Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

K-12 E-Learning Report: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

K-12 E-Learning Report: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks

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Plug "digital resources for K-12" into Google and you'll get a bazillion results (or maybe it just seems that way). Head to any resource site for teachers and you'll lose yourself in a miasma of links. Thinkfinity will link you to Smithsonian, which will direct you to HippoCampus, and onto Khan Academy, and over to Curriki, and off to--well, you get the picture.

As wonderful as those sites are, sometimes you don't want to spend all your planning time piecing together a school year's worth of lessons from a multitude of websites. You just want the whole enchilada delivered in textbook form from which you can select the content you'll assign to your students. To that end, we have hunted down the top sources for digital textbooks, all of which are free.

California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)

The current number of open educational resources (OERs) on CLRN stands at 6,063. If you're teaching high school-level math, science, history, or social science, what you want to pay attention to is the free textbooks link, which includes 30 no-cost books. The site counts up standards met for many of the textbooks; but since they're being compared to California education standards, that metric may or may not be of use to you.

CK-12 Foundation

This pioneer in the field of OER has a simple student interface. Go to the home page, pick a topic, and choose a "FlexBook" from what's listed. English has three offerings (one a teacher's edition), history has two, math has five (all for middle school), and earth science has five. …

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