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FAQs


  1. It’s FREE. Yes, that’s right. U-Sky is completely free for teachers, students, and parents. Your account is free for Life. As a student, you will use U-Sky for class work or exams, later you will find material for standardized exams to get into higher education or jobs, next, you will find this portal useful for lifelong learning, whatever vocation you may go into, our goal is to provide learning and training material for Free. We share.
  2. The OERs have been created and contributed by educators, publishers, curriculum designers, education business partners, schools and users such as you.
  3. They are “mashable.” You may select resources (lesson plans, videos, animations, worksheets, practice tests, photos, e-texts, etc.) you want to use, access them, mix them up with other resources if you wish, map your own syllabus and generate your own custom teaching or learning tools, store in your “My Library” or share with other members in “My Group.” You can “Upload” your own material (videos, notes, practice tests and more)
  4. Many OERs have already been mapped to both States and Central curricula.
  5. And finally, U-Sky encourages you to add, subtract, and edit anything that will make the resources better for your purposes.
  6. U-Sky material is Curated by experts and peers. Each resources is reviewed and rated. Obviously the market forces drive the rating. Higher rated resources are more qualitative.

U-Sky is an online community for creating and sharing curricula and teaching best practices. U-Sky:

  • Provides High Quality Free Resources – U-Sky contains over 5, 00,000 free K-12 lessons, units, assessments, and multimedia learning resources across all subject areas.
  • Empowers Educators – U-Sky’s free platform enables educators to build their own curriculum by assembling U-Sky resources, as well as their own, into collections.
  • Helps Eliminate the Education Divide – U-Sky originated from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide – the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not. U-Sky helps bridge this divide by providing free and open resources to students in rural and inner cities Govt. Schools and teachers who need them most. U-Sky strives to eliminate digital divide, gender divide, urban-rural divide, class divide and more. The U-Sky community is composed of millions of users and hundreds of collaborative networking groups.
  • U-Sky believes Education is Human right and it has to be free – U-Sky believes Education alone can make the world better and solve most of its problems — a movement based around the idea that educational resources should be freely available for educators and students to use, mix, modify, and share.
  • Engages in Dynamic Partnerships with a Global Reach – U-Sky is working with partners across India (both Government and Private) to develop multilingual educational content that supports local education initiatives and goals.
Joining U-Sky is free. You do not need expensive tuitions or buy online help. All digital material is free and mapped to your curriculum or textbook class-wise or subject-wise. The fun part is you can form study groups with your friends or classmates. You can share class work or practice exams or prepare for standardized exams for higher education or jobs.
When you join U-Sky (at no cost), you can:
Build a Personal Library – My Library – Teachers can replace their file cabinets/folders with a personal space in U-Sky to store and organize their lesson plans, units, e-textbooks, assessments, videos, animations—virtually any type of learning object. Again, free of charge.

Find Resources – U-Sky allows users to search for K-12 educational resources by browse filters - subject, grade, rating, formats, instructional type, and more.

Contribute Resources – U-Sky empowers teachers across India to share their best lessons or units of study. Anyone can “Upload” educational resources to share with others. You can see reports on usage and quality resources can help you monetize. By contributing to the U-Sky repository, the Indian education community can find the resources they need, when they need them, free of charge.

Connect with Other Educators – U-Sky invites teachers across India to work together to create new curricular materials and share best practices using the site’s easy-to-use collaboration tools – My Upload, My Library, My Groups, My Reports
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Here are some real-life examples of teachers using and contributing U-Sky Open Education Resources.

  • As a teacher, you can reuse and repurpose material for use in your own classroom, and augment your school’s resources. For example, a physics teacher might use a video from an introductory physics class at MIT, or use interactive simulations from University of Colorado at Boulder’s PhET project.
  • You can contribute to open math and science textbooks that will be used by students in the States across India and possibly across the World.

“I think that teachers are constantly looking for resources and communities that can enhance their teaching. U-Sky has many great resources compiled from a variety of subjects that are helpful when planning new lessons or sprucing up old lessons.” – U-Sky Educator
Free and Comprehensive Resources – U-Sky’s repository contains full courses – topic and sub-topic levels, presentations, class notes, lesson plans, multimedia files, assessments, and more—all free of cost, saving valuable time and money.

Map your own Syllabus – Teachers can create their own Library and share with their students. They can add any material they want by using the “Upload” facility. They can delete whatever they find is not useful.

