Open Educational Resources
OER Commons platform has the ability to search by keywords, standard, subject and grade level. Users can create accounts and save resources in users created folders. OER Commons is also able to be integrated with Google Classroom. When educators are looking at a resource there is a button on the top OER Commons toolbar to "Share to classroom" allowing the item to be sent to Google classroom account. There is also a lesson builder and an interactive module builder (create modules for students to work through) educators can create and save in their account folders. Digital Experts have also created and shared collections within the platform that all educators have access to in the library.
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. They offer more than 5,000 titles in PDF format. Almost all of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.* See About PDFs for more information on accessing our digital content.
CTE Online is the California resource devoted to connecting educators and leaders within the unique field of Career and Technical Education to quality curriculum models, shared communities of practice, and professional development tools that emphasize the role rigorous academic skills play in supporting students' pursuit of industry- and career-related coursework.
EngageNY is New York State Education Department's platform of open educational resources for incorporating CCSS in ELA and Mathematics for P-12. They have also just added a toolkit for Social Science. There are also translated modules in Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and some in Traditional Chinese. High school mathematics is based on course structure not integrated mathematics pacing, however all content is within the courses.
gooru is not only an OER platform but it can also be a LMS (Learning Management System) for the classroom. Educators can search for resources or collections that have been created by other educators with or without an account. If an account is created educators will be able to save collections and "remix" them to match their classroom needs. Educators can also create their own collections from searches of individual resources and if using the platform as a LMS assign them to specific classes. Educators can add text, questions, files, audio to any of the collections. Uploads and links can be added as well. Gooru also integrates with may school platforms as well as Google classroom. Creating a class and attaching content is a very detailed process, however there are many tutorials and guides to help. The assessment modules have analytics built in.
Project GUTS is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for middle school students based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and serving districts nationally. Growing up thinking scientifically means learning to look at the world and ask questions, develop answers to the questions through scientific inquiry, and design solutions to their problems. The platform has full units and lessons that connect to standards in NGSS, Computer science, Math and ISTE standards for students. All educators can email for login access, even if you are not in Santa Fe! They have collaborated with many countries and want to share this curriculum with the world. They have been offering a teacher online course at least once a year and having a login is the best way to be connected.
Orange Grove is Florida's Educational Resource Repository of lessons, free e-textbooks, videos, pictures, research and much more curated and created by teachers. Educators do not need to be in Florida to use this search platform or the items found. All items can be downloaded as a guest user. Users outside of Florida cannot create an account and save resources to an online account, but can save them to a personal computer. K-12, Higher education and Educator resources....many subjects available!
Curriki recommends these curated collections of OERs that have been carefully curated by the Curriki team, (Curriki community members who have generously contributed their materials, and content partners). These curated collections will enable educators, parents, and students to quickly and easily find vetted resources. Some collections map to standards and learning objectives. All collections are available free to educators, students and parents. In the spirit of OERs, Curriki encourages our members to adapt the materials to meet their own needs.
Illinois Open Educational Resources platform allows educators to create a user library of materials. Educators can search for OER items by grade level, content area or standards and then save them to their personal or a group library. Educators can also upload their own created resources to be shared with a team or others. Educators can create learning lists to map out a unit of study or to show connections to lessons, files, or content.
CK-12 is a platform that has free online textbooks, called FlexBooks. Educators can use the books already developed or pick and choose chapters to create their own flexbook. Books can be downloaded as a pdf or ebook for use on ereaders, computers, or tablets....even printed out if necessary. Digital is best however since the books have links to multimedia content such as videos and interactive content. Most books are science and mathematics. A few engineering, technology, history, and English books are online as well. Educators can search by grade or subject area. When you first access the website the default is "student version". Click the button at the top of the screen to switch to "teacher version" to get the most out of the search and textbook choices.
Georgia Virtual Learning OER shared learning website has virtual OER content mostly MS and HS level courses. Science and History content include AP courses. There is also a Spanish I course, Banking, Finance, Art History and Digital Citizenship course. Limited on ELA and Mathematics, but high school grade level is available. Since the platform is interactive with handouts available, it can be a virtual learning experience.
EDSITEment is a resource for the humanities on the web. A library of lesson plans on Art & Culture, Foreign Language, History & Social Science, and Literature and Language Arts. No account is necessary and educators can search by topic or standard. There are student resources as well to include interactive activities.
Project Gutenberg offers FREE eBooks! Over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. The ebooks were previously published by publishers. They have digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers. There are also special collections and audio books. This is a great resources for multiple downloads to mobile devices of the "classic" novels.
ELA Specific Content
ReadWorks.org is a platform that provides K-8 (some resources for upper grades) educators with many resources to support reading comprehension. Educators can create an account and collect their favorites in an online "binder" to make managing the files easier. Content is searchable by topic, standard, grade level or keywords. The resources available are Nonfiction and literary articles, Question sets, Vocabulary support, Paired Texts, StepReads, Audio versions of articles, Article-A-DayTM, Comprehension Units, Skill and Strategy Lessons and Units, Novel Study Units.
Mathematic Specific Content
Utah Middle School Math Project is a University of Utah partnership project for 7th and 8th grade math that has developed a curriculum for each grade level. The platform has student resources to include a textbook and workbook for 7th and 8th grade. (Including a PARENT WORKBOOK for the chapters!) The teacher resources are password protected, there is a contact email on the website, it may be possible to contact for the password if the website is monitored. The resources are just the answers to the student workbook.
Mathematics Vision Project has curriculum resources for Math I, II, III classes. Using rich tasks to explore, ponder and question ideas students will work together to learn math in new ways. Other math resources available as well.
Next Gen Personal Finance offers a free online curriculum of 65+ complete lessons and 200+ standalone activities you can access from anywhere. Financial literacy lessons are available on this website in Google doc form as well as standard Word. Many grade levels available, but mostly MS / HS.