A Teacher in the Trenches: A Firsthand Account of Using Free in the Classroom John Seelke McKinley Technology High School Teachers still use textbooks, but textbooks often are not enough The Internet offers teachers a wealth of free lessons, tests, and other activities
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A Teacher in the Trenches: A Firsthand Account of Using Free in the Classroom
The Internet offers teachers a wealth of free lessons, tests, and other activities
Publishers CAN combine tools on the internet with their publishing to create powerful tools for teachersThree main topics of presentation
Students in urban schools are often behind. They need review on material not found in the textbook or review material
Teachers thus turn to the Internet to find such resourcesTextbooks are not outdated, but they are too heavy
The internet offers multiple resources for teachers on trends that are “hot” in education
The Internet offers a resources for teachers on various topics and various levels, making differentiated instruction easier.
The internet even has videos that can be used as lessons for students at home.
Many supplemental material from companies cost money, the web is FREE!Why do teachers turn to the Internet as opposed to publishing companies?
Note: the sharing here is done legally, as opposed to buying one copy of a product and then “sharing” it with others.
(Key Curriculum Press)
(developed by individuals in France and US)
A calculus lesson without costfrom iTunes U allows students access to visual lessons
It also provides teachers another means of sharing information with students at no cost.
This method also allows students to take lessons with them on their music players.Programs such as Itunes now offer visual learners another way of learning
You Tube without cost
- Began in 2005
Offers free content and video sharing
Cannot upload copyrighted work
- Began in 2008
Offers free videos of movies and television shows
Focused on quality of presentation (larger screen, clearer picture)Hulu versus You Tube
Student versions of the CD provide the content to the students.
But having extra CD’s is like You Tube, it’s an “old school” idea…Yes, publishers offer resources, but…
Offer quality content on the web, even if it is for free, to teachers and students
Connect web based lessons from teachers to their websites
Offer resources on their websites unique to their textbooks
Even consider making PDF versions of their book available to students and teachers online – no longer will students be able to say they couldn’t do their homework because they didn’t have the bookPublishers need to be more like Hulu – thinking outside of the box
There will always be a need for textbooks (for not all schools have the same technology access)
Most importantly, this gives teachers more resources from the publishing company
Teachers will more likely turn to the websites of publishers as opposed to other sourcesBut won’t this mean no need for textbooks?
Be willing to partner with other resources (on the web or businesses) to provide free content to teachers
The better the content, the more likely teachers will use it, which will lead to more recognition for the publishing companyTake a chance on giving resources as opposed to charging for them…