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Open Education Resources

This webpage contains open access resources and digital textbooks that are available within the public domain. They are not copyrighted and may be customized, modified, or combined with other materials. It is our hope that this site provides educators with timely and useful resources that will assist in this process of digital learning.

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For assistance regarding this page, please contact Jackie Lakin (jlakin@ksde.org) or Lue Ann Snider (lasnider@ksde.org)

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FlexBook  --  VISIT
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Wed 10/16/2013 @ 03:29

FlexBook, by CK-12. These are open source, free textbooks that are fully editable by instructors. They can be delivered to students via smartphone apps, pdf, or accessed online.


OER Commons  --  VISIT
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OER Commons gathers relevant materials about teaching, technology, research, and more, and encourages you to add links to materials, projects, or news related to the emerging field of Open Education.


California Open Source Textbook Project  --  VISIT
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Wed 10/16/2013 @ 03:25

The California Open Source Textbook Project (COSTP) began in 2001 as a collaborative – a public/private undertaking; it was the first organization created to address the high cost, content range, and consistent shortages of K-12 textbooks in California.


Open Content Mathematics Curriculum  --  VISIT
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This is an evolving description of books and software that could be used to design a totally open undergraduate mathematics curriculum. This is meant to be a selective list, so you can consider these to be personal recommendations, not just links I've found promising. As such there will be a limited number of entries in each category. The first criteria in selecting texts is that preference will be given to those that are truly free - as in free to copy, free to modify, free to distribute, free to sell. For example, a text that prohibits commercial use does not have full freedom. Licensing terms are summarized for each item. The second criteria is that I have to have some reason to believe the text is accurate and has a selection of content that is in line with typical university courses


Wikibooks  --  VISIT
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Simply, Wikibooks is a collection of open-content textbooks.

Because the word textbook is open to interpretation, this document exists to help clarify which types of content are acceptable for Wikibooks. For example, The Complete Works of Shakespeare might be considered a textbook in an English Literature course, but such a text would be inappropriate for this site.


Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources  --  VISIT
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The primary goal of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is to create awareness of OER and help colleges to identify, create and/or repurpose existing OER to improve teaching and learning and make education more accessible for all learners. We are seeking the support of faculty to identify, review, evaluate, and make available high quality, accessible and culturally open educational resources.


American Mathematical Society E-Books  --  VISIT
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In addition to our print publications, the AMS makes selected titles available to the mathematical community by posting books online. AMS Books Online comprises bookmarked PDF files that can be downloaded by chapter and may include corrections that are not in the printed version at no charge.


Bookshare  --  VISIT
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Wed 10/16/2013 @ 03:09

The nonprofit Bookshare provides free electronic copies of books that are adapted into formats that meet the needs of students with visual impairments or certain learning disabilities. The text of the books can be read aloud by computers, magnified or spaced differently, allowing the books to be read by those who struggle with print textbooks. The service is funded by the federal government and free to students.


Classic Reader  --  VISIT
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Wed 10/16/2013 @ 02:53

Thousands of free books by authors such as Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare, and many others.


Digital Book Index  --  VISIT
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Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free.


Creative Commons Index of OER Resources  --  VISIT
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Wed 10/16/2013 @ 02:49

Open Educational Resources come in many shapes and sizes. This partial list of sources introduces the scope of OER and the organizations cultivating its increasingly vital role in opening higher education up to the greatest number of people worldwide.


Classroom Aid Open Education Resources  --  VISIT
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Wed 10/16/2013 @ 02:47

Open educational resources,o.e.r are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or creative common area and are freely available to anyone over the Web. They are an important element of an infrastructure for learning and range from podcasts to digital libraries to textbooks and games.


Feedbooks  --  VISIT
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Wed 10/16/2013 @ 02:36

Read anywhere. Feedbooks distributes over 3,000,000 books every month to smartphones, tablets and eReaders. This link provides a list of public domain books free for download.


Internet Archive  --  VISIT
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The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.


International Children's Digital Library  --  VISIT
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World's largest online multicultural repository of children's literature offers free access to exemplary works from more than 42 countries. The online library can be accessed for free in 11 languages which include English, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, French, Spanish and Chinese. Link for phone apps is: http://itunes.apple.com/app/icdl-books-for-children-international/id295441481?mt=8


Kansas EZ Library  --  VISIT
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Welcome to the Kansas EZ Library! From here you can access our online books, learn to use each service, and find help when you need it. Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks available in this collection are provided through a consortium including the State Library of Kansas and your local public library.


