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Free #OER Mobile Course Is Available Online Now

In responding to that many readers have requested to access the Free #OER Mobile Course, we decide to put the web package (exported from Claro) online. Please check the introductory article linked (Free #OER Mobile Course) for more information about it. The course link is here : OER Mobile Course : You could go through… Read More ›

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How to Create an eBook The Open Source Way

by Bryan Behrenshausen, first published on OpenSource.Com, licensed with CC BY-SA Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our “Open Voices” eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard. And… Read More ›

What Does #BYOD Mean for Content Developers? (#mlearning)

Everyone wants to go mobile today. But what’s out there is a mobile jungle – besides fragmentation across devices, platform fragmentation is very pronounced, and different mobile browsers. As BYOD(Bring Your Own Devices) is becoming common in workspace and schools, what does it mean for content developers? Mobile Jungle At least you might have heard of… Read More ›

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Test Yourself with #OER Game (HTML5 compliant)

Open content is gaining traction in K-12, 2013 K-12 Horizon Report puts it on the mid-term horizon which predicts its going mainstream in about 2 years. Open educational resources(OER) also make up three quarters of the content in most MOOCs; paid content, such as required textbooks, is less than 10%. The movement toward open content reflects a growing… Read More ›

How Learning Registry works

Open Learning Registry Browser and Collector

Launched by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Learning Registry stores data provided by numerous sources about the content of various learning resources hosted in different systems. Data published to the Learning Registry can serve as the basis for learning resource analytics to help recommend resources, detect trends in resource usage, and judge user experiences. We’ve covered… Read More ›

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#OER State Policy in K-12 Education (from iNACOL) – Part III

In the report “OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing” from iNACOL, after reviewing the policies and initiatives about OER in several states, barriers, opportunities and recommendations are discussed. ***** Barriers and Opportunities While the policies we have just described are good examples of what some states are doing… Read More ›

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#OER State Policy in K-12 Education (from iNACOL) – Part II

In the report “OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing” from iNACOL, current status of enacted policies related to OER in several states are summarized. Bellwether States: Examples of OER Policy Models Several states have recently enacted policies related to OER. While these policies vary in their scope, they… Read More ›

open educational resources

#OER State Policy in K-12 Education (from iNACOL) – Part I

WASHINGTON, June, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – A new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) – OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing – helps policymakers promote collaboration and deeper learning with open educational resources (OER). Authors TJ Bliss, Ph.D. and Susan Patrick demonstrate how policymakers are helping teachers to build… Read More ›

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Open Content On The Horizon of Education – Part I (#OER)

The movement toward open content reflects a growing shift in the way scholars in many parts of the world are conceptualizing education to a view that is more about the process of learning than the information conveyed. Information is everywhere; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Open content uses Creative Commons and other forms of alternative licensing to encourage not… Read More ›

photography, KT Shiue

You Raise Me Up, #OER

In March of this year, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) published a document “Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education”. Although the content looks reasonable at the first time of reading, but actually there is a traditional perspective throughout the report. Comparing Open Educational Resource(OER) with traditional textbook model… Read More ›

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Knowing Where to Find High Quality #OER so You Don’t Need to Reinvent The Wheel

To jump directly to what you are searching for, use these links: (from General Search Photo/Image Search Video Search Audio/Music Search General Education Search Recorded Lectures & Video Tutorials Search Open Textbook Search Simulation and Animation Search Modular Course Components Search Complete Courses Search Gooru (for K-12, Common Core State Standards Aligned) OER Commons… Read More ›

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Online Course : Using #OER to Create K-12 Curriculum

Great news! An online PD course has been launched : Using Open Educational Resources(OER) to Create K-12 Curriculum, it’s a long-time collaborative work from me and Digital Learning Tree learning system. Time to play and learn! . Why OER course for teachers matters In the contemporary educational landscape, emerging participatory practices, facilitated by technological and socio-cultural… Read More ›


Inclusive Learning Design to Rescue One-Size-Fits-All Flipped Classrooms (#OER)

