Hi Cathy,

If no one has volunteered by the end of the month (after the SL workshop), let me know.  I'll be compiling the info for myself and would be happy to get the compilation from someone else or do mine in a way that's useful to a larger group.


On 1/30/10 11:18 AM, "Cathy Manduca" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

You may also be interested in Earthlabs -- online highschool level instruction focusing on a serious modern lab experience.  Also from the folks at TERC:

If someone wants to collect the information string from this discussion and make a page for the Teacher Prep site -- I'd be happy to faciilitate that.


On Jan 29, 2010, at 5:45 PM, Mark Chandler wrote:

I don't know if you're familiar with the Earth Education Toolbook project. It is a collection of computer-based Earth science activities or "chapters". These are immersive units developed by teams of scientists and educators, and I think they are useful for upper-level high school (with the right computer resources) and undergraduate courses.

Each chapter introduces one or more data sets or models, as well as an analysis tool that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system. You can read more about the offerings at the website:

Shameless Pitch:

Check out the just released chapter on climate change and climate modeling that we contributed to the EET:

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM, Dawes, Ralph <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Julie and Others,
 There is a big push, for example in California, for "digital textbooks." One reason is to save money - they are supposed to be a lot less expensive than paper textbooks.
Another reason is to take advantage of the Web for pooling and sharing human knowledge. Taking it all the way to the open source end-member, some groups are advocating completely free materials for learning being made available on the Web. California, its public schools, its government, and some of its digital entrepreneurs, have been pushing for and even passing laws for this. This seems mostly directed at high schools, or grades 6-12.
My question is, has anybody seen a college-level open source "digital textbook?" One that is free and open access?
Thank you.

Dr. Ralph Dawes
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Wenatchee Valley College
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Suzanne OConnell
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