K-12 Open Educational Resources (OER)


OpenStax developing textbooks that deliver personalized lessons
"OpenStax officials said the pioneering K-12 education project, which is funded by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), will use the same kind of technology that Google, Amazon and Netflix rely upon to deliver personalized search, retail and entertainment choices." More information at http://k12.openstax.org/

7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing

U.S. Department of Education Launches Campaign to Encourage Schools to #GoOpen with Educational Resources

Learning about OER

Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation by Dominic Orr, Michele Rimini, and Dirk van Damme (ebook)

Introduction to Open Educational Resources - self-paced course

Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Resources for finding OERs

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup
"Explore this educator's guide to open educational resources for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks." - From the website. Updated 12/5/2015

Open Educational Resources from Digital Learning Department, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, state of Washington.

CK12 - teacher
Search for free STEM teaching resources

"The MERLOT collection consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder web pages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community." - from the website

OER Commons
"OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement." - from the website

OpenStax CNX
"View and share free educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments."

Open Education Consortium
"We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide." - From the website

"The Curriki library hosts thousands of educator-vetted, openly licensed, online educational materials that teachers, educators, or other professionals have created and have made freely available to others for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing." - from the website

Open Educational Resources: Share, Remix, Learn
This is a collection of some of the best open-licensed educational resources that can be used in K-12, as well as other useful related information by Karen Fasimpaur. This website is a little dated but the resources it sends you to are quite sound. It also shows you what Livebinder can do.

The Learning Registry
"The Learning Registry is a joint effort of the Department of Education and the Department of Defense, with support of the White House and numerous federal agencies, non-profit organizations, international organizations and private companies." - from the website. This is the section of the website for educators to look for educational materials.

From the UK, "learners and educators can use XPERT to search a growing database of open learning resources suitable for students at all levels of study in a wide range of different subjects."

MIT Open Courseware for High School
"Highlights for High School features MIT OpenCourseWare materials that are most useful for high school students and teachers." - from the website

HippoCampus and EdReady from The NROC Project, helping educators network and share ideas and materials.

Illinois OERs
"IOER provides you with open, standards-aligned educational and career content. Use our tools to find, share, curate, and create resources. Users can like, rate, comment on and follow resources. IOER offers easy‐to‐use, no‐cost, immediate online access to education and career resources and tools for individuals, schools, and organizations. No strings attached, no training required! Check out #IOER resources right now, and sign up for free to access powerful features." - from the website

Other state initiatives

California Learning Resource Network
Georgia Virtual Learning
Hawaii - Standards Toolkit
Iowa Learns
Minnesota Learning Commons
Orange Grove Florida's Digital Repository
Open High School of Utah
Utah Education Network
Open Washington
Minnesota OER Commons
North Carolina Learning Object Repository

Creating OERs

Creating OERs

Creative Commons
Offers creators a way to protect their works while building a layer of reasonable flexible copyright.

COD Library's Open Access Week blog

Could also be useful for understanding OER and finding useful resources.