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Choose your topic or question


Select a topic you are interested in learning more about, or one on which you consider yourself an expert, even if no one else does

Exercise

Choose your topic or question. If you are known as the go-to person among your friends or family for help with a particular topic area, that might be a good one to choose because once you've compiled some good open resources, it will be easy to share them next time someone comes to you with questions. You could also select a topic you are interested in learning more about, or one on which you consider yourself an expert, even if no one else does. 
 
You can choose any subject you like. Maybe you're a master grower of tomatoes, or you've always wanted to learn more about the history of Earth Day. It's up to you.
 

Discussion

Discuss whether or not there might be open content that answers your question. Have you looked for resources on this subject before? If so, what kind of resources have you found?

Task Discussion


  • Seema said:

    I am excited to share my ideas about Virtual PLCs and built authentic PLCs that focus on specific tech tools with reviews/examples from educators.

    on Oct. 13, 2014, 2:31 p.m.

    religionedu said:

    Hi , Thanks for the impact --------
    on Oct. 15, 2014, 8:20 p.m. in reply to Seema
  • Lena said:

    I searched for information on the economy of Washington, D.C. Many of the results I got were from news sources or magazines, all of which had all rights reserved. 

    on Oct. 24, 2013, 3:38 p.m.
  • Sabrina said:

    I have been doing research on the country of Australia, and while I found many resources that contained open content, with CC BY, I did come across a resource that was strictly copyrighted. 

    on Oct. 22, 2013, 9:57 a.m.
  • Nicole Southgate said:

    How to search for open images using various websites? I've come across so many, and I'd like to share my most useful sites

    on Sept. 4, 2013, 4:10 a.m.
  • Penny said:

    One challenge with adult educators is the dire need for good resources to teach math and science concepts. I want to find as many of these resources for adult educators as I can - thorugh my sourch I discovered OER Commons (http://www.oercommons.org) and it is a RICH resource! I recommend you check it out! It is a repository where they gather and curate (read that: human review and interaction!) OER materials from around the world. Their database is very large and I was very pleased to see they offer an "adult education" category! This can make it so much easier for adult educators to find appropriate level materials for their learners. Too many times educators find a great resource but the materials are to juvinale. It makes adult learners uncomfortabel to be reminded they are learning from materials their children may be using; or the information presented is in childish, cartoonish presentations. Adult educators are constantly challenged with finding materials that meet their needs. Typically they can find a great resource, but they must 'scaffold' their instruction in order to prepare the student to be able to understand and grasp the materials being presented. There is no easy way to solve this; however, through resources such as OER Commons, it will allow adult educators to find and share materials (hopefully they will create great materials to share too!) with their peers. 

    I still have many questions regarding OER and Creative Commons licensing (especially related to the term "non-commercial" use. Does that mean I can sell my instruction, but not the course materials?) I always encourage my teachers to seek out CC licensed materials. It is an easier; human friendly way to know what (and how!) you can use another's work! 

    Penny

    on Aug. 30, 2013, 2:08 p.m.

    Jane Park said:

    Hi Penny - re your NC question: when it comes to your own work, you can do whatever you like with your own work because you own it! Any CC license you put on your work applies to other people who use your work.

    The NC condition prohibits use by others of your work for commerical purposes, which is defined as "any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation." (eg. see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) But that doesn't mean people can't ask you for permission directly to waive that condition for certain cases.

    Hope that clarifies things!

    on Aug. 30, 2013, 2:33 p.m. in reply to Penny
  • Maria Teresa said:

    I am a primary school teacher, I coordinate the activities related to the use of new technologies in my school and I'm eTwinning ambassador. I often find myself having to use music, video, images, multimedia in general and to document learning activities to develop LO. Similarly I am interested in finding lessons  plans to propose to colleagues. I decided to collect the various resources found on the net and in this course in a Pearltrees of which I insert here the link http://maestramariateresa.blogspot.it/2013/08/oer-open-educational-resources-vs.html

    on Aug. 23, 2013, 5:42 a.m.
  • Clare Forrest said:

    I work in a school library and have a group of students I am teaching to make book trailers. They have to use images and video and put them together in a way that makes people want to read the book. So this is a practical way of getting them to practice using Creative Commons material.

    I provide them with this information and these resources to help them find their material:

    https://sites.google.com/a/raroa.school.nz/book-trailers/book-trailers/copyright-creative-commons

    It depends which book they are making a book trailer for. If it's a very commercial book and movie like "The Hunger Games" or "Harry Potter" they have trouble finding free to use material. Which is not a bad thing as they have to get more creative. 