Global Community of Educators – U-Sky allows teachers to connect with like-minded colleagues from across India and form communities or e-groups around shared curricular goals.

Helping ALL Students Succeed – U-Sky allows teachers to join a India wide community to help all students succeed by sharing the knowledge they have with others across India.

Monetize your Educational Resources – Educators can monetize their education resources. The more people that use your resources the greater are your chances of making money. Over time U-Sky intends to share any revenues derived with providers. The quality and quantity of educational resources uploaded is positively related to how much recurring money one can earn. We encourage you to “Upload,” educational resources, it may give you an additional source of revenue and recognition.

  • Cost Savings on Teaching Resources  On average, school systems spend Rs 10,000/ teacher on teaching resources – Smart Classrooms, Online supplemental resources, etc. It is estimated that by using the free resources available on U-Sky, schools and teachers can reduce that cost by approximately 50%.
  • Dynamic Teaching Resources  U-Sky liberates school systems from static methods of teaching and learning, and helps all educators bring innovation in their classrooms on a daily basis; this leads to increased student achievement.
  • Innovating at All Levels  U-Sky connects teachers, principals and schools to a community of innovative educational professionals from around the world.
  • Managing Valuable Knowledge  U-Sky ensures that even if teachers leave the system, their knowledge is still available for use in schools.

Yes, you can Search or Browse U-sky. U-Sky hosts various Instructional Component Types and types of media including but not limited to:

  • Curriculum
    • Assignment/Test
    • Full Course
    • Lesson Plan
    • Rubric
    • Curriculums
    • Standards
    • Study Guide/Notes
    • Syllabus
    • Tutorial
    • Unit level – topic and sub-topic
    • Workbook
  • Asset
    • Animation/Simulation
    • Presentations
    • Class Notes
    • Points to Remember
    • Mind Maps
    • Concept Maps
    • Article/Essay
    • Audio/Speech/Lecture
    • Diagram/Illustration
    • Glossary/Vocabulary List
    • Index/List
    • Photograph
    • Reference
    • Script/Transcript
    • Study/Data/Research
    • Table/Graph/Chart
    • Template
    • Video/Presentation/Slides
    • Webcast/Podcast
  • Activities
    • Assignment/Homework
    • Exercise
    • Worksheets
    • Practice Tests
    • Summative Tests
    • Formative Tests
    • Teacher Resources
    • Professional Training
    • Projects
    • Experiment/Lab
    • Game
    • Graphic Organizer/Worksheet
    • Problem Set
    • Web links   ……..more

Everyone can join U-Sky.in portal for FREE. Everyone with U-Sky account will get a secure Dashboard. A student Dashboard is different from that of a teacher or a school or education business firm. The Dashboard is your landing page once you Sign-in. The Dashboard is your home to “My Library, My Groups, My Uploads, My Reports or Analytics, and My Profile. It is the base from which you navigate the portal.

  • Search  Navigate on U-Sky portal using “Search” the simplest app on the Internet. In addition to Keyword Search, one can also use our Advanced Search or Browse by filters to find any education or exam resources you are looking for.  You can search by class / subject / curriculum / format (video, audio, text, …) / language … more
  • Dashboard  Every U-Sky user upon Sign-in gets an exclusive Dashboard which is the launch pad for navigation on the portal. It is your private home page from which you access all features and personalize. Your Dashboard is role customized – different features for students, teachers, schools and education business providers. Features on the Dashboard are:
  • My Library has 2 modules – Standard library and Personal library.  Standard library is embedded based on your membership status - student, teacher, school or education business provider. Personal library is a reference repository that you have put together using Search or Browse facilities.  The material gathered can be arranged into directories or folders. The content gathered need not be limited to just class related resources. For example, they can be IIT, CAT or SAT preparation material, or material pertaining to entrance exams for jobs like Bank POs or UPSC exams.
  • My Groups Every member can create any number of study groups from their “My Group” facility on the Dashboard. Groups can be formed with classmates from school or from tuition centers or student clubs or people with likeminded interest on a topic or exam that decide to come together online on U-Sky portal. This is a collaborative facility where students can pool their material and do combined studies or group preparation on their homework or school exams or for standardized exams like IIT, CAT, SAT or more. Material from “My Library” as required can be shared by the group members or new material can be “Uploaded” to the Group Library.
  • My Uploads – Teachers, educators and subject experts can “Upload” any education or exam related material into U-Sky to benefit their own students or the India community at large. Anyone Uploading can see reports on their resource usage on their member Dashboard. Obviously, we urge you to Upload holistic and qualitative resources that will meet students needs. Higher traffic can help you monetize the resources and provide you a steady stream of income. By contributing to the U-Sky repository, the Indian education community can find the resources they need, when they need them, free of charge.
  • My Reports – Every user on U-Sky portal will get a Dashboard with the Report feature. In the Report section, one can see the data in tabular and graphical formats about My Library, My Groups, and My Uploads. Our goal is give you a birds eye view of resource usage, and incomes across time.

