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Open Educational Resources

Sep 01, 2020

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Experimental Software System Supporting Ad Hoc, Private Videoconferences

Countless educational conferences have had to go virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of the biggest benefits of real-world conferences has been lost: the casual meetings with other educators that often produce new ideas and opportunities. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and Northeastern University are testing a new video chat service called Minglr that lets online conference-goers bump into each other virtually.

Free US History Digital Textbook

Jun 01, 2020

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Free Digital US History Textbook

The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) is helping teachers plan for the upcoming academic year with free, engaging resources and programs. On July 6, in partnership with Rice University’s Open Stax, BRI will launch Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness, an open educational resource for high school US history.

Feb 17, 2020

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Open-Licensed Global Storybooks: From Arabic to Zulu

A team based at the University of British Columbia in Canada has developed a literacy portal, Global Storybooks, which hosts custom sites with multilingual, open-licensed books from more than 40 countries and regions on five continents. The portal is intended to help democratize global flows of information and resources, facilitate language learning—including Indigenous languages—and promote literacy.

OER library

Feb 17, 2020

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Guide to Help Librarians Curate Open Source Resources

The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an open-source guide for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation.

Jan 15, 2020

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Teaching Tools for STEM Education

STEM Teaching Tools is a research-and-development initiative of the Institute for Science+Math Education at University of Washington in Seattle. Through this effort, the institute shares practice-based knowledge that it has accumulated through federally funded research over the years. The materials are provided for broad use and adaptation as open education resources (OER).

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