In a world going digital, the accessbility of content does not seem to be a problem, right? Wrong! Many digital materials are NOT matching to different learners!  Watching videos is worse than reading paper books ? Does one-size-fits-all happen in the filpped classrooms? Yes, if teachers think it’s all about watching videos at home…. Video content… Read More ›

app textbook, mobile learning

Are Apps the New Textbook? (#edapps)

by  Terry Heick, : Are Apps the New Textbook? Apple’s recent entry into the textbook market was a bit anticlimactic after news of a “major announcement” rippled through the internet. The news that Apple would soon enable teachers to create personalized and interactive textbooks was interesting if you’re merging old ed-thinking with modern tech-thinking. Textbooks have… Read More ›

ebook, etextbook

Make An eBook out of A Bunch of Resources Right Away

When more and more contents are digital and available online for free or for a affordable fee,  it makes creating and sharing digital stuffs much easier and flexible. And the innovations of software from new ideas are growing everyday. What’s a Readlist? A group of web pages—articles, recipes, course materials, anything—bundled into an e-book you can… Read More ›

#OER in K-12 – Sharing Common Core

From Washington OER Project by Digital Learning Department, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction : As the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics are implemented, school districts will be looking for instructional material to meet the new standards. Open Educational Resources (OER) may help fill that need. Open educational resources (OER) are free and… Read More ›

iPad classroom

5 New Free Tools for iPad Classrooms Worth Your Attention (#iPadEd)

Several new tools might be worth your attention for flipped classrooms or iPads classrooms. These tools are all free to use and meet different needs. GoClass (beta) Instructors can string together resources in a lesson plan format along with lecture notes and questions for formative assessment through a single app, and then deliver it through the… Read More ›

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A New Chapter for Libraries

The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? Question: As physical books go away, and computers and smart devices take their place, at what point does a library stop being a library, and start becoming something else? Our Relationship with Information is Changing Thomas Frey listed 17 primary categories of information that people turn to… Read More ›

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Free Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)

Supported by the National Science Foundation, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a free, online platform that engages students in the methods of real scientists and collaborative exploration of science issues through customizable curriculum and activities. Featured by Edutopia Technology Integration Research: Evidence-Based Programs by Subject : WISE has been shown to improve students’ science achievement, especially when teachers… Read More ›


Blended Learning Implementation Guide (#DLDay)

Blended learning is not ‘just another district initiative,’ It is a large scale opportunity to develop schools that are more productive for students and teachers. It’s a fundamental redesign of instructional model. In honor of Digital Learning Day, Digital Learning Now! (DLN) today released its fifth white paper in the DLN Smart Series, “Blended Learning Implementation… Read More ›

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Boundless releases its content under Creative Commons

by Jane Park, first posted on Creative Commons Boundless, the company that builds on existing open educational resources to provide free alternatives to traditionally costly college textbooks, has released 18 open textbooks under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the same license used by Wikipedia. Schools, students and the general public are free to share and remix these textbooks… Read More ›

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Open Content as Teacher Professional Development

Bill Fitzgerald at FunnyMonkey is a big advocator of open source software and open contents, he often provides insights about the practices in going open for education. His recent post about open content revisiting the definitions and considerations to move it forward meaningfully. Worth a read. In general terms, when we talk about open content, this… Read More ›

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The Best E-Texts (App) Created by Academics

Rowe, professor of English at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Elliott Visconsi, associate professor of English at Notre Dame, have co-designed The Tempest iPad app, they re-imagined reading. Jennifer Funk gave this story a write-up here (edcetera). “We’ve made the text manipulatable,” Rowe says. “We’ve said, ‘You can get your hands inside this electronic text in any way… Read More ›

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Free and Open Versions of Flat World Knowledge Texts

by Sean Connor, published on : now hosts free and open versions of Flat World Knowledge texts We are very pleased to announce that all Flat World Knowledge textbooks published under an open license are permanently and freely available from — free to read, free to download, free to share and remix under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA… Read More ›

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Writing Textbooks at The Push of A Button

The first novel written by a computer has already been published four years ago. The future of content is increasingly becoming the stuff of science fiction. Not so sure? You must read this post from PATENTED BOOK WRITING SYSTEM CREATES, SELLS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BOOKS ON AMAZON. Philip M. Parker, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD Business… Read More ›

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Education-Focused Search Engine for K12

Gooru, a free search engine for learning, teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community. Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every 5th-12th grade math, science and social science topic, with more subjects coming… Read More ›

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Complementary Supports for the Achievement of All Students

Dr. Joy Zabala is a pioneer in special education and assistive technology. She is currently the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. The AIM Center provides knowledge development, technical assistance and leadership to… Read More ›

digital textbook

What Makes Disruptive Digital Textbooks?

