Open content: Share, Remix, Learn (v3)


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Open educational resources (OER) are tremendous resources, but are unknown and untapped by many. These free and open resources, published under licenses like Creative Commons, can be used in the classroom to differentiate instruction and increase equity.

This presentation begins with an overview of copyright and how open content can help teachers and students comply with copyright law.

We’ll then look at sites for open-licensed clip art, photos, music, sound effects, and video that can be used to create podcasts, multimedia presentations, web sites, and online courses.

Finally, we’ll explore collections of lesson plans, textbooks, and online courses that can be used across the curriculum, from early elementary to AP high school.

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Open content: Share, Remix, Learn (v3)

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  2. 3. What I believe and why I got involved in OER <ul><li>Differentiating instruction is essential to improving education. </li></ul><ul><li>Textbooks are not a good tool for this. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology coupled with high quality content is. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers need high quality resources that they can use legally to build interactive lessons, podcasts, multimedia presentations, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing is good. </li></ul>
  3. 4. What is OER? <ul><li>Open Educational Resources (OER) are: </li></ul><ul><li>Digital, free, and OPEN for anyone to use, adapt, and redistribute </li></ul><ul><li>Tools, content, and implementation resources </li></ul><ul><li>For teachers, students, and lifelong learners </li></ul>
  4. 5. How is OER relevant to education? <ul><li>Suitable for “remixing” for differentiation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Brings equity </li></ul><ul><li>FREE </li></ul>
  5. 6. Traditional copyright - all rights reserved Public domain - unrestricted use
  6. 7. Traditional copyright - all rights reserved Public domain - unrestricted use Copyright with open licenses - some rights reserved
  7. 8. <ul><li>Attribution (BY) ▪ Non-commercial (NC) ▪ </li></ul><ul><li>No derivatives (ND) ▪ Copyleft - Share-Alike (SA)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended for education: </li></ul><ul><li>CC BY </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Creative Commons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CC BY – You can use however you want; just cite the source. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CC BY SA – You can use however you want, but you must cite the source AND license your work under a sharing license. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CC BY NC – You can use only if it is noncommercial (you can’t charge $); cite the source. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Others: </li></ul><ul><li>GFDL – Share-alike license used by Wikipedia and others. </li></ul><ul><li>Public domain – not copyrighted; you can use however you like. </li></ul><ul><li>Custom licenses (e.g. morguefile and Teacher’s Domain)‏ </li></ul>
  10. 11. Citing Sources <ul><li>ALWAYS cite sources </li></ul><ul><li>Can be under the image or at the end in credits </li></ul><ul><li>Screen names are ok </li></ul><ul><li>(optional) Include source URL </li></ul>
  11. 12. More Formal Citation Formats <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  12. 13. Content – Photos , Clip Art, and Video <ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr (CC)‏ - Advanced search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikimedia Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Images – Advanced image search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Open Photo Project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clip art </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WPClipArt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Clip Art Library </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Content – Music and Sound <ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Khan Academy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NextVista </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikimedia Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher’s Domain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Music and sound </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MusOpen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ccMixter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The FreeSound project </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Conversion Tools <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 16. Content – Education <ul><li>Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Curriki </li></ul><ul><li>BetterLesson </li></ul><ul><li>Open Textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>CK12 </li></ul><ul><li>Connexions </li></ul><ul><li>Wikibooks </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>FreeReading </li></ul>
  16. 17. Content – Education (cont.) <ul><li>Online courses </li></ul><ul><li>NROC and Hippocampus </li></ul><ul><li>MERLOT </li></ul><ul><li>MIT OpenCourseWare </li></ul><ul><li>Other educational content </li></ul><ul><li>PhET </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Open Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>OER Commons </li></ul>
  17. 18. How You Can Open License Your Own Work <ul><li>Just write “licensed under Creative Commons CC BY” on the work </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Creative Commons “License Your Work” tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will provide you with artwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional code you can put on a web site to be accessed by open search engines </li></ul></ul>.
  18. 19. How You Can Contribute <ul><li>If you publish something you are willing to share, open license it. </li></ul><ul><li>Post photos (to Flickr or elsewhere) with an open license. </li></ul><ul><li>Publish on an open platform like Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>If you see a mistake on a wiki like Wikipedia, FIX IT! </li></ul><ul><li>Tell three people you know about open content and Creative Commons </li></ul>.
  19. 20. <ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Fasimpaur </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>First screen image credits: Linux computer lab – Michael Surran Linux penguin - Larry Ewing <> with the GIMP Books - Tizzie Globe – NASA Cloud background - Anca Mosoiu