The Future of Textbooks and Content Management

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My thoughts on the future of textbooks and the delivery of educational content. Discussing ideas surrounding content history, delivery methods, and disintermediation.

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The Future of Textbooks and Content Management

  1. 1. Building Digital Textbooks Open Source Content ManagementFriday, March 2, 12
  2. 2. Todays Agenda • How The Mighty Have Fallen • From Inaccessible to Accessible • The Changing Model of Textbooks • Open Source Software • Creative Commons Resources • iBooks AuthorFriday, March 2, 12
  3. 3. Music IndustryFriday, March 2, 12
  4. 4. Newspaper IndustryFriday, March 2, 12
  5. 5. TVFriday, March 2, 12
  6. 6. Airlines and TravelFriday, March 2, 12
  7. 7. CableFriday, March 2, 12
  8. 8. A Brief History (Why do we print books?) • "Keeping" Information • Printing Information • Transporting Information • Value of InformationFriday, March 2, 12
  9. 9. The Gutenberg Bible Not Very PortableFriday, March 2, 12
  10. 10. The "Pocket" Bible Significantly More PortableFriday, March 2, 12
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  12. 12. According to the College Board Students Spend an Average of $1,137.00 Per YearFriday, March 2, 12
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  15. 15. Elementary Textbook Spending $400,000,000 Per YearFriday, March 2, 12
  16. 16. Why Textbooks Are Doomed • Textbooks are finite, linear, and rote. • It is NOT difficult to create and publish a book. Lulu, iPhoto and other services. • Text and images are ridiculously cheap to transmit digitally. • iBooks AuthorFriday, March 2, 12
  17. 17. Textbook "Facts" • $600.00 per pupil spending on textbooks. • Outdated once they are printed. • Not necessarily written by experts and trusted scholars. • Most librarians agree that reference books are most at risk in a digital world. • 7 year review cycle.Friday, March 2, 12
  18. 18. New Textbook Ideas • Textbooks are reference manuals. • Massive "Brain-Trust" in teaching faculty. • Subscription Model vs. Purchasing. • Media rich, endless examples, always up to date. • Flexbook and Open Textbook InitiativeFriday, March 2, 12
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  20. 20. What is a CMS? • A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your website. • A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. • Runs on a SQL database. • Backend functions on a cPanel, a Unix based web hosting control panel.Friday, March 2, 12
  21. 21. Joomla! • Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. • Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. • Joomlas roots go back to 2000 and has over 200,000 community users and contributors.Friday, March 2, 12
  22. 22. Open Office • Free MS Office Alternative • Fully functional to develop content.Friday, March 2, 12
  23. 23. Creative Commons Resources • A new "copyleft license" aimed at flexible handling of copyright protection for all kinds of creative work. • Attribution • Share Alike • Non-Commercial • No Derivative WorksFriday, March 2, 12
  24. 24. Wiki Commons • A project of the Wikimedia Foundation that is an online repository of free-use images, sound and other media files. • http://commons.wikimedia.org/ • Our source for charts and diagrams.Friday, March 2, 12
  25. 25. Moving Forward • eReaders, Kindles, ipads, Nooks, Coming Tablets • Costly $600.00 + • Textbook reimbursement issues. • It’s not Rocket Science. It’s just High School Chemistry. • Recent Changes in NYS Textbook Spending RulesFriday, March 2, 12
  26. 26. There’s a New Game In TownFriday, March 2, 12
  27. 27. Discussion & DemonstrationFriday, March 2, 12

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