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Authoring Open Textbooks
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This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.

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Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Cody Taylor
Deb Quentel
Dianna Fisher
Karen Bjork
Karen Lauritsen
Linda Frederiksen
Melissa Falldin
Date Added:
07/01/2022
Authoring Open Textbooks
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This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Textbook Network
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Becoming a Leader through Action Research: Building Open Education Practice in the School Library
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The role of the school librarian is evolving from keeper of library materials to leader in school reform. The digital age has elevated information literacy from the mechanics of searching and finding to thinking and inquiry. To meet this challenge the library facility is reconceptualized as a learning environment and the collection as a dynamic process of curation and access. Library staff, including paraprofessionals, student peers, and parent volunteers are viewed as instructional support. Allocated budgets are supplemented by funding sources such as grants and donations. The school librarian, trained in Action Research, can realize the library as learning center as she systematically collects evidence, sets priorities, and constructs a Strategic Plan. This module brings together the processes of action research, including identifying a problem in practice, formulating a research question, collecting and analyzing data to conduct a Community Scan and School Library Needs Assessment. She will apply her findings to building a Strategic Plan that will transform the school library into a learning center, or improve its existing functions.

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Information Science
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Carol Gordon
Date Added:
07/08/2022
The Black Power Movement
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This collection uses primary sources to explore the Black Power Movement. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Subject:
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
Primary Source Sets
Date Added:
10/20/2015
Common Core Curriculum Grade 3  (Module 1): Becoming a Close Reader and Writing to Learn - My Librarian Is a Camel: Bringing Books to Children around the World
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This module uses literature and informational text such as "My Librarian Is a Camel" to introduce students to the power of literacy and how people around the world access books. This module is intentionally designed to encourage students to embrace a love of literacy and reading. There are 3 units in this module. Unit 1 explores the question ĺづWhy do people seek the power of reading?ĺăĺ In unit 2 students explore their own ĺづpowers of readingĺăĺ that help them access text. And unit 3 explores how geography impacts readersĺăĚă access to books.

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Arts and Humanities
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
04/27/2022
Connected Reading in a Media Saturated World
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The purpose of this unit is to put students in the driver’s seat of their own reading by considering their own preferences and what it means to be a connected reader in our multi-media society.This unit begins with students considering their own reading profile and inquiring about the impact of reading digital texts compared to print texts and what it means to be a connected reader in today’s multi-media society. Students then gather information by reading three texts on the topic which move them through modeling and guided practice to independent practice. As they read each text, they complete a comprehension chart. These will serve as formative assessments on the supported readings and as a reading assessment on the independent text. They will also be used as notes for an expository and an argumentative writing prompt. Teachers will also have the option of expanding the unit with student created graphic organizers and/or presentations.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Molly Berger
Date Added:
03/31/2022
Digital Career Library: Broadcast Radio Sales
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The broadcast Radio Sales job includes marketing and sales as well as managing the accounts. College is helpful but not essential. Beginning salary is discussed. Positive aspects are the flexible hours and the opportunity to meet new people. The job includes lots of paper work. Internships are a helpful to getting started option.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Mountain Heights Academy
Date Added:
04/27/2022
Digital Citizenship
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This is a hyperdoc with links to a variety of videos and resources around the concept of digital citizenship. It includes definitions, how-to videos, and links to resources about how to handle cyberbullying.

Subject:
Information Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Date Added:
04/27/2022
Digital Survival Skills Module 2: Types of Mis/Disinformation
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The information revolution of the 21st century is as significant and transformative as the industrial revolution of the 19th century. In this unit, students – and by proxy their families – will learn about the challenges of our current information landscape and how to navigate them.

This unit is split into four modules. These modules can be done sequentially or stand on their own, depending on students’ needs and teachers’ timeframes. The modules culminate in a Digital Survival Skills Workshop hosted by students where they teach these skills to their community. If you plan to complete the culminating project, we suggest introducing it briefly at the beginning of Module 1 so students know what the end goal is. See Module 4 for introduction materials.

In this module (2 of 4), students learn to distinguish misinformation from disinformation. They explore examples of each and learn about the variety of motivations that cause people to create and share both types of false information.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Module
Unit of Study
Date Added:
04/27/2022
Fact or Fiction? Evaluating Media in a “Post-Truth” World
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In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries chose "post-truth" as the word of the year. As literacy has shifted from published hardcopy to an online landscape, it is more important than ever to engage and empower students in navigating the complicated battleground of fake news verses responsible, fact-based news. In this multi-day lesson, students will 1) examine terms associated with “fake news” and evaluate sources for their reliability and authenticity, and 2) develop a set of norms for responsible use of online news sources that spans academic and personal interaction with media.Cover image: "Fake news" by pixel2013 from Pixabay.com

Subject:
Information Science
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Alyssa King
Date Added:
04/01/2022
Lesson: Evaluating Evidence on Wikipedia
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Wikipedia contains a vast supply of information and is the 5th most trafficked website in the world. Still, it continues to be a controversial site, and many teachers advise students against using it. If students learn to use Wikipedia wisely, it can be a powerful resource for lateral reading, verifying claims, a starting point for research, and a springboard to more resources.

