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Free Content + Open Tools + Mass Collaboration = Learning for All


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An overview of Open Educational Resources and how they can be used in K-12 education; see for more resources.

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Free Content + Open Tools + Mass Collaboration = Learning for All

  1. 2. What I believe and why I got involved in Open Education <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>Sharing is good. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone deserves a free, high quality education. </li></ul><ul><li>The current educational bureaucracy is not likely to embrace OER projects. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Open Educational Resources (OER) are: </li></ul><ul><li>Digital </li></ul><ul><li>Free and open </li></ul><ul><li>Tools, content, and implementation resources </li></ul><ul><li>For teachers, students, and lifelong learners </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Mass collaboration has resulted in </li></ul><ul><li>the most widely-used web server software </li></ul><ul><li>the most popular encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>sequencing of the human genome </li></ul><ul><li>What could it do for education? </li></ul>
  4. 5. Traditional copyright - all rights reserved Public domain - unrestricted use Copyright with open licenses - some rights reserved
  5. 6. <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 or CC SA </li></ul>
  6. 7. Tools <ul><li>Operating systems (= more affordable hardware) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ubuntu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Xandros (eee PC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikis, blogs, and course management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MediaWiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress ( .com and .org ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Tools (cont.) <ul><li>Productivity tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GIMP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CamStudio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The OpenDisc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SourceForge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SchoolForge </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Content – General Multimedia <ul><li>Photos and video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Open Photo Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr (CC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikimedia Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NextVista </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Music and sound </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ccMixter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MusOpen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The FreeSound project </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Content – Education <ul><li>Wikibooks </li></ul><ul><li>FreeReading </li></ul><ul><li>Curriki </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Open Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>OER Commons </li></ul><ul><li>MIT OpenCourseWare </li></ul><ul><li>Ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>More... </li></ul>
  10. 11. How You Can Contribute <ul><li>If you publish something you are willing to share, open license it </li></ul><ul><li>Publish on an open platform like Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Post photos (to Flickr or elsewhere) with an open license </li></ul><ul><li>If you see a mistake in Wikipedia, FIX IT! </li></ul><ul><li>Add something to a topic in Wikipedia or Wikibooks </li></ul><ul><li>Write a definition in the Kids Open Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Tell three people you know about OER </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Fasimpaur </li></ul><ul><li> </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