Teaching How to Read, Write, and Participate on the Web: Web Literacy for Educators

Open Educational Resources

Made by Mozilla Learning Networks and the National Writing Project.

Learners will explore and dicuss Open Educational Resources (OERs) and draw inspiration from exemplars to create their own OERs with Mozilla tools, learning credibility, open practices, and sharing.

30 minutes

  • Preparation

    Participants should bring their own laptop (BYOL) to this session or find a buddy to work with. Modern browsers should be installed on any computers you'll be using.

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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 interactive activity will introduce OER’s and provide the opportunity for attendees to explore Mozilla's tools to create free and open teaching resources of their own.

    Mozilla's teach.mozilla.org is a both a website and community hub for teaching the web, where open educational resources (OERs) can be created, shared and remixed. In this activity we'll carry out community building as well as geek out! We will explore some inspirational resources that already exist on teach.mozilla.org for topics such as storytelling cultural heritage remix and privacy. We'll also introduce X-Ray Goggles and Thimble, the open tools available to educators and others through Webmaker. For the rest of the activity, we'll provide a space for attendees to prototype and OERs for their own learning contexts.

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    Why OERs Matter

    Share with participants the following 2.5 min video:


    Good resources for those getting started and curated info on OER:


    Additional insights:


    U.S. Department of Education announced recently the launch of #GoOpen, a campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. As part of the campaign, the Department is proposing a new regulation that would require all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds to have an open license.

    Reasons cited by Dept of Ed include

    • Increase Equity – All students have access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content because openly licensed educational resources can be freely distributed to anyone.
    • Save Money – Switching to educational materials that are openly licensed enables schools to repurpose funding spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. In some districts, replacing just one textbook has made tens of thousands of dollars available for other purposes.
    • Keep Content Relevant and High Quality – Traditional textbooks are perpetually outdated, forcing districts to re-invest significant portions of their budgets on replacing them. The terms of use of openly licensed educational resources allows educators to maintain the quality and relevance of their materials through continuous updates.
    • Empower Teachers – Openly licensed educational resources empower teachers as creative professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials to meet the needs of their students without breaking copyright laws.

    5 minute discussion on whether participants agree with above - why or why not.

    15 minute discussion with participants curating best practices for OER.


    >Note: This introduction will lead in the Thimble activity in next agenda item: Choose your Activity where participants will have the opportunity to choose a Thimble activity that includes creating and remixing OERs for their own learning contexts.

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    Prototyping OERs

    Invite participants to paper prototype their own OERs using markers and paper. Ask them 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.

    Explain that participants can makes these OERs using Mozilla tools like Thimble and that they'll jave the chance to work on their OERs later in the workshop if they so choose. After the workshop, the @MozTeach and @writingproject teams can help them further develop their OERs, as well.