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The Potential of Open Resources for Your Classroom


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  • And we have a choice about how we want to share our creativity and knowledge with others.
  • The Hewlett Foundation defines OER as... As you can see, any CC BY-licensed resource is considered an OER.
  • I’m sure you’ve all seen this symbol, along with this phrase. In the United States, copyright is a form of protection granted to the creators of “original works of authorship” that governs what you can do with the copies of these creative works. Copyright owners are granted an exclusive set of rights to their work. In the U.S., copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to creators of “original works of authorship.” These rights govern what you can do with the copies of these creative works.
  • They include the rights to distribute a copy, perform or display a copy publicly, or adapt a copy in some way, such as translate, edit, or remix it. Basically, whenever you want to do something with the copy of a creative work, you are required, under copyright law, to obtain the explicit permission of the creator (or copyright owner). Copyright covers all forms of creativity: literature, music, architecture, and choreography. Basically any creativity that you can set into a tangible medium is covered by copyright.
  • And we have a choice about how we want to share our creativity and knowledge with others.
  • With CC, creators can grant copy and reuse permissions in advance, without having to negotiate rights each and every time.
  • Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that offers a legal framework for the voluntary sharing of creative works on the web, such as music, videos, photos, and educational resources, like textbooks.
  • CC offers a set of licenses that creators can choose to attach to their works with varying levels of permissions. * There are 6 CC licenses that reflect a spectrum of rights a creator wants to communicate Creative Commons develops copyright licenses - which are are simple, standardized ways to grant copyright permissions to your work. Each license has different conditions. Which license you choose will depend on how you want to share your work.
  • All CC licenses require attribution (or credit) to the original author of the work * After that, you can decide which conditions you want to apply....for instance - whether you want to prohibit commercial uses of the creative work (the non-commercial condition) - whether you want to require that downstream users also reshare their adaptation of your work (the sharealike condition) - or whether you only want your work to be redistributed “as-is” (the no derivatives condition)
  • CC licenses are especially designed for the digital age, as they are uniquely expressed in three ways. * At base, each license is a traditional legal tool, with the kind of language and text formats that lawyers know and love. We call this the legal code layer of each license, which has been vetted by a global team of legal experts. This is what makes CC licenses enforceable in a court of law. *But since most creators, educators, artists, and scientists are not lawyers, we also make the licenses available in a format that normal people can read and understand. * The Commons deed, also known as the “human readable” version of the license, summarizes the most important terms and conditions of the license into a few universal icons and non-technical language. We can think of the commons deed as the user-friendly interface to the Legal Code beneath. * The final layer of the license design is the machine-readable metadata. This is what really makes CC licenses viable for the Internet age. This small snippet of HTML code summarizes the CC license and associated metadata (such as who the work is authored by) into a format that software, search engines, and other kinds of technology can understand. * When you choose a license on our website, you receive this snippet of HTML code, which you can copy and paste into your webpage.
  • CC licenses form the backbone of the Open educational resources movement -- a movement of organizations and individuals that offer free educational resources under CC licenses to anyone in the world.
  • When properly marked in this way, CC-licensed works are discoverable via CC-enabled search engines such as Google and Yahoo! Web platforms that have integrated CC license options, such as Flickr, automatically take care of the machine-readable step for you. Today, we estimate through Google and Yahoo! search engine counts that there are around 500 million CC licensed works on the web.
  • Get Creative Commons Savvy..
  • Creative Commons for K-12 Educators is one of the facilitated courses. Educators and librarians are taking the course to learn more about CC licenses and how to find and adapt free, useful resources for their classes.
  • While P2PU encompasses all types of courses, the School of Open is focused on the specific domain of openness. SOO officially launched during Open Education Week (March 11-15, 2013) with 17 courses.
  • The best way to get involved is to join our Google Group, but if you have private questions, email the Project Manager at
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    • 1. The Potential ofOpen Resourcesfor Your Classroom
    • 2. Introductions• Karen Fasimpaur, P2PU School of Ed• Jane Park, Creative Commons/P2PU School ofOpen• Verena Roberts, Alberta Distance LearningCentre (ADLC)• Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy
    • 3. Open source softwareOpen accessOpen cultureOpen educational resourcesOpen contentOpen dataOpen scienceOpen researchOpen licensingOpen textbooksOpen coursewareOpen policyOpen assessmentOpen badges
    • 4. Open means different things todifferent communities.
    • 5. “OER are teaching, learning, andresearch materials that reside in the publicdomain or have been released under anintellectual property license that permitstheir free use and re-purposing by others.”- The Hewlett Foundation
    • 6. 4 R’sReuseReviseRemixRedistribute
    • 7. “All rights reserved”
    • 8. In a digital world, teachers andstudents alike are creators ofcopyrighted content.
