Colette Cassinelli's visionary use of information literacy and educational technology

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 ( 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 –

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



MediaWiki (wikis) –

WordPress (blogs) – will host your blog as well.

Moodle (course management) –

OpenOffice (productivity) –

The Open CD (various) –

GIMP (image editing) –

Audacity (sound editing) –

CamStudio (screen recording) –


Freely Usable Audio Content*

ccMixter –

Wikimedia Commons music –

Spoken Wikipedia –

The Freesound Project –

Common Content

Internet Archive –

Freely Usable Photo and Video Content*

Wikimedia Commons –

flickr –

creativecommons/ Common Content –

Morguefile –

Stock.XCHNG –

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

Educational Content/Curriculum

Wikibooks and Wikijunior –

Free-Reading –

Curriki –

WikiEducator –

OER Commons –

Learn NC

MIT OpenCourseware –

Audio Books and Ebooks

LibriVox –

Spoken Alexandria Project –

Telltale Weekly –

Project Gutenberg – –

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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