Sourcing Content to Teach and Learn With




With so many great resources already out there on the net, why re-invent the wheel? There are stacks of great activities and information waiting for you to link together into a fun learning experience! When sourcing your content, be careful to check the copyright statement of the content before you attempt to use it.
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Creative Commons.org has made this usually painful process darn easy! Look for a creative commons logo or statement and read the statement attached to it (For example, check out the statement linked at the bottom of this page). Here's our current list of quality resources (please add/update as you like.)

Reference material and subject articles

  • Wikipedia - The worlds biggest encyclopedia, and it's free! Usually the articles are excellent with lots of links to external sites/journals, you can reuse them as you see fit. The best bit is, you can improve the articles in your area of expertise! Compare that with Encyclopedia Britannica where you can access great information but according to the terms of use, you cannot reproduce or retransmit the material without prior permission.
  • google scholar - A google search dedicated to published journal articles!

Multimedia resources


  • Internet Archive - The Internet Archive is an amazing effort. Apart from offering storage to all types of media, they also actively save everything that appears on the Internet! Can you imagine how big their hard drives must be? So, if there is a website you used to use a couple of years ago, but its off line now, simple, just go to the Archive and use their "Way Back Machine" to find it! How cool is that!
  • Wikimedia - The Wikimedia Commons is a project that provides a central repository for free images, music, sound & video clips and, possibly, texts and spoken texts, used in pages of any Wikimedia project. Unlike images uploaded on other projects, images on Commons can be embedded on pages of all Wikimedia projects.
  • OurMedia - Linked the the Internet Archive, OurMedia offers free storage space for people looking to distribute media such as movies, audio track, documents and things not yet thought up! You can search ourmedia easily, and most of the content is available to the Creative Commons. If you like the service, you might like to start storing your own content there. Its a great place to run into other teachers doing the same thing.
  • Google Video - Google has been offering free and unlimited storage of video content for a while now. They no doubt have big plans for searching video content! Imagine, you put in a search for 'blended learning' and not only does it come back with a list of videos that refer to the topic, but timecodes pointing the exact spot within the video where blended learning is mentioned! Its not like that yet, but it is quite likely that that's what Google has in mind.
  • Blip.tv Is another free video streaming web service. Many users are uploading videos licensed with Creative Commons.
  • YouTube is easily the biggest and most popular video site. Pop in there, do a search on your topic and see what comes up. There are some very useful things there, and code is offered for cutting and pasting the video so that it displays in your blog or other type of website.
  • Podcast Alley - Find interviews, seminars, conversations and just about anything audio on almost any topic.
  • Podcast Net - Find more audio
  • Podcast Directory - And more audio
  • Phonecasting Podcast Directory - Find more audio and video.
  • CCMixter - A music remix site that tracks samples across different artists, all available under sampling licenses so that you too can join in the mix.
  • OpSound - Features a pool of Creative Commons licensed audio.
  • FreeSound - A collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.
  • Research Channel - free streaming video on all sorts of topics.
  • Howtoons - great source of comic based learning activities for 7 - 15 year olds (older actually, I dig'm and I'm 30!)
  • Public Domain Images Several thousand copyright friendly images nicely organized in categories, free for any personal and/or commercial use, credit or back link is not required.
  • Flickr pictures licensed Creative Commons - With millions of people loading up their pictures to Flickr, and many of them licensed to a Creative Commons license, you are quite likely to find an interesting image on almost any topic.

Open Courseware


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseware - A free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.
  • Open-Of-Course - Multilingual Portal for Free and Open Content Courses and Tutorials
  • Connexions - Connexions is a rapidly growing collection of free scholarly materials and a powerful set of free software tools to help.
  • USU Open Courseware Utah State University growing number of open courseware packages
  • John Hopkins School of Pulic Health Open Courseware
  • Berklee Shares - Music lessons from the premier institution for the study of contemporary music
  • The Free Course - Hundreds of free online training courses and college courses
  • Sofia - A small number of pretty good courses
  • Maricopa - The Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources (represented as "packages")

Finding Open Content



Copyright Info


Still waiting to be categorised


Think Quest - young kids creating learning resources
iTrain online - Resources for learning a whole bunch of stuff about Internet coms and general computer use
Learn That - Free tutorials and fress courses on a growing variety of things
The National Science Library - USA based library of resources for science education at all levels - amazing overview interface
Information Gateway - Websites categorised by subject.

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