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Utah's Open Textbook Projects

Utah has geared up to begin providing teachers, students, and parents with materials to support the Utah Core Standards, instruction, and teaching. Created by groups of content and teaching experts, including university faculty, district and school specialists, teachers, and USBE staff.

Science

Utah’s first OER project was science. USBE has been working with science for over several years. We would like to recognize the support of the Hewlett Foundation, the CK12 Foundation, and Brigham Young University in development of these materials. Visit the Science Activities webpage to view all of the Online Interactive Activities that are included in each textbook.

 

 

 

 

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Secondary English Language Arts

The Utah Core Standards support student access to increased non-fiction/informational text to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the reading and cognitive demands of college and careers. These Open Texts provide access to grade-leveled and grade-appropriate readings and learning tasks to support the Core by providing a wide range of informational and literary non-fiction texts. These texts have been assessed by teacher teams for text complexity by using both quantitative lexile level and qualitative criteria.

Digital Books

Grade Band 6-8: Using Informational Texts
Section One: Text Selections based on Text Complexity
(pdf)

Section Two: Teacher Edition - Learning Tasks and Cognitive Rigor (pdf)

Section Three: Student Edition - Learning Tasks and Cognitive Rigor (pdf)

 

Note: The second edition of the Grade Band 9-10 and 11-12 digital books will be aligned to the new assessment system with sample performance tasks.

Close Reading Rubrics
Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grades 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12

Argumentative Writing Rubrics
Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grades 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12

Sample Student Performance Assessments
Grade 7Grade 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12 Grades 11 & 12

Presidential Writings Project
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Secondary Mathematics

Utah adopted the integrated mathematics model. This model is used throughout the world and provides students with the opportunity to learn and use topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and analysis in connected and relevant ways; it promotes a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Because Utah is one of the first states to move to this research-based, effective method of instruction, textbook publishers were not motivated to prepare materials to support instruction. The Mathematics Vision Project was instituted to address this need.


 Middle School Mathematics Utah Educators can access the Teacher Materials:
  • Log into my.uen.org and navigate to your Personal Page
  • Use the eMedia link in the Services / Tools "UEN Premium Services" column
  • Once in eMedia do a keyword search for "middle school math"
NOTE: Educators must have verified premium my.uen status.

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For more information about Utah's Open Educational Resources, please contact the USBE content area specialist for that subject.

  

OER Web Collections

Annenberg Learner
Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum.
CCBCOER
A list of links to help you find Open Educational Resources.
CK-12
The CK-12 Foundation pairs high quality content with the latest technologies for free.
Curriki
A community for teaching or studying: Create, share, and explore high quality K- 12 content.
Digital Learning Department, Washington Department of Public Instruction
Materials produced by the Washington OER Project.
Digital Public Library of America
Resources that provide books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access.
Edutopia
Online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.
Engage NY
Materials for grades Pre-K to 12 in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA).
Edmodo
A haven for sharing, collecting, and discovering helpful resources all within Edmodo’s global platform.
#GoOpen
The U.S. Office of Educational Technology initiative for districts to replace textbooks with openly licensed digital materials.
Gooru
Find millions of open and free resources, collections, and courses in Gooru’s catalog.
HippoCampus
Free educational resources for middle, high school and college students and instructors.
IBerry
Information and resources for online learners, researchers, educators and anyone with an interest in adult education.
Open Educational Resources (IOER)
IOER provides you with open, standards-aligned educational and career content.
Illinois Learning Registry
The learning registry is a new approach to capturing, connecting and sharing data about learning resources available online.
Merlot
Collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services.
OER Commons
Find free to use learning and teaching content from diverse content providers from around the world.
Online and Distance Learning
Annotated list of websites with OER (Open Educational Resources) for education teaching materials.
OpenEd
Free Online K-12 Resource library organized by grade, subject, standard and textbook.
Opensource.com
A comprehensive listing of many helpful, accessible, amazing open education resources.
OpenStax
Educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments.
OpenWashington
A site designed to help you understand the OER movement and find OER resources.
Orange Grove
The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources.
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Rich digital materials—more than a million images, recordings, and texts.
Unbound Ed
Free, standards-aligned resources and immersive training for teachers and school leaders.
ZeeMaps OER Repostitories World Map
A visual display of geographical locations for OER repositories, with links to associated websites.

OER Gems

Google Expeditions Pioneer Program
With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.
Best of History Websites
Access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories.
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Pixabay
Over 580,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations

  

Additional Resources

Creative Commons Licenses
Tools to give everyone a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.
Learning Registry Community Projects
Have you built a utility or extended core or done something cool for Learning Registry? List it on this page.
LRMI Specifications
LRMI has developed a common metadata framework for describing or ‘tagging’ learning resources on the web.
National Archives
The National Arhives provide educators and students with opportunities to teach with and learn from primary sources documents.
The National Science Digital Library
Online learning resources and organizations dedicated to the enhancement of STEM education.
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