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Millions of teachers and students around the world are taking advantage of our free resources with great success. Please read through some of these case studies to see how CK-12′s offerings can be utilized in your school. If you have been using any of CK-12′s offerings and would like to share your observations, please submit a case study by filling out the template below.

Public

Challenge: High material costs, lack of differentiation for all learners, lack of content for mobile devices.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core Curriculum.
Benefit: Used FlexBook System as model platform for creating and sharing customized content and open textbooks with public and non-public schools throughout the district. More than 6,000 educators serving 86,000 students are supported in the pilot, which started during the ’12-’13 academic year.
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School name: Chester County Intermediate Unit
School type: Public and Non-Public
State: PA
City:Downingtown

The Challenge

High material costs, lack of differentiation for all learners, lack of content for mobile devices.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core Curriculum.

The Benefit

Used FlexBook System as model platform for creating and sharing customized content and open textbooks with public and non-public schools throughout the district. More than 6,000 educators serving 86,000 students are supported in the pilot, which started during the ’12-’13 academic year.

Implementation

Grade Level: K-12

Subjects:Biology, Original content aligned to Common Core.

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: Home Access, Mobile Devices.

How were resources distributed?Online and Printed.

Strategy:School-specific custom content demonstrated. Created original Common Core content and Biology Concept Review FlexBook. Options for gifted-program teachers emphasized.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes.

Suggested best practices:Great for chunking information for students. The ability to download to mobile devices is something students like.

Challenge: Low Algebra 1 proficiency scores
Solution: Used FlexMath as full curriculum including lesson plans, assessments, assignments, and practice. Pilot began in ’12-’13 academic year with 4 schools and 40 teachers serving 6,000 students.
Benefit: Results still pending.
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School name: East Side Union High School District
School type: Public
State: CA
City:San Jose

The Challenge

Low Algebra 1 proficiency scores.

The Solution

Used FlexMath as full curriculum including lesson plans, assessments, assignments, and practice. Pilot began in ’12-’13 academic year with 4 schools and 40 teachers serving 6,000 students.

The Benefit

Results still pending.

Implementation

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Algebra I and Math Support.

Scenario: In class and online.

Challenge: Needed content material for students re-takng Florida Algebra I End-of-Course Exam.
Solution: Used FlexBook System to create original textbook for Algebra I Florida End-of-Course Exam review course.
Benefit: We saved $200,000 on textbook costs by making custom Flexbooks.
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School name: Polk County Public Schools
School type: School Board
State: FL
City:Bartow

The Challenge

Needed content material for students re-takng Florida Algebra I End-of-Course Exam.

The Solution

Used FlexBook System to create original textbook for Algebra I Florida End-of-Course Exam review course.

The Benefit

We saved $200,000 on textbook costs by making custom Flexbooks.

Implementation

Grade Level: K-12

Subjects: Algebra 1.

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: Printed, In class.

Strategy:Worked with CK-12 on a pilot program for 88,000 students preparing for Florida Algebra I End-of-Course Exam.

Challenge: Testing efficacy and cost savings of open textbooks
Solution: Starting in the ’10-’11 academic year, two BYU professors initiated a two year study to test the hypothesis that open educational resources can save K-12 public schools money. 20 middle and high school teachers adopted open textbooks in their classroom for the pilot period. Cumulatively 3,900 students were a part of the pilot study.
Benefit: Pilot study found that open textbook adoption reduces costs by over 50% compared to the cost of adopting traditional textbooks . The average annual cost of a traditional textbook was $11.43 whereas the average cost of an open CK-12 textbook was $5.14 when printed ($0.00 when viewed digitally). Furthermore, there was no decrease in student performance when using open textbooks. [See full details here: http://
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School name: Utah Statewide Open Textbook Initiative
State: UT

The Challenge

Testing efficacy and cost savings of open textbooks.

The Solution

Starting in the '10-'11 academic year, two BYU professors initiated a two year study to test the hypothesis that open educational resources can save K-12 public schools money. 20 middle and high school teachers adopted open textbooks in their classroom for the pilot period. Cumulatively 3,900 students were a part of the pilot study.

