Over the past five years, the movement to provide high quality educational resources for free over the Internet has burgeoned. The list of projects is long, impressive, and growing rapidly. In its report, for example, the OECD identified more than 3,000 open courseware courses available from over 300 universities worldwide (Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), 2007). The open education movement, however, has been primarily situated in higher education. Curriki, an online community for creating and sharing open source curricula, aims to provide high quality K-12 curriculum for free worldwide.
Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) refers to any software distributed under a licence that allows users to change or share the software source code. The three most important characteristics of FLOSS are that: it allows free (unrestricted) redistribution; the source code is available at minimal cost; derived works may be redistributed under similar non-restrictive terms.
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Apple present a white paper on literacy and learning in a new media age. Authored by Jeanne Wellings and Michael H. Levine, this paper describes how investment in technology tools, network access, professional development, and new personalized curricula can help schools address each of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) four reform goals and simultaneously modernize to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Innovative examples and related resources are offered on how technology can be used to promote literacy and to engage struggling learner.