Free Online Configurable Textbooks

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)
  • Relevant
  • Videos, music, animation, interactive tools, simulations, and more!

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Note Taking During Professional Development

Staff Development before school starts is just around the corner.  I want to share a great way to take notes and keep them for yourself or to share instantly.  I’ve been using Google Sites.  Hopefully your school started using Google Apps before Google started charging for it.  Here’s how I do it.

I setup a new site for each development I attend.  So for example, let’s say I’m attending a class on Underwater Basket Weaving.  I go to my Google Sites, which for most of you will be http://sites.google.com

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Hello World!

My name is John Kubala.  I am starting a blog because I know there are many teachers that know there is cool technology to use out there, but they don’t know where to start.  I read many blogs myself and find many of them too technical for the average person.

Teachers are very special people.  We spend time on lesson plans, on grading, on Professional Development, and on top of that we are supposed to use technology in the classroom?!?  Are you crazy?  I answer yes, and probably to those questions.  I hope to give a few ideas on how you can integrate technology more easily in the classroom.  I plan on telling you what I am doing in my classroom and hope that you will comment on what you read.

So welcome to my blog!  Sit down and stay awhile.  Poke around and leave comments even if just to say, “Hi.”

Thanks for visiting today.

John Kubala