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Some Entry Points for Education Leaders To #GoOpen

By Patrick Larkin — September 17, 2015 1 min read
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Riding the momentum of this week’s announcement from the United States Department of Education regarding the appointment of my former colleague Andrew Marcinek as its first-ever open education adviser, I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate this week’s Three-for-Thursday blog post to some Open Educational Resources (OER). After looking at the impressive work done by Williamsfield Community Unified School District (highlighted in the video below), all school leaders should be putting the investigation of OER at the top of their to-do lists and begin preparing to #GoOpen.

For starters, I wanted to share the Illinois OER site which was utilized by the Williamsfield School District. This site is full of great resources for schools looking to begin their OER journey.

The second site I am going to share is Creative Commons which really should be the starting point for schools beginning to utilize OER. The site has a special section dedicated to OER including a blog which school leaders should be paying close attention to for all of the latest OER updates.

My third OER share is OER Commons. OER Commons has a great library of resources with materials for educators from preschool to college. The search page allows users to search by grade level, subject, as well as for materials aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

All of my OER resources are in My Diigo bookmarks tagged as “OER.” If you would like to share some of your favorite web-based resources for a future Three-for-Thursday post, you can do that here.

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