Today I’d like to introduce you to something that I think is awesome and what I see as the future of textbooks. Of course I’m talking about online textbooks. Here are some of the advantages:
- Always up-to-date
- Very light-weight compared to ordinary print textbooks
- Less Expensive or free (Hint: free is good)
- Videos, music, animation, interactive tools, simulations, and more!
Of course you may be able to find great resources available from the publishers of your current textbook, it just might take a little research. The textbook that I am forced to use is over 10 years old and in Science that is not a good thing. Really it is not good in any subject, but I found a great organization called the CK-12 Foundation.
Once at http://www.ck12.org, you can explore Math, History, Science, Economics, SAT Prep, and more all for free. Register as a Teacher and you have the added bonus of being able to create what they term a FlexBook. This is where the power lies. Pull in only those topics you are working on in your classes and pull it together into a FlexBook. You can then share the FlexBook with your students.
Students, or anyone for that matter, can view the resources online with the added bonus of YouTube videos to help instruction, or animations. Questions for understanding are included on each lesson.
Study Guides are already created for many topics, and some have even taken the time to make Study Blue Online Flashcards for the topic discussed.
This is great material for the taking and it is all under a Creative Commons license. What more could you ask for?
Do you have a favorite online textbook resource? Let us know about it in the comments. We would love to hear from you.