OER Resources for Educators

Resources for educators interested in exploring open educational resources (OER) in their classroom.

The following resources appeared across the 10 case studies* and may be useful to educators interested in exploring open educational resources (OER) in their classroom. Note: not all the resources are OER, but may be useful in an OER strategy and implementation.

  • Angel Learning Management System (SIATech)- The ANGEL LMS is used by K-12 schools and districts, community colleges, universities and proprietary schools to create Virtual Learning Environments for online learning and to offer hybrid or blended (web-enhanced) classes.
  • Audible (UT)- Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet
  • Baylor School's literary terms (WA3)- A portal of literary terms. BrainGenie (WA2)- Braingenie is the Web's most comprehensive math and science practice site.
  • Building Collaborative NGSS Curriculum through Haiku Learning Management System (CA)- Slide presentation on Coronado's district-wide Haiku LMS implementation process.
  • Canvas (NV)- Canvas is an open-source learning management system (LMS) that brings all the K-12 classroom tools together.
  • CK-12 (CA, WA2)-  CK-12 provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications.
  • Curriki- A community for teaching or studying: Create, share, and explore high quality K-12 content. 
  • Discovery Education (NV)- Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every student a chance to experience fascinating people, places, and events. All content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform.
  • Educreations (UT)- Educreations is a community where anyone can teach what they know and learn what they don't. The software turns any iPad or web browser into a recordable whiteboard.
  • EngageNY (WA, WA3, WA4)- EngageNY.org is dedicated to providing educators across New York State with real-time, professional learning tools and resources to support educators in reaching the State's vision for a college and career ready education for all students.
  • Google Apps for Education (CA)- Google Apps for Education is a suite of free productivity tools for classroom collaboration.
  • Gooru- Gooru is a platform that provides teachers and students with the ability to search for and develop collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, handouts, games, and quizzes, specifically around science, math and social studies and language arts.
  • Gradpoint (UT)- The GradPoint PowerSchool Integration Service syncs the most widely used web-based school information system (SIS) and GradPoint's awarding winning learning management system (LMS) and digital curriculum.
  • Haiku (CA)- Haiku Learning is a full suite of beautiful, cloud-based tools designed to get you up and running with digital learning in minutes.
  • hippocampus.org (SIATech)- HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge.
  • Khan Academy (UT, WA3)- Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
  • Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum (@MNCurriculum)- The Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum is a grassroots initiative to promote the creation of open digital curriculum. Its goal is to leverage the power of collaboration and digital resources to launch teachers and students into new learning frontiers. 
  • National Center on Universal Design for Learning (MA, NC)- The center supports the effective and wide-scale implementation of Universal Design for Learning through a variety of activities.Multimedia Resources
  • National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) project (SIATech)- The NROC Project is a community-guided effort focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (WA2)- Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K-12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The NGSS are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.
  • Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) (WA2)- NCCE provides year-round professional learning opportunities for K-20 administrators, educators and support staff.
  • Odell Education (WA4)- Odell Education (OE) is dedicated to fostering creativity and critical thinking in students and the education community. OE has developed nationally validated and acclaimed literacy curriculum. OE collaborates with schools, states and organizations on assessment, curriculum, and professional development projects and is recognized as a leading expert in the CCSS.
  • OER Commons- OER Commons is a freely accessible online library that allows teachers and others to search and discover open educational resources (OER) and other freely available instructional materials.
  • Project Guttenberg (UT)- Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
  • readworks.org (MA)- ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most importantly, ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension.
  • Softchalk (NV)- SoftChalk is a provider of content authoring software for educators in K-12, colleges, universities and medical programs.


*Key of case studies

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