open education resources

Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Using OER is hard. Finding good lessons, videos, articles and activities is hard. Putting these pieces together to create a coherent school year is hard. Making sure the approach to reading and writing across materials created by a bunch of different people is hard. Finding time to do that work is even harder.

Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Mary Fulé could do the math, and she didn’t like what the numbers told her. Too many incoming freshmen and transfer students at Northern Arizona University were struggling with math placement, which is Fulé’s domain at the Flagstaff school. As a result, some students fell behind in their progress toward a degree; some changed majors, abandoning long-held dreams; some even dropped out.

How to Become the Netflix of Textbooks—and Make a Digital-First Transformation

Disruptive forces in academic publishing have turned traditional models on their heads. While some publishers are stuck in the more traditional print publishing lifecycle, others are innovating—welcoming new tools and organizational changes into their workflows and cutting their time-to-market in half.

5 More Facts About the White House and Michelle Obama's Free ‘Open eBooks’ App

Last week, we broke news that Michelle Obama and the White House launched the Open eBooks app in an effort to provide $250 million worth of free digital texts to to Title I, military base and special education teachers and librarians.

The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open eBooks’ App for Title I and Special Education Teachers

Do you remember how it felt when you first read what would eventually become your favorite book? For many students, that’s a feeling that’s hard to come by—books aren’t always cheap or easily accessible, especially when school budgets are stretched thin.

The Future of Education Isn’t Free. It’s Open.

Listening to the political debates about education in the United States, you might get the mistaken impression that nothing is changing other than costs going up and performance going down. Things are better than you may realize, especially in one area: instructional resources. We are on the threshold of sweeping change that will make it easier for teachers to teach and students to learn faster and more effectively.

The Missing Link to Open Educational Resources: A Search Engine

Andrew Carnegie believed “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as a free public library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” To actualize this belief, he donated over $60 million to build 1,689 public libraries in the U.S. in the beginning of the 20th century. His money built the structures while the communities furnished the books and committed money to maintain the facilities.

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

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...

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Guide to Free Education Resources

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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