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No Textbooks? No Problem!. N’jemele Bush Fulton County Schools Georgia Educational Technology Conference November 7, 2013. Are there funds available to buy textbooks annually?. Purpose of Textbooks in Classroom. Pros Textbooks are intended to be a resource for teachers and students

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no textbooks no problem

No Textbooks? No Problem!

N’jemele Bush

Fulton County Schools

Georgia Educational Technology Conference

November 7, 2013

purpose of textbooks in classroom
Purpose of Textbooks in Classroom


  • Textbooks are intended to be a resource for teachers and students
  • Provided guidance and use materials that will align with curriculum standards.


  • Many school districts are only able to supply us with books (typically every 5 to 7 years for adoption)
  • Technology is advancing so much (at a rate of change of 6 months)
gbu good bad and ugly of textbook books
GBU (Good, Bad and Ugly) of Textbook Books
  • Great Resources for Teachers
  • Bad-Can Be Limited
  • Ugly-Dated and Obsolete
how do we fix this

How Do We Fix This?

Change your mindset and get creative!!!

part 1

Part 1

The Creators

  • Easy to Use
  • Upload your project documents and rubrics
  • Upload links that are related directed to your lessons
  • Also use for parent communication
  • Grade student work online and also leave comments and feelings about student performance in a professional way.
  • There’s an app for that!!!!

live binders
  • Electronic Binder
  • Easy to use and edit!
  • Great shared materials
  • Similar to Google Drive (private and public settings)
  • Upload Word Documents and PDF
  • There’s an app for that!!!
live binders1

  • Safe an secure home for photos, documents, videos and various files of type
  • Sharing platform
  • Accessible anywhere
  • Great use of backup for files and information
  • Store and download to and from desktop
  • Free 2GB of space
  • There’s an app for that!!!

  • Create your own pinboards
  • Share and gather ideas from other teachers across the country
  • Subject specific ideas and information
  • Great groups to pin from:
    • Edutopia
    • Edudemic
  • Search-friendly material

twitter for education
TWITTER (for Education)
  • Teachers can connect to their students on a wider level as well as on a personal level.
  • Interactions can be taken beyond the classroom as Twitter is omnipresent in our smartphones and laptops.
  • Twitter allows for customization of learning depending on the student i.e. differentiating learning for different students.
  • Twitter can be used to quickly connect to multimedia resources (e.g. YouTube or Vine) and turn education into edutainment
part 2

Part 2

The Innovators

one note
One Note
  • Microsoft Office Application
  • Contain New and Pre-Made Template to Create your own pages which can become a book
  • Also you can include your own notes about your content
  • Insert Graphics, Sound and Videos
  • Easy to Edit
  • Can be placed on a Shared Network to be used with other instructors and subject areas
  • Create a @live, or to use the shared network
ibooks authors
iBooks Authors
  • Apple’s newest textbook creation software.
  • You can create any type of textbooks
  • You can use Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts.
  • Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease.
  • Contains Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, videos and access to other files.

itunes u course manager
iTunes U Course Manager
  • Access to countless courses nationally and internationally
  • Information for all subject areas
  • Download through ITunes
  • Contains Quick Links to K-12, Universities and College and Beyond College resources
  • Create your own course options
other textbook creation online software resources
Other Textbook Creation Online Software Resources
  • Red
  • Book Creator (Downloadable through ITunes)
  • YouTube Downloader
which one are you
Which One Are You?

Thank You for Your Attendance and Attention!