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We all know the pain of lugging around heavy textbooks full of outdated information.
In an age where computers cost as little as $200 and cell phones have just as much functionality as a computer, WHY ARE WE STILL USING TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS???
Traditional textbooks are expensive
A traditional textbook costs an average of $150 per book. Let's stop there. $150 for one book that becomes outdated the minute you purchase it. At that price, most schools can only afford to adopt new textbooks about once every seven years. That means that schools today are still teaching from books that state there are 9 planets - Pluto included! What other outdated material are our students forced to look past due to outdated textbooks?
Thank you to everyone who showed their gratitude and love for their teachers this Thanksgiving. And a big shout out to all the teachers around the world who work hard everyday and continue to inspire us.
Today's guest blogger, Doug Hanson, is a new CK-12 user. He has been teaching for the past 25 years and has always tried to stretch his students by being innovative in his approach to teaching.
I woke up at 1 in the morning thinking about the 30 ipads that were in my chemistry class and I hadn’t had my students use them once – at least for my Chemistry class. The remainder of my sleep was restless as I tossed and turned thinking about the importance of teaching my students in a manner that reflects the world where they live.
The saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” was haunting my thoughts and was a catalyst to get me moving in a different direction in my chemistry classroom. I thought, “Well, this ol’ dog is going to learn some new tricks starting tomorrow!”
The next day I contacted my building instructional coach and began planning the switch from teacher directed to student directed learning. A week later we launched our students into the world of learning from the ipads and taking charge of their learning.
Guest blogger, Michele Eaton is the Virtual Education Specialist for the MSD of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. She focuses on staff and curriculum development for the district's virtual school and blended initiatives. Michele is on the board of the Indiana Computer Educators organization, on the leadership team for the ISTE SIGOL group, and a CK-12 Champion. Follow her on Twitter @lyonmi and on her blog.
Achieve Virtual Education Academy is a public virtual high school in Indianapolis, Indiana. Achieve Virtual is a full time high school for several students and is the source of supplementary coursework for students around the state that need to recover credits or need access to classes not offered in their district such as AP or dual credit courses. Virtual schools provide an alternate pathway to success for many students.
Will Lester graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Secondary Education. He enjoys writing about current trends and innovations in education, leadership and traveling. He is currently an Outdoor Education teacher in Europe and has spent that past two years traveling around the world teaching multiple different subjects. He is currently looking at going back to school and acquiring his masters in Educational Leadership.
Where do you get your information on content or ideas that you present in the classroom? Some of you educators may say the classroom text book, most of you may be experts on the topic, and few of you will say outside resources that aren’t technology based. Most of you may be putting together PowerPoint presentations or implementing some sort of slideshow or classroom discussion into your lesson planning. The online classroom is full of presentations, videos and discussions with the help of companies like Khan Academy and 2U that actually allow you to have virtual face to face exchanges. So, why should students continue to show up to class when they can learn and gain human interaction online?
Here at CK-12, our mission is to provide open-source content and technology tools to help teachers provide learning opportunities for students globally.
We're very excited to announce that CK-12 has partnered with Datawind (makers of Aakash tablets in India)!
A simple, digital thank you today, a memory cherished for life.
We've reached the most magical time of the year. It's that time where we put our worries aside and give thanks for the amazing people in our lives, the conveniences we have and the experiences we enjoy every day.
Whether you're trudging to school in the rain or sun bathing on the lawn during your lunch, today is the perfect day to give thanks to the awesome teachers in your life.
Today's guest blog post is written by JJ Echaniz. JJ is currently a sophomore at Yale University where he is majoring in both Economics and Political Science. JJ is a co-founder of Forward Tutoring, an organization that provides free, one-on-one tutoring to students online through an interactive tutoring platform. JJ hopes to continue using his perspective as a student in an effort to leverage technology in education.
Teaching is the ultimate manifestation of learning. As a sophomore in college, I know I’m truly prepared for an exam (and finally ready to sleep) when I can teach the material to my roommate. As I explain an economics concept to David, my suitemate, I not only help him but I also deepen my own understanding. A true win-win.
Should students be able to use their own technology in the classroom?
Do you want to continue your discussions beyond classroom hours? Need some homework help? Have a question about today's lesson?
We are excited to announce Q&A, a brand new feature on CK-12! Now you can ask questions and get answers right in your class groups!
With Q&A you can ask questions anytime you have them! Your question will be published to your class group where any of your classmates or your teacher can answer. No more waiting until tomorrow's class to get your questions answered!
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