80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives

I received notification of this resource from Jimmy Atkinson quite some time ago, but I finally have found some time to explore it.

“… the list below — arranged in alphabetical order — includes 80 online resources that you can use to learn how to build or participate in a collaborative educational effort that focuses on publication and development of those materials. Although some choices focus solely on publication, development, or tools used to accomplish either effort, some provide multifaceted venues that offer communities a space to collaborate on one or all of these efforts. Collaborators can include institutions, colleges or universities, educators, students, or the general public.”

There are many excellent resources here. I am sure many of you are familiar with most, but there were a few that I had not heard of. Thanks Jimmy!

Link: http://oedb.org/library/features/80-oer-tools

Remixing/Coding For Kids

A few neat sites/tools I’ve come across lately:

I know I’ve read about Scratch some time ago, but this BBC article highlights this free coding tool aimed at kids. Scratch, a tool developed at MIT, is a “free programming tool that allows anyone to create their own animated stories, video games and interactive artworks has been developed.” The video looks pretty impressive, but I haven’t got a chance to download and use the tool.

The BBC article also points to hacketyhack.net, “The Coder’s Starter Kit”. The tool (available for Windows only … tsk tsk) helps to teach the Ruby programming language.

Somewhat related is the Zimmer Twins’ website. The website allows users to create animated movies, and the best are selected to be broadcast on Teletune. It’s really a neat process, and a clever tool. Here’s an example. Ahhhh … so much has changed since the days of BASIC.