While it is not the business of education … to teach every possible item of information, it is its business to cultivate deep-seated and effective habits of discriminating tested beliefs from mere assertions, guesses, and opinions.
John Dewey, How We Think, 1909.
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Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits sharing, accessing, repurposing—including for commercial purposes—and collaborating with others. They include educational materials, such as lesson plans, games, textbooks, tests, audio, and video. In addition to being free, these no-cost teaching and learning materials are available online for anyone to use, modify or share with others.
The collections listed below may be searched by different criteria including subject, grade level and common core alignment.
NOTE: different levels of "openness" are represented. Many resources have a Creative Commons or other type of open license, while others are in the public domain. They fall into one of four categories:
Be sure to check the license agreement on each resource to understand your level of permissions.
Amazon Inspire, with its features such as search, discovery and peer reviews, will provide educators access to upload and share free digital teaching resources. In addition to teachers sharing innovative instructional resources, publishers and other content developers are contributing digital educational resources to Amazon Inspire, including the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Amazon Inspire Features
The Participate Learning search engine offers access to thousands of educator-vetted K12 learning resources–apps, videos, and websites - that can be accessed and downloaded from the Participate Learning platform. Features include:
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