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80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives

80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives
Many Open Education Resources (OER) have been introduced by governments, universities, and individuals within the past few years. OERs provide teaching and learning materials that are freely available and offered online for anyone to use. Whether you’re an instructor, student, or self-learner, you have access to full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, activities, games, simulations, and tools to create these components. While some OERs include OpenCourseWare (OCW) or other educational materials, they may also offer the means to alter those courses through editing, adding to those courses through publication, and the ability to shape the tools that share those resources. Additionally, they may maintain forums or other platforms where individuals can collaborate on building educational tools and documentation and the reach for those materials. This list is not all-inclusive, as resources that offer limited collaboration were excluded. Related:  K-12PLE/PWE

NSTA: Freebies for Science Teachers GeneEd Added: Jul 14, 2017 Revisit the National Library of Medicine’s GeneEd for new resources. Targeted primarily for high school students and teachers, the website offers genetics education resources organized by Topics, Labs, Teacher Resources, Career Information, and Highlights (news). Recent additions to the Topics page include articles, interactive tutorials, and teacher resources for exploring the role of genetics in influencing behavior and identity and for exploring precision medicine and pharmacogenomics. (Precision medicine is a modern approach to health management in which treatment and prevention approaches are identified based on a person’s genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors; similarly, pharmacogenomics, part of precision medicine, examines how genes affect a person’s response to drugs.) To access the new materials, click on the Topics tab, go to Top Issues in Genetics, and select the links Genetics, Behavior and Identity, or Precision Medicine.

Create Digital Learning Content Combine Video Images Text Audio What Is Metta? Metta (www.metta.io) is a digital storytelling tool that allows you to create lessons using audio, videos, and images from your computer or from the web. It is a great online app for creating short flipped or blended lessons for students to help them learn outside of the classroom. With this outstanding web application, teachers can easily create a digital content based story, supplemented with images and text. How To Use Metta For using the Metta app, you first need to create an account or login using your Facebook id.After you log in, you’ll be presented with a screen where you need to enter the title of your story or lesson. [Editors Note: I used Metta to put together the video below as an exercise in getting familiar with the tool. Metta Example A short video supplemented with an image and some text, followed by a short clip from another video, with the text changing part of the way through. Using Metta in the Classroom Print This Post

Browse All Chelsea Cutting from Mount Gambier, South Australia, tells us about the real-world connections her students are able to make after using Illumination resources. Jan Gebert is an Illuminations lesson plan reviewer and instructor of professional and secondary education at East Stroudsburg University. So she definitely knows a thing or two about quality lessons. Illuminations asked her for her favorite out of our 600+ lessons. Deeanna Golden, a teacher of 24 years at F.M. Answers the questions, "When will I ever need to solve a system of equations?" Physical and virtual manipulatives are used to explore and discover conic sections by cutting a cone with a plane. Use a series of 3 hands-on activities to develop and reinforce students' understanding of hundredths as fractions, decimals, and percentages. Relate linear equations and graphs in a game of ships and attacks. Construct a scale drawing of a regulation dartboard using geometry and measurement.

Mural - Mural Open education materials for pre-Kindergarten to high school students I am a community moderator for opensource.com as well as a mother, a librarian, and a former public school teacher. When I began writing for this site over two years ago, it was due to my son's education and how both private and public schools were largely neglecting digital technology, global citizenship, and digital literacy. What I have discovered since exploring open source materials for children and teens is astonishing. The amount of open source materials is simply breathtaking. Every day more and more open source materials become available and accessible to all. Open source materials: where? A. Use the key search terms: teacher AND free AND resources 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Expand your search outside your local area, state, province, or country and the amount of free and open educational materials only increases. Note the line between what is considered open source and what is not is often gray for non open source purists. B. C. 1. 2. 3. D. E.

My 2017 Top 10 Learning Tools – Mike Taylor It’s my favorite time of year again. School is back in session, the summer heat is giving way to comfortably cool evenings and it’s time to make my annual contribution to Jane Hart’s Annual Learning Tools survey. [ Personal, Workplace ] Simply the best way to keep up with the things you’re interested in. Feedly lets you track updates from your favorite blogs, websites and a whole host of other sources in a single interface. As if all that isn’t enough, Feedly keeps adding nice new features like knowledge boards, notes and highlights. Feedly is the hub for my personal knowledge management system (PKM). In the right hands, PowerPoint is an amazingly powerful and super flexible tool. If you’re interested in digging in deeper, I curate a collection of PowerPoint resources over on Zeef. WordPress is such a useful, versatile tool that has so many uses for L&D professionals. Want to see what an email course is like? For example:

Children's search engines; 13 reviewed and assessed Introduction When searching the internet - particularly with children in mind, it's important to ensure that you can feel safe with what they are doing, and where they are going. There are a fair number of child friendly search engines available - at least, that's what they call themselves, so I decided to take a look at them to see what I thought of them. I choose a few terms that I was keen on trying out - ‘dogging’ which is a British term (I believe) for a certain type of sexual practice that generally takes place in car parks, blue tits - for obvious reasons, and schoolgirl - again for obvious reasons. Several engines use a variant of Google search with the safe search function on, so I thought it was best to try that first. Aga-Kids < A bright interface, with some categories and a word cloud. AOL Kids < Nice bright opening screen with the invitation to ‘find something awesome’ and links to interesting video articles. Yahoo! Summary.

Video Storytelling With 6-Second YouTube Bumper Ads - Think With Google It probably took you around six seconds to read that intro paragraph. Think it's possible to tell a compelling video story in that time? "Challenge accepted," said the agency creatives and filmmakers featured below. They responded not with long-form cutdowns or even six-second distillations of 15-second stories. Instead, they crafted films specifically to fit the :06 format—a format that YouTube recently began offering advertisers to help them capture attention in today's mobile world. Take a look at these remarkable pieces, and learn how their makers approached filming, editing, and weaving an impactful story in six seconds. "The biggest surprise was honestly the fact that six seconds really is enough time to get a big message across. Think of your story like a joke. —Maud Deitch, Creative, Mother NY

Kids Search Engines EDITOR'S NOTE: For an updated look at search engines for children, see "Savvy Little Searchers: Kids' Search Engines" The services below are designed primarily to serve the needs of children, either in focus, or by filtering out sites that some parents and teachers might find inappropriate for kids. These usually include sites that deal with explicit sexual matters, porn sites, violence, hate speech, gambling and drug use. Scroll down for listings or jump directly to: Major Children's Guides - Filtering Options Other Children's Search Engines - Filtering and Blocking SoftwareRelated Articles Major Children's Guides & Directories The kid-safe directories below use human beings to filter out sites that might be considered objectionable for viewing by children. Ask Jeeves For Kids Ask Jeeves is a unique service where you enter a question, and Ask Jeeves tries to point you to the right web page that provides an answer. KidsClick! Yahooligans

ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

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