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Common Core and OER Commons Trainings
The OER Commons community is at the forefront of supporting states’ Common Core standards implementation. With our new OER integration services and our Common Core professional development delivered by curriculum specialists, we provide educational agencies with the content, tools and support they need to find, create, organize and share OER internally and between agencies.
We’re working with agencies as they identify and organize OER for teachers. States are sharing original content by uploading lesson plans, best practices, and demonstration units to OER Commons’ Open Author. Participants report the high value in OER Commons’ ability to align resources to new standards, as well as to evaluate content quality using the EQuIP and Achieve OER Quality rubrics on the site. We are building collections of priority OER to support the Common Core, including exemplars, math sets and illustrations, instructional units and other central supports.
To enrich your state’s professional development around Common Core implementation, please contact Samantha Wayne. To customize the OER Commons experience for your state or district through our OER integration services, please contact Lisa McLaughlin.
What's New in The Commons
We add content every day! We are busy around the clock adding new educational resources to OERCommons. We work with the finest producers of instructional content in the world to gather their best work. Then we ensure the resources are carefully described and fully indexed so you can find exactly what you need when you need it.
OER in Music Education
A new study by ISKME, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, explores the current state of music OER, the audiences that these resources serve to benefit, and the opportunities and challenges involved in adopting an open approach to music education resources. Check out the full study: “Composing Possibilities: Open Educational Resources and K-12 Music Education.”
Groups Use Groups on OER Commons to organize and share OER for use in your state, county, district, school or classroom. Discover resources that other educators have evaluated and designated for use with their educators.
EQuIP Rubric Evaluation Tool
The EQuIP Rubric Tool from Achieve is now available for educators to use when evaluating lessons and units in OER Commons. Build professional knowledge around resources by adding your evaluations and help other educators find and build outstanding resources!
OER Commons professional development offerings train educators in the use of the EQuIP rubric and other tools on OER Commons.
OER Commons is freely available for all. Sign up for an account and you can create or remix your own resources with Open Author. Become part of the growing OER Commons community. Register here
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After mentioning to Utah teachers that I visited you in Jordan, I received an email from DeLaina Tonks, Director of the Open High School of Utah. She said, "Thanks for all of the great resources! Also, if you are interested in local OER, take a look at www.openhighschoolcourses.org. We have content for grades 9-12 available, and are adding 7th and 8th grade content that will be released in 2014." Anyway, there is wonderful high school material here...
At age 12, Freeman Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King. Now he's president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he works to create an environment that helps under-represented students -- specifically African-American, Latino and low-income learners -- get degrees in math and science. He shares the four pillars of UMBC's approach, which are very applicable in any country.
American English - http://americanenglish.state.gov/
Welcome to American English, your resource center for teaching and learning about American English and culture! Here you will find a variety of engaging materials and resources for your own professional development and for use in your classes with students. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
Trace Effects - http://traceeffects.state.gov/
Ning community for Trace Effects - http://traceeffects.ning.com
E-Teacher Scholarship Program - http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/e-teacher-scholarship-program
RELO - Amman - http://jordan.usembassy.gov/relo_1.html
"Shaping the Way We Teach English" Webinars - http://jordan.usembassy.gov/ann_shaping_the_way_we_teach_english.html
Mobile English with biNu and Worldreader - http://www.binu.com/
Forum Magazine - http://americanenglish.state.gov/english-teaching-forum
One of our wonderful Jordanian educators shared a list of Arabic resources that she uses...
The OpenEducationDisc is a wonderful resource for teachers looking for free software they can use in their classroom.
The OpenEducationDisc focuses solely on meeting educational needs of students of all ages. Software has been chosen to address specific IT needs across a wide range of subject areas. The contents of the disc therefore differ from the OpenDisc and are listed below.
Office and Design
OpenOffice.org – Fully compatible office software for your school work
Dia – Make technical diagrams and flowcharts
Scribus – Create professional looking posters and magazines
GanttProject – Plan your school projects with this project management software
FreeMind – Collect your ideas with this mind mapping Software
Sumatra PDF – Read PDF files quickly and easily
Firefox – A safe, secure and fast web browser
Thunderbird – Manage your emails better than ever – Reclaim your inbox!
Pidgin – Talk to your friends whatever instant message client they use
Kompozer – Create web pages easily, without having to code
Art and Graphics
GIMP – Edit digital photos and create graphics
GIMP animation – Create animations
Inkscape – Make professional looking vector graphics
Pencil – Animate your own cartoons
Blender – 3D graphic modeling, animation, rendering and playback
Tuxpaint – Drawing program for children ages 3 to 12
VLC – Play music, videos and DVDs
Audacity – Record, edit and mix music
Mixxx – Mix your own music like a DJ
MuseScore – Compose your own music
Piano Booster – Teach yourself the piano
Infra Recorder – Burn your own CDs and DVDs
CamStudio – Record your actions on a computer
Really Slick Screensavers – Great looking screensavers
Science and Mathematics
Nasa Worldwind - Discover the earth and other planets
Geogebra - Learn geometry and algebra
Greenfoot – Teach yourself how to program
GraphCalc – A graphical calculator
BYOB – Learn how to program and make animations
CarMetal – Cool mathematical modelling tool
Maxima – University standard computer algebra system
Celestia – Explore the universe in three dimensions
Stellarium – A planetarium on your PC
FreeCiv - Control the world through diplomacy and conquest
FreeCol – Discover the ‘New World’ and build an empire
Numpty Physics – Solve puzzles using physics
TuxTyping 2 – Learn to type like a pro
Tux of Math Command – Test your mathematical skills
7zip – Compress and uncompress files in a wide variety of formats
Abakt - Schedule and execute backups of your data
Clamwin – Antivirus software with automatic updating
Workrave – Prevent and recover from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Weebly is one of the easiest to use website builders I've come across. Wix is another. Watch the video below to see just how easy it is.
One of my good friends has suggested http://eduwave.elearning.jo/Eduwave/Elearningme.aspx as a good educational resource in the Arabic language.
The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed-indexed video journal. Their mission is to increase the productivity of scientific research - particularly through the use of video to detail how experiments are carried out. As of this time, there are 2300 video articles that have been published. This is a real treasure for science educators.
Nathan Smith, Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University, is passionate about sharing resources that can help educators. If you have a wonderful educational resource to share, please contact him using the form on the home page.