Free, Open, and Digital Reading Resources


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Free, Open, and Digital Reading Resources

  1. 1. Opportunities to interact with your laptop or cell phoneText a message including 432936 to 22333
  2. 2. What I believe and why I got involved in OER Differentiating instruction is essential to improving education. Textbooks are not a good tool for this. Technology coupled with high quality content is. Teachers and students need high quality resources that they can use legally to build and share interactive lessons, podcasts, multimedia presentations, etc. Sharing is good and is a part of new literacies.
  3. 3. What is OER? Digital, free, and OPEN for anyone to use, adapt, and redistribute Tools, content, and implementation resources For teachers, students, and lifelong learners
  4. 4. How is OER relevant to education? Suitable for “remixing” for differentiation − Examples Increases equity FREE Modelling 21st century skills as a source of content for teachers and students to build from legally Wise use of public funds
  5. 5. Traditionalcopyright - Public domain - all rights unrestricted reserved use Copyright with open licenses - some rights reserved
  6. 6. Attribution (BY) ▪ Non-commercial (NC) ▪No derivatives (ND) ▪ Copyleft - Share-Alike (SA) CRecommended for education:CC BY
  7. 7. Creative Commons: − CC BY – You can use however you want; just cite the source. − CC BY SA – You can use however you want, but you must cite the source AND license your work under a sharing license. − CC BY NC – You can use only if it is noncommercial (you can’t charge $); cite the source. − CC BY ND – You can use the work but you can’t change it or put it into a bigger work; also cite the source.
  8. 8. Others: GFDL – Share-alike license used by Wikipedia and others. Public domain – not copyrighted; you can use however you like. Custom licenses (e.g. morguefile and T Teacher’s Domain)
  9. 9. Citing Sources ALWAYS cite sources; attribution required by CC Can be under the image or at the end in credits Screen names are ok (optional) Include source URL
  10. 10. More Formal Citation Formats MLA Author’s name, the name of the work, publication/site, the date of creation, and the medium of publication Bronayur. “Hershey, PA sign.” Wikipedia, Jan. 9, 2007. JPG file. APA Name of the organization, followed by the date. In brackets, provide a brief explanation of what type of data is there and in what form it appears. Finally, provide the project name and retrieval information. Hershey, PA sign. (Jan. 9, 2007). [Photo of Hershey, PA sign, JPG]. Wikipedia. Retrieved from
  11. 11. Where to find the best OER
  12. 12. Multimedia“Building Blocks”
  13. 13. Over221 million open- licensed photos
  14. 14. Reading Intervention
  15. 15. Ebooks andAudiobooks Credit: Evan-Amos
  16. 16. Open Dictionary for Kids
  17. 17. Resourcesfor Teachers
  18. 18. How You Can Open License Your Own Work Just write “licensed under Creative Commons CC BY” on the work Use the Creative Commons “License Your Work” tool . − Will provide you with artwork − Optional code you can put on a web site to be accessed by open search engines
  19. 19. How You Can Contribute If you publish something you are willing to share, open license it. Post photos (to Flickr or elsewhere) with an open license. . Publish on an open platform like Wikispaces. If you see a mistake on a wiki like Wikipedia, FIX IT! Tell three people you know about open content and Creative Commons
  20. 20. Conclusion Questions, comments, and sharing of experiences and resources Thank you for coming!
  21. 21. Thank you.Karen Fasimpaurkaren@k12opened.comFirst screen image credits:Linux computer lab – Michael SurranLinux penguin - Larry Ewing <> with the GIMPBooks - TizzieGlobe – NASACloud background - Anca Mosoiu