In the Ed Tech circles, we talk a lot about the potential for new online tools in promoting education, but sometimes come up short on exact examples. We have plenty examples of how to use online tools in a class, but sometimes we don’t look at using tools to promote the bigger picture in education. For example, creating sites that provide free resources for teachers.
So, here is one example. I am sure there are many more out there. Promotion of sites like these is an issue, because promotion takes money. Here is my effort to promote one – Free-reading.net (an ongoing, collaborative, teacher-based, curriculum-sharing project):
The interesting thing about Free-reading.net is that the site is built on MediaWiki – the same tool that runs Wikipedia. Reading the About page also shows that they are following the same philosophy as Wikipedia – anyone is free to use it or contribute to it.
I am hoping that one day we will see more sites like this out there. And that we will also see those that are out there become well known.