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16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know

16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know
Open Educational Resources | Feature 16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know By Dian Schaffhauser07/02/14 Open educational resources not only save students from triple-digit (or more!) textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. 1) College Open Textbooks This site lists open textbooks organized by subject area, many of which have been peer reviewed for their suitability at community colleges. 2) Learningpod Pegged as the "largest library of free, online practice questions in the world, this Kaplan division teamed up with OpenStax to create questions sets specifically for its open textbooks. 3) Lumen Learning This OER-focused company provides open courses with "zero textbook cost." 4) MERLOT II The California State University System's collection of slightly more than 45,000 resources is rated, peer-reviewed and tallied by how many "personal collections" each resides in. Open Educational Resources | Feature Related:  At-Risk Education ToolsOnline Learning Resourcesfchundt21

SELearn Educator Portal We know that materials matter. Mounting evidence suggests that providing teachers with access to high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and curriculum-based professional learning can result in improvement in student outcomes, making this a research-based school improvement strategy. More about this research here. For a detailed overview of high-quality instructional materials and professional learning, along with tools to see if your materials are aligned to standards, visit the new Instructional Materials and Professional Learning page. WISELearn provides a centralized location for connecting Wisconsin educators and sharing classroom and professional learning resources. WISELearn Resources Library is the repository that holds these classroom and professional learning resources.

5 Must-Have Google Search Tips for Students For those of us who remember a time before the internet, using Google for research might feel strange -- like being thrust from the cozy confines of a favorite library straight into the Wild West of the web. But in today’s world, it’s impossible to ignore Google Search as a legitimate tool for research. Most of us begin any simple quest for knowledge with a Google search. So it makes sense that more serious searches might start there, too. But is Google OK for formal research? Essential Tips for Google Research 1. Normally, Google will take a look at the set of words you type in, then try to find matches based on those words -- not necessarily in the order you type them. Example: I've found this especially useful when hunting down sources. Another use case: Found a good quote in the novel you're reading for class? Bonus: You can also use this as a tool for fact-checking. 2. By typing “OR” (in capital letters) between search terms, you're telling Google to look for matches to either term.

Open Educational Resources (OER) We use cookies to give you the best experience and to help improve our website. How we use cookies. Thanks for letting me know 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. OpenStax is a non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of free educational content to improve learning outcomes. Free Online Course Materials is a California State University MERLOT collection of over 35,000 open course materials. Subscribe To Topic

OER Commons Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup 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. video How to Find OER Open Lesson Plans, Courses, and Activities 5-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2013) Exploring free lesson planning resources can be overwhelming. Where MOOCs Miss the Mark: The Student-Teacher Relationship, by Matt Levinson (2014) Massive open online courses (or MOOCs) are an outgrowth of the OER movement. English Language Arts Mathematics Science and the Environment The Arts

75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom There is no shortage of formative assessment strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. Here is an extensive list of 75 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help you and your students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of learning. We didn’t just add any old tool to this list. Supports formative instructional strategies and ways to activate learners to be resources for themselves and peersIs free or awful close to it (under $10 per year, where possible)When possible, both students and teachers can take the activator role (sometimes teachers need to get things started) Before you dig into the tools, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about exactly what you want to accomplish with your students. The tools Learn more To get the most out of formative instructional strategies, also check out our formative practices workshops.

Home - Open Up Resources : Open Up Resources Platforms for Hosting and Creation - Open Resources/MERLOT / Affordable Learning Georgia Platforms for Hosting and Creation When you want to customize or author new OER content, you will want to make your resources available to the public. There are many ways to do so, including institutional, free, and paid platforms to help you create and host your content. GALILEO Open Learning Materials GALILEO Open Learning Materials is a repository for all content created through Affordable Learning Georgia’s programs and partnerships. Institutional Platforms Your institution may have a digital repository, which allows for hosting, discoverability through search engines, and the preservation of important and educational documents. Campus websites often offer a way to present and share documents with the public. Every campus has a subscription to LibGuides, a platform that librarians have been using for years to connect faculty and students with various library and web resources within a particular subject or topic. Free Platforms WikiBooks (Free account registration required.)