Worth the price of the front cover?

If the schools in the U.S. are really as bad as reported, is going worth the price of admission?  

How much does it really cost public schools to educate children?  I admit that I don’t know the answer to that but the price tag adds up quickly.  One category of expenses that I happen to be looking at right now though for no other reason than out of curiosity.

Textbooks cost a lot and the big publishing companies make a fortune.  Making money isn’t bad but does it really have to cost so much?  It probably does by the time you add up all of the man hours and wages to pay.

I am a proponent of not using a textbook because all of the information you need to learn is all online and teaching kids how to search effectively and efficiently is free because Internet and technology are ubiquitous. Once the kids get the hang of finding information, compiling research and creating learning gets much easier.  In addition, there isn’t a worry that the information becomes dates or about another textbook adoption.

What if teachers could pool together resources to create their own textbooks?  It is already happening, but rather than one teacher try what if we pull a bunch of us together and put together an amazing digital book with relevant links and videos published through iBooks or other forum?  Use the concept of crowdsourcing to achieve that and I think the book that is created is usable, scalable, and flexible.

Making such books keeps the costs down in a district and the funds can be used for other things.

Make sense to you?


Let the conversation begin!!

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me: i’m here

Denise: I thought the 3rd one could use Glogster.
me: Glogster would be perfect for the third one.
In Glogster, kids can import pics, YouTube videos and more.

Denise: I’m thinking about using the iPad for apps and then the netbooks for other activities. I just feel like I have no time to prepare anything besides pencil and paper.
HOw else could I use youtube?
I need to get an account for Glogster right?

me: What do you mean using iPad for apps? I’ll do some brainstorming for the other two ideas. One of your CC goals is to have kids create webs. I have a few ways for kids to do that together.

Denise: That would be cool- I was thinking pearltrees?

me: No, you don’t need a Glogster acct. I have a subscription and can add your kids to it.
Pearltrees would be a great idea! Pearltrees is about creating webs using websites by Pearling them.

Denise: Do you know how to create an app? I thought that could be cool and see how the kids could run with it- more of a small group enrichment for accel.

me: BRB. I am going to check in Chrome Webstore for app creators.

Denise: cool

me: Ok, can’t find anything right now, but there might be something out on the web.
for which of the activities do you want kids to create an app?

Denise: I’m basically trying to start a doc for major lit skills that students are not really grasping well yet, and then work on others. my goal is to have parents in during EI to monitor and help guide these activities. I think the other I’d really like to work on is vocab. THey never do too well, so I want to use tech to increase abilities. I guess I could start with vocab games, but would like to do more.
For the view selected movie clips could this be on my youtube channel? Need huge refresher on that.

me: I have a perfect solution for game making. It is called Zondle and I am using it right now with Bev Cornett.

Denise: let’s do it. If she has the same planning as me I will come down when you’re already scheduled with her.

me: YouTube is a great place to find movie clips and add to your channel. Plus, the kids can go back and watch it whenever they want. What would you think about creating your own videos to put on YT to help teach or refresh what kids are learning in class? I found a piece of hardware I want to order that would help you do this.

Denise: why not. is it possible to use the wingclip videos in my youtube channel or is this something I’d have to link to Moodle? I’d like to streamline as much as possible. I guess I could link youtube channel to moodle?
not familiar with go animate- that’s an app?
btw I’m logging this as PLC- i will share the form with you.


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