Open Source Learning
Customizing and Innovating Content
What is "Open Source"?
Historically there has been a tradeoff: low-cost (or free) comes at the expense of quality. (In other words, "There is no free lunch.") But FOS [free open source] is different. Indeed, I've long argued that FOS software has the advantage of being free of cost, while, at the same time, providing greater value to the users.
Blog by David Thornburg on Open-Source Textbook, 2011
Why did open source collections start?
- Explore various open source collections.
- Identify valid sources that align with course TEKS.
- Find open sources that can be used with upcoming instruction.
How do I know if it's a valid source?
Open Source Resources
Interactive Sites for Education
The Future of Education- OpenStax College
i Tunes U
Supplements to Flipped Math Classes
Interactive Math- an ancillary to Pearson textbooks; does not require a login to access materials.
Two sites with real math puzzles (unlike Cool Math Games) that use mathematical reasoning to solve. Activities are categorized by math concept. Requires a flash player (no IOS devices). The Shodor site includes lesson plans for instructors.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives- Online interactive exercises in English and Spanish.