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Report on Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages

The study “Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages: a state of the art report” is the first public output of the LangOER network, an ambitious project with highly motivated partners adressing the role of OER in less used European languages which run the risk of being linguistically and culturally marginalized in a fast developing digital world.

The LangOER network, consisting of nine European partners, is a three-year project (January 2014 - December 2016) co-funded by the European Commission (Lifelong Learning Programme, KA2 action).

The Report and the annex to the study are both available for download

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Linda Bradley, Sylvi Vigmo (LangOER network)

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The Digital School

The Digital School is the key component of New School vision with 7 million visitors so far. The use of New Technologies becomes a catalyst for changing:
 the content of the Curriculum and school knowledge,
 teaching and learning,
 the relationship between teachers and pupils,
 the relationship between parents and school.

“The Digital School” constitutes a holistic approach with parallel development of all the parameters that experience has shown to be critical for the successful introduction of ICT to schools. Specifically, a number of actions are being implemented that are organized along five basic axes:
 Enhancement of network infrastructure and electronic equipment at schools, aiming at creating a digital classroom equipped with fast Internet connection and interactive smart boards, while teachers and pupils interact in a dynamic way by using all modern ICT tools.
 Rich, interactive e-books that corresponds to the curricula for all grades and courses.
 Teacher training in the educational utilization of new technologies.
 Integrated system for the electronic administration of education and the management of education data.
 Horizontal support actions.

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The Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus" Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs

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Photodentro

Photodentro is the Greek Digital Learning Object Repository (LOR) for primary and secondary education. It has been designed and is being developed by CTI Diophantus in the framework of "Digital School" in order to become the central access point to digital educational content and is open to all, students, teachers, parents, as well as anybody else interested.

Learning objects are small, self-contained, re-usable units of learning. David Wiley gave one of the most famous definitions: "Any entity, digital or non-digital, that may be used for learning, education or training".

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The Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus" Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs - Greece

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.
There is no registration to use the Creative Commons licenses. Licensing a work is as simple as selecting which of the six licenses best meets your goals, and then marking your work in some way so that others know that you have chosen to release the work under the terms of that license. The license-choosing tool can help you select the right license.
Looking for music, video, writing, code, or other creative works? Creative Commons has got it covered: search for creative work through sources like Google and Flickr.
The CC Affiliate Network consists of 100+ affiliates working in over 70 jurisdictions to support and promote CC activities around the world. The teams engage in public outreach, community building, translation, research, publicity, and in general, promoting and sharing our mission.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
What can Creative Commons do?
If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.
If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day.
If you would like to see what kinds of companies and organizations are using Creative Commons licenses, visit our Who Uses CC? page.
If you would like to learn more about the different CC licenses, visit our licenses page.
For those creators wishing to opt out of copyright altogether, and to maximize the interoperability of data, Creative Commons also provides tools that allow work to be placed as squarely as possible in the public domain.

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MIT Video

The MIT Video website aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute's offices, laboratories, centres and administration. This includes feature and editorial videos, event recordings, academic content and more. Each day, the editorial team at MIT Video selects one or more videos to "spotlight" based on the videos' content, production value and timeliness.

MIT Video currently contains more than 12,000 videos. Here are some of the most recently added and featured.

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MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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IrfanView - viewing and editing software

IrfanView is a fast, small, innovative freeware graphic viewer that can be also used for editing. It is intended as free only for private, non-commercial and/or educational use (schools, universities and libraries) and for use in charity or humanitarian organisations.
The software is currently supported and a list of recent changes can be seen on the website. A FAQ page quite rich of useful information is also provided on the website.
Some IrfanView features:
• Many supported file formats
• Multi language support
• Thumbnail/preview option
• Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
• Toolbar skins option
• Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
• Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
• Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
• Fast directory view (moving through directory)
• Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
• Multipage TIF editing
• File search
• Email option
• Multimedia player
• Print option
• Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
• Change color depth
• Scan (batch scan) support
• Cut/crop
• Add overlay text/image (watermark)
• IPTC editing
• Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
• Screen Capturing
• Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
• Lossless JPG rotation
• Unicode support
• Hotkeys
• Command line options
• PlugIns

Language support can vary with the version. The current version supports the languages listed aside. English is anyway always supported.

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Software is developed for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.

Audiolingua – mp3 repository for language learning

Audiolingua is a collaborative bank of authentic audio resources, recorded by native speakers, for a freely pedagogical or personal use, according to the rights of use which are detailed in the legal notice. Its aim is to train oral comprehension for anyone who would like to improve this language skill and to provide language teachers with authentic resources.
The mp3 files are classified according to the reference levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You can listen to the audio files online, download them one after another or also register to the podcast.
Audiolingua contains recordings in 10 languages.

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German: 699 Resources
English: 756 Resources
Arabic: 25 Resources
Chinese: 89 Resources
Spanish: 459 Resources
French: 485 Resources
Italian: 145 Resources
Occitan: 39 Resources
Portuguese: 78 Resources
Russian: 188 Resources

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Regional Centre of Pedagogical Documentation (C.R.D.P) in the Académie of Versailles

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Namathis

Namathis organizes more than 10,800 educational videos from the Internet, 2,000 in english, 8,000 in spanish and 800 in portuguese (and increasing). It aims to offer video lessons about different subjects to help High School and university students in their studies.
Namathis seek and organize Youtube.com videos in matters so that the student can reach different video explanations upon the same topic. Students can also comment and ask the community about it.
Students have just one place to access the videos of the subjects they are studying; they can watch more than one explanation, so they can understand thoroughly what they are learning. They can share comments and questions with teachers and students over a specific theme.
Students can access academic contents in a flexible way. They catch up when they miss a class and, above all, they can revise the material as many times as they think it is necessary to prepare an exam
Teachers can add videos about a subject they consider useful not needing to sign up for it. Also they can answer questions of the students, taking into account that thousands of students could be helped this way.
Educational video authors in Namathis are viewed more times because they are enlisted by subject-matter and topic. Besides, every video includes a link to the author's channel in Youtube, boosting up its visibility.

