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.

Site Grade Levels Subjects CCSS Aligned Support Material Cost Google Log-in Available Comments
Curriki K - 12 All Yes Yes Free Yes eTextbooks
LearnZillion 3rd - 12 Math, ELA Yes Yes Free Yes Video lessons; student access
National Science Digital Library K - 12 STEM Yes Yes Free No Log-in required Also tied to NGSS
Lesson Planet K - 12 All Yes Yes $58/yr Yes 10 day free trial
Opus 4th - 8 Math Yes NA Free No Log-in required Math problems sorted by standard
Digital Public Library of America NA NA NA NA Free No Log-in required Collection of work from America’s libraries, archives, and museums
Discovery Education K - 12 Science, Math, ELA, Social Studies No Yes Free No Log-in required This area of Discovery Education is available free to teachers
ThinkFinity PreK - 12 All Yes Yes Free No Lessons pulled from Smithsonian, ReadWriteThink, National Geographic, and more.
NA: Not Applicable

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