There are some really high quality, open textbooks out there.
For the most part, they’re pretty static and text-heavy though. For a while, I’ve been thinking remixing one of them into a more interactive, media-rich Moodle course.
I need a remix project to do as a part of my P2PU OER in K-12 class, so now is the time!
I’d like to work on something that someone would put to use once it was done. Message me or post a comment if you’d like to suggest something.
I’m also thinking about doing something with Marzano’s classroom strategies that work content. Obviously, that would be PD-focused.
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I would be interested in this project. I would like to review the open textbooks available for Elementary Science and Math. I teach grades 3-6 online and this would become a valuable addition to my resources for students to extend their knowledge base and explore the topics in our units of study. I have not explored this option so the idea intrigues me. I would love the opportunity to discuss the project ideas/details with you and anyone else interested.
Excellent. Here are some of the open textbook sites you can peruse:
California Digital Textbook Initiative, CLRN – http://www.clrn.org/FDTI/index.cfm
CK12 Flexbooks – http://www.ck12.org/
Connexions – http://www.cnx.org/
Free High School Science Textbooks (also includes math) – http://www.fhsst.org/
For textbooks, there tends to be more at high school then elementary, but there are both. (And there are many very good more stand-alone type of OERs for elementary.)
Sounds interested. I would like to open english & math. I teach grade 3-4. This is great opportunity to listen other ideas and learn from that.
What do you think about making this 6th grade math textbook into a Moodle course?
Yeah i see the website. This is not interactive. I am interested and what is in your mind? how you will remixed?
If you can believe it, I actually dreamed about this last night!
I still need to work out the details and want to get input from everyone, but I’m thinking about remixing this in Moodle and adding other materials. I would break up the explanations, problems, etc. into small chunks in Moodle and with more interactivity. Then I would add additional content like explanation videos, possibly some interactive games, learning logs, etc.
I’m going to start prototyping a small section to see what this would look like.
I’ve used Moodle as a secondary school teaching tool, and it would be nice to have the textbook available to use, however, I’m a firm believer that Moodle is a companion tool, and that the best instruction, especially for elementary and secondary is that which is done by the teacher in front of the class.