Free Textbooks Spell Disruption for College Publishers – this is how Technology Review talked about Boundless Learning, a Boston company that has begun giving away free electronic textbooks covering college subjects like American history, anatomy and physiology, economics, and psychology. Ariel Diaz started this company in 2011. What’s controversial is how Boundless creates these texts. The company trawls… Read More ›

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ECAR Report of Undergraduate Students and Technologies

The use of devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones is pervasive. According to the 2012 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, a full 86 percent of college students own a laptop, with smartphone ownership topping 60 percent. Clearly, there is need for these devices, and colleges increasingly are providing the infrastructure to make… Read More ›

California Passes Groundbreaking Open Textbook Legislation

by Timothy Vollmer, It’s official. In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills (SB 1052 and SB 1053) that will provide for the creation of free, openly licensed digital textbooks for the 50 most popular lower-division college courses offered by California colleges. The legislation was introduced by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and passed by the… Read More ›

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Tactilize Aims To Make iPad Publishing Easy

(from TechCrunch) The iPad is a great canvas for beautiful apps, but unless you are a pretty competent developer or designer, getting your own content onto the iPad isn’t exactly easy. Tactilize wants to make it significantly easier for writers, photographers, videographers and anybody else who produces interesting content to feature – and monetize – their works on… Read More ›

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(Infographic) Quick Facts about Digital Learning

by Zach Romeo, Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives: we use it to learn, to shop, to pay bills, and to entertain ourselves. Not surprisingly, younger generations are heavily influenced by computers in a way that changes the way they retain information and the ways they develop opinions about culture. Today… Read More ›

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Digital Learning Now! Paper and Infographic

  In the last decade, Americans have increasingly embraced mobile technology – smartphones, tablets, laptops, netbooks, and more – for personal use. In the classroom, these tools can be leveraged for content creation, online assessment, collaboration, and the advancement of the Common Core State Standards. The Digital Learning Now! Smart Series is a collection of… Read More ›

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(Infographic) A Quick Review on Learning with Mobile Devices

There are many device options for 1:1 programs in digital classrooms, besides laptops the tablets have become very popular because of its mobility and convenience, so you might wonder “which devices are best for digital textbooks?”  This is a quick review on learning with tablets from And, T-Mobile also gave a mobile learning report card… Read More ›

Which Devices Are Best as Digital Textbooks?

     If the school life isn’t sitting in rows waiting for the teacher to tell you what to learn, but instead is giving you technology to allow you to do your own research, wouldn’t you love to be in the class? Next month, Canada will start a new school–Inquiry Hub–with that sort of environment… Read More ›

iBooks Author, publish textbooks

Apple is Changing the Way We Learn

iBooks Author has a great potential in education. Teachers can create customized iBooks for students to read, or use those iBooks along with courses on iTunes U, and students can make iBooks as an assessment or presentation for learning topics. On the other hand, iTunes U will become a convenient tool at teachers’ disposal. Apple… Read More ›

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The Learning Registry – An Infrastructure for Sharing

From the perspectives of education decision makers, the importance of sharing can’t be stressed enough for common benefits. The Learning Registry is designed to make sharing much easier in a digital world. With the Learning Registry, many kinds of information about learning resources can be shared efficiently. It’s an open source technical system designed to facilitate the exchange of data… Read More ›

digital textbook, etextbook

Ten Elements of the Post-Textbook World

This is a guest post –  “Welcome to the Post Textbook World: Ten Elements”  – from  Tom Vander Ark. It was originally published on Getting Smart, where he wrote about his deep investigation on this topic. ***** A friend asked about Jay Mathew’s post on textbooks. I thought the rear view mirror critique of a process to pick… Read More ›

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The Ultimate Hack – Re-coding Textbooks

Rob Reynolds just started his next book: “The Ultimate Hack: Re-coding Textbooks and Other Learning Content“. He will be posting drafts of all the chapters on his site, both the drafts and final product will be open and free. What’s the hacker culture to do with re-engineering textbooks that will work for the future? The digital containers to… Read More ›

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Digital Textbooks from Educators

We’ve talked about “Why don’t Teachers Publish Their Own Textbooks ? (K12)” with lots of examples of teachers building curricula, and “Growing Your Textbooks by Thinking Outside The Box” is a broader view about the relationship of learning content and learners. We always appreciate the insights from educators, like this post from Learning and Teaching with iPad. Educators becoming creators has… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).