The Benefit

Pilot study found that open textbook adoption reduces costs by over 50% compared to the cost of adopting traditional textbooks . The average annual cost of a traditional textbook was $11.43 whereas the average cost of an open CK-12 textbook was $5.14 when printed ($0.00 when viewed digitally). Furthermore, there was no decrease in student performance when using open textbooks. [See full details here: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1153/2256]

Implementation

Grade Level: 6-12

Subjects: Biology, Earth Systems, Chemistry.

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: Core curriculum.

How were resources distributed?In print and Online.

Strategy:Worked with CK-12 as pilot program.

Suggested best practices:the easiest way to save money on open textbook adoptions compared to traditional textbooks is to simultaneously exercise the adaptation/revision rights provided by open textbooks, removing all unnecessary information; print these shorter books as black-and-white paperback books through a print-on-demand vendor such as Lulu.com; print each book as a single book rather than disaggregating it into smaller pieces; and print relatively large numbers of the books (ideally 1,000 copies or more).

Challenge: Deep budget cuts for curriculum adoption.
Solution: Used FlexBook System to create their own Probability & Statistics FlexBook for their school district, the largest school district in Minnesota with around 40,000 students. 3 authors and 6 editors spent 300 hours working on their FlexBook.
Benefit: Saved $175,000 on textbook adoption.
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School name: Anoka-Hennepin Schools.
State: Public School District
State: Minnesota

The Challenge

Deep budget cuts for curriculum adoption.

The Solution

Used FlexBook System to create their own Probability & Statistics FlexBook for their school district, the largest school district in Minnesota with around 40,000 students. 3 authors and 6 editors spent 300 hours working on their FlexBook.

The Benefit

Saved $175,000 on textbook adoption.

Implementation

Grade Level: 9 – 12

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Suggested best practices:Costs savings is important and, with the money saved, the district could purchase up to 350 new IPADs but…



Costs savings can’t be the only benefit:it’s important to have teachers on board who see the curricular benefits of a digital curriculum.



Start early and have small deadlines: once teachers at Anoka-Hennepin began customizing their books, they had a lot of ideas they wanted to incorporate in their text and it was a rush to get everything done in time for the school year.



Teacher teamwork is essential – “It’s important to have a good team of 3-4 teachers, and divide up the chapters and help each others, says Michael Engelhaupt, one of the authors in the project.



Involve multiple stakeholders: Anoka-Hennepin ensured that someone from every school was involved, either as a writer or on the team of editors. This assured broad buy-in throughout the district.


Someone has to own the project: in the case of Anoka-Hennepin, technology facilitator Bruce DeWitt served as the project owner, coordinating efforts between district and teachers at various locations.

Challenge: Low Algebra 1 proficiency scores on STAR test
Solution: Pilot ran in 2011. FlexMath was used as the full curriculum including lesson plans, assessments, assignments, and practice. 4 teachers taught 400 8th and 7th grade students using FlexMath.
Benefit: 7th and 8th grade passing rates on Algebra STAR tests increased from 88% to 97% and 31% to 68%, respectively

Challenge: High cost of materials.
Solution: Used FlexBook System to find and customize primary textbook from CK-12 Biology FlexBooks (especially Honors Biology) for the course TED 5380 Health and Safety in the Secondary School, a required course for credential candidates seeking to become teachers in secondary schools.
Benefit: Created replacement primary textbook for course
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School name: California State University, East Bay
School type: Public University
State: CA
City: Hayward

The Challenge

High cost of materials.

The Solution

Used FlexBook System to find and customize primary textbook from CK-12 Biology FlexBooks (especially Honors Biology) for the course TED 5380 Health and Safety in the Secondary School, a required course for credential candidates seeking to become teachers in secondary
schools.

The Benefit

Created replacement primary textbook for course

Implementation

Grade Level: 13-doctoral

Subject: Health in the Secondary School

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: Core curriculum

Strategy:Teamed with CK-12 to pilot a program serving 13,000 students.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes

Challenge: Access to technology.
Solution: Core curriculum, Intervention, Enrichment / gifted students, After-school, Supplementary, Special Education, Improve state test scores, At-risk students, College and other career readiness
Benefit: Initially, I used the content as supplemental teaching materials. Then, I realized that the materials were so much better than the text I was given to use in the classroom. I use CK-12 for all levels of learning, to implement differentiated instruction and to help me align my formative and summative assessments to the Common Core. However, I have not used it to monitor student progress and achievement. ( I didn’t know it had that function!)
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School name: Coshocton High School
School type: Public
State: OH
City: Coshocton

The Challenge

Access to technology.

