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Putting OER to Work

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There are a gazillion open educational resources, and educators are natural remixers, natural hackers and find the value in play and exploration. This activity will discuss Open Educational Resources (OER) as a way to work, share resources on best practices, and paper prototype OER.

45 minutes

  • Preparation

    Curate good information on why OER matters and is a way to work, and most recent/relevant information about OER practices for discussion.

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    Take about 20 minutes to discuss why OER is a way to work, share resources and info.

    Reasons to use OER:

    • Increase equity.
    • Save money.
    • Keep content relevant and high quality.
    • Empower teachers.
    • Find trusted colleagues and materials

    Examples from the field:

    • Bethel school system, south of Seattle WA, has replaced a commercial math program for elementary grades with one provided by EngageNY, an open resource developed by the state of New York and meant to align with the Common Core State Standards.
    • Grandview school district, in Washington, replaced of all its commercial instructional products for prekindergarten through early high school math and English/language arts with an assortment of open resources the district selected and organized on its own.

    Resources for those getting started and curated info on OER:

    Taken from Edutopia

    • Curriki is a website that curates content in a variety of disciplines, highlighting noteworthy teachers and content. With more than 8 million users from nearly 200 different countries, this site has been a vibrant place to create, share, and find open educational resources (OERs) since 2006. They offer free tools for build-your-own curricula and private virtual collaboration spaces.

    • Smarthistory is a great art history resource. This site features content organized by time period, style, artist and theme. It's more of a gallery of art history than a textbook.

    • MIT OpenCourseWare site offers educators and students access to full courses designed and taught by MIT professors. Users can access the entire course library and the entire course packet. Course packets include video interviews with professors, syllabus, outlines, readings, assignments, projects and related resources.

    • OER Commons offers a vast database of teacher-created curriculum. The site offers educators a place where they can connect and share globally with other educators, and work with the curriculum those educators have shared. The content is vetted for credibility and provides citations for reference. Users can sign up for a free account, share their own work, and access and curate their own content. This video helps you search smarter How to Search OER Commons.

    • WatchKnowLearn is a wiki that allows teachers to edit/remix lessons by finding videos to use in lessons and allows educators to connect with other educators.

    • PBS LearningMedia is a free service that brings together digital content from trusted organizations and public broadcasters, including videos, games, audio clips, photos, and lesson plans.

    • ReadWriteThink , managed in part by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and offers subject-specific curriculum sites. They offer specific how-to videos on their YouTube channel to help you navigate better while hunting for language arts materials.

    • EDSITEment is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site offers teaching materials organized into four categories: Art and Culture, Foreign Languages, History and Social Studies, and Literature and Language Arts.

    • lets you search over 3,500 of the very best science and math activities on the web. Find handpicked activities from your favorite science museums, public television stations, universities, and other educational organizations. All activities are available to anyone, free of charge. Start searching now and filter by age, material costs, and learning time to find exactly what you need for your class, educational program, or family.

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    Prototyping OERs

    Invite participants to paper prototype their own OERs using markers and paper, or to continue exp;oring OER resources, including tools like Thimble that might help teachers make their own OER.

    Ask participants to list or map the learning outcomes they're after and then to sketch a webpage or website that would help learbners achieve those outcomes using the Web.

    This protoyping and exploration time will lead into educators' assignments to create OER between to close of the workshop and the celebration in April.