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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).