The Solution

Core curriculum, Intervention, Enrichment / gifted students, After-school, Supplementary, Special Education, Improve state test scores, At-risk students, College and other career readiness

The Benefit

Initially, I used the content as supplemental teaching materials. Then, I realized that the materials were so much better than the text I was given to use in the classroom. I use CK-12 for all levels of learning, to implement differentiated instruction and to help me align my formative and summative assessments to the Common Core. However, I have not used it to monitor student progress and achievement. ( I didn’t know it had
hat function!)

Implementation

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Arithmetic, Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Trigonometry

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program, Computer lab, Home access, Computer in classroom

How were resources distributed? Printed, Projected onto board in class, On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser, Kindle, studyNow! iPad App.

Strategy: I completely ditched the textbook this year and have fully implemented CK-12 into my existing curriculum along with STAR Math.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? No.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? I have not used CK-12 to track student progress.

Challenges faced during implementation: Incredible amount of material, but easily navigated.

Suggested best practices: Make sure to be specific in your searches for materials.

Challenge: Textbooks are very expensive and quickly become outdated.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Special Education, College and other career readiness.
Benefit: I have had very good results regarding measurable student learning outcomes, performance and engagement. I plan on continuing to use Flexbooks and I will also continue to develop interactive assignments, tests and quizzes based on flexbook content.

I would like to be one of your “Champions” because I am truly grateful for your site.

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School name:Cranberry Area Jr./Sr. High School
School type: Public
State:PA
City:Seneca

The Challenge

Textbooks are very expensive and quickly become outdated.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Special Education, College and other career readiness.

The Benefit

I have had very good results regarding measurable student learning outcomes, performance and engagement. I plan on continuing to use Flexbooks and I will also continue to develop interactive assignments, tests and quizzes based on flexbook content.

I would like to be one of your “Champions” because I am truly grateful for your site.

Implementation

Grade Level: 8, 9

Subjects :P hysical Science, Earth Sciences

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program

How were resources distributed? How were resources distributed? Online in the browser

Strategy:The Flexbooks have replaced my regular textbook. The content is fully incorporated into my curriculum.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Part.

How do you track student progress with CK-12?I use Blackboard Engage to develop my assignments and the features of the program allow me quickly check things like response status of student and I can grade and provide feedback to the students concerning the Flexbook content based lessons I’ve developed.

Challenges faced during implementation:It was very time consuming completely replacing my old content with Flexbook-based content. Developing the interactive lessons was truly challenging because I taught myself how to do it with little help from outside sources. I’m quite good at it now but still have room for improvement. I plan on continuing to develop more lessons and explore the other possibilities the Flexbook site has to offer

Suggested best practices:Stay focused and if you do not have the time or want the stress of completely replacing your old curriculum in the first year, perhaps do it in stages.

Challenge: Low engagement with content.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary, Special Education
Benefit: Good job! CK-12 has been fantastic; the rate at which students turn in homework assignments has improved and there is more engagement with content by students during class.
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School name:Duval High School
School type: Public
State:MD
City:Lanham

The Challenge

Low engagement with content.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary, Special Education

The Benefit

Good job! CK-12 has been fantastic; the rate at which students turn in homework assignments has improved and there is more engagement with content by students during class.

Implementation

Grade Level:10, 11, 12

Subjects:Geometry, Biology, Earth Sciences

Scenario:Computer in classroom, Online school

How were resources distributed?Projected onto board in class, Online in the browser

Strategy:We used CK-12 as a supplementary and enrichment resource.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities?Part of their homework responsibilities.

How do you track student progress with CK-12?How do you track student progress with CK-12? We use a school grading software (SchoolMax).

Challenges faced during implementation:None

Suggested best practices:Be consistent and implement it in a step-wise manner.

Challenge: Not enough money to keep buying textbooks that meet standards.
Solution: Core curriculum, Special Education, At-risk students
Benefit: Right now, I am in a situation where a free book is better than no book. Students are achieving better scores on NWEA tests and MEAP tests since I moved away from our old textbooks. I love this idea and look forward to learning and implementing more. For the past three years, I have had no textbook…I am really hoping that this is the light at the end of the tunnel.
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School name:Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Junior High and High School
School type: Public
State:MI

City:Pigeon

The Challenge

Not enough money to keep buying textbooks that meet standards.

