Open Educational and Digital Resources
The links below will guide you to some free educational resources and other digital resources that will provide supplemental materials to support student learning. Many of the digital resources require you to create a free educator account in order to access the content shared. It is best practice to read the Terms of Service or licensing guidelines for each resource you consider using. This website is a work in progress that will continue to be developed to assist educators in our district with the curation of quality resources.
Open Educational Resources (OER):
Creative Commons: provides copyright licenses for others to publicly create and share educational resources. There are several basic licensing types which you can choose and mix. Creative Commons Downloads: logos, buttons, icons and printable PDF documents--including easy to read brochures and flyers describing licensing options.
CK-12 Foundation: believes in equal access to free education for all children and provides links to categorized STEM resources for Science, Math, English and more. Basic and advanced U.S. History textbooks are also accessible.
Curriki: a collection of curated OER resources in the areas of math, social studies, social science and economics, science, computer science, ELA, study skills and languages.
Khan Academy: offers clear instructional visual presentations for K-12 and beyond.
Michigan State University: presents a comprehensive list of resources that will help you gain a better understanding of Open Educational Resources and how to get started.
National Science Digital Library: browse curated collections by educational level, resource type, subject and standards.
State of Washington OSPI: offers an extensive list of curated OER resources.
Softschool.com: provides free worksheets, games and quizzes for Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies. Materials are organized by grade levels and topics. Holiday themes are also available.
YouTube: refine your search for videos with Creative Commons licensing using the filter feature to the right of your search results.
ALA Great Websites for Kids: provides links to interactive websites pertaining to all academic areas with the ability to choose age appropriate levels.
ABCmouse for Teachers: create an educator account to connect your students to thousands of learning activities geared towards grades K-1.
ABCmouse: log in to your account.
Epic for Educators: create an educator account to connect your studnets with thousands of eBooks geared towards grades K-5.
Epic!: sign in to your account.
K-12 Tech Tools: features include a plethora of free kid-friendly online resources that you can peruse by subject, grade level and standards.
Newsela: covers topics in all content areas and offers adaptive reading levels for each article. A great Personalized Learning tool!
Read, Write & Think: offers K-12 educators free materials pertaining to reading and language arts instruction.
Top Websites for Teachers: offers websites that provide lesson plans created by experts in the fields of: ELA, math, science, social studies, art, social and emotional learning, and more. Reviews, grade levels and pricing (Free, Paid) for each website help guide you to the appropriate resource for your needs.
Common Sense Media for Educators: offers professional development and lessons for Digital Citizenship, reviews of Ed Tech resources and more.
edWeb.net : join professional learning communities to gain access to a wealth of free online webinars that you can actively participate in or, that provide you with an archived version that you can view at your convenience (Certificates of Attendance are available).
The Big6: a six-step approach to problem-solving that integrates information search and use skills along with technology tools in a systematic process to find, use, apply, and evaluate information.
The Super3: several slideshows explaining a three step research process that introduces information skills to students.
Match the Super3: a game created to show students the 3-step process.
Super3 Coloring: coloring pages that will help students visualize this 3-step process.
Super3 Dinosaurs: a creative way, developed by Wisconsin Educators, to help students understand the Super3 research process.
Citation Maker great for the elementary level
Other Digital Resources are available:
Library of Congress Primary Sources: offers materials for classroom use and provides professional development opportunities to assist teachers in learning how to effectively incorporate these digital resources in their teaching.