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In English:
Computing
• Android
• Computer Science

Finance & Economy
• Finance

Geometry
• Angles
• Introduction to Euclidean geometry

Humanities
• Art History: - 400 C.E. Ancient Cultures
• History

Math
• Algebra: Absolute value
• Algebra: Exponents and Radicals
• Algebra: Graphing linear equations and inequalities
• Algebra: Introduction to Algebra
• Algebra: Logarithms
• Algebra: Ratios & proportions
• Algebra: Solving linear equations
• Algebra: Solving linear inequalities
• Algebra: Systems of equations and inequalities
• Geometry - Basic
• Probability
• Trigonometry

Science
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Cosmology and Astronomy
• Healthcare and Medicine
• Organic Chemistry
• Physics

In Spanish:
Ciencias
• Anatomía
• Biología
• Ecología
• Física
• Geografía
• Medicina
• Química
• Química orgánica

Ciencias Sociales
• Chino mandarín
• Filosofía
• Francés
• Historia
• Historia de Latinoamérica
• Historia del Arte
• Inglés
• Lengua
• Literatura
• Reglas gramaticales
• Sociología

Deportes
• Taekwondo

Economía y Finanzas
• Contabilidad
• Economía
• Finanzas

Informática
• Android
• Drupal
• E-learning Class
• eXeLearning
• Google Docs
• Graphmatica
• HTML
• HTML 5
• Diseño Gráfico
• MS Access 2010
• MS Excel 2010
• MS Word 2010
• Internet
• Java
• Moodle
• MS Access 2007
• MS Excel 2003
• MS Excel 2007
• MS PowerPoint 2007
• MS Word 2000
• MS Word 2003
• MS Word 2007
• PHP
• Programación Android
• Ubuntu
• Wikispaces
• Windows 7
• Xcode - Programar aplicaciones iOS (iPhone y iPad)

Matemática
• Algebra
• Algebra: Ecuaciones de primer grado
• Análisis Matemático
• Aritmética
• Cálculo
• Curiosidades Matemáticas
• Desarrollo de Matemáticas
• Ecuaciones Diferenciales
• Geometría
• Pre Algebra
• Probabilidad y estadística
• Trigonometría

Más...
• Ajedrez
• Homeopatía

In Portuguese:
Ciência
• Biologia
• Fisica
• Geografia
• Química

Matemática
• Álgebra
• Álgebra: Exemplos
• Aritmética
• Geometria
• Trigonometría

InTech - free scientific ebooks

InTech is an Open Access publisher of academic books and journals in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). It provides free online access to high quality research and help leading academics make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world.
Currently InTech gives free access to 1827 books and 12 journals, collaborating with more than 70,000 authors. They are researchers and scholars from the best ranked universities in the world, including globally-renowned experts.
Initially, most of the publications were in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Manufacturing, Operations Research, Environmental Engineering, Nanotechnology, Computer Science, Renewable Energy and Electrical Engineering. Since 2010 the publishing program has been expanded to General and Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Sciences and in particular Medicine, Biology and Biotechnology.
InTech is based on the principle of Open Access. It is a publishing model that does not charge readers for accessing scientific publications online. As a consequence, everything published as or in an open access resource is immediately available online for free. All use is fair use so long as the original authors and sources are credited. An Open Access article is more likely to be used and cited than one behind subscription barriers. Submitted works are published by InTech under the Open Access publishing model and Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (the author retains the copyright to his/her work and that can use it in any manner.)
All published resources on the website are accessible without registration. It is needed to submit contributions to the website.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
Chemistry
Computer and Information Science
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Physics
Robotics
Technology
LIFE SCIENCES
Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Environmental Sciences
Immunology and Microbiology
Neuroscience
HEALTH SCIENCES
Medicine
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science
Veterinary Medicine and Science
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
Business, Management and Economics
Psychology
Social Sciences
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Thinkfinity

Thinkfinity is a website that gathers thousands of free lesson plans, interactives, videos, learning games. A Professional Development community has developed around the activity and the material on the website as well as several blogs and a news service about education (also available in RSS feed).
Teaching and learning resources in Thinkfinity are provided by content partners (USA leading education organizations) go through an expert review to check that all the content is accurate, up-to-date, unbiased and appropriate for students.
The website provides a useful research tool to easily find specific resources sorting them by subject, type, keyword, grade level and partner.
Classroom-ready lesson plans and other online learning materials make it easy to integrate Verizon Thinkfinity into the classroom: from the primary source documents you can print for each student to the interactive games students can play in pairs or individually, the resources are rich and varied to meet any teaching style and need.
Members of the online (free) community are provided with tools to organize resources, to network with friends and other teachers and to share ideas, plans and advice with others in the education community.
The website is aimed at students, teachers, library media specialists, parents, afterschool program providers, homeschoolers and anyone interested in teaching and learning.

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• In the Classroom
- Lesson Plans
- Student Interactives
- 21st Century Skills
- Today in History
- Standards Alignment
• At Home & Afterschool
- Afterschool
- Open House
- Digging for Memories
- Stories All Around Us
- Inventor's Challenge
- Youth Vote
- Community Works
- Parents & Kids
- Games & Tools
- Literacy
• Get Connected
- Community Tour
- Blog
- Widget Library
- Newsletter
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