The Solution

Core curriculum, Special Education, At-risk students

The Benefit

Right now, I am in a situation where a free book is better than no book. Students are achieving better scores on NWEA tests and MEAP tests since I moved away from our old textbooks. I love this idea and look forward to learning and implementing more. For the past three years, I have had no textbook…I am really hoping that this is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Implementation

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry, Analysis

Created own FlexBook?: Yes.

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program

How were resources distributed? Printed, On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser, Apple iBooks.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? No.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? I use the texts and do not use the tracking abilities yet.

Challenges faced during implementation: I find the writing is sometimes stiff and the heart of the lesson needing more clarification (but that’s my job!). Another challenge is that my students are not used to online texts. Time will lead to adaptation.

Suggested best practices: Next year I will model how to read the text and use the helps.

Challenge: Offering sufficient texts so all students could have one. Using out of date materials
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Improve state test scores.
Benefit: We have experienced nearly 100% engagement among our highly mobile (over 30% transient) population. We are still gathering underclass post-test data this week. Not surprisingly, 12th grade students showed 60% improvement in content and concept knowledge, application and the ability to analyze data. Our test was teacher developed to follow the preliminary National Science Standards from a test bank developed by Prentice Hall for their Conceptual Physics course that we previously purchased.
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School name:Herrin High School
School type: Public
State:IL

City:Herrin

The Challenge

Offering sufficient texts so all students could have one. Using out of date materials

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Improve state test scores.

The Benefit

We have experienced nearly 100% engagement among our highly mobile (over 30% transient) population. We are still gathering underclass post-test data this week. Not surprisingly, 12th grade students showed 60% improvement in content and concept knowledge, application and the ability to analyze data. Our test was teacher developed to follow the preliminary National Science Standards from a test bank developed by Prentice Hall for their Conceptual Physics course that we previously purchased.

Implementation

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics

Created own FlexBook?: No.

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program, Home access

How were resources distributed? Online in the browser

Strategy: I created a Physical Science class using selected chapters from People’s Physics and Chemistry.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? My homework is largely based upon questions from CK-12 material and the readings are from CK-12.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? I useWe have a Pre-Test/Post-Test for the course and give three major periodic assessments in addition to answers to nearly daily homework questions and lab reports.

Challenges faced during implementation: Learning to organize the course material with labs in a user-friendly manner on my website.

Suggested best practices: I am currently trying to transfer my website to Blackboard. That platform makes homework assessment easier as it grades certain types of questions. I already used Exam Generator to make major assessments and the Pre-Test/Post Test (which is 100 questions) self grading. U of Colorado-Boulder has a set of online lab simulations that fit very well with CK-12 science materials.

Additionally, I use Google docs to generate lab report forms and homework response pages and am eager to learn better ways to help students take ownership of their learning.

Challenge: Enough textbooks and resources for all students to have access when they needed it, high cost of materials.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, Special Education, Improve state test scores, College and other career readiness.
Benefit: We have been VERY pleased with our student engagement, and (anecdotally) our students have been able to go much deeper into inquiry and student-driven research topics. We are still waiting for results from our KS science assessment to compare with our previous scores.
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School name:Junction City High School
School type: Public
State:Junction City

City:KS

The Challenge

Enough textbooks and resources for all students to have access when they needed it, high cost of materials.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, Special Education, Improve state test scores, College and other career readiness.

The Benefit

We have been VERY pleased with our student engagement, and (anecdotally) our students have been able to go much deeper into inquiry and student-driven research topics. We are still waiting for results from our KS science assessment to compare with our previous scores.

Implementation

Grade Level: 11, 12, 13+

Subjects: Statistics, Life Sciences, Biology

Created own FlexBook?: Yes.

Scenario: Home access, Computer in classroom

How were resources distributed? Printed, Projected onto board in class, On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser, Android Tablet

Strategy: We edited a version of the CK-12 Biology FlexBook to fit with our curriculum and to match with the framework of the NGSS.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Occasionally

Challenges faced during implementation: Getting all department members to accept that the content was just as good as in the $100 textbooks.

Suggested best practices: Take risks, aim high, but don’t forget to take the time to walk students (and staff) through how to access all of the content associated with the Flexbook. It is too powerful a tool to not use correctly.