All U-Sky editorial content is copyrighted by U-Sky. These materials are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution License. For more information about Copyright & Open Licenses.
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https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/India

No, membership is free!

Yes, educators have contributed resources in a multitude of languages. In addition to English, the U-Sky website may be translated into other languages. We are working on incorporating translators. However, we encourage non-English content providers. We request them to provide English titles for their resources as well, so as to be found via Search. We will come back to you with more information on this front shortly. U-Sky Telugu; U-Sky Marathi

You can browse U-Sky’s learning resources without logging in, but when you are ready to download a resource into your personalized library, you will be asked to login or join.

Yes, U-Sky offers both free and paid options for training on every feature of U-Sky, as well as ways to incorporate U-Sky resources into your classroom, school, library, and by education providers.

U-Sky Professional Development Workshops focus on innovative concepts and practices related to open education curriculum, and digital and social learning. U-Sky will show you how to use OERs with simple, step-by-step tools. Each workshop can be delivered face to face at your facility, asynchronously online, or as a hybrid of the two delivery methods.

While some say that low-cost (or free) comes at the expense of quality, U-Sky is different. U-Sky has the advantage of being free of cost, while, at the same time, providing greater value to users. In fact, many U-Sky contributors are teachers who use these materials themselves, so they have a strong interest in keeping the quality as high as possible.

U-Sky’s Content Review Team of subject matter experts and teachers review and rate resources on U-Sky. The Content Review System allows those seeking high-quality materials to find resources on U-Sky that have already been vetted by subject matter experts

U-Sky was conceived from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide—the division of inequality that prevents children across India from access to quality education.
Today, educators are searching for ways to deliver first-class, cost-effective learning resources and opportunities to their students. Learners are becoming discouraged by the mounting costs for textbooks, and the availability of other credible resources.
U-Sky makes learning possible for anyone, anywhere.

There are a variety of ways to contribute curricula to U-Sky. You can use our unique online tools to share resources you’ve found with others. On a larger scale, you can write a textbook or build a curriculum.
For instance, groups of teachers or professors can take a curriculum framework and use the tools to create and edit a book, or develop sections and pages of an instructional textbook.
Our online editing tools enable users to select individual lesson plans, course syllabi, learning activities, scope and sequence hierarchies, and other educational elements found on U-Sky to build a complete, fully-integrated curriculum.

There are a variety of ways to contribute curricula to U-Sky. You can use our unique online tools to share resources you’ve found with others. On a larger scale, you can write a textbook or build a curriculum.
For instance, groups of teachers or professors can take a curriculum framework and use the tools to create and edit a book, or develop sections and pages of an instructional textbook.
Our online editing tools enable users to select individual lesson plans, course syllabi, learning activities, scope and sequence hierarchies, and other educational elements found on U-Sky to build a complete, fully-integrated curriculum.

You should get involved with U-Sky because helping others to learn and overcome the Education Divide is simply the right thing to do. With your input, we can help foster the exchange of ideas, whether among students and parents, or curriculum developers and educators, all in a global, interactive community that makes it fun and rewarding to make a difference.
Your assistance can take many important forms. Actively participate in our community. Use the curricula. Provide us with feedback. Support the community financially. And most importantly, spread the word.
Click here to send an email to U-Sky.
info@u-sky.in

U-Sky is optimized on Windows 7 or greater running Firefox, OS X and iOS running Safari, and Android running Chrome. Most browser updates are free and we encourage U-Sky users to update their browsers to the versions listed below.

  • Chrome – Version 29 
  • Firefox – Version 23
  • Safari – Version 5 and 6 for Mountain Lion. Note, we will no longer fix version 5 running on iOS 5 specific issues in 2014 or later. 
  • MS Internet Explorer – 8, 9 and 10.