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#8514420 Sep 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel...give us your important details. Please also consider sharing:
  • How/why you are interested in Open Content/OERs.
  • What you hope to learn in the We Want You to Use Open Content group.
  • Any prior experiences with Open Content/OERs: the good, the bad, and/or the ugly!
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#8659348 Nov 02, 2013 at 01:19 PM
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Well this is now my 3rd try to get this intro added. I keep shutting the box after the preview thinking it opens in a new window. Not the case. No rather then rewrite the entire introduction again, I will just refer to the following links.

Using OER to meet the 21st Century Learner

If you Build it They Will Come

Fitting the Pieces Together

The Universal Library for Learning

Next Generation Global Education
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#8659785 Nov 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM
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Eek, Tracy, I'm sorry wonkiness occurred. I always hate having to learn the ins-and-outs of new discussion board systems.

I'm excited by your Glogs and other resources! I'm sure others will be excited by what you shared!

Don't forget to click the "complete" button in 3D GameLab so that you can move forward with the quests.
#8663522 Nov 03, 2013 at 02:12 PM
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14 Posts
Hi All,

I'm Heidi Roycroft, a teacher-librarian at a public middle school. I use twitter @hroycroft. I also happen to be leading my first 3D GameLab camp called Information Scout. I use some OER content in that camp and some material that is in "beta" that might some day become behind a pay wall. I don't have a very deep budget, so I'm totally into getting the most bang for my buck and that's why I'm so interested in keeping up with OER. I just want to soak up what I can from all the really interesting camps in 3DGameLab.
#8663681 Nov 03, 2013 at 02:58 PM
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Hi my name is Bobbie. A colleague and I are working to create a game or quest based US History class as a "recovery" (students did not earn credit the first go around) class. It would be great if we could get it ready for next semester, but if we are unable we will have it for next fall.

Open content will be utilized. I have some experience using open content with khan academy, hippocampus, crash course and a few other video, text and interactive games available for free online. My students have 1:1 iPads so we can't use anything flash based. I am excited to learn more and welcome any ideas, suggestions or warnings as we charge ahead!
#8665535 Nov 04, 2013 at 03:33 AM
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Heidi & Bobbi,
Thanks for joining us! It's great that you both already have some ideas of what you need, why you need it, and some of the constraints in which you a working (iPads only is important to note!). I can't wait to see what you find!
#8666171 Nov 04, 2013 at 07:16 AM
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Hi. I am Lisa Young and I love that we can reduce costs to students and have students have access to their learning materials on day 1 with OER. Working in the community colleges, many of our students are working multiple jobs, caring for their families and going to school but don't have the money to buy their learning materials. I really think OER could be a game changer!

I am hoping to learn about new resources for finding OER and learning what others are doing/plan to do though this experience.

I have some experience using OER and I am leading a charge at my community college district to scale up the use of OER.

I'm looking forward to learning with you all!
#8666200 Nov 04, 2013 at 07:25 AM
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Lisa, I get to ask you to share something because I know you and this story! Please share that wonderful story about losing your "water ????" class and having a week or two to put stuff together.
#8667956 Nov 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
49 Posts
Hi all,
I've been using 3dGL in my HS biology course this year and plan on expanding going forward. I've been using OER for awhile - I just didn't know it. I'm looking forward to expanding my knowledge of hwo and where to find resources and ways to incorporate them into my classes.

#8668576 Nov 04, 2013 at 04:07 PM
17 Posts
Charles, that is the greatest way to introduce yourself to Open Content/ just doing it!
#8672216 Nov 05, 2013 at 11:12 AM
25 Posts
Hi everyone,
I'm a HS library media specialist in upstate NY. Currently I'd like to get to grips with OERs that will help students develop their research skills. I've seen a few, but would really like to be able to consolidate and even create some so that there is a more succinct "Course" for the students.
Budget has been a big factor pushing me in this direction. I also want to get away from some of the resources we use that tie us to our building and passwords etc.
Looking forward to learning a lot in this quest.

p.s. will there be a recording of the live events? I think I have to miss the first one. Thanks.
#8673600 Nov 06, 2013 at 08:12 AM
17 Posts
We can record (or, at least, I think we can!).
#8683725 Nov 08, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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•How you are interested in Open Content/OERs.

