Microsoft Education

Michele Peabody


Microsoft Education
This is a free sign up for educators with free classes in all 21st century technology learning. The Skype in the classroom, Skype Mystery State (3-6grade),  real time virtual museums (provides real time docent), and Ask an Expert (via Skype) is a must for any teacher

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The Information Literacy User ’s Guide: A Remixed Open, Online Textbook

A free open source textbook on information literacy from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle New York.

Pros: In-depth FREE textbook on information literacy, well organized, you can cherry pick for only the information you need, great examples, excellent graphic orginizers.

Cons: In-depth textbook*

*full disclosure I’m cherry picking right now as there is no way I will be able to sit and read if all over the course of this review. I am really enjoying what I am reading. They provide great examples, the information is current and timely, and the graphic organizers help me to visualize what information literacy really looks like to my students.

Fazzino, L., Kahn, M., Octobre, M., Sucre, N., & Turley, J. (2016). The information literacy user’s guide: A remixed open, online textbook. Retrieved from Licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA and derived from Bernnard, D., Bobish, G., Bullis, D., Hecker, J., Holden, I., Hosier, A… Lorey, T. (2014). The information literacy user’s guide: An open, online textbook. Retrieved from

Open Educational Resources: big opportunities in small towns

Taylor, Andrea
Schwartz, K. (2016, July 11). How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom. Retrieved from:

Summary: This is an amazing article explaining the benefits that can be reaped when a school is dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). It is centered around Discovery Middle School in Liberty, Missouri, and the drive that social studies teacher, Eric Langhorst, has to develop new and engaging learning materials. One of the most common complaints that kids in school have is that school is boring and they hate the material. Well that cry has been heard, and the past few years school districts all over the country have begun to develop new lesson plans. These plans no longer rely on the texbook, rather they use any OERs necessary to help their kids interact, engage, and thrive throughout the entirety of the curriculum. Districts all over the country work together to grow the movement and allow their kids to work together across the country.

Review: This is  great article to read if you are new to the concept of Open Educational Resources. It explains the benefits as well as includes an inspiring video that shows the benefits they can have on the students. This article also showcases the difficulties that come into play as well. Teachers develop new and amazing lesson plans, but struggle with whether or not to share it with others because (1) they do not own the materials included, and (2) they are many times not compensated for all of their hard work. Some schools realize the work that teachers put into the new curriculum and compensate them for their contributions, while other teachers continue to do this for the sake of the kids’ education. I think it is an incredible concept, one that I wish was in place when I was in high school. I love that they teach kids to utilize technology positively.