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Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources?
 
OER are resources that have been created by and for teachers, students, and their families.  Something as simple as a YouTube video can be an open educational resource. More formal examples are museum websites and teaching sites such as Khan Academy. This page links to online resources that have been curated by the former and current librarians for their connection to our curriculum and educational goals.
 
This is only a small sampling of what is available out there on the web! If you need help finding resources for a specific project, class, or interest, contact the librarian.
 
Who can use them?
 
All students, family members, and teachers.   Remember, these are available in addition to our research and video databases on the main page.  All students have access to all the databases.
 
Why do they matter?
 
 
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Online Courses
 
artful school logo
Collection of free theatre and dance classes and workshops for students.
The Crash Course Logo
With its free video courses (from Astronomy to US History) The Crash Course has got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won't even notice you're getting smarter.
Intelligent Education logo
IE offers free courses from the arts to the sciences. Their mission is to prepare well rounded, deep-thinking citizens of the world today.
Khan Academy logo
Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including test preparation.
MIT OpenCourseWare logo
MIT OpenCourseWare - Highlights for High Schools
An abundance of resources that cover not only science and mathematics but also engineering, humanities, and social sciences. These resources are available under a Creative Commons license, so the material on the site can be integrated into classroom lesson plans, shared, reused, and remixed.
Scratch logo
 
Scratch is a coding language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share your creations with others around the world.
W3Schools logo
Learn web development through extensive tutorials and examples, covering HTML, CSS, JavaScript, programming languages, server side, web building, and XML.
 
Learning Games and Challenges
 
hour of code logo
Designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. The website includes many challenges, tutorials, and activities to get you coding!
Prodigy logo
A zero-cost, curriculum-aligned, adaptive, online game-based learning platform. Featuring over 50,000 math questions spanning Grades 1 - 8, players will get to watch their very own wizard grow stronger, learn new spells and acquire new equipment, all by answering math questions!
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Typing Games
Improve your keyboard skills with these games!
 
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Reference Resources
 
Close-up of the definition of "dictionary" on a page, image from www.pdpics.com
Dictionaries and Thesauri
  • Cambridge - search multiple dictionaries, grammar guides, and translation tools from Cambridge University Press.
  • Dictionary.com - aggregator that primarily draws from the Random House Unabridged Dictionary.
  • The Free Dictionary - general dictionaries, acronym and idiom information, and dictionaries for medical, financial, and legal terms.
  • Lexico - Oxford's Compact English Dictionary, thesaurus, and Spanish dictionary, free online.
  • Merriam-Webster - based on their print Collegiate Dictionary.
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Encyclopedias
  • Credo - aggregated encyclopedia articles from 771 titles.
  • Encyclopedia of Life - articles, images, modeling tools, and much more, providing global access to knowledge about life on Earth.
  • Scholarpedia - similar to Wikipedia, this open access encyclopedia contains only peer-reviewed articles written by academic experts.
World Factbook logo
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 fields.
HMDB.org logo
Ever pass a building with a plaque and wanted to know more about the history? This website is an illustrated searchable online catalog of historical information viewed through the filter of roadside and other permanent outdoor markers, monuments, and plaques. It contains photographs, inscription transcriptions, marker locations, maps, additional information and commentary, and links to more information. 
US Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program logo
View data about our nation's people and economy. Research population, household income, poverty, health insurance, genealogy, business and industry indicators, including foreign trade, number and types of businesses. There are also activities and lessons about using census data in student research.
Visuwords logo
An interactive, graphic dictionary, thesaurus, and lexicon that represents language visually. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
Open Books and Textbooks
 
DPLA logo
A collection curated by volunteer librarians, offering thousands of ebooks available for free, instant download. No registration or password required. 
 
Also check out DPLA's wonderful primary source sets, online exhibitions, and genealogy resources!
 
Libretext Open text book
Huge collection of open textbooks (developed for college students but appropriate for secondary students). Collections include biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, humanities, medicine, physics, social sciences, Spanish, statistics, and vocational textbooks.
 
 
MERLOT II logo
Portal from the California State University System containing over 92,000 rated, peer-reviewed OERs.
 
OER Commons logo OER Commons
OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
Project Gutenberg logo
The first repository of free electronic books and an ongoing volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works. It includes over 60,000 free ebooks, most of which are older literary texts in the public domain.
Museums and Virtual Travel
 
British Library logo
Check out over 40 online exhibitions and discovery activities through the British Library. Some of our favorites include "A History of Magic," "Discover Children's Books," "The Language of Birds," and "Voices of Art".
The British Museum logo, white text on a black background
In the virtual "Museum of the World," you can discover exhibits, artifacts, and artwork by topic or through an interactive timeline of history.
Georgia O'Keeffe's painting "Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory" with the museum's title underneath
The "O'Keeffe from Anywhere" program brings the museum and artist to you. Download the museum's app to enjoy tours of their galleries, O'Keeffe's New Mexico homes, or learn more about specific pieces of art. Attend online programs, get creative inspiration for hands-on activities, and much more.
Getty Foundation logo
Browse collections from the Getty Museum, Research Institute, and Library, take a tour with a curator, or learn more about art history and conservation.
Guggenheim Museum logo
Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection.
Library of Congress 2018 logo
View thousands of digitized pieces from the Library of Congress archives, on topics in American and global history ranging from ancient manuscripts to World War II propaganda, from the civil rights movement to Vaudeville theatre.
Photograph of the Louvre as seen through the pyramid, from PublicDomainPictures.net
Visit the historic museum online for tours of specific rooms and galleries, their series "A Closer Look" allowing you to see fine detail of artwork while hearing a curator speak about the piece, and much more. Or, check out Wanderlust Travel's 3-hour tour of the museum on YouTube. 
Vatican Museum logo
View the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Room, St. Peter's Basilica, and other Vatican landmarks from your couch!
NASA logo
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's website is a wealth of information about space and space travel. Find STEM activities to do at home for all ages, watch high definition videos and see telescope and satellite images, and much more.
Smithsonian Institute Learning Lab logo
Puts the treasures of the world's largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning.
Public Domain and Creative Commons Images
 
These online repositories contain hundreds of thousands of photographic images, from the origins of photography to the present day. You can download and use these images freely in your papers, remix them in your artwork, or use them on a website.
 
 
Flickr logo with the Creative Commons logo on top
The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives.
 
You can help make these collections more accessible and easy to find by tagging photos and leaving comments. This is a practice known to librarians as "crowdsourcing metadata".
LIFE magazine logo
 
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
NYPL logo
More than 180,000 resources from the NYPL available for free use. This visual tool allows you to find images by era, color, genre, or collection.
 
Unsplash logo
A collection of free images gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers. Find interesting "stock" photos, dynamic nature images, and much more.