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Providing OER resource links to improve k-12th grade mathematics.

Using OER sources to design k-12 math materials

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Before you can “Building Your Own Textbook” you need to know what you are building and for whom it is being built. You might want to check out the OER site www.k-12math.info which provides a list of 1,000 of the most common terms that appear in elementary and secondary school student editions of mathematics textbooks. It tracks which textbooks contain which terms, on what page (for OER materials a link to where the term can be found), for what grade level, and how the term is being used. Information has been collected since the early 1970’s to the present Open Education Resource (OER) textbooks series - Connexion's CNX and CK12.org Flexbook materials.

Alternatives to textbooks

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Look at our website to see nearly 40,000 public domain books that can provide text materials for students, all searchable and downloadable. The site allows teachers to develop a folder of pertinant materials, making their own textbook. Students can do the same, combining things they find into a folder to essentially make their own textbook. There are so many resources available, we wonder how textbooks can justify being second or third, even fourth generation sources when the primary sources are available to students everywhere, and free.

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High School Biology teacher

Using textbooks less and less....

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Thank you for the information on open educational resources. I use our textbooks very little but I really love the idea of creating my own online text resources for the units I teach. Science textbooks become outdated so quickly and with the shrinking budgets in most school districts this will be a huge benefit for teachers and students. Many classes in my building only have enough texts for a class set anyway and students either use the online text if that is available or research the topic on their own.

High School Mathematics/Reading Teacher

Making My Own Textbook

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Very informative post, appreciated being introduced to Flat World Knowledge and CK-12, I will definitely be reviewing them at a later date. Using these sites, I would love to be able to make my own math text book, it would be geared more towards our state standard (Florida) and would also consist of the materials the students need to learn for the next level. This would also be beneficial to our college level courses, since we lack the resources to purchase the needed materials. I cannot wait to view and build my own text...thank you!

Our education budget

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Our education budget outstrips our defense budget and is highest in the world. Still, students from other countries outperform our students. Why is that? Most of the budget is diverted - as you quote 3.5 billion for K-12 alone - to textbook publishers' coffers. We could do a lot better if we support more passionate non-profit ventures such as CK-12, INeedAPencil etc. which are striving hard to increase the accessibility and quality of K-12 education down. Remember that catchphrase "No child left behind" of early 2000s? Do you think we covered enough ground in the last decade to make it a reality? Visit http://goo.gl/nWnLF for more information

make teachers and students part of the engaging content assets

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Great work, Mathieu.
As we have put.. when the curriculum goes digital, let's make teachers and students part of the engaging content assets.

Rocks and Minerals narrative project

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We did a project to replace the textbook chp on rocks and minerals for a sixth grade class.
http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/mgeary/anderson/rocks-minerals.htm
We used the IERG Teaching Frameworks ( http://ierg.net/teaching/plan-frameworks/index.html )as the theoretical framework to base our revisions from, creating narratives and games from fixed, somewhat dry content.

Professor, geek, D:aD, dog lover, CoreDogs creator.

Online textbooks for flipped classes

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Flipped is all the rage, for good reason. A great way to help students learn skills, like algebra, statistics, writing, finance, and programming.

Why not design textbooks specifically for flipped? I've been doing that for the last few years. Attributes like:

  • Outcome-based. Focus on learning a few basic skills. Omit irrelevant material.
  • Deep learning. It's all about process. Watch experts do tasks. Watch students do tasks, mess up, and recover. Learn about design patterns. Most importantly...
  • Formative feedback. My "books" (books-and-software packages) have many exercise embedded in the text. Students get formative feedback through the text, and a chance to resubmit if they don't get it right. The instructor gets reports about how each student is doing, and can work with people who aren't keeping up.
    Exercises require students to do things, like create something, or fix something. All active. That means human graded, with a fast grading workflow that eliminates every mouse click, keystroke, and cognitive operation possible. Key innovation: "clickable rubrics."
  • Other stuff. Metacognitive ("I don't understand! What do I do now?"). Virtual students who model good student behavior. Simple writing. Short sentences. Like this one. Humor. Dogs, lots of dogs.

See it in action at http://coredogs.com. Free for all humans. Read a short story at http://coredogs.com/article/tale-two-students.

Kieran

every one provide great info

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every one provide great info you can also use free app. and its working great.

Tom.
http://www.empowerbpo.com

Educational Technologist at the University of Delaware

Added value of creating open textbooks

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Nice post. I think that one other "pro" for building and adopting open textbooks and OER has to do with teacher development. As instructors dig deeper in the curriculum to find or create the best learning materials and activities, they engage in a continuous improvement process (aka the personal learning network). I created a diagram a couple of weeks ago about this virtuous cycle.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathplourde/6534388293/

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