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OER Commons. 18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it might also be worth a thousand dollars if your school gets hit with a copyright violation claim. This happens to schools every year as students or teachers inappropriately use an image that they do not have the rights to. Thankfully this does not have to be the case as there are loads of high quality pictures that can be used in school projects without any licensing concerns. These can include images that are released under creative commons, or are in the public domain, or simply are copyright-free. Of course depending on the license, it may still be necessary to cite where the image came from to provide proper attribution (and it can be a good practice to do even if not required). There are many sites and tools that can help educators and students find free photos, clipart, icons, and more.

See below for a list of many of these, and be sure to share your suggestions for other resources to add to this collection. The List Free Image Websites. CopyrightSimpleK12 - Google Slides. Copyright and Intellectual Property. ImageCodr.org. 14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know.

Using copyrighted material incorrectly can land teachers and students in hot water. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe. (Image by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay.com / CC0) Students and teachers toe a very fuzzy ethical line every day — many without even realizing it. Some end up on the safe side of the line, but others cross the line and cross ethical boundaries — and sometimes costly legal ones. That line is the copyright line, deciding how teachers and students can respect people’s intellectual property. The bottom line is this: Copyright doesn’t automatically mean, “This is mine. The silver lining is this: Copyright isn’t the only license on digital media. Kristina Peters, a digital learning specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education, recently discussed copyright, licensing and the essentials that teachers and students should know.

Here are some of the take-aways from that discussion: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Have other questions about copyright? Related. Creative Commons, Open Content, and Public Domain Images - Copyright for Creators. OERs eBook.pdf. K-12 Technology Integration | Simple Book Production. The OERs - Open Educational Resources. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup. Resources by Topic: OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.

Why are OER important? High-quality OER can save teachers significant time and effort on resource development and advance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Further, open sharing of resources has the potential to fuel collaboration, encourage the improvement of available materials, and aid in the dissemination of best practices. Getting Started Sharing Resources The nonprofit Creative Commons offers free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that allow you to specify which rights to your works you want to reserve and which rights you'd like to waive.

Quality Considerations With all the promise of OER, some challenges remain. Back to Top How to Find OER Open Lesson Plans, Courses, and Activities Open Alternatives to Textbooks. OER | Learn Online. Santtu at the helm by wili_hybrid When I get a free minute I try to get through some of my feedreader. Unfortunately I don’t get very far into it because Abject Learning is first in the list. This time Brian is questioning the need for OER, and I have to say I largely share his position, it is over rated in the grand scheme of things.

One of the other participants asked a question that resonated with me: if we live in an era of information abundance, why is the primary drive around OERs the publication of more content? And what other activities around the open education movement might be an effective use of our energies? The predictable response from content centric OER proponents relates to copyright and freedom, OER content is “free”. But as Brian points out, this is increasingly a non issue: Already, formal education is out of the picture in every way. The rhetoric about freedom and moralistic argument in OER amps up non-the-less. Open Educational Resources (OERs) What are OERs? Open Educational Resources are freely available teaching and learning materials which the author has licensed in an open format to allow others to re-use and adapt.

They can include lecture notes and slides, handouts given to students, online tutorials, diagrams or even an entire Moodle course. In many cases the author has assigned a Creative Commons licence to the resource indicating that it can be used freely. JISC define OERs as: ...teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Meanwhile, UNESCO have recognised the value of OERs arguing that they ‘provide a strategic opportunity to improve the quality of education as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building.’ OER Initatives There are a number of significant gloabl OER initiatives including MIT's OpenCourse Ware initiative and the Open University's OpenLearn. OERs at LSE. Jorum | The UK's largest repository for discovering and sharing Open Educational Resources for HE, FE and Skills.

IS UNIT WEB SITE - IPTS - JRC - EC. In its recent Communication on Rethinking Education, the European Commission announced a new initiative on “Opening-up Education” to be launched mid-2013. It acknowledges that openness has the potential to widen access to education and to improve, amongst others, access, cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning. However, Open Educational Resources (OER) are currently underexploited. There is a need to understand better how the potential of OER can be seized and what should be the policy objectives when promoting them. The OEREU project has as main objective to provide empirical evidence to policy makers in order to guide policies on the field of Open Education. It is focused on three educational levels, School Education, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, and has the following specific objectives: Visionary papers on the future of Open Education Consultation and Dissemination Activities Contact Yves PunieChristine RedeckerJonatan Castaño Muñoz.

Open Educational Resources. Opening up education through innovation | Open Education Europa. Open educational resources (OERs) | Jisc. There is no one, standard definition of open educational resources. However, the following broad definition of OERs from OER Commons seems to be generally accepted by the community: 'Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.' OERs exist within a wider ‘open’ movement and context, explored below.

The open movement Many of these have been driven by and created by communities that recognise the benefits to themselves, and sometimes to wider groups. What are educational resources? What are open educational resources? Engagement with OER can be light touch. Finding OERs. Wikimedia Commons. Library.educause. Open Educational Resources (OER) Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to open educational resources (OER) in higher education. Web Sites with OER resources The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - CCCOER is a joint effort by the OER Center for California, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the League for Innovation in the Community College and many other community colleges and university partners to develop and use open educational resources (OER) and especially open textbooks in community college courses.

Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Free Online Course Materials is a California State University MERLOT collection of over 35,000 open course materials. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. Where to find OER. OpenLearnOpenLearn provides free access to over 8,000 study hours of learning materials from Open University courses, with links to its BBC broadcasts and interactive content such as expert blogs, videos and games. JorumThis free online repository service constitutes a key part of the JISC programme to collect and share learning and teaching materials for the UK further and higher education community across all subject disciplines. HumBoxHumBox is a bank of online humanities resources run by the University of Southampton.

It was initially developed by the HumBox project in a collaboration between 12 institutions and four humanities subject centres - LLAS, English, History and Philosophical and Religious Studies. Language BoxThis is a virtual storage space for modern languages learning materials. Originally funded by JISC and created by the Faroes project team at the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth, it stores resources in 26 languages, from Arabic to Welsh.

Find OER | Open Professionals Education Network. CC licensed (BY) Flickr photo shared by David Amsler modified by Paul Stacey Reusing existing Open Educational Resources (OER) can save significant time and effort. The OPEN partners recommend TAACCCT grantees invest up-front time finding OER to reuse rather than starting development of new educational resources right away. A significant benefit of OER is that they provide source material to build your development efforts around. No need to invest development effort in creating something that already exists. OER come in a wide variety of types. Many educators are simply looking for individual media elements to use within their courses, such as photos, graphics, videos, and audio, that are openly licensed in a way that freely permits education use.

The page below will help you find openly licensed media elements to use within your courses. OER also exist as distinctly education content such as full courses, workshops, textbooks, tests and assessments. 1. 1.1 Google Google Advanced Search 2. Download & Streaming : Open Educational Resources. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), available at , makes the course materials used in the teaching of all MIT undergraduate and graduate subjects available on the Web, free of charge, to any user in the world. Educators utilize the materials for curriculum development, while students and self-learners around the globe use them for self-study or supplementary use.

With more than 2,000 courses now available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge. This library of open educational resources features course materials for seven Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These high school level materials are available for free download. This library of open educational resources features 187 courses from 14 universities in China.

The lectures and resources are presented in Mandarin, though a few include English. By Monterey Institute of Technology and Education by Internet Archive This course has been MIT's introductory pre-professional computer science subject since 1981. What is OER? - Creative Commons. What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. Open Education "...is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge. " —The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation OER Definitions The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation "OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) "digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research. The Cape Town Open Education Declaration OER Commons Table. Open Educational Resources for K-12. OER for ELT - Teaching support. Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) Portal. The best free cultural & educational media on the web. Discover Europeana Collections, a Portal of 48 Million Free Artworks, Books, Videos, Artifacts & Sounds from Across Europe.

"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? ," asked T.S. Eliot in lines from his play "The Rock. " His prescient description of the dawning information age has inspired data scientists and their dissenters for decades. Thirty-six years after Eliot's prophetic lament over "Endless invention, endless experiment," futurist Alvin Toffler described the effects of information overload in his book Future Shock, and though many of his predictions haven't aged well, his "prognosis," writes Fast Company, "was more accurate than not. " Among his many "Tofflerisms" is one I believe Eliot would appreciate: "The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn. " Indeed, the exponential accumulation of data and information, and the incredible amount of ready access would make both men's heads spin.

Related Content: About OER - Education - Open Educational Resources for K-12 (OER) - Research Guides at Kennesaw State University. First, understand Creative Commons (CC) License. Because most of OER are under terms of Creative Commons, understanding CC will help you to use OER better. If you an educator and want to find some teaching materials, such as syllabi, lecture notes, assignment, lab manuscript, lab reports, and so on, please go to the tab For Educators for the selected OER .

If you are a learner and want to find free or affordable textbooks and other course materials, please to the tab For Learners for the selected OER. Last, join one of the movements to promote and advocate OER development. 15 OER tools for educators. Below you’ll find great sources for K-12 OER. Need some higher-ed OER tools? We’ve got a ton of them on eCampus News.

This is just a sampling of the OER tools available. Do you have a favorite OER tool or guide that isn’t listed here? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. WatchKnowLearn - Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students. Appendix 7 - OER References and Links. New York Public Library Invites a Deep Digital Dive. Guide to Open Educational Resources - WALA 2016. 11 Places to Get a Free and Legal Photo for Your Blog. Open Education - SPARC. Home - Open Educational Resources - Research Guides at UNH. Open Education Resources. OER. Education-2020 - Open Access Education and Resources. OER. OER-Open Ed. Resources. 80 Resources for Open Education Developers. Open Educational Resources: il punto della situazione. An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) - OpenLearn - Open University - H800_1.

Security Check Required. OER IPR Support. It.pinterest. Open Textbooks. Free ebooks by Project Gutenberg. ELI7061. New Illume Home Page Video Final v2. Illume Learning: All the Tools You Need to Build Great College Courses. Teacher Tools & Templates - Venn Diagram. Curriki | Inspiring Learning Everywhere. Classroom 2.0 LIVE April 2016. CopyrightFriendly/Creative Commons/Fair Use.

Use Information Correctly: Copyright and Fair Use - Full Page. AE Webinar 2.6 - Web 2.0 Tools - Using OER to Impact Learning. Copyright and Fair Use. Where to find free stock photos for your blog & social media. Another Place to Find Great Photos. Copyright & Plagiarism for Kids.