Sauk Valley Community College

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Free Online Resources

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Sites Indexing Free Resources

  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence "More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly." FREE has an extensive subject index of online resources for many disciplines.  These are maintained by different government agencies such as: the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Energy, NASA, and Library of Congress.  Access:  free.ed.gov

Teacher Resource Sites

  • OER Commons - Open Educational Resources -  OER offers open source educational resources for both educators and students.  On their site you will find full university courses, mini-lessons, simulations, adaptations of existing open work, electronic textbooks that are peer-reviewed, Videos of lectures, homework assignments, and lecture notes.   OER allows you to reuse and repurpose material for your own classroom.  Access: www.khanacademy.org/
  • PBS Learning Media - "is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educator."  (Free, but requires an account)  Access www.pbslearningmedia.org/ 
  • PBS Teachers -   Although designed for k-12, this collection of materials can help provide ideas, inspritation and resources.  Look for lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.  Access:  www.pbs.org/teachers/

Media Resources

  • Library of Congress - Digital Collections and Services -  A growing collection of digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books.  Access:  www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html
  • Creative Commons "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."  Access: creativecommons.org/

Discipline-Specific Collections

  • ChemCollective -  From their Home page, "The ChemCollective is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, tutorials, and concept tests. Teachers can use our content for pre-labs, for alternatives to textbook homework, and for in-class activities for individuals or teams. Students can review and learn chemistry concepts using our virtual labs, simulations, and tutorials. The ChemCollective is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon who are interested in using, assessing, and creating engaging online activities for chemistry education."  Access: chemcollective.org/home
  • Digital History -   This site includes media, lesson plans and text for the eras of American History. Access: www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

Open Courseware

  • MIT Open Courseware - Access video lectures, assignments, exams, study materials, syllabi and more from MIT courses.  From their about page,  "Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication."  Access: ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Free Textbooks or eBooks

  • Project Gutenburg - Free public domain eBooks Access: www.gutenberg.org/
  • Wikibooks - offers a collection of textbooks on wikipages (webpages) that are editable by any member of the community, similar to wikipedia.  Access: en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page

Video Tutorials

  • Khan Academy -  Short video tutorials covering a plethora of academic topics.  Access: www.khanacademy.org/