e-textbooks -- Can they help?
Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a nice holiday.
I wrote a story for the weekend about an effort endorsed by Virginia's Education Department to update the physics curriculum by asking teachers to contribute chapters for a free, online textbook.
The digital market for textbooks has been slow to take off, even though educators love to complain about the traditional 100-pound, dead-tree variety that cost a fortune and are out-of-date soon after they hit shelves. There are probably good reasons for caution, given that states want to be careful to calibrate their texts with their curriculum standards and their exams. But still, it seems like there is room for change.
In my class, we use a textbook for homework problems, but little else. The written explanations are often confusing and the pictures and some of the "real-life applications" about skateboarders, etc. feel juvenile. (This could be because i'm an overgrown student, but still...)
Does anyone have experience with online math textbooks, or a forecast for how you think they are destined to change? Or ought to change?
Here are a couple examples of free, online textbooks that are already out there:
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