    • 9. With Creative Commons,creators can grant copy andreuse permissions in advance.
    • 10. least freeMost freeLeast free
    • 11.
    • 12. Open Educational Resources (OER)
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    • 15. Benefits of OER for k12Verena Roberts@verenanz
    • 16. Using Open Educational Resourcesreminds me of the story, "If you Give aMouse aCookie"by Laura Numeroff andIllustrated by Felicia Bond
    • 17. The book is known for its playful, circularpattern. A boy gives a cookie to a mouse. Themouse asks for a glass of milk. He thenrequests a straw (to drink the milk), a mirror(to avoid a milk mustache), nail scissors (totrim his hair), and a broom (to sweep up).Next he wants to take a nap, to have a storyread to him, to draw a picture, and to hangthe drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at therefrigerator makes him thirsty, so he asks fora glass of milk. The circle is complete whenhe wants a cookie to go with it.Retrieved from:
    • 18. Breaking the Pattern....
    • 19. SHARING - Leaving the Island,_Northwestern_Hawaiian_Islands,_USA-2012.jpgDiscovering theopen waters....Focusing on the partsthat are harder to getto....
    • 20. dont have to reinvent the wheel
    • 21. BenefitsSaves timeLeaves more time to spend with students
    • 22. Create and remix more meaningfulcontentremixed video: video:
    • 23. We are not all good at everything.You can remix contribute and add tosomething that has already beenstarted.....To encourage authentic learningexperiences and connections.
    • 24. Move away from static textbooks
    • 25. Create books that come to life....
    • 26. Model 21st Century LearningMonkey See- MonkeyDo
    • 27. Learning Together
    • 28. Sustainable Learning Environmentsfor allOpportunities for:interdisciplinary,intergenerationalandinternational learning
    • 29. Focus on student created content
    • 30. Leads to self-directed learning andconnected learning
    • 31. Ahead of the Game.Horizon Report k12...
    • 32. Benefits of OER in k12• Breaking a Pattern - Change• Promotes sharing of resources.• Discover new ideas and content• More time to spend on learning!• Encourages authentic learning experiences• Learners of all ages• Sustainable Learning Environments for all• Self-directed & connected learningexperiences• Ahead of the Game - Innovators
    • 33. Where can you find thebest OER?
    • 34.
    • 35. Some of my favorite OER…
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    • 43. How You Can Open LicenseYour Own Work• Just write “licensed under Creative CommonsCC BY” on the work• Use the Creative Commons “Choose aLicense” tool– Supplies license artwork– Optional code you can put on a web site to beaccessed by open search engines• Share on an OER site like Curriki
    • 44. OER atMontana Digital AcademyJason NeifferCurriculum DirectorMontana Digital Academy
    • 45. About me…• First Curriculum Director of MontanaDigital Academy• 13 years in the social studies, speech,debate, computer science and journalismclassroom• Long-time Moodle user• Part time blogger:• Professional development speaker• Doctoral candidate at the University ofMontana• Shameless self promotion:http://www.neiffer.com
    • 46. Montana Digital Academy is Montana’s statewide virtual school withthree progams:• Original credit courses• Credit recovery courses• Middle school world langauge workshopsESTABLISHED IN2010http://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgAbout MTDA
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    • 49. Open ToolsIn Beta: Teacherblogging platformreplacing studentannouncements.We use EduBlogsas our enterpriseWordPress system.http://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgWe use the verypowerful ContentManagementSystem Joomla torun our mainwebsite. We serve70,000 page view amonth.We use Moodle, thepremere opensource learningmanagementsystem. We useMoodleRooms asour enterpriseMoodle host.Moodle Joomla Word Press
    • 50. Traditional Modelshttp://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgBarter BuyBuild Buddy
    • 51. Traditional Modelshttp://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgBarter BuyBuild Buddy
    • 52. Evolution to OERFinancialFlexibilityQualityPhilosophy
    • 53. Open High School OCW Open Course LibraryConnexions CK-12 Georgia Virtual LearningNROChttp://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgOur Libraries
    • 54. ResultsMajority of new courses use OER orrepurposed free online resourcesDecrease in per-student costsIncrease curricular flexibilityAbility to share with partners
    • 55. Next steps…Develop/releaseour own OEREncouragepartner face-to-face districts toadopt OERBuild staffcapacity toadapt, modifyand use OERUse OER inregulardevelopmentcycle
    • 56. http://www.montanadigitalacademy.orgEmail:neiffer@gmail.comTwitter:@techsavvyteachThank you! Websites:www.montanadigitalacademy.orgwww.techsavvyteacher.comwww.neiffer.comGoogle
    • 57. Questions and commentsThank you!
    • 58. • Karen, @kfasimpaur• Jane, @janedaily• Verena, @verenanz• Jason, @techsavvyteach