A free browser-based game called Factitious helps middle school and high school students distinguish between fake news and real journalism. Players indicate if they think an article is fake, or if they believe it is real. Factitious then provides immediate feedback: whether the response is correct or incorrect, whether the article cites sources that can be checked, and whether the story includes direct quotes from credible sources. If a player is stumped, the game offers a clue. For example, the player can click or tap to reveal the article’s source. Educators can adapt Factitious to their needs; it’s open source. Teachers can ask students to select news stories to input into the game as a way to challenge their classmates. The game also offers a way for players to suggest content they think should be included. The Factitious game was designed by American University’s GameLab in collaboration with the university’s School of Communication.
In the summer of 2017, Open Up Resources released a problem-based core mathprogram for grades 6–8 to spark student engagement. The full OER-based curriculum is a result of a 21st Century Collaboration Model: the core materials were developed by recognized math education experts and then classroom tested and modified by 175 classroom teachers in six school districts.
Created by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality open educational resources (OER) and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners.