Learning at NCCE08

It’s great to see the good people of Seattle have so much wisdom to share with tech-loving educators this year. I have already been to several excellent sessions:

Karen Fasimpaur – Free Content + Open Tools + Massive Collaboration = Learning For All


Karen discussed the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement. She first addressed copyright and the creative commons licensing (www.creativecommons.org). She shared several open source tools that I was already familiar with, like: (MediaWiki, WordPress, Moodle, Open Office, The Open CD, GIMP, Audacity, and CamStudio).

The focus of her presentation, though, was on open CONTENT that can be used for educational purposes. She gave permission for all of us to share her resources so here I go:

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Open Licenses You Can Use

Creative Commons – www.creativecommons.org

(The CC BY-SA or CC BY are recommended licenses for education.)

GFDL – www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html


MediaWiki (wikis) – www.mediawiki.org

WordPress (blogs) – www.wordpress.org

www.wordpress.com will host your blog as well.

Moodle (course management) – www.moodle.org

OpenOffice (productivity) – www.openoffice.org

The Open CD (various) – www.theopencd.org

GIMP (image editing) – www.gimp.org

Audacity (sound editing) – http://audacity.sourceforge.net

CamStudio (screen recording) – www.camstudio.org


Freely Usable Audio Content*

ccMixter – www.ccmixter.org

Wikimedia Commons music – http://commons.wikimedia.org

Spoken Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Spoken_articles

The Freesound Project – http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/

Common Content www.commoncontent.org

Internet Archive – www.archive.org/details/audio

Freely Usable Photo and Video Content*

Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org

flickr – www.flickr.com/

creativecommons/ Common Content – www.commoncontent.org

Morguefile – www.morguefile.com/

Stock.XCHNG – www.sxc.hu

* Make sure to read license terms for individual content sources.

Educational Content/Curriculum

Wikibooks and Wikijunior – www.wikibooks.org

Free-Reading – www.free-reading.net

Curriki – www.curriki.org

WikiEducator – www.wikieducator.org

OER Commons – www.oercommomns.org

Learn NC www.learnnc.org

MIT OpenCourseware – http://ocw.mit.edu

Audio Books and Ebooks

LibriVox – www.librivox.org

Spoken Alexandria Project – www.spokenalex.org

Telltale Weekly – www.telltaleweekly.org

Project Gutenberg – www.gutenberg.org

LoudLit.org – www.loudlit.org

Lit2Go – http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/

How You Can Share with the World

  • Post photos to Flickr with an open license
  • If you see a mistake or opportunity for clarification in Wikipedia or another wiki, do it!
  • Add something to a topic you know about in Wikipedia
  • Create a new article in Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikitravel, or elsewhere
  • License your content (web site, lesson plans, photos, PPTs, etc.) with a CC license (We recommend CC BY SA for education.)
  • Contribute to Wikibooks, Curriki, WikiEducator, or other OER sites
  • Teach your students about open content
  • Tell your friends about OER

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