I make music videos with my class and want to use more OER content.

•What you hope to learn in the We Want You to Use Open Content group.

I want to make sure what I put in my videos is legal and how to find content without hours of searching

•Any prior experiences with Open Content/OERs: the good, the bad, and/or the ugly!

I have created some instructional websites for all to use freely. I have the copyright at the bottom, and I probably should add something that lets people pull from the site to use in their own instruction. I also use open courseware through
#8683833 Nov 08, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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Kim, I'm glad you mentioned that you like to find/work with music. Once folks move to having students play with video they find music becomes a huge issue.
THANKS for sharing the resource with everyone!
#8684918 Nov 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
69 Posts
Hi All! My name is Mark Tennyson Currently I teach Computers and Drama. I direct two shows a year for the Middle School. (a play and a musical), A Middle School Christmas Program, A 2-week Summer Performing Arts Workshop, and the 3rd-5th grade spring program. I also sing in the choir and coach Cross Country, Basketball, and Golf.

I am using 3D GameLab with my 6th & 7th Grade Computer Classes this year. They are mowing through the quests. It is keeping me on my toes. I am always looking for content to use in class and now in Quests. Why reinvent the wheel right!

I'm hoping to get better at finding ways to integrate these into quests. and to go beyond just consuming content, but synthesizing into thoughts and critique.

Previously I have used California streaming for video content in the classroom.
"So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
#8684956 Nov 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
5 Posts
I am interested in learning more about Open Content/OERs because I see the value of sharing the wealth, and knowing how to do this equitably and legally.

We are using GameLab as an environment for our education faculty professional development this year. I know faculty would appreciate and benefit from a better understanding of the resources that are available to them, as well as avenues for sharing their own work.

I've worked a little with Creative Commons, and taken countless workshops on copyright and Fair Use. The main thing that I have learned (the ugly) is that there is no clear answer, so I'm hoping this group will help clarify some of my understandings, as I am expected to share it with others. I have to say I love GameLab and the environment of collaboration and support I've seen so far.
#8687007 Nov 09, 2013 at 05:40 AM
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#8684918 DramaJock (Mark Tennyson) wrote:

Hi All! My name is Mark Tennyson Currently I ....

I got tired reading your intro! ;-)

I'm wondering if you might design assignments that have your students help you find more content!
#8687015 Nov 09, 2013 at 05:42 AM
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#8684956 bullockd wrote:

The main thing that I have learned (the ugly) is that there is no clear answer, so I'm hoping this group will help clarify some of my understandings, as I am expected to share it with others.

Your role is the same role I had as I continued to grow my own understanding of copyright, fair use, Creative Commons, etc. And (hopefully!) as you with how we designed the various "legal" quests, your initial "there is no clear answer" is still my "main thing I've learned." I sincerely think all we can continue to do is learn more and be proactive! (I'm hoping that wasn't a downer!)
#9061832 Feb 05, 2014 at 09:59 AM
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Hi All - I am joining this a bit late as I was super busy when camp was offered. That is the beauty of open content though. You can do it when you want and where you want. So here I am making the best use of my snow day. I am interested in learning more about Open Content because in these tight economic times it can be very challenging to get schools to pay for something new to as far as technology content goes to see if it will meet your needs. Open content can provide that collegial link when you are working in a situation where you are the only person who teaches your content in your building. From student learning standpoint in the classroom, if it is free and open then students can continue to work at home with no additional cost if they already have internet access. This would make flipping your classroom using open content easier than creating all your own. The challenge with open content is that it is created by someone else and it doesn't always meet ones needs given the student in your classroom. I have used open content from Flickr to create graphics for instruction, free content on teachers pay teachers for custom graphics, worksheets, classroom organizational tools, and word walls.
#10027041 Sep 16, 2014 at 08:48 AM
3 Posts
Hello. I am a full time, second-year PhD student at Old Dominion University. I am interested in OERs because I think that there are a lot of good resources out there that are free. I am always worried about issues of access. Textbooks can be wildly expensive. Some open content is just as effective (or more effective) than textbook content. Although there are access issues with OERs, I still think they are a valuable resource. In this group, I hope to learn about more OERs. I am particularly interested in MOOCs.