    I'm not sure if we can use clips from movies to add to our book trailer - which under Fair Use is for the purpose of a review.

    For library use I have permission to use digital images of books covers from a variety of publishers through my professional association (School Library Association of NZ Aotearoa). Does this transfer to students under my tuition or do they have to ask for separate permission to use these book cover digital pictures?

    Sorry - more questions than answers! Every time I think I know how to follow the rules there are more situations where I don't know what to do.smiley

     

    on Aug. 23, 2013, 4:34 a.m.

    Jane Park said:

    Hi Clare,

    What a great way to get students to be creative and educational! I love your site with the resources you provide.

    Re - NZ fair use law and the permission you have from your School Library Association, I wouldn't know off the bat, but maybe you can contact the folks at CC New Zealand who might be able to help you out? Here is there website and contact: http://www.creativecommons.org.nz/contact/

    Good luck! And let me know what you find out.

    Best,

    Jane

    on Aug. 28, 2013, 5:52 p.m. in reply to Clare Forrest

    Penny said:

    Clare - I understand how a little knowledge generates a LOT of additional questions! I do the same thing! smiley I was struck by your question/comment regarding the use of images... My first thought was that 'no, your students do NOT have permission to use those images' First, they are not members, (they do not pay a fee) and second, no license I've every heard of would automatically transfer to an institution -- unless it was an institutional membership. I would encourage you to go directly to the association and get clarification on that question. I think use of those materials by your students would fall easily under 'Fair use" and not violate any rules for educational purposes. The same would apply for any multi-media 'clips' - that's fair use to me too. 

    You have a good start on resources, for music I would suggest adding Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com) I use their CC licensed music for my audio productions all the time. 

    Good luck!

    on Aug. 30, 2013, 3:11 p.m. in reply to Clare Forrest
  • Sérgio Leal said:

    Like I said in the first week http://projetortec.blogspot.pt/2013/08/week-1.html, my challenge is Make my own PLE (Personal Learning Environment) is my challenge.

    I'll ask everyone which resources you think crucial for your own PLE. Perhaps with that information we can do some kind of GENERAL PLE that could be adapted by each one of us.

    on Aug. 20, 2013, 5:28 a.m.

    Sérgio Leal said:

    I already search for recourses and sources and articles. The resources are essentialy software and platforms. I try all the resources and make my opinion.

    on Aug. 20, 2013, 5:29 a.m. in reply to Sérgio Leal
  • Maria Teresa said:

    Being a primary school teacher I am interested in knowing the open resources that can be used with the students .. Since coordinate ICT activities in my school are also interested in acquiring useful knowledge on the use of Creative Commons resources that I can pass on to my colleagues, even in an activity workshop.

    on Aug. 19, 2013, 11:50 a.m.

    Jane Park said:

    Excellent topic! Teaching about OER and CC is actually the final project of the CC4K12 course, so you are ahead of the game!

    on Aug. 19, 2013, 2:26 p.m. in reply to Maria Teresa
  • Erich Smith said:

    I am an Adult Educator and I am looking to replace ALL of our current books with Open Resource Educational materials.  I have put together a small collection of open resources, but I am looking for a way to locate additional resources in the area of mathematics, reading, writing, and civics.  

    on April 18, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

    malicke said:

    That's a truly laudable goal, E! 

    Open.Michigan has a nice list of open content repositories and search engines. There's a "Books" section that highlights a number of OER book repositories that you may find useful. Here's the link: 

    https://open.umich.edu/wiki/Open_Content_Search

    https://open.umich.edu/wiki/Open_Content_Search#Books

    Why have you decided to replace all of the current books with OER? How do you see OERs both positively and negatively affecting your program?

    on April 19, 2013, 9:16 a.m. in reply to Erich Smith

    Jane Park said:

    The Open Professionals Education Network has also put together this list that you might find useful: http://open4us.org/find-oer/

    on April 19, 2013, 1:43 p.m. in reply to Erich Smith
  • Chilebean said:

    In my media arts class, we have used creative commons images from flickr.  However, I would like to find a useful place to find creative commons videos to use.

    on April 1, 2013, 7:36 a.m.
  • Aimee said:

    I am going to be looking for information on creative commons so that I can teach my students (year 3/4) about it as well as the staff at my school. I am the ICT leader so am expected to lead the staff in this area.

    on March 31, 2013, 7:16 a.m.
  • Joanne Hammond said:

    I am looking for information on copyright compliance so I can present a workshop to educators.

    on March 21, 2013, 8:16 p.m.
  • Cathryn said:

    Topic: Emerging and Best Practices in Blended Teaching/Learning

    OER: Connexions (Larry Ragan)

    on March 18, 2013, 4:44 p.m.

