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Introduction & Overview


Textbooks today are rigid, monolithic, heavy, one or few people’s vision, often outdated, policy drivers………….. And “A costly Business”


Scanned Books Often Outdated Cannot be mixed & repurposed One or few people’s vision


teaching, learning & research resources licensed for free use or re-purposing “to break down the barriers –whether legal, technical or cultural –between different collections of open educational content” -CCLearn


CK-12 Mission Create a collaborative online environment that produces free and open educational content that can be customized for each student as well as aligned with curriculum guidelines


About CK-12 • Not-for-Profit 501 (c) Organization • Funded through Private Family Foundation • 26 Team Members • 60+ Freelance Authors & Reviewers


Staff • • • • • •

Senior Math Editor – In house Senior Science Editor – In house Standards Alignment Specialist – In house Domain Experts for each domain ~ 10+ Authors – 80 – 100 – all contractors Reviewers – all practicing teachers – minimum 6 for each book


Our writers come from • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science California Science Teachers Association National Science Teachers Association National Earth Science Teachers National Association of Science Writers California Science Association The Exploratorium in San Francisco Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators NCTM – National Council of Teacher of Mathematics American Mathematical Society: Employment Information in the Mathematical Sciences National Council of Supervisors of Math Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Mathematics for American Institutes for Research Mathforum.org Edjoin Edupreneurs


FlexBooks Fits Student’s Needs Adaptable for Teacher’s Requirements Easy to Create Free in Cost Up To Date – Modular – Collective Wisdom


1. Print content at home or at school

The Flexible Options

2. Print and bind books with a professional vendor

3. A design to enhance bound books

4. A Flexbook 3 ring Binder

5. Flexbook subject dividers


Flexbooks Examples


CK-12 Printed/Online FlexBooks CK-12 books are: • Free online or printed at cost • Filtered for State Standards • Assembled from content modules • Localized content through open authoring • Customizable for learning style, learning level • Licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike”


Editorial Process – CK-12 Domain Experts Content Quality Assurance  Lesson objectives defined and standards covered  Engaging graphics  Broad sample of review questions (Beginning, Intermediate, and Challenging levels)  Points to consider  Glossary, bibliography, resources…  Mathematical and scientific accuracy  Readability, real-life application, all ethnic representation


Alignment to CA Standards

• Initial outline pre-aligned to standards • Lesson objectives defined and standards covered • TOC and series matched to CA State scope and sequence


Licensing & Legal Compliance • Original Contribution – Commissioned Books • Donated Books • Books from OER Environments • Images, Media Objects, Animations from Public Domain • New Collaborative Initiatives


CK-12 FlexBooks Offered Math Analysis Probability and Statistics (AP) Math Grade 6 Math Grade 7 Algebra I Geometry Single Variable Calculus Trigonometry Engineering: An Intro for HS NanoSense Student Materials

People's Physics Book Life Science Earth Science Biology I Electricity and Magnetism Optics The Modern Revolution in Physics Conceptual Physics Discover Physics Virtual Chemistry Ver 2.1 Part I


Roadmap • Complete High School & Middle School STEM Books • Align it to CA/NY/FL/TX Curriculum • Subject the Books for Adoption Process • Foster Community to Collaborate on New Books


Partners • • • • • • •

Stanford University Arizona State University High Tech High, San Diego WikiMedia Foundation Commonwealth of Virginia Washington DC Government Mid-Continent Research for Education & Learning


ENGINEERING BOOK by ASU School of Engineering + School of Education @ testing in classroom stage


Commonwealth of VA 2 yr Study by NASA Governor's Mandate 7% Qualified to Teach Nanotech


Virginia/CK-12 Project

Source: Andy Jackson Chapter, virginia.ck12.org


Particle Physics Biophysics (Medical Imaging) Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, String Theory Universal Gravitation and Astrophysics/Cosmology Motion Sensors to Explore Kinematics, Work and Energy LED's, LCD's, Plasmas, and Other Displays Nanoscience Nuclear Energy


Other Projects • • • • • • • • •

DC Schools - “GIS BOOK" Project Algebra “Life On Earth” Dr. E. O. Wilson LAUSD Pilot High Tech High ASU Algebra Readiness Pre K - 7– Carole Greenes From Stargazers to Starships – David Stern Translation to Spanish Creating Teachers’ Editions


Adoption in School Districts

Pilot Projects Books in Pilots Training & Support


HOW?


FlexBooks System Search function Flexr for mixing and creating Flexible output


CK-12 Benefits • Provides access to information for all  Open to all for use/re-use, mix and match, and own  Formatted to provide organized/standardized output

• Common wisdom approach taps many more contributors vs. a single author • Moving away from tightly controlled product (by whom??)  Many learning objects for different learners according to their own needs , learning style  Sharing of knowledge by all communities

• Global reach for all students • One-size-does-not-fit-all benefit


www.ck12.org

CK 12- Free Textbooks for K-12 Students  

CK -12 is a non profit organization with the objective to cut cost on school textbooks. Students, parents and educators can access open sour...

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