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Open Source Resources - Free (as in speech)

Here are links to free, downloadable open source books, movies, and music, as well as links to open source curriculum and online courses offered by top colleges around the United States.  Some of these links are not homeschool related, but we've included them here because we feel you might find them useful.  If you are unfamiliar with this freedom, you will find some links below that explain just what open source is.

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Books in My Phone
Classic books / ebooks you can read on your mobile / cell phone, read at home or on the go! Get a book in your phone! Hundreds available. A pocket library of formatted and packaged books that you can read on any java enabled phone.
Books Should Be Free
All audio books on BooksShouldBeFree.com are in the public domain. This means that no one holds a copy right on these books and anyone is free to distribute them. Enjoy these free audio books and use the share button on BooksShouldBeFree.com to tell your friends about all these great public domain audio books.
Classic Literature Library
Classic Literature Library of Free Public Domain Books. Complete Literary Works of William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, and more.
Clker.com
Need graphics to add to your homemade worksheets? Look here for online royalty free, public domain clip art.
Free Courses - University of Washington
Explore a variety of learning in free online history, health, literature, and HTML basics courses from the University of Washington.
Free Education Software
SchoolForge's mission is to unify independent organizations that advocate, use, and develop open resources for education. We advocate the use of open texts and lessons, open curricula, free software and open source in education. There is a variety of Free Software and Open Source (for Windows and GNU/Linux) needed in a school environment: network security and monitoring to keep the school networked and safe, grade and timetable tracking (student information systems / SIS) software for teachers, educational software for classes, general network clients for email and web access.
Harvard Extension School’s Open Learning
The Harvard Extension School’s Open Learning Initiative brings a selection of noncredit online courses featuring Harvard faculty to the public for free.
Internet Archive
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Look here for movies, music, texts, and more.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
Open Clip Art Library
This project aims to create an archive of user contributed clip art that can be freely used. All graphics submitted to the project should be placed into the Public Domain according to the statement by the Creative Commons.
Open Culture
Your guide to FREE educational media. Find thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies and more.
Open Library
Open Library is a catalog. They have well over 20 million edition records online and they provide access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books and link to external sources like WorldCat and Amazon.
Open Source Initiative
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open-source community.
Open Source Software Institute
The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) is a non-profit (501 c 6) organization comprised of corporate, government, academic and Open Source Community representatives whose mission is to promote the development and implementation of open-source software solutions within U.S. federal, state and municipal government agencies and academic entities.
Open Yale
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. You will find high quality ebooks previously published by bona fide publishers and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers. All of their ebooks can be freely downloaded.
Qedoc
Qedoc provides interactive learning resources which center on quiz-making and quiz-taking. Qedoc learning modules are self-contained modifiable pieces of learning software which you can download to play with, learn from, modify and upload again. Under their open content concept, anyone can use or contribute learning resources for free.
SourceForge
SourceForge.net is the world's largest open source software development web site. We provide free services that help people build cool stuff and share it with a global audience.
Tux4Kids
Tux4Kids develops high-quality software for kids, with the goal of combining fun and learning into an irresistible package. Their software is free: you can download it for use at home or onto hundreds of computers in a school. They support all major platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, and Linux/Unix.
UCLA Language Materials Project
The UCLA Language Materials Project (LMP) is an on-line bibliographic database of teaching and learning materials for over 150 Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). Find detailed descriptions of K-12 teaching materials that are available from libraries and retail dealers in North America. They also describe selected authentic native-language materials that are useful in the language classroom, including periodicals, maps, audios, videos, and images of everyday items with language content. Many of the authentic materials can be downloaded from this site.

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