleges Must Change How They Teach

Edsurge

We caught up with Cini recently for a far-ranging chat about what tools (like OER) are helping adult students and how the latest technology (like AI) could further move the needle. One of the things that you’ve looked at is OER, or Open Education Resources—moving away from commercial textbooks and looking for openly licensed (often free) materials online. The rub with OER, though, is that some people feel these free materials aren’t as good as published textbooks.

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Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning… Up To 20 Free Resources and Tools

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

OER Commons. About: One of the largest data bases of OER (Open Education Resources) for free classroom use. Highlights: Links to explanations of CC, Pictures, videos, articles, audios. Google Advanced Search. About: This portion of Google provides scaffolding important in conducting a proper search. Welcome to this third post in a series devoted to supporting student centered learning in the technology enhanced classroom.

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McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

Marketplace K-12

The move follows news earlier this year that Amazon Education is working on Inspire , a platform on which schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover such resources, known as OER. The digital resources in the Knovation repository—including videos, games, podcasts and articles—have been selected, evaluated, tagged and aligned to academic standards. “I don’t see OER as a threat,” said Willig.

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Part 4: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Math

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As stated in the blog, “interesting math problem/project can come in the form of a picture, a video, a tweet, something your child says, etc”. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. There is a watch the Teacher’s Guide Video Segment included with each lesson to learn more about it.

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

For example, a student could be assigned a slide on a Class Google Slide show to share some work while other students and the teacher provide critique. Could this instead be done in a Zoom Room with a shared Google Document?

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Wandering Through the “Open Pedagogy” Maze

Iterating Toward Openness

Whether learning is being supported through conversation, lecture, argument, video, adaptive courseware, plain old textbook, or Google Hangout, words are absolutely critical to supporting learning. conversation, lecture, argument, Google Hangout), or we can experience them afterward as a recorded artifact (e.g., video, courseware, textbook). This is why I believe the nouns of OER are such critically important partners to the verbs of “open pedagogy.”

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Part 3… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Verbs and Blended Learning Possiblities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Link: Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. Technology allows the 21 st century classroom to use this awareness of the nouns to connect with free resources on the internet known as OER (Open Education Resources). Research – Search engines such as Google , Sweet Search , Wolfram Alpha. Record – Google Docs , Diigo , Evernote , Microsoft 360. Explain – Glogster , Weebly , Google Sites , Kidblog , We Video.

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration

Kleinspiration

click her e to view A few of my favorite sources for having students collaborate and publish work: Turn your photos & videos into pure amazing. Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Create rich, multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs, documents and more. Import video (from a file or YouTube) or images.

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