    Brian said:

    I will be away from Monday the 18th of March until the 27th of March 2013. I will be checking my email infrequently. If you have any urgent video requests please contact Steve Di Luzio on x3378. If you have any urgent audio requests please contact Michael Partridge on x3039.
    on March 18, 2013, 4:45 p.m. in reply to Cathryn
  • David Boxer said:

    My task is to develop a simple means to teach Grade 4/5 students what is the Creative Commons. Why does it exist?  When should we use it?  

    OR

    I am thinking about how do you help secondary teachers understand what is Creative Commons and the purpose behind it.  

    on March 18, 2013, 2:56 p.m.

    Brian said:

    I will be away from Monday the 18th of March until the 27th of March 2013. I will be checking my email infrequently. If you have any urgent video requests please contact Steve Di Luzio on x3378. If you have any urgent audio requests please contact Michael Partridge on x3039.
    on March 18, 2013, 2:57 p.m. in reply to David Boxer
  • Amy said:

    I am that go-to person on our campus.  Teachers are always wanting me to give them good sites for "safe" images.  I am in the process of creating a Pinterest board with these types of resources for teachers.  http://pinterest.com/deerparkms/free-to-use-images-and-clip-art/  

    I want students and teachers to understand WHY we have to do it this way (in a fun way, of course!)

     

    on March 18, 2013, 11:03 a.m.

    malicke said:

    Hi Amy! Thanks for sharing the Pinterest board. It's a very handy collection of open resources and collections, with Pinterest's nice look and feel. Very cool!

    I'm not familiar with Pinterest's mechanics, but I'm curious to know how you're deciding where to include Pins within the collection.?

    Also, I'm sure you're aware, but vimeo also has an excellent advance search for Openly licensed videos. Check out the Open.Michigan wiki for other open content repositories: https://open.umich.edu/wiki/Open_Content_Search

     

    edit: link, font size

    on March 18, 2013, 11:21 a.m. in reply to Amy
  • HitKhoiKhoi said:

    I´m an ultimate player.

    I´m the captain´s college team.

    I love to work with the spirit ot the game.

    • What strategies do you have to improve spirit of the game teaching?
    • What idea could you give me to help us(our team) to learn working in team?
    • If we would imagine ultimate frisbee performance´s teams as nodes peers, what could help peers to learn open source skills from spirit of the game?  

    Thanks. 

     

    on March 18, 2013, 8:33 a.m.
  • Cat said:

    I'm going to find pictures related to France and its culture to include in my lessons when teaching French as foreign language.

    on March 17, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

    Brian said:

    I will be away from Monday the 18th of March until the 27th of March 2013. I will be checking my email infrequently. If you have any urgent video requests please contact Steve Di Luzio on x3378. If you have any urgent audio requests please contact Michael Partridge on x3039.
    on March 17, 2013, 8:28 p.m. in reply to Cat

    malicke said:

    Hi Cat, what kind of images are you looking for? Where do you think you might find openly licensed images related to France and the topics you're covering?

    on March 18, 2013, 11:24 a.m. in reply to Cat

    malicke said:

    Hi Brian, I hope you're off doing something fun and that you get to enjoy your time away from the office!

    on March 18, 2013, 11:26 a.m. in reply to Brian

    Brian said:

    I will be away from Monday the 18th of March until the 27th of March 2013. I will be checking my email infrequently. If you have any urgent video requests please contact Steve Di Luzio on x3378. If you have any urgent audio requests please contact Michael Partridge on x3039.
    on March 18, 2013, 11:27 a.m. in reply to malicke

    Chilebean said:

    Ha ha ha

    on March 25, 2013, 10:55 p.m. in reply to malicke
  • Anonym said:

    I am going to research the following topic: Behavior Intervention. I will be looking for answers to the following questions: What are some behavior intervention strategies? What is a behavior intervention plan? Who needs a behavior intervention plan? Who administers a behavior intervention plan? Is a behavior intervention plan covered under Special Education laws or is it covered under a 504 plan?

    on Feb. 1, 2013, 3:15 p.m.