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A Cure for Textbook Addiction?

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Wednesday, June 26, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: 105AB

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Facebook’s TechStart Program: Inspiring Students to Create/Innovate With Free Resources

Kevin Conner  
Textbooks can be great resources, but do we cheat students when we rely on them too heavily? Let's discover, review and discuss strategies for moving away from textbooks without giving up on quality materials for learning. Kick the habit and take advantage of the networked environment we work and live in.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Create an account at
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Open educational resources
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participant will understand the historical review of textbook publishing and purchase cycle in American schools
Participant will evaluate the benefits and deficiencies fo textbooks in relation to the networked, device-driven learning environment
Participant will consider and discuss the ideal learner-focused pedagogical strategies applied in 1:1 environments
Participant will analyze transferring from a position of accepting materials from a provider versus actively researching and selecting the best materials that meet the learning criteria.
Participant will explore online sites that contain instructional materials that can replace paper textbooks and other materials


0:00-5:00 Review of the textbook industry and ties to schools
5:00-15:00 Pros/Cons of textbooks (including audience participation)
15:00-25:00 Shifting the focus to learner needs (includes audience response to prompts)
25:00-40:00 Shifting instructional approach to material selection (includes audience interaction via discussion)
40:00-55:00 tools and resources that supplant textbooks (audience participation by exploration of presenter-provided websites
55:00-60:00 Debrief with audience

Supporting research

10 sources of free interactive content for your class
"10 sources of free interactive content for your class | Ditch That Textbook." 7 Sep. 2015, Accessed 26 Sep. 2018.

Open Textbooks | OER Commons
"Open Textbooks | OER Commons." 1 Jun. 2016, Accessed 26 Sep. 2018.

Lessons Learned After Teaching Without A Textbook
"Lessons Learned after Teaching without a Textbook - Achieve the Core." 14 Feb. 2017, Accessed 26 Sep. 2018.

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Kevin Conner, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3

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