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[News] Minnesota Follows California on Free Software-inspired Literature Initiative

  • Subject: [News] Minnesota Follows California on Free Software-inspired Literature Initiative
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 14:32:59 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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FreeReading Helps Early Learners Strengthen Literacy Skills

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| Sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Wireless Generation, and Primary 
| Concepts, the goal of the site is to offer an alternative to many of the 
| expensive tools and textbooks "so that schools and districts can redirect 
| textbook funds to other valuable, highly-impactful components of education. 
| Whether those options include professional development, technology, formative 
| assessment or something else, FreeReading provides an opportunity for 
| districts to rethink the return on their education investment dollars."      


Are Open Source Textbooks Poised for Their Day in the Sun?

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| Now, though, there are some signs that Flat World Knowledge's effort is 
| paying off. Wired reports that more than 40,000 college students at more than 
| 400 colleges will use digital, DRM-free textbooks from the company as the 
| school year starts in a matter of days, and that's up from 1,000 in 30 
| colleges in the Spring.    



FlexBooks Challenge Textbooks, at No Cost to Students or Schools

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| It is not clear if this is truly an altruistic endeavor. Perhaps the founders
| â who come from the Silicon Valley technology world â are giving away books
| in order to sell software at a later date. But for now, it is an experiment
| that could help bring down the cost of textbooks. And weâre going to keep an
| eye on it.


Open-Source Textbooks a Mixed Bag in California

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| As California moves forward with the first open-source digital textbook
| program in the nation this fall, the best content seems a lot less like
| Wikipedia and a lot more like traditional publishing.


Gov. Schwarzenegger Releases Free Digital Textbook Initiative Phase 1 Report

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| Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the first report of
| Californiaâs free digital textbook initiative - which outlines how high
| school math and science textbooks submitted under the first phase of the
| initiative measure up against the stateâs rigorous academic content
| standards. Of the 16 free digital textbooks for high school math and science
| reviewed, ten meet at least 90 percent of Californiaâs standards. Four meet
| 100 percent of standards, including the CK-12 Foundationâs CK-12 Single
| Variable Calculus, CK-12 Trigonometry, CK-12 Chemistry and Dr. H. Jerome
| Keislerâs Elementary Calculus: An Infinitesimal Approach.


As textbook costs stack up, interest grows in e-books

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| âWhen Pluto becomes not a planet, you can fix it very quickly,â said Rich
| Baraniuk, an engineering professor at Rice University who pioneered the field
| of open source class materials. âIt's going to take a decade to get Pluto out
| of all the nation's printed science books.â


Open source, digital textbooks coming to California schools

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| The cash-strapped Golden State has decided that, starting next school year,
| schools will be able to use open source, digital textbooks for a number of
| math and science subjects. Ars talked with Brian Bridges, the Director of the
| California Learning Resources Network, which will be reviewing the texts, to
| find out more about what the program entails.

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