After two decades, the World-Wide-Web is really starting to deliver on the promise of readily available, high-quality content for nearly every subject imaginable. Nearly all of this content is free, and is therefore “open content” ready to be used, modified, and shared again. With such a vast repository of content available, we need to come up with ways to index and share it that are meaningful to educators and address their specific goals. If these needs can be met, schools can leave expensive textbooks behind and move towards the future of Open Content.
In two days, I will be joining a group of educators and industry thought leaders as a participant to Discovery Education’s Beyond the Textbook Forum to explore the implications of this Open Content Revolution.
I feel quite honored and excited to join my friends colleagues to discuss the future possibiliteis of learning that extend beyond the textbook. I want to invite you to participate virtually and share your ideas with the team as it relates to the future of textbooks or the future of reference materials.
Here are some questions to consider posting or tweeting about at using the #BeyondtheTextbook Hashtag
- What materials are you currently using?
- Are they adequate and representative of the knowledge and expereince you want to enagage your students in?
- What are your thoughts about open source courseware and materials?
- Where is your number one place to turn, when you seek information that is beyond the scope of your textbook and curriculum materials?
- David Warlick- Beyond the Textbook
- Richard Byrne- Beyond the Textbook
- Textbooks, Wikipedia, and Primary Sources Comparison
- Bookboon – More Than 500 Free eTextbooks
- Temple Project Ditches Textbooks for Homemade Digital Alternatives
- Is there a Future for e-textbooks in Online Courses?
- How to create your own textbook – with or without Apple
- The No-textbook Challenge: Using web resources to replace the College Text