This lesson introduces students to Wikipedia’s standard of verifiability, which requires article authors to provide reliable citations to support any claims they make. By following these citations, students can verify the claims in Wikipedia and locate a variety of reliable resources with which to continue their research.

Subject:
Information Science
Technology
Communication
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Stanford University
Provider Set:
Civic Online Reasoning
Author:
Civic Online Reasoning
Date Added:
05/23/2022
Lesson: Intro to Lateral Reading
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This lesson introduces students to lateral reading, a strategy for investigating who's behind an unfamiliar online source by leaving the webpage and opening a new browser tab to see what trusted websites say about the unknown source. Students watch the teacher model lateral reading and then have a chance to practice the strategy to determine who is behind a website and, ultimately, whether that website is trustworthy.

Subject:
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Stanford University
Provider Set:
Civic Online Reasoning
Author:
Civic Online Reasoning
Date Added:
05/23/2022
Lesson: Lateral Reading Resources & Practice
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Lateral reading is challenging, and an approach that may work for one type of source might not work for another. This lesson is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice lateral reading with a variety of sources.

This lesson is designed to be taught after the Intro to Lateral Reading lesson.

Subject:
Communication
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Stanford University
Provider Set:
Civic Online Reasoning
Author:
Civic Online Reasoning
Date Added:
05/23/2022
Lesson: Lateral Reading vs. Vertical Reading
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When trying to determine who is behind online information, students may be inclined to read vertically—to make judgments based on features internal to a website like its URL, design, functionality, or content. However, these features are not effective ways to evaluate a site and need to be explicitly challenged. This lesson asks students to evaluate a website and a post on social media by engaging in both vertical and lateral reading to see how they compare.

This lesson is designed to be taught after the Intro to Lateral Reading lesson.

Subject:
Communication
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Stanford University
Provider Set:
Civic Online Reasoning
Author:
Civic Online Reasoning
Date Added:
05/23/2022
Lesson: Lateral Reading with Fact-Checking Organizations
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Once students have completed the Intro to Lateral Reading lesson, they need opportunities to practice the strategy and develop flexible approaches for using it. This lesson is designed to provide students with focused practice reading laterally with articles from fact-checking organizations. Students are briefly introduced to fact-checking organizations and then practice reading laterally about a website using a fact-checking site.

Subject:
Communication
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Stanford University
Provider Set:
Civic Online Reasoning
Author:
Civic Online Reasoning
Date Added:
05/23/2022
Lesson: Lateral Reading with News Stories
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This lesson provides students with opportunities to practice reading laterally with news stories. This lesson is designed to be taught following the Intro to Lateral Reading lesson.

Subject:
Communication
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Stanford University
Provider Set:
Civic Online Reasoning
Author:
Civic Online Reasoning
Date Added:
05/23/2022
Library resources as course materials
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Library resources can be one way to lower textbook costs for students. They are high-quality resources that students already pay to access through their tuition and fees. This post explores several strategies that libraries can pursue to encourage the use of library content as course materials. There are three different audiences that are interested in this information: librarians, faculty, and students.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
OpenOregon
Date Added:
07/08/2022
Ontario College Libraries’ OER Toolkit
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The OER Toolkit aims to improve equitable access to open learning resources and services to college students by providing a province-wide academic support platform for faculty to use while designing courses and assignments. The Toolkit is a one-stop guide to open educational resources, providing faculty and library staff with tools and information to understand, engage with, create, and sustain OER in their work and practice.

The Toolkit is designed to be used by anyone involved with OER at an academic institution, whether you are part of a team that is collaborating to create OER, a library staff member who is supporting OER development and use, an advocate for OER at your institution, or an instructor seeking to incorporate OER and open pedagogy in the classroom. The primary purpose of this Toolkit is to support faculty and library staff at Ontario colleges; however, it is openly available for use beyond the Ontario college community.

Subject:
Higher Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
College Libraries Ontario
Date Added:
07/01/2022
Open at the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Open Education
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This book represents a starting point towards curating and centering marginal voices and non-dominant epistemic stances in open education. It includes the work of 43 diverse authors whose perspectives challenge the dominant hegemony.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Rebus Community
Date Added:
07/01/2022