OER Communication and Development Tools

This group features resources to help in the successful location, review, development, and implementation of open educational resources. (Icon: development by Alice Design from the Noun Project)
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Assessment: Parent Communications Resources

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Educators and parents can use the Washington Starting Smarter site to better understand the scores and reports for the Smarter Balanced tests, see sample items, and access additional resources.All resources on the site are copyright The Regents of the University of California.  Though the connected resources are free for viewing online, please note that your permitted use of the materials for other uses will vary. Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay  

Material Type: Assessment

Authors: Barbara Soots, Anton Jackson

Wide Open School: Online Teaching Resources

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Wide Open School is a free collection of online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.This site has a very user friendly interface, an excellent organizational structure, and reputable partners providing quality content. Though the connected resources are free for viewing online, please note that not all are openly licensed so your permitted use of the materials will vary.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Module, Simulation, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: Barbara Soots

Public Television - At Home Learning

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We’re excited to announce a partnership between the public television stations across Washington and OSPI.  Your local public television station is offering educational programming for students in grades 6–12 from 9:00am–2:00pm daily.  These educational programs (programs like NOVA and The American Experience) have curriculum and discussion guides available for students, teachers, and families.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture, Lesson

Author: Barbara Soots

OSPI Continuous Learning Resource Suggestions

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In response to school closures due to COVID-19, OSPI content experts have curated a selection of links to external organizations providing high-quality online educational materials – courses, lessons, videos, physical and outdoor activity suggestions, etc. Please note that in many cases, these resources are free to use online but are not openly licensed for wide scale reuse and adaptation.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Barbara Soots

OER Licensing Checklist

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Use this checklist to make sure that all the requirements for open licensing are met. Please note that it is very helpful to review this checklist BEFORE you begin development work so that you are designing your resource with open licensing requirements in mind from the beginning.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Barbara Soots

OSPI - Sample Permissions Request Letter

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If there is a resource you would like to use in your OER project that is not openly licensed, in the public domain, or usable under fair use, permission from the copyright holder is required. Here is some sample wording for that permissions request. Please adapt as suits your situation.Cover mage by Andrew Lloyd Gordon from Pixabay 

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Barbara Soots

Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources - Webinar Series

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As educators begin to develop OER, one component of that process is navigating concerns around copyright when finding digital teaching materials. This webinar series addresses that and is divided into two tracks: K-12 and Higher Education. There are also two stand-alone webinar options that can be attended by both the K-12 and Higher Education community. All of the webinars will also be available on YouTube and linked to this page after the live event has ended.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: American University Washington College of Law