Open Source Education Resources
myViewBoard is a powerful tool to create engaging interactive lessons. From time to time, educators usually find it challenging to create content for digital whiteboards. We've assembled several resources to make creating lessons with myViewBoard a bit easier.
For lesson plan ideas, check the following open source resources. Note that most of these provide sample lessons that can be downloaded for free.
- Open Author helps you build Open Educational Resources, lesson plans, and courses (on your own, or with others) — and then publish them, to the benefit of educators and learners everywhere.
- Search more than 420,000 FREE lesson plans and activities including curated collections.
- An extensive Open Educational Resource (OER) collection of curriculum materials, arranged by courses across a wide range of content areas, that help teachers plan more effectively and improve student learning!
- One Community is a team of volunteers working together to open source and free-share everything necessary to build self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world.
- As part of Race to the Top federal funding, the New York State Education Department worked with various partners to develop curriculum materials for grades Pre-K to 12 in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA), and these materials are available for download from EngageNY.
- At Match we believe quality curriculum materials can have a dramatic impact on student learning. That is why we are sharing the instructional materials we have developed, tested and refined over many years in our classrooms.
- Illustrative Mathematics is a non-profit organization committed to creating a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics.
- Most of the problems on this site have ... an “open middle” , meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.
- Open Educational Resources, Math.
- This site is about compiling, analyzing and discussing the mathematical errors that students make.
- The Project's materials are of two complementary kinds: Summative tests or tasks and Classroom Challenges. In addition, because formative assessment involves a wider range of classroom strategies and skills than many traditional curricula, the professional development modules will help teachers with the pedagogical and mathematical challenges that this approach involves. Built around the Classroom Challenges, these modules are designed for use by groups of teachers, working together in a supportive school to improve the effectiveness of their program.
- An open-source curriculum (OSC) is an online instructional resource that can be freely used, distributed and modified. OSC is based on the open-source practice of creating products or software that opens up access to source materials or codes.
- This project brings together middle school science and STEM teachers from across the 30 districts served by ESD112 to develop a Regional Instructional Materials OER Collaborative. With the support of the ESD STEM Director, this group developed, reviewed and adapted potential OER materials using the EQuIP rubric to support bundles of performance expectations and collaborated on integrating OER into existing STEM kits that the ESD STEM Center provides regionally.
Open Source Image Resources
Add impact to your lessons by inserting relevant images. For images that can be used without issue in an educational environment, check the following sites:
- Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting.
- Search and download properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school.
- Over 1,000,000 free (do-whatever-you-want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
Interactive Learning in Digital Classroom
Educators are striving to transform learning environments to meet changing needs. Students must be prepared to compete and contribute in a global economy. Tech plays a crucial role, as districts scramble to create “the digital classroom of the future.” Every year, Project Tomorrow conducts its Speak Up poll. It's a survey of K-12 students, parents, and educators. In 2015, more than 90% of district administrators said instructional tech is important to achieving their core mission of educating students. Parents echoed this view. 84% said that school tech adds value to their child’s learning.
Video is becoming the go-to tool in digital classrooms. According to one survey, 94% of teachers used video the previous academic year. On average, they used it at least once per week. Is the DVD player-laden media cart a thing of the past? If not yet, it will be soon.
- Online Video: In the 2016 Speak Up survey, 68% of teachers said they used online videos in 2015 – compared to 48% in 2010. That’s a growth rate of more than 40% just 5 years. The survey further revealed that over three-quarters of middle school students (78%) are themselves using online video for learning.Parents surveyed further supported digital video for learning. 64% said that watching online videos can help students learn by supporting different learning styles.
- Flipped Classroom: Video is a must for flipped classrooms. First, students watch content at home. The source could be a teacher-created video, the Khan Academy, or other digital resources. Students then discuss the topic during class time.
In the digital classroom, video is new only in its improved quality and wider availability. The use of video in the digital classroom will continue to expand. As it does, insight into the benefits will undoubtedly likewise grow. At present we know that principals who’ve employed blended learning in their schools say that the use of digital content:8
- Increases student engagement in learning (75%)
- Extends learning beyond the school day offering students opportunities for self-directed learning and remediation (72%)
- Increases the relevancy and quality of the instructional materials (63%)
- Provides an innovative way for instruction to be personalized for each student (56)
- Decreases the traditional dependency on textbooks (51%)
Insights and Problems with Educational Video
Videos are not replacing entire lessons but used to stimulate discussion and liven up lessons. Teachers report that the length of videos preferred is generally 2 to 10 minutes according to 79% of teachers surveyed. Teachers are also not abusing the use of videos as a form of reward or entertainment for students. Eight-four percent of teachers said they only use videos strictly or mostly related to the curriculum being taught. In addition, 90% of teachers are using videos to engage students by asking them questions to encourage participation in the classroom. Although teachers have identified videos as an important educational teaching tool, we have also identified many problems and bottlenecks:
- Quality, inappropriate content, advertisement, and copyrights from free internet resources: Eighty-four percent of teachers reported that they use YouTube and 61% of teachers actively search Google for websites to find the videos they need
- Blocked internet access and websites: Another 30% of teachers reported they have a hard time accessing videos saying that their school's blocks or limits access to the internet and certain websites
- Time to prepare: Teachers are also struggling with their current workload and time management. Over 60% of teachers report feeling frustrated sometimes in their search for the right educational videos
Curated Video Resources for Education
Videos in myViewBoard Clips are specially curated for use in education so there should be less time spent searching for a suitable video.  . To add videos to your lessons, use the myViewBoard Clips feature.
- myViewBoard Clips offers 2 million+ educational videos from over 150 premier media brands to safely, seamlessly, and quickly create engaging lessons. myViewBoard Clips is commercial free, copyright-cleared, and curated for educational subjects.
Resources from the Internet
Use the Embed Browser to browse the internet, and locate resources that can be inserted into myViewBoard.
- These are links to popular educational sites. Click the Embed browser icon on the floating toolbar to launch the Embed browser and access the tiles.
- The Embed browser allows users to drag text, images and videos found on the internet onto the canvas.
Sample VBOARD files
To have an idea of how to create activities or lesson plans using myViewBoard, see the sample lesson files below:
- Fractions and circles
- Use the pie slices at the top to complete the circles below in three different ways.
- Tangram activity
- A learning tool for building STEM skills. Tangrams can teach kids about spatial relationships. They may help kids learn geometric terms, and develop stronger problem solving abilities. They might even help kids perform better on tests of basic arithmetic.
- Towers of Hanoi
- The Towers of Hanoi is a classical mathematical game also frequently applied in the psychology of problem solving and skill learning.
- Play bingo!
- This myViewBoard Spinner game is based on the bingo idea. Students can be playing based on different multiplication/division facts. When a player completes the selected numbers are arranged in a row column or diagonal, "Bingo!"
For more sample files, see myViewBoard Originals.