Thursday, May 14, 2009

High School Textbooks

With 1 to 1 laptops in our high schools, will there really be any reason to keep buying paper textbooks?

I submit that these sites alone would be more than adequate for replacing U.S. History content information found in expensive commercial paper textbooks:

Lessons at Hippocampus
Open Digital Textbook at WikiBooks
American History Digital Textbook
Digital History
Best History Sites
MARVEL - Maine's Virtual Library

Similar online textbooks and quality content can be found in other subject areas.

Questions: How much does your school district budget per student annually for high school textbooks? Anyone have numbers to share?

Your Thoughts?

Earlier Post on Algebra Textbooks
Earlier Post: Textbooks vs. Open Source Learning

1 comment:

SJ said...

Two of the textbooks that the 8th grade class uses in my school are electronic. The Social Studies text is on a CD-Rom which among other things can read the book to the student. The math textbooks that I use are electronic but only in a PDF version. The students seem to look both of these choices over the traditional paper book.