Open education is one of the most exciting trends in learning and teaching today. The sheer number and diversity of lesson plans, videos, webpages, MOOCs, webinars and other formats is changing the game of education for both students and educators. But it can be difficult to cull through everything out there.
We know that a little guidance goes a long way. That’s why we put together a list of some of our favorite free resources, along with advice from educators about how to use them with students:
Google CS First ignites interest in computer science. Instructional coach and teacher Janice Mak offers a step-by-step guide for using Google’s computer science curriculum. The online modules include tutorials, activities and historical perspectives. The package comes with scripts that allow anyone, regardless of programming experience, to teach the course in school or as part of an after-school club.
Storytelling through digital threads. Many teachers love Twitter for how it connects them to other educators and useful resources. But Twitter offers another way to learn. In this post, Technology Director Chris Bigenho explains how his students collect tweets from users around the world to study international events as they’re breaking.
Find free and fair-use photos. There’s no shortage of photos on the web. But good digital citizenship requires that we know how to properly find and cite images. Keith Ferrell, an educational technology coach, offers a list of places where students can find fair-use photos.