Some Resources For Moving Beyond Textbooks

As we move to a 1:1 environment next year at Burlington High, we are planning to move beyond our reliance on traditional textbooks as the primary source of information for our classes.  While the transition will not be instantaneous, we are starting to collect resources to make the move.  I think it is also important that we do not jump too quickly at the e-versions of textbooks that companies are scrambling to sell to us.  It is my belief that the textbook companies are banking on the fact that public schools will take the easy way out and become dependent on the e-texts. However, given the time, I know that my teachers can create a much more meaningful resource for their classrooms.

I tweeted out a request for resources last week and I have been compiling the information forwarded me by my awesome PLN.

Here is what I have saved in a Google Doc. so far:

Please add any additional items here in the Google Doc so we can all benefit.

5 Comments

  1. Dave said:

    I have moved beyond a textbook with my Physics classes for a variety of reasons:

    1. the textbook we have is old, out of date, and hard to read and understand.
    2. the websites and software we have are more interactive, explain concepts better, and allow the students to explore and learn.
    3. I still do problem sets with the students and they get handouts with summaries to use for review, but most things are online.
    4. Most of what I’m using is free and available from any computer. This saves lots of money.
    5. I do use some paid things – Discovery Education Streaming and Multimedia Science School – they are awesome and not expensive compared to 150 textbooks for my classes alone.
    6. textbooks are stagnant. Online resources are kept up-to-date.

    I talk about this a lot on my blog: http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/

    I also use class websites and blogs – if anyone is interested in what we are doing, they can check out the class site, which also has links to the class blogs. http://www.physicsmedic.org

    February 16, 2011
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  2. […] Some Resources For Moving Beyond Textbooks (by Patrick Larkin, from Connected Principals) – Very inspiring statement : “I think it is also important that we do not jump too quickly at the e-versions of textbooks that companies are scrambling to sell to us.  It is my belief that the textbook companies are banking on the fact that public schools will take the easy way out and become dependent on the e-texts. However, given the time, I know that my teachers can create a much more meaningful resource for their classrooms.” Somre resources for creating e-curriculum are shared here. […]

    April 17, 2012
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