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OERB – Ontario Education Resource Bank

OERB Screen Shot

OERB Screen Shot

OERB is a free, password protected, online repository of K-12 digital learning resources available to teachers and students (as well as parents). There are thousands of resources available, from units, to lesson plans, activities, maps, interactive learning resources, and more. These resources are:

  • created by teachers for teachers.
  • offered in convenient formats including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Flash.
  • aligned with the Ontario curriculum.
  • searchable by grade, course/subject, strand, overall expectations, learning style, author, file format, and keyword.
  • derived from and designed for both the public and Catholic systems.
  • easy to access and use.
  • downloadable and modifiable.
  • contains numerous animations and simultaions

To see samples of Elementary Digital Resources available from OERB click here and scroll down until you see thumbnails. Clicking on the thumbnails will launch each of the resources.

To access the OERB repository for teachers you will need a login and password.  See your school’s computer contact for each of these. Before entering OERB with your login and password you will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions each and every time you login. Click the “I Agree” button and soon you will have access to a fantastic array of teaching tools and resources. Enjoy!

For a fantastic example, log into OERB, accept the terms, and copy and past the url below into your web browser:
http://resources.elearningontario.ca/d2l/lor/viewer/view_private.d2l?ou=10489&loId=104543

 

Web 2.0 and Other Great Stuff

As the Computers in Education School Contact for the Agency Schools, I’ve had the great fortune of getting together with other School contacts four times per year to learn, review, discuss, and experiment. As a group we explore hardware, software, web based resources, and the role each can play in the classroom. The focus is on the integration of technology in the classroom to enhance learning experiences of students, as well as, teacher instructional approaches. A growing emphasis during these meetings is given to Web 2.0 and the potential they offer for improved and exciting learning opportunities.

Internet4Classrooms and newtoolsworkshop each do a nice job compiling links to some 2.0 Web possibilities for the classroom. Both are worth visiting!