Currently Reading:
Addressing the Need for Textbooks

Addressing the Need for Textbooks

One thing I hear from schools all the time is that they need textbooks. With the hits school budgets have been taking, schools haven’t had the money to adopt new textbooks, and now the textbook fund has been completely zeroed out.

One thing I hear from schools all the time is that they need textbooks. With the hits school budgets have been taking, schools haven’t had the money to adopt new textbooks, and now the textbook fund has been completely zeroed out.

Textbooks are EXPENSIVE! Whether you’re buying a traditional book or online curriculum, it can cost your district and arm and a leg just to get materials students and teachers need. So how do we move forward? Teachers don’t have the time to write their own curriculum from the ground up.

There are a lot of different options, and I’d love to talk to you about them. But the one I want to highlight today is CK12. CK12 started in California in 2007 by creating open-source textbooks and began making them available online for educators.

CK12 has some amazing features. First of all, it's all free. Free textbooks! You can go online and create a teacher account and then begin making your own textbooks.

Their site has a section that allows you to select the state you live in, the subject you teach and the grade level you teach. It will then provide a textbook aligned to state standards. You can then print that textbook out or share it digitally with your students. Students can even create accounts and get interactive lessons and simulations in the curriculum.

Another great feature of CK12 is the ability to create flexbooks. What this allows you to do is to pick and choose which standards are a part of your book, meaning you can direct the flow and path the curriculum takes. These books can be downloaded as PDF, shared online with students or printed out. It becomes your book, and you have control!

I think this is a great tool that you and your school should definitely be checking out. I have other content resources as well that I’d be happy to share with you and your school. Also, if CK12 is something you’re interested in, I’d be happy to come out and provide training to your teachers on how to get the most out of this free tool!

Please contact me with any questions you might have.

You may also like...

Tenacity, Grit, Perseverance!

You are the single most important change agent for your students & schools!

Read More
Friday Forum – Keeping Track

Do you have trouble keeping track of your favorite websites and articles? Is you bookmark list out of control? Are you having trouble finding that great blog post you wanted to share? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there is hope. Here are some suggested applications that might help organize that clutter.

Read More
You’re Never Too Old to Learn!

I know I have done a blog on this before, but I have to share that it was so refreshing to see over 300 educators give up a Saturday to attend the OU Ipadpalooza to learn how to keep their classroom “fresh” and current using today’s technology.

Read More
Your Appearance Matters!

It never ceases to amaze me when I attend professional educational conferences or professional development sessions how the attire of some teachers and even administrators can be questionable at best. Yet everyone from the Oklahoma state superintendent down is working desperately to elevate the teaching profession’s credibility.

Read More

Join in on the conversation