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Checklist and Links for High School Graduation

Checklist and Links for High School Graduation
(This article was last updated on 1/11/13. For continued updates, please sign up for my free monthly newsletter.) I've been compiling a list of links to free resources on the web that I use myself or that have been recommended. As I'm sure you all know, buying curriculum, especially at the high school level, can amount to hundreds of dollars per course. I try to mix and match as much as possible, carefully picking and choosing what I buy, and using free material if I can find it. Fortunately, "free" does not mean you have to compromise on quality. I thought I would share what I have to try to cut down on the time we all spend searching. First, some links to sites that offer free material in a wide array of core and elective subjects. For a list of 150 free textbooks, click here. The Wake County Public School System has a series of online video lessons called the "Success Series," which provides a review of most of the core subjects and foreign language. English II - World Literature survey

Free video lectures,Free Animations, Free Lecture Notes, Free Online Tests, Free Lecture Presentations 400 Free Online Courses from Top Universities Advertisment Take online courses from the world’s top universities for free. Below, you will find 1,700 free online courses from universities like Yale, MIT, Harvard, Oxford and more. Our site also features collections of Online Certificate Programs and Online Degree & Mini-Degree Programs. Note: This page includes a lot of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). If you want to enroll in a free version of a MOOC, please select the “Full Course, No Certificate” (edX) or “Audit” (Coursera) option. Humanities & Social Sciences Art & Art History Courses Classics Courses Communication Courses Economics & Finance Courses Bookmark our collection of free online courses in Economics. Education Courses Food Courses Geography Courses Health Courses

Exploring open access in higher education | Higher Education Network Open access is using internet technology to facilitate teaching, learning and research the world over. Photograph: ESA/J.Huart/PA From the use of social media to engage students to tools designed to facilitate record keeping in HE, it would seem the academic revolution will be digitised. But arguably no other aspect of digital holds the promise of the open access (OA) philosophy and open educational resources (OER). With OER, similar tenets apply: academics create, share and allow their teaching resources not only to be used but to be amended, improved, transformed. It also looks as though the benefits of open access in HE could go beyond teaching and research. So far, so good. Following a talk point and a poll, we finally give the subject of open access the consideration it deserves. Join us then and feel free to post any questions or comments below now. This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. Panel Steve Carson, external relations director, MIT OpenCourseWare

Open Access Timeline Physical Review X 4 May 2011 American Physical Society officially launched PRX, a online-only, open access journal, Scientific Reports 6 Jan 2011 Nature launched Scientific Reports, online and open access journal covering all areas of the natural sciences PLoS ONE 21 Dec 2006 An interactive open-access journal for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and medical research Scholarpedia 1 Feb 2006 Scholarpedia is a peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written by scholars from all around the world Science Commons 1 Jan 2005 A project of Creative Commons to make scientific research “re-useful” and integrate fragmented information sources. Google Scholar 18 Nov 2004 Google announced the launch of Google Scholar. Elsevier 3 Jun 2004 Elsevier liberalizes copyright for authors CrossRef 28 Apr 2004 An infrastructure for linking citations across publishers, and a full-scale implementation of the Digital Object Identifier (or DOI) System to date. Berlin Declaration 22 Oct 2003 PLoS Biology 13 Oct 2003 Citebase

Open science now! Michael Nielsen on TED Playlist Space oddity, indeed: 18 talks from astronauts, including Chris Hadfield Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who’s become a YouTube sensation aboard the International Space Station, has showed us why tears won’t fall in space and the dangers of clipping one’s fingernails in zero gravity. But he has truly outdone himself with his latest video. Business Michael v. Their names may both be Michael. 60+ educational resources for teaching yourself anything. From its inception, the web has always had appeal as an educational resource. Recognising the potential for remote learning, in 2002, the launch of OpenCourseWare at MIT helped propel the initiative into the spotlight, with many universities following suit and providing quality educational material available through the web. No longer is there an excuse for anyone with access to the web to say that education is outside of their reach. This collection of links and applications highlights just the tip of the iceberg of educational resources that are available on the web. University Material Open Yale - Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Open Courseware – Notre Dame University contribution to open courseware. Open Courseware - MIT – Free lectures, exams and course material from MIT. Open Courseware – University of California Open Courseware – John Hopkins School of Public Health

A Basic Guide for OER/Home From WikiEducator The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Commonwealth of Learning, 2011 Any part of this document may be reproduced without permission but with attribution to the Commonwealth of Learning. Published by: This Guide comprises three sections. The third section is a set of appendices, containing more detailed informaton about specific areas of relevance to OER.

OER Commons Funding proposals From WikiEducator Turning the digital divide into digital dividends using free content and open networks is an ambitious project. We firmly believe that WikiEducator has the potential to facilitate and contribute towards building a sustainable ecosystem for Open Education and Open Education Resources in collaborating with the free knowledge community. This area is about funding proposals. Solid technology foundations Many of the "infrastructure" technologies we need to make progress with the realisation of this vision are already in place. These include: Mediawiki software for collaborative authoring of free content A wide choice of open source Learning Management systems for online delivery of content eXe software for local recontextualisation of free content that can be done offline. Innovation and key priorities for developing proposals Capacity and skills development on how to use relevant technologies for the authoring of free content. Funding proposals under development See also

OER Foundation Dave Lane has joined the Open Education Resource Foundation as an Open Source Technologist. A group of the OERu partners have contributed to support increasing our technical capability. Dave is currently the President of the New Zealand Open Source Society and brings 21 years of open source development and leadership experience to the OERu network, Building on the previous year's launch of the OERu, representatives from the partner institutions met at The University of Tasmania on November 6th and 7th, 2014. The OER Foundation organised a successful planning meeting of the OERu founding anchor partners in Dunedin on 9-10 November 2011. OER Foundation, leads a global education collaboration. News archive

Meeting Summary - 23 Feb 2011 From WikiEducator From left to right: Jim Tittsler, OER Foundation; Phil Ker, Otago Polytechnic, Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation; Robin Day, OER Foundation; Letuimanu'asina, Dr Emma Kruse Va'ai, National University of Samoa; Rachel Simpson, Tertiary Education Commission; Justin Sampson, AKO Aotearoa; Peter Guiney, New Zealand Ministry of Education; Jim Taylor, University of Southern Queensland; Jenny McDonald, University of Otago; Siaosi Sovaleni, Secretariat of the Pacific Community; Richard Schwier, University of Saskatchewan. The OER Foundation hosted a strategic international planning meeting for the OER for assessment and credit for students project at Otago Polytechnic on 23 February 2011 in Dunedin. New Zealand. If you are interested in joining the OER university as an anchor partner, email Wayne Mackintosh, Director of the OER Foundation. The OER university concept. We envisage that the OER university will commence with two qualifications. Meeting highlights Meeting highlights

Open University research explodes myth of 'digital native' Gerald Haigh visits his alma mater to learn that a good attitude to technology correlates with good learning habits Is there a digital native? Not according to new Open University research A new research project by the Open University explores the much-debated concept of “the digital native”. The university does this by making full use of the rich resource which is its own highly diverse student body. It concludes that while there are clear differences between older people and younger in their use of technology, there’s no evidence of a clear break between two separate populations. Is there really a distinct group of younger people who are not only easy with technology because they’ve grown up with it, but actually think and learn differently as a result? Since then, the concept has often been questioned, and even Prensky’s own ideas have changed somewhat. This isn’t, though, just a saloon bar debating point, or material for yet another Grumpy Old Men TV programme. More information

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