The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.
About the new Beta version
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has introduced a new version of FREE, which is powered by the Learning Registry—an open database for sharing digital learning resources. It runs on a custom version of WordPress, an open source content management system. The new FREE incorporates a responsive design to best serve customers who access FREE from mobile devices.
The new FREE is a work in progress, as the DOE is mapping more and more resources to national and state standards and envisions adding more social features to the site in the future.
Background on FREE
FREE was conceived in 1997 by a federal working group in response to a memo from the President. The site was launched a year later. It was redesigned and relaunched for the first time in November 2006 and again in June 2013.
Federal agencies, if you’re looking to involve teachers in developing teaching resources, see lessons learned.
FREE is maintained by the Office of Communications and Outreach and the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative.