Sunday, August 4, 2013

Using OERs to Create or Refresh Lessons

One of the most underutilized resources on the web are OERs (Open Educational Resources). OERs are documents and media, usually a collection of lesson plans, that are open-licensed for teachers to use.

Many employ a group of professionals who review and grade the material based on established criteria determined by the site. These sites are great places to start when creating new units or refreshing old ones. Likewise, if you have a dynamic lesson to share, consider posting it on one of these sites.

In an earlier post we discussed the depth of resources in OER Commons.  We consider this an ourstanding site.  In addition, the table below is a short list of our other favorites.  Please share with us others that you use.

SiteGrade LevelsSubjectsCCSS AlignedSupport MaterialCostGoogle Log-in AvailableComments
CurrikiK - 12AllYesYesFreeYeseTextbooks
LearnZillion3rd - 12Math, ELAYesYesFreeYesVideo lessons; student access
National Science Digital LibraryK - 12STEMYesYesFreeNo Log-in requiredAlso tied to NGSS
Lesson PlanetK - 12AllYesYes$58/yrYes10 day free trial
Opus4th - 8 MathYesNAFreeNo Log-in requiredMath problems sorted by standard
Digital Public Library of AmericaNANANANAFreeNo Log-in requiredCollection of work from America’s libraries, archives, and museums
Discovery EducationK - 12Science, Math, ELA, Social StudiesNoYesFreeNo Log-in requiredThis area of Discovery Education is available free to teachers
ThinkFinityPreK - 12AllYesYesFreeNoLessons pulled from Smithsonian, ReadWriteThink, National Geographic, and more.
NA: Not Applicable

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