OER – Open Education Resources

Open educational resources(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.

Most OER materials are released under an open license or reside in the public domain.  The difference between the public domain items and the open license items is shown below.

Public versus Open

OER Licenses

There are a variety of license types that you can assign to open license resources. You can see the most common creative licenses types and an explanation for each in the diagram below. Notice that only the first 5 are considered OER licenses.

Creative Commons Licenses

Where to find OER materials

There are many websites that offer access to OER materials including complete courses, textbooks, lesson plans, videos and other media items. There are links below to many commonly used OER sites (in alphabetical order) for all courses and subjects.

College Open Textbooks 
Khan Academy
Merlot II
MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks
OER Commons
Open Course Library
Open Education Consortium
Open Learning Initiative
Open Physical Education Network
Open Stax CNX
Open Stax College
Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook Store
Teach Astronomy
The Orange Grove


Future Ready Data and Privacy

Data and Privacy Gear


1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Advocates for Student Privacy



Advocates for Student Privacy

OUTCOME: Teaches and promotes student data privacy through their instruction and role as educational leaders.

Sample Strategies

~Parent training on privacy, digital citizenship and online safety
~Regular lessons on digital citizenship, to be embedded everywhere, and not just a specific month 
~Teach students how to create strong passwords that they can also remember.
~Model digital citizenship in other collaborations and lessons and encourage its use



Contact Us

Educational Technology Contacts (alpha order)

Dorann Avey
Digital Learning Director
Email:   Dorann.Avey@nebraska.gov
Phone:  402-471-4366


Dean Folkers

Chief Information Officer
Email:    Dean.Folkers@nebraska.gov
Phone:  402-471-4740


SuAnn Witt

State E-Rate Coordinator and Infrastructure Specialist
Email:    SuAnn.Witt@nebraska.gov
Phone:  402-471-2085

Educational Technology

Our Purpose

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) promotes the use of current and emerging technologies through initiatives and partnerships that expand opportunities for learning beyond the boundaries of the school and classroom.

The Guiding Principles used in developing the Digital Education Position Statement and approved by the Nebraska State Board of Education include:

  • Ensure a student-centered approach that incorporates personalized learning to foster deeper learning competencies and greater skill development
  • Support a dynamic vision that drives change through proactive leadership to support learning
  • Build connections amongst stakeholders to take action in support of success for all learners
  • Provide all Nebraskans significant opportunity to receive fair, equitable, and high quality education and services to close achievement gaps
  • Allow all learners to achieve their fullest potential in transitioning through phases of school and into civic life
  • Ensure all educators are effectively using instructional strategies and monitoring student progress using multiple measures of proficiency
  • Prepare all learners to be college, career, and civic ready

Using these guiding principles, the Nebraska Department of Education believes that digital education and related supports must provide quality-learning opportunities for all Nebraska students and that Nebraska schools are Ready for the Future (Future Ready).

Nebraska eBooks

Welcome to the Nebraska eBooks Project!

The NeBooks Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies and non-profit organizations across Nebraska for the common purpose of providing quality instructional materials. The initial focus of this project was creating Nebraska focused eBooks for use in meeting 4th grade Nebraska History standards. As the project has continued to grow and gain momentum, we want to encourage the writing of eBooks in all content areas to be added to our eBook Library.

If you would like to participate in the Nebraska eBooks program please download the file with guidelines for the project below. If you have further questions please feel free to contact me via email at dorann.avey@nebraska.gov and I would be happy to help you further.


District Technology Plans

Unrevised District Technology Plan CLOSED.

The technology plan collected this school year (2017 – 2018) is similar to the technology plan districts have completed in the past.

The future Technology Plan data collection currently in the CDC is currently under revision to align to new digital learning practices and technologies available in schools and the Future Ready Schools framework. Coming soon will be a new survey-based inquiry that is more streamlined, supports current status and information, and identifies priority services and supports needed by Nebraska schools. For districts that have completed the “Old Tech Plan” the information will be used to support the updated collection.

If you have questions, please contact SuAnn Witt, Suann.witt@nebraska.gov or the NDE HelpDesk.



Distance Education

Distance Education

Distance Education Incentives

2018 Application for Incentives window is now OPEN. The application deadline is August 1, 2018

2018 Incentives Application Instructions

District Classifications (sparsity)

Applications Received to Date– Received as of July 17, 2018


Current Rule 89


LB 1208 Brief Summary – Administrators Days 2006 Handout

NASB Distance Ed (11-16-06) – Senator Raikes presentation slides

NASB_20061116 – Tom Rolfes presentation slides

Archived Documents

FY 2013 Upgrade Allocation Member Districts

FY 2013 Network Nebraska Non-Member Districts

Dist Ed Equipment Reimbursement Instructions

FY 2012 Upgrade Allocations- .pdf document

Who and when: DL Implementation (by year, location, etc.)