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Office of Digital Learning

Planning a Digital Learning Initiative

Software Selection and Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER are teaching and learning materials that are free and may be used, reused, mixed, and otherwise customized to meet specific needs. Free materials available for students, teachers, schools or districts which are not openly licensed do not have the same level of permitted uses such as adaptation, retention, or wide scale distribution.

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U.S. Department of Education #GoOpen Campaign View External Link
The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning. District and state leaders are working alongside innovators from education technology companies and nonprofit organizations to share effective strategies and ideas, create new tools and provide professional learning opportunities that help educators find, adapt, create, and share resources. Did you know that Massachusetts is a #GoOpen state? Learn what this means and what it takes to be a #GoOpen District.

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PBS LearningMedia View External Link
Developed in partnership with WGBH, PBS LearningMedia provides access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources include short videos, interactives, and in-depth lesson plans. Content contributors include 80 PBS member stations, plus include the National Archives, the Jim Henson Company, Annenberg Media, and the Library of Congress.

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Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age View External Link
This report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) provides examples of lessons learned from recent digital and open (OER) content initiatives by leading states and school districts. Also included are recommendations designed to ensure that the shift to digital instructional materials will improve student achievement.

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Open Versus Free: OER Care Studies
Provided by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), this chart that compares the different types of teaching and learning materials available online and their cost, licensing, flexibility of use, and examples.

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OER Commons
Online OER repository.

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Achieve OER Rubrics
Provided by Achieve, these rubrics help educators determine the degree of alignment of OER to college and career ready standards and other aspects of quality of OER.

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Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN)
Links to help educators find openly licensed media elements to use within their courses, including photos and images, videos, audio and music, recorded lectures and video tutorials, open textbooks, simulations and animations, modular course components, and complete courses.

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Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning
Provided by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) in partnership with Foresight Law + Policy to provide strategies for ensuring digital content quality, including exploration of the specific quality-control challenges and opportunities associated with OER. This is a companion to the SETDA publication, Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age.

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Clarifying Ownership of Teacher-Created Digital Content Empowers Educators to Personalize Education, Address Individual Student Needs
Provided by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) in partnership with EducationCounsel LLC to help school and district leaders evaluate the independent creation, modification, and sharing of learning materials. This is a companion to the SETDA publication, Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age.



Last Updated: December 13, 2016
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