Utah Schools Start Adopting Open Source Textbooks

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Utah Schools Start Adopting Open Source Textbooks
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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 5:23pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah classrooms may soon be making the switch to open-source online textbooks that can be cheaper and easier to update.

The Utah State Office of Education announced this month it will develop and support the open textbooks for language arts, science and math. The agency is urging schools and districts to adopt the books this fall.

Officials say open textbooks are written by experts, vetted by their peers, and posted online for free downloading and use by anyone. They also can be printed.

Pilot programs provided printed open textbooks to more than 3,800 Utah high school students at a cost of $5 per book, down from an average cost of $80 for a science book.

State superintendent Larry Shumway says the new strategy will help keep textbooks up to date.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/utah-schools-start-adopti_n_1242232.html

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Registered: 09-12-2003

interesting but wondering how long before they take it one step further and pass the printing onto families. Just so see that happening here, well its too costly to print materials for each kid so here is the site... so then families NEED computers and internet and so on or they may charge for printing.

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Registered: 05-18-2005

Arguably, open source materials can only be relied on cautiously, because like Wikipedia, anyone can change the factual content, and it may take awhile for the hive mind to identify and correct information that is not accurate.

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