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Open Educational Resources


Why OER Matters

“OER brings a huge potential to K–12 for maintaining current content and collaborating within the school district and beyond on continual quality improvement of that content. On top of that, educators who adopt the model become highly invested in seeing it succeed. The collaboration on the creation of up-to-date material designed to meet student needs provides an incredible professional learning opportunity and promotes educator ownership in district instructional materials and their effectiveness.”

- Barbara Soots, open educational resources program manager in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, which oversees K–12 public education in Washington State.

OER covers a range of educational K-12 materials:

  • Lesson plans and mini lessons
  • Tutorials
  • Videos
  • Images
  • Adaption of existing openwork
  • E-textbooks
  • Worksheets
  • Activities
  • Tests
Open Educational Resources (OER) To Try:
Resources for  K-12 teachers. In addition to the usual assortment of OER content, teachers will find full lesson plans that are easily incorporated into classrooms.
Standards aligned K-12 resources, tailored for each student based on assessment results
This site provides lesson plans along with full courses that can be downloaded and used.
An early OER resource, provides content and also makes it easy for educators to share their OER-based lessons.
OER issues & trends, planning resources, content sites, tools & resources
Free, adaptable, openly licensed textbooks and resources.
The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems.
Their slogan is "You can learn anything. For Free. For Everyone. Forever."
A curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

This project was started in 2004 by a graduate class at the University of Georgia. The project publishes open content electronic textbooks that are freely available the website. The goal is to make textbooks available to the many who cannot afford them.


Open Up Resources has partnered with Office 365 for Education to provide a free and innovative solution for delivering standards-aligned content in the classroom. Open Up Resources acts like your own digital textbook, but better. Set up a OneNote Class Notebook that’s pre-populated with a complete course’s worth of material offering everything from daily lesson plans to assessments.