Challenge: Textbook costs.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum.
Benefit: The metrics in this first year have been similar to those used previously for same topics to provide a comparison of student comprehension of the same information in the two methods. Student engagement and dedication to completing assignments was seemingly unchanged, although a new and more liberal school policy toward the use of handheld devices may, hopefully, change this.

I really enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, this flexibility and ready resource. It allows easy and quick adaptation of courses, elimination of costly overproduced texts, and gives some of the academic freedom back to teachers that standardization may have eroded.

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School name:Northeast Vernon County Jr. High/High School
School type: Public
State:MO

City:Walker

The Challenge

Textbook costs.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum.

The Benefit

The metrics in this first year have been similar to those used previously for same topics to provide a comparison of student comprehension of the same information in the two methods. Student engagement and dedication to completing assignments was seemingly unchanged, although a new and more liberal school policy toward the use of handheld devices may, hopefully, change this.

I really enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, this flexibility and ready resource. It allows easy and quick adaptation of courses, elimination of costly overproduced texts, and gives some of the academic freedom back to teachers that standardization may have eroded.

Implementation

Grade Level: 7-12

Subjects: Life Sciences, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences

Created own FlexBook?: Yes.

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program, Computer lab, Home access, Computer in classroom, Online school, print

How were resources distributed? Printed, On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser, Kindle, Android Tablet

Strategy: Several adapted texts are used as the basis for the science courses, grades 7 thru 12.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? The reading and optional exploration of online resources is generally a homework assignment.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? It is fully integrated within our regular program.

Challenges faced during implementation: Students do not universally have access to the internet at home.

Suggested best practices: An emphasis on the use of the texts in the online environment, allowing exploration of links as further explanation of content, is important.

Challenge: Not enough textbooks to issue for use at home.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Improve state test scores, ESL students
Benefit: So pleased to see grades improve and more students engaged. Having a FREE textbook online was an answer to our prayers. I had needed more textbooks, and parents had wanted textbooks at home. I thought it was too good to have no hidden agenda, but Ck-12 has truly had no undesirable strings attached!
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School name:Olde Towne Middle School
School type: Public
State:MS

City:Ridgeland

The Challenge

Not enough textbooks to issue for use at home.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Improve state test scores, ESL students

The Benefit

So pleased to see grades improve and more students engaged. Having a FREE textbook online was an answer to our prayers. I had needed more textbooks, and parents had wanted textbooks at home. I thought it was too good to have no hidden agenda, but Ck-12 has truly had no undesirable strings attached!

Implementation

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Physical Science, Earth Sciences

Created own FlexBook?: Yes.

Scenario: Home access, Computer in classroom, Online school

How were resources distributed? Printed, Projected onto board in class, On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser, Apple iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Android Tablet

Strategy: SevCK-12 is used as a primary lesson source. Students read, answer review questions, and define vocabulary. After we review answers, students take a daily quiz.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? The reading and optional exploration of online resources is generally a homework assignment.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? I use a daily quiz after each lesson.

Challenges faced during implementation: Most students were excited to use technology in class, but some used this as an excuse so have printed lessons too.

Suggested best practices: Daily quizzes motivated students to be prepared.

Challenge: Textbooks were too big, did not cover the state core curriculum well enough, and had too much material that wasn’t being taught. The order of the material in the textbook was not how I like to teach it, and textbooks cost too much to allow students to effectively use them (i.e. writing in them).
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, At-risk students, ESL students.
Benefit: Students perform very well on state tests; I feel students are learning content at a deeper level because I can make the texts very focused on what they need to know without skimming past a lot of information they don’t need to know. Students like the ease of using the book, its focused content, etc.
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School name:Spanish Fork High School
School type: Public
State:UT

City:Spanish Fork

The Challenge

Not enough textbooks to issue for use at home.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, At-risk students, ESL students.

The Benefit

Students perform very well on state tests; I feel students are learning content at a deeper level because I can make the texts very focused on what they need to know without skimming past a lot of information they don’t need to know. Students like the ease of using the book, its focused content, etc.

Implementation

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Chemistry

Created own FlexBook?: Yes.

