High Quality, Free, Digital and Open

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 31, 2009

I have been reading as many articles about digital textbooks as I can get my hands on, reading about the perceived pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages to distributing learning material via the web, or a USB drive, or a DVD. When I came to work at CK-12 I was excited about the idea, and especially about CK-12’s books being free to access and printable at cost. Over the past 18 months I have become a true believer and

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Is there a purpose for Education?

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 19, 2009
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I had the privilege of presenting at the Gifted Education Conference organized by the Nueva School.  The theme of the conference was not only Gifted Education but also Innovation (for example role of design process in K-12 Education, Social-Emotional Learning) and professional development for teachers.  To complete the holistic nature of education, the conference extended their reach to include students as shown by the inclusion of a 15-year-old student who had started his own company that sold a card game

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FlexBooks: Real-Time, Global Textbooks

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 19, 2009
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On September 24th, NASA issued a press release telling the world that water molecules had been discovered on the Moon’s surface. At CK-12 we emailed this news article to each other, and upon reading it my first reaction was that we may need to update our Earth Science FlexBook. Sure enough, we open up to the Earth, Moon, and Sun chapter and go to the Lunar Surface section, and it begins with the proclamation “The Moon

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STEM education and the Future

Written by Neeru Khosla on September 12, 2009

STEM education is marginalized.Many subjects are important to providing students with a well-rounded education.Science, math, critical thinking, physical education, writing/composition and the arts complement each other and are each essential to preparing our students for the future.  Many reports supported by statisitics and reasons (SETDA, EdWeek, NCES, Rising above the gathering storm , A splintered Vision of education, etc) have shown that the American students are far behind their international counterparts.


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Its all about access to information

Written by Neeru Khosla on August 27, 2009
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Many of you may have already read that California announced findings from their digital and free textbooks initiative.  Many of you may have also received an email from us about this. We salute all the organizations and individuals that took part in this initiative.These people are real givers and care about what is happening in education.

And, what of the results? In brief, of the 16 donations –10 books were 90% or above aligned to State Standards, of which 6 were

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Time to end the monopoly in education

Written by Neeru Khosla on August 4, 2009
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I will be honest before I start this blog and admit that I am not an expert in markets. However, I was intrigued when I read the article,  Time To End The Monopoly In Education. According to author James Coulson, even though the stimulus is well intentioned, it is counterproductive. Here are some of the reasons he cites:

* The returns from the ballooning spending in

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Who needs millions of dollars

Written by Neeru Khosla on July 25, 2009

Dallas News recently published the following article:
Irving ISD uses online textbooks, so unused copies state must buy sit in a warehouse

Thousands of textbooks and other materials worth an estimated $4.6 million sit unused in an Irving school district warehouse. No one knows how many $50-$75 textbooks sit unused in school bookrooms or storage warehouses across Texas.

“;It’s not like you’ve gone and thrown a million dollars off the top of a building, but I think we could do better

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CK-12 July 2009 Newsletter

Written by Emily Wenner on July 21, 2009

Newsletter July 2009
Greetings CK-12 Community!In this issue:

California Digital Textbooks Initiative
Introduction to CK-12 Content Manager Gary Clarke
Interview with Juli Weiss and Annamaria Farbizio, CK-12 Science and Math Editors
Update on Support and Twitter

California Digital Textbooks Initiative

If you live in California, you have probably noticed that digital textbooks are in the news lately. Governor Schwarzenegger issued a call to educators and publishers to submit standards-aligned textbooks in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math

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The Magic Wand

Written by Neeru Khosla on June 15, 2009

Have we all not once or twice in our lives wished for a magic wand?  Well here it is.

It boggles the mind when I think about the fact that someone is responsible for distributing $140 Billion for education. BILLIONS. That kind of money should be able to change our lives.  Many countries could change the lives of their citizens if they had access to a fraction of that money.  How did we get to this?

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was

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Digital Textbooks for CA

Written by Neeru Khosla on June 5, 2009

Dear CK-12 Community members

San Francisco Chronicle did an front page article about their response to Governor Schwarzenegger call for digital textbooks for high schools.  Here is our response for this article.

Jill Tucker’s article, “Free Digital Book Plan Costly, Educators Say,” unfortunately fails to represent both sides of the issue related to California’s initiative to “identify free downloadable, digital textbooks that align with state academic standards.” Critics who say that savings from the use of digital textbooks are lost to technology

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