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COMES
OF AGE
List of OER
resources
If you're just diving into OER-or
looking to build your collection-
here are some suggestions:
Achieve the Core: Instructional
Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET)
to analyze OER textbooks
and other primary resources.
achievethecore.org
EdReports to check on
supplemental materials and to
winnow down OER choices.
edreports.org
Educators Evaluating the Quality
of Instructional Products
(EQuIP) Rubric: criteria to
gauge alignment, instructional
supports, and assessments.
DAmag.me/equip

BLENDED LEARNING-The availability of OER allows educators to create
blended lessons that incorporate ed tech and also feature both digital and
traditional resources.

CommonLit, a collection of
free reading passages in both
literary and non-fiction genres.
commonlit.org
Match Fishtank, a set of free
OER curricular resources in
social studies, math, and ELA.
matchfishtank.org

provide them with professional devel- stored in a digital library hosted on the
opment and let them do the work.'"
district website or shared online in other
A big benefit of OER is that educa- forums, such as the OER Commons able offline and, if not, to provide internet
tors can adapt the resources to support (oercommons.org). The resources then access to students when a live connection
learning outcomes for specific students. require ongoing updates and revisions is required.
Typically, teams of teachers, instruc- to ensure hyperlinks are still active, and
One Garnet Valley social studies
tional experts and ed tech specialists content remains relevant.
teacher with whom Gabriel worked felt
discuss what students should know
It is also crucial to make sure all the available textbook was costly, and
and be able to do in a subject. They OER components, such as video or the one-size-fits-all approach didn't align
may write the curriculum, search for animation, work with district devices. with her classroom goals. "I told her,
OER materials, and then evaluate tools Issues may also arise if websites contain- 'Let's spend this year building out the
to determine which align with stan- ing the OER are blocked by a district curriculum with a scope and sequence
dards and learning expectations. Once filter or policies.
and set of skills and outcomes for kids
approved, materials are classified and
Thus, educational technologists and that you believe are worthwhile,'" he says.
integrated into a unit lesson.
IT staff must be involved in OER adop- "'We'll go à la carte and pick resources to
Openly licensed materials are also tions to confirm that materials are avail- match your curriculum.'" DA
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