Open Library  --  VISIT
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Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and we welcome your contribution. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget--it's all welcome. We have a small team of fantastic programmers who have accomplished a lot, but we can't do it alone!


LibriVox  --  VISIT
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Provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer. Also, volunteers can record books from the public domain.


YouTube for Schools  --  VISIT
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YouTube has put considerable effort into this project, which includes digital content from more than 600 partners, including the Smithsonian and TED. Furthermore, YouTube has worked with teachers to curate over 300 playlists categorized by subject (i.e. math, social studies, science, etc.) and by grade level. Teachers can also suggest their own playlists to YouTube.

 

To prevent younger students from getting distracted by a dancing cat while a teacher tries to show a YouTube video during class, the video sharing site has launched an education-only setting.



TeacherTube  --  VISIT
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TeacherTube in an online community for sharing instructional videos. It is hoped to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.


AASL Lesson Plan Database  --  VISIT
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American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database, a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Users can search the database for lesson plans by learning standards and indicators, content topic, grade-level, resources used, type of lesson or schedule, keyword and much more.


Common Core Curriculum Maps: Digital Resources  --  VISIT
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A nice list of online digital resources and tools for creating, collaborating, researching, and sharing.


MIT OpenCourseWare  --  VISIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. There are more than 2000 course trainings offered FREE.


State Library of Kansas  --  VISIT
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The "one-stop, go-to" place for all! All Kansas residents have access to research databases galore, sample tests for lots of careers, news clipping bank, scholarly journals and MUCH, MUCH more. Explore the online resources that are best for students and teachers, popular topics, and learning express.

Also see, the State Library of Kansas', Research for Kids! It includes items as a special history presentation (a first of its kind), as well as a digital and E-books collection, search engine for kids, and more.


The Online Books Page  --  VISIT
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Lists over 1 million books on the web.


Online Library of Liberty  --  VISIT
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The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace. They are in a variety of formats - facsimile PDFs so scholars can view the original text, HTML for ease of searching and attractive layout, and text-based PDF EBooks for personal use. The Library also contains bibliographic information about the books as well as other "metadata" about the authors and editors.


Project Gutenberg  --  VISIT
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Offers over 36,000 free e-books to download to your PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.


LiveBinders  --  VISIT
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LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the Web
•Collect your resources
•Organize them neatly and easily
•Make an Impression
Best of all, it's free!
Click Here to see our LiveBinder from the KSDE Annual Conference


Learning Registry  --  VISIT
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The U.S. Departments of Education and Defense launched “Learning Registry,” an open source community and technology designed to improve the quality and availability of learning resources in education. This is an effort to more effectively share information about learning resources among a broad set of stakeholders in the education community.

Rather than creating an alternative destination to existing websites, Learning Registry is a communication system that allows existing educational portals and online systems to publish, consume and share important information about learning resources with each other and the public, while respecting the privacy of individual users. 




PBS LearningMedia  --  VISIT
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PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia™ is free for educators. Register today!


OER Rubrics and Evaluation Tool  --  VISIT
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To help states, districts, teachers, and other users determine the degree of alignment of OERs to the Common Core State Standards, and to determine aspects of quality of OERs, Achieve has developed eight rubrics in collaboration with leaders from the OER community


Common Criteria Framework for the Vetting of Instructional Materials  --  VISIT
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Common Criteria Framework for the Vetting of Instructional Materials
Published by the National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA)


Kansas Education Resource Center (KERC)  --  VISIT
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The Kansas Education Resource Center (KERC) contains free lesson plans and resources for teachers to use in aligning classroom instruction and assessment to Kansas’ academic standards.


Thinkfinity  --  VISIT
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Thinkfinity and Thinkfinity Community are the Verizon Foundation's free, comprehensive digital learning platform that gives educators access to over 55,000 educational resources. The site includes panel-reviewed lesson plans, interactive tools, classroom activities, and student materials for grades K - 12. The resources are provided in partnership with leading national educational and literacy organizations. These websites offer resources across all grade levels and multiple curriculum areas: Arts, Economics, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Reading and Language Arts, Science and Geography.


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