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A Wikiversity Logo for Open Educational Resour...

A Wikiversity Logo for Open Educational Resources. It was first used for the German OER-project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These sites offer educators a place to find open educational resources as well as provide a place to share ideas or work collaboratively on projects.

  1. Apple Learning Interchange. Educators create and share lessons and activities here.
  2. MoodleShare. For teachers on Moodle, this resource offers lesson plans, activities, and even entire courses for K-12 and higher education.
  3. Connexions. The modules provided here can be used as lessons, books, reports, or classes.
  4. Free Curricula Center. Find educational material such as textbooks and instructor guides for higher education classes.
  5. OER Commons. This OER community provides materials for both K-12 and higher ed.
  6. Curriki. This site aims to distribute free curricula and educational resources to teachers around the world.
  7. Google for Educators. Google has compiled an enormous amount of information and resources for teachers here.
  8. Open Educational Resources. Find classes, tools, and other resources at this site.
  9. iBerry. This “academic porthole” provides links to open resources as well as a news aggregator so you can stay on top of all the OER news.
  10. K12EdCom.org. This site provides open courseware curriculum material specifically for those in K-12 education.
  11. WiZiQ. Teachers can use this site for uploading content, teaching online, and more while students can find classes on just about anything.
  12. MERLOT. Get peer-reviewed online learning materials for higher education at this site.
  13. OER Recommender. Search for courses and other resources by keyword with the OER Recommender.
  14. Open CourseWare Consortium. This site will search all member institutions for open courseware classes.
  15. Creative Commons. One of the leaders in the OER movement, Creative Commons offers licenses for those who create open content and also provide access to several search engines to help locate material.
  16. DiscoverEd. Search for open educational resources with this experimental project from Creative Commons.
  17. OCW/OER Search. This Google search engine will look up open and free materials for higher education.

These sites provide educational videos free of charge.

  1. Open Vault. Teachers will discover content produced by public TV and radio on this site.
  2. Nova Teachers Watch Video Online. Teachers can choose from short videos or longer videos from the Nova magazine and TV program.
  3. YouTube EDU. YouTube has a special section devoted to education-related videos.
  4. TeacherTube. Rest assured that all the videos here are made by and especially for educators.
  5. Teachers TV Videos. These educational videos cover a wide range of topics and are sponsored by an organization from the UK.
  6. Teacher’s Domain. Get video and audio segments from PBS programming just for educators.
  7. Learner.org. Find tons of free videos to enhance your teaching here.

These social media tools are free of charge to help students work collaboratively.

  1. Edublogs. Get a free blog for your class on this site that is only for those in education.
  2. Class Blogmeister. This free service, designed just for educators, will have you creating a class blog in no time.
  3. Blogger. While this Google-based blogging platform isn’t education-specific, it is free and easy to use.
  4. WordPress. If you are a more experienced blogger looking for more creative opportunities, then check out free WordPress blogs.
  5. 21Classes. This free service helps you create classroom homepages as well as manage blogs for students or the class as a whole.
  6. Twitter. Twitter has become an incredible tool for connecting teachers and students in collaborative learning environments.
  7. Edmodo. Edmodo is like Twitter, but just for those in education.
  8. QuoteURL. This Twitter tool helps organize tweets so they are all on one page–helpful for Twitter-based projects.
  9. CiteMe. Students can use this Facebook app to learn about properly formatted citations according to major styles such as APA, Chicago, or MLA.
  10. DoResearch4Me. If your students are relying too heavily on Wikipedia, have them use this Facebook app to find information from reputable online sources.
  11. Hey Math! Challenge. For struggling math students, have them use this Facebook app to watch Flash movies that clearly explain difficult math concepts.
  12. Flashcards. Teachers and students can create flashcards for any subject they are studying with this Facebook app.
  13. Class Notes. Share your class notes, assignments, and reminders with this app.

These wikis share educational information.  Some are on specific topics, others provide more general educational resources.

  1. WikiEducator. Get free content here or sign up to learn how to create and contribute your own content.
  2. eToolBox. This wiki from Wissahickon School District is all about integrating technology into the classroom.
  3. Wikiversity. With over 12,500 resources available here, you will find projects, research, and more on this wiki.
  4. Digitally Speaking. Teachers will find ideas and resources for using technology in the classroom in innovative ways on this wiki.
  5. Educational Origami. Become a part of bringing 21st century learning into the classroom when you visit this wiki.
  6. Welker’s Wikinomics. Economics teachers and students can find tons of information on this wiki and are also invited to contribute.
  7. Flat Classroom Project. This project wraps up its fifth year promoting global communication and collaboration between classrooms.
  8. GoAPES. This wiki is for secondary and college-level teachers of life sciences.
  9. Salk’s Periodic Table. This unique wiki is an interactive periodic table.
  10. Kidpedia. Kidpedia is an online encyclopedia written for and by kids.
  11. Qedoc. This wiki provides learning resources on a variety of subjects, including foreign languages, history, math, science, and business.

These professional networks offer ways to collaborate on open education.

  1. NextGen Teachers. If you’d like to be part of an organization that is all about teachers making positive changes in education through technology, then check out this network.
  2. Edutagger. This site facilitates knowledge-sharing by allowing users to find interesting articles and tag them to share with other teachers.
  3. Classroom 2.0. This popular and very active professional networking site focuses on collaborative technology in education.
  4. Education Leadership. Become part of the discussion about what makes effective leaders in education here.
  5. Passionate Teachers. Passionate teachers share ideas, strategies, and resources to promoting quality education on this site.
  6. TeachAde. Get professional resources and connections with other educators here.
  7. The Schools United. Educators around the world connect here to collaborate, communicate, and share resources for education.
Information gathered from Jeff Dunn.

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