"Why Open Education Matters?" Check Out the Video Winners

Open Education just got a big boost with the announcement of the winners of the "Why Open Education Matters?" competition the week of July 18. Here are three amazing videos to tell you WHY it matters:

First Prize -
Congratulations to Blinktower, an extremely talented creative agency based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Second Prize -
Congratulations to Laura Rachfalski and her great team. Laura is an artist, videographer and photographer from Philadelphia.
Third Prize -
Congratulations to Nadia Paola Mireles Torres and her collaborators from the design firm Funktionell.

Even more videos can be found on the competition website here created by the runners up. They are all pretty amazing videos.

Open Education matters because it is changing education for the better worldwide and has the potential to revolutionize it. It is great for teachers, parents, students and anyone who wants to learn. Some well known OER sites include Gooru, Khan Academy, Udacity, MIT Open Courseware and OER Commons.

The winning videos were selected by some incredible judges including famous actor James Franco; well known director Davis Guggenheim; animator Nina Paley; GOOD Education Editor Liz Dwyer; author Anya Kamenetz; HuffintonPost YouTube Editor Angela Lin; and Executive Director of Mozilla Mark Surman.

The competition was sponsored by Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Foundations.

All of the videos are licensed CC BY, which means others may distribute, remix, and build upon them, even commercially, as long as they give credit to the creators. Pretty exciting for all of us.

Want to find OER easily? Here is a Google Custom Search Engine you can use and here is a YouTube video that shows you exactly how to do it.