Open Education Resources (OER) come in many forms. Some are complex and fullblown activities or even courses to use. Others are less ambitious.

Clipart might be one of the less ambitious offerings. Openclipart.org is a source of clipart produced by almost 4000 different creative people. The clipart is designed using Inkscape, the Free Software vector art tool and is submitted to the site with a public domain dedication to remove any sort of restriction for reuse or remixing. There is no requirement to cite the original author, but it is gratifying and just plain nice to see the work reused.

I recently submitted a graphic of a truck carrying “loads of love” which I had initially created to add as a closing to emails to family.

loads of love

Today, I stumbled across a remix at openclipart.org done by another user: netalloy.

I  Like OCAL

Thanks to all who use a clipart. That’s what it is there for. Have fun. Share your work, too.

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“I have a dream.” are the famous words of Martin Luther King, Jr. Today is his birthday, and it is recognized as a national holiday in the United States. Schools are not in session. It is a perfect opportunity for reflection.

Martin Luther King
[By New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: DeMarsico, Dick, photographer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]

King foresaw equality of all, not only in the sight of law, but in the view of individuals looking openly at one another.

We aren’t there yet. The dream is yet to be realized.

However, the dream isn’t a simple wishful idea. Every day, not just on this holiday, people work to accomplish practical steps toward the dream’s full realization.

I, too, have a dream. It isn’t nearly so fundamental. Individual equality trumps all other dreams.

My dream is smaller, but also broad in its hope. I dream that education will play its proper role within M. L. King’s dream.

I dream that children will not only start out eager to enter school, but will develop that love of learning throughout their school years. I dream that children will mature into teens and then into adults with open minds and open hearts, eager to advance in their own skills and are happy to share instead of meager and miserly in their treatment of others.

I dream that we are driven by personal development, not by grasping competitiveness; me, me, me above all others.

I dream that free open source software opens doors for all, that it isn’t controlled through corporate power grabs, patent limitations, and greed.

Share my dream.

Share your dream.