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GoOpen: What's It All About?

With the U.S. Department of Education launching an official #GoOpen campaign and initiative, you might be wondering what it's all about. This collection explains the GoOpen movement and offers sites where you can access curriculum materials with open licensing--including the (currently in Beta) Amazon Inspire.
A Collection By Amelia Franz
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GoOpen: What's It All About?
  • Amelia Franz says:
    From the U.S. Department of Education site, this summary explains the new initiative that strongly encourages schools and teachers to move away from expensive textbooks, towards more inexpensive or free openly-licensed teaching materials. It lists companies and products (such as Amazon and Edmodo) that are partnering in the program.
  • ww2.kqed.org
    ww2.kqed.org

    How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

    7 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    This Mind/Shift article showcases classrooms and teachers who are ditching textbooks in favor of freely-available curriculum. To most of us, this is nothing new, and we've been doing this all along. However, government and major education players are starting to jump on board. The author does voice some concerns, including the fear that districts might "GoOpen" to save money, but not invest in time or professional development for teachers to do this well.
  • techcrunch.com
    techcrunch.com

    Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials

    6 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    This article summarizes and explains Amazon's new project, Inspire, a searchable treasure trove of free learning materials for K-12 teachers. It certainly sounds intriguing. I'll look forward to seeing if this really takes off and becomes a "go-to" for teachers around the country.
  • Amazon Inspire

    Website
    amazoninspire.com
    amazoninspire.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    Get early access to the Amazon Inspire resource collection by requesting an access code. They're hoping lots of teachers will sign up and share their lessons and materials.
  • jisc.ac.uk
    jisc.ac.uk

    Open educational resources (OERs)

    5 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    This guy does a good job of explaining exactly what the open resources movement is and how it fits into larger open education philosophies. It lists some major open access resources and how they've been used around the world.
  • OER Commons

    Website
    oercommons.org
    oercommons.org
    Amelia Franz says:
    OER Commons is an extensive, searchable and Common Core-aligned online library of curriculum materials. Beyond searching for curriculum, it also offers the functionality to create groups to share resources.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Open education resources rely on Creative Commons licensing to share information freely. Find out how to license your curriculum correctly, and understand exactly what each CC license allows (and doesn’t allow).
  • ck-12

    Webtool
    ck12.org
    ck12.org
    Amelia Franz says:
    Ck12 provides free online textbooks and other curriculum resources. They've made quite a bit of content freely available. Students can also join groups to "chat and study with friends."
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BloomBoard Asks:Have you used Amazon Inspire Beta yet? If so, what’s your opinion on its usefulness?