Step 1 - Develop a Solution
"I'm overwhelmed. There's no way I can create brand new resources from scratch to use online. What options do I have for finding and organizing materials from other people?"
Project & Task
Explore these OER resources, as well as how you can start students (and yourself) down the journey of creating open educational resources in collaboration with others.
Option A: Create an ePub or PDF document using your tool of choice. Follow this outline or come up with your own.
Option B: Explore one of the content curation tools then create a shared space with resources you would like to introduce your campus/district leadership team to.
Step 2 - Explore and Create
Depending on the devices your team has available, explore the available suggested apps (or come up with some of your own) to create the product.
Use OER resources and/or create your own OER with colleagues and/or students.
Option A Task - eBook Creation Tools
A Few Tools to Make With....
Top three favorite ebook creation tools:
- Google Docs ePub export – This tool provides for an easy way to create ePub-formatted ebooks. You can also export to Word, ODF, or PDF (View video).
- Book Creator – It allows you to create a simple ePub without media or an enhanced ePub with video, audio, and more embedded. You cannot yet import Google Docs ePubs into Book Creator (Video for Chromebook | iPad)
- StoryJumper: Story Jumper offers students the chance to write, create and publish their own stories (View video).
- OneNote - Microsoft OneNote makes digital textbook creation easy. Students can work together on a single OneNote notebook that is organized into “notebook, section groups, sections, and pages.”
- WriterReader - "WriteReader is a neat multimedia writing platform for elementary school teachers and students. The appeal of WriteReader is found in the collaboration between students and teachers. Students can create multimedia books that teachers log into to correct (Source)" (View video).
There are many other tools you can use to create ebooks. Give these a try.
Try making an audiobook...here's one approach:
Steps to Follow
- Pick a print book you want to use
- Add picture of each book to a Google Slides slide
- Add QR Code for audio recording of book page
How to Get Audio Recording as QR Code
Ready to Remix?
Did you know that Creative Commons Copyright licenses allow you to remix content available on the Web? It all depends on the type of Creative Commons license the creator has established.
OER licensed content must be free for any individual to use, licensed for unlimited distribution, and allow for adaptation, translation, remixing, and improvement.
Option B Task - Content Curation Tools
Step 3 - Share
Research & Resources
A variety of resources cite research describing the learning strategy.
- Amazon Inspire
- CK-12 - Get standards-aligned digital textbooks on STEM subjects. FREE
- College Open Textbooks - Peruse this library of free digital textbooks that includes both K-12 and higher education. FREE
- Critical Commons
- Illinois Shared Learning Environment
- Lumen Learning - Set up a full online course using all the tools and resources available here. FREE
- North Shore Community College OER Guide
- OER Commons - Find full courses and all associated materials. FREE
- Open Culture Textbooks (FREE)
- Open Tapestry
- Merlot - Read through peer reviews to find suitable, high-quality learning materials. FREE
- MIT Open Courseware
- My Digital Chalkboard
- Utah Educator Network
Other Curated Resources