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8 High-Quality OER Collections

Finding high-quality open educational resources used to be a challenge, but a number of curated OER collections have made the task much easier for educators. Here are eight sources that can help.

1. CK-12 Foundation

CK-12 Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers free, standards-aligned content in STEM subjects, including digital textbooks and simulations.  The content reportedly works across all platforms and devices, including iPads, Chromebooks and Android tablets.

2. Curriki

Founded by Sun Microsystems more than a decade ago, Curriki became an independent nonprofit in 2006 and is one of the first sources of open educational resources for the K-12 community. Its 80,000-plus free learning resources are vetted by educators and have been accessed by nearly 12 million unique users.

3. Gooru

This open database of learning materials aims to help personalize instruction.  Educators can browse through thousands of collections made by teachers or search from among 16 million total resources.

4. Khan Academy

This popular online resource began with instructional videos and interactive exercises in math but now includes free online classes in math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and more.

5. Knovation Content Collection

Knovation has curated a collection containing more than 360,000 vetted, standards-aligned open resources that can be accessed through the company’s icurio and netTrekker.

6. OER Commons

Created by the nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, OER Commons is a freely accessible online library that allows teachers to find, create and share open educational resources.

 7. OpenEd

Created in 2012 by a team of parents and teachers, OpenEd contains a searchable catalog of more than a million teacher-curated, standards-aligned resources.  While the resources can be used with any learning management system, OpenEd also offers its own free LMS.

8. PowerMyLearning

Developed by the nonprofit organization CFY, PowerMyLearning is a free online platform for K-12 students, teachers, and parents to find digital content that supports the Common Core standards.  Creating a PowerMyLearning account gives users free access to thousands of games, interactive simulations, virtual labs, videos…

Information for this post was taken from an article by Dennis Pierce in THE Journal, for more details, just follow the link.

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