open education resources

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

| June 9, 2014 | 65 Comments

One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use. This stance is opposite to the very restrictive policies of many schools, but could allow students more freedom to explore what makes devices work.

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Guide to Free Education Resources

Guide to Free Education Resources

| November 6, 2013 | 4 Comments

The Open Education movement has been a powerful way for teachers to take content into their own hands, compiling and repackaging lessons that suit their individual classrooms and learning goals.

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Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content

Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content

| February 5, 2013 | 9 Comments

While the open content movement in education continues to gain steam, more teachers are starting to learn about free content they can use and adapt to their own needs for their classrooms. But educators are focusing too heavily on acquiring content, rather than contributing and improving to it, according to a company that helps teachers […]

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2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

| December 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

At the end of the year, pundits love to share their versions of summarized lists of what was hot in ed tech in 2012. In addition to the obvious — Common Core curriculum and assessments, games in learning, consumer tech in education — there are others that may be more subtle or even counter-intuitive. Here […]

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Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

| September 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

thinkstock By Ana Tintocalis California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, […]

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How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

| May 31, 2012 | 9 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools are moving from creamy to chunky — but not in relation to cafeteria peanut butter. The change in texture is happening with content. Instruction that was structured linearly, captured in books that were all-inclusive monoliths with a predetermined progression for a uniform, somewhat “creamy” consistency, is shifting to newer forms of […]

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Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

| April 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

Today, Open Education Resources (OER) industry leaders are arguing that the free content is only the starting point.

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How Open Education Can Transform Learning

How Open Education Can Transform Learning

| March 27, 2012 | 3 Comments

Flickr: NP_Josh As the open education movement grows, the ripple effects of what it means for teachers to take control of what they teach is being witnessed across all spectrums in education. Customizable content, sharing and becoming part of a community, and deconstructing entrenched ideologies about what constitutes quality learning materials — these are just […]

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How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple

| January 25, 2012 | 18 Comments

Aggregation, curation, creation: A step-by-step guide to creating your own textbook — and involving your students along the way.

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California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books

California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books

| December 13, 2011 | 4 Comments

Every year, the average college student pays about $1,100 for textbooks alone. At this point, most textbooks assigned by college professors average around $150 each. That’s almost the same cost as the course itself at California community colleges. But the free, open-content movement that’s been percolating for the past few years may change all that […]

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