Thursday, August 30, 2007

Happy new year!

As the 2007-2008 school year begins teachers are searching to find new, innovative ways to teach content in a more exciting way than last year. Open Education Resources or OER is an online resource overflowing with ideas for every classroom. OER offer new ways to engage with free-to-use learning content.

OER Commons now features over 1200 K-12 lesson plans from LEARN NC, licensed under Creative Commons, in this case, the Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike License. Terms specify that you may use, share, distribute, and modify these materials for your non-commercial purposes by crediting the creator and sharing your derivative works in a like manner.

Amee Godwin, Program director for OER Commons shared the following in her online newsletter. Speaking of favorites, we'd like to feature an example of an innovative lesson plan accompanied by activities, assignments, teaching strategies, and assessments for the Secondary Grade Level: An Ad for An Element: A lesson plan for Grades 9–12 Chemistry and Physical Science from LEARN NC. Students prepare an ad for an element, including properties and uses, in an attention getting format such as that used in the advertising business.

Comments from the author:"My students really showed creativity and enthusiasm in doing this activity. I have had every form of ad turned in from video commercials to pamphlets to movie posters."

See LEARN NC items on OER Commons

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