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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Current Site and App of the Week - eSchool News August 14, 2013

Current Site of the Week

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"Our Site of the Week is OpenClass Exchange, a searchable catalog of free, open educational resources from publishing giant Pearson", writes Dennis Pierce, Editor.

Pearson launches searchable catalog of open educational resources

Photo: OpenClass

The number of open educational resources (OERs) that educators can choose from is constantly growing. Every week, new—and free—textbooks, quizzes, videos, and even full courses are appearing online.
Now, publishing giant Pearson has wrangled up nearly 700,000 of these resources into an easily searchable catalog through its OpenClass Exchange platform.

An expansion of Pearson’s online learning environment OpenClass, Exchange will allow educators to search for and access thousands of resources, including videos from TED-Ed, Kahn Academy, and YouTube EDU, as well as courses from the Open Course Library.

Scot Chadwick, vice president and general manager of OpenClass, said the expansion seeks to address two concerns the company has heard repeatedly from instructors: It’s hard to locate the best open educational resources, and, when found, the resources are not always easy to integrate into existing learning management systems.

“Educators are saying, ‘We can’t dedicate our lives to content searches,’” Chadwick said. “We wanted to address that, so we brought together as many really great learning resources as we could. A lot of them are video-based, which is intentional, but there’s also great simulations, courses, and eBook content.”
To access the material, educators type what they are looking for into a search bar. They are then given the option to preview material that matches their search terms. If they like what they see, they simply click on a button that says “add to course.”

App of the week 

Name: ChemDraw

What is it? 
Use ChemDraw® for iPad to create, edit and share publication-quality chemical structures with just the touch of a finger.


  • Create chemically accurate, publication-quality structures and reactions: Pre-drawn rings, bonds, functional groups, charges, radicals, arrows, shapes, and stereochemistry.
  • Arrange and adjust diagrams: Scaling and moving gestures, lassos, automatic clean-up, structure checking, color selection.
  • Save your diagrams as CDXML files.
  • Share with Flick-to-Share™ for mobile-to-mobile collaboration; import (CDXML and molfiles) and export (CDXML) files from iTunes or using email.
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Source: eSchool News and OpenClass

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