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Introduction to open educational resources 2013

"Introduction to Open Educational Resources(OER) by Michael Paskevicius, Learning Technologies Application Developer, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, UCT"

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A really great introduction to OER from Michael Paskevicius, University of Cape Town. Certainly will prove useful to those on the teaching team who have only recently started to explore the open movement and creative commons in particular.

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Transitioning to Open Educational Resources

Transitioning to Open Educational Resources | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Over the past two years, I've been working with my district to transition from the popular textbook towards Open Educational Resources, or OER. One of the leading benefits of OER options is that they are free and open to educators. That in itself is a reason to inquire. The information has been vetted for credibility and some of it is derived from some of the world's top colleges and universities.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Four great OER sources provided here for teachers to explore.

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Waldo D. Sanchez's comment, March 9, 2013 6:27 AM
A transition that will not stop.
Patricia Daniels's curator insight, March 9, 2013 7:46 AM

Making the transition to OERs can be quite daunting as it's not just a matter of accessing open content but repurposing it and digitizing your own to suit your students' needs. I find that using OERs in combination with cloud computing, mobile assisted seamless learning and field trips into virtual worlds, works well with my language students. However, what works within my teaching context may not be appropriate for yours. In my opinion, it's not just about introducing new technologies and pedagogies because they are trending, but doing a thorough analysis of what is needed within a specfic context before transforming your teaching practices, as these transformations  will influence your students' learning environment and learning outcomes.

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Open Educational Resources & Creative Commons

Ever wondered if you should use the work of others in your own products? How do you attribute these resources? How can you share educational resources openly while protecting your rights?

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Maggie Verster's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:03 AM

Great visual slideshow in Copyright. Love the pictures.

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5 Places To Find Free Educational eBooks - Edudemic

5 Places To Find Free Educational eBooks - Edudemic | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
So what happens when Google, Amazon, and your local library come up short in your quest for free educational eBooks?
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A few additional places to find those free educational eBooks including Harvard to Bartleby to the International Children’s Digital Library.

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The 100 Best (And Free) Online Learning Tools & Sites

The 100 Best (And Free) Online Learning Tools & Sites | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
These sites offer a place for educators to find open educational resources as well as provide a place for those who want to share their ideas or work collaboratively on projects.
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A list of great open access sites offering a wealth of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Tools including

1. Sharing and Collaborating

2. Open Courseware Search Engines

3. Open Courseware

4. Online Academic Video Sites

5. Online Lectures

6. Online Reference Material

7. Social Media Tools

8. Wikis

9. Online Books and Texts

10.Professional Online Education Networks

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, April 24, 2013 4:15 PM

What a great collection of resources, conveniently bundled!

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 2, 2013 11:29 AM
Excellent,thank you:)
Natassa Dourvetaki's comment, May 3, 2013 5:49 AM
welcome!!!
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The Teacher's Guide To Digital Citizenship

The Teacher's Guide To Digital Citizenship | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship is important to understand for today's students, staff, and teachers. Microsoft has just unveiled a free curriculum that gives great tips and ideas on teaching digital citizenship and creative content.
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"Four units comprise the curriculum resources. Each unit consists of standalone yet complementary lesson plans that play off a creative rights scenario presented through a case study.

Each unit has 4-6 of these project-oriented activities, one of which serves as the culminating lesson for the unit. Guiding questions help set the expectation for what students learn, and pre/post assessments establish baseline knowledge to gauge student learning. Modification and Extension suggestions recommend ways to abridge or expand the activities within the unit, and provide tips for engaging parents and peers outside of the classroom.

You’ll have to register to download the actual units (PDF format)."

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:35 PM

The rights and responsibilities of being a Digital Citizen.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 5, 2013 3:44 PM

Curriculum units to help young people learn about ethical and responsible online behaviour.

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College Open Textbooks

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Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, College Open Textbooks is a collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving the awareness...
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A great site for driving the awareness and adoption of open textbooks. Check out those open textbooks currently featured - Principles of Micro and Macro Economics.

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