Scenario: Mostly printed materials

How were resources distributed? Printed, On the computer – PDF format

Strategy: I made and printed a book using CK-12 materials that I have used and updated each year for the past 3 years. It is the only text I hand out to students. Because I can print black and white copies for each student for a small fraction of the publishers’ textbooks, I can give each student a book to keep and write in to teach literacy, etc.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes – some days for reading assignments and other days for working out problems.

Challenges faced during implementation: I wanted printed books for my students to write in as I don’t have 1:1 in my classroom. With printed, I wanted the ability to format my text and images easily, so I copy and paste the materials I want into Microsoft Word to allow for more flexibility. That’s not the only way to do this, but it’s worked well for me.

Suggested best practices: This is your chance to teach literacy strategies – use it! Take workshops on teaching reading skills if you need to learn how to teach them yourself, but the students deserve this instruction – they don’t know how to effectively read by themselves. We just assume they do.

Challenge: Lack of up to date materials.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary, Improve state test scores.
Benefit: I believe that student content level readiness has increased and am waiting for end of course test scores to verify. Student engagement has increased and the content seems to be more engaging than a hard copy textbook in front of them. I really appreciate the ease of use and convenience as well as the cost savings to our struggling district.
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School name:Valley View Junior High
School type: Public
State:OH

City:Farmersville

The Challenge

Lack of up to date materials.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary, Improve state test scores.

The Benefit

I believe that student content level readiness has increased and am waiting for end of course test scores to verify. Student engagement has increased and the content seems to be more engaging than a hard copy textbook in front of them. I really appreciate the ease of use and convenience as well as the cost savings to our struggling district.

Implementation

Grade Level: 8

Subjects: Life Sciences, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics

Created own FlexBook?: Yes.

Scenario: Computer lab, Home access, Computer in classroom

How were resources distributed? Printed, Projected onto board in class, On the computer – PDF format, Kindle

Strategy: I use it as our classroom textbook.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Sometimes.

Challenges faced during implementation: Students remembering passwords to access class instruction. Keep it simple and contact parents with access codes earlier in the school year.

Suggested best practices: Search for grade level content and don’t try to add too much at a time to your Flexbooks. Keep it simple and follow state content standards.

Challenge: Cost of textbooks, weight of textbooks, lack of flexibility in adapting the material from the texts.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary.
Benefit: Never issued so many “A” and “B” grades in 20 years.
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School name:Warren County Middle School
School type: Public
State:VA

City:Front Royal

The Challenge

Cost of textbooks, weight of textbooks, lack of flexibility in adapting the material from the texts.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary.

The Benefit

Never issued so many "A" and "B" grades in 20 years.

Implementation

Grade Level: 6

Subjects: Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences

Created own FlexBook?: Yes.

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program, Home access, Computer in classroom, intraNet with own Moodle.

How were resources distributed? Printed, Projected onto board in class, On the computer – PDF format.

Strategy: CK-12 is at the core of my teaching.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? Custom designed quizzes, paper and Moodle based.

Challenges faced during implementation: File server issues, had to create entire back end – teaching tools, assessments etc.

Suggested best practices: Watch my videos on using it at: http://www.starmaterials.com/Book/Science/ES/ES19_Solar_System/ES19A/index.htm

Private

Challenge: High material costs moving to 1-to-1.
Solution: Used FlexBook System to find, assemble, and customize primary textbooks from CK-12 Trigonometry, Math Analysis, and Calculus FlexBooks. Pilot began in the ’12-’13 academic year as part of iPad initiative for 90 students in grades 9-12.
Benefit: More than $4,000 in savings on textbook costs

Challenge: High material costs, transportability, editable/customizable
Solution: Used FlexBook System to find, assemble, and customize primary textbook from CK-12 Geometry FlexBook. Pilot began in the ’12-’13 academic year with 9 students in 8th grade. Open textbook is also used as a living text for the class with subsequent classes making revisions.
Benefit: Significant savings for parents,Text editing greatly enhanced student engagement in content

Challenge: Cost of textbooks, weight of textbooks, lack of flexibility in adapting the material from the texts
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary.
Benefit: We’ve used the program for one year, so it’s a bit difficult to determine progress change; but there’s been no significant loss of performance [as evaluated by standard formal and informal diagnostics], and student access to the materials from multiple locations (through Dropbox) has helped many struggling students (who’ve been able to access supplementary CK-12 texts and material, and whose grades have been raised because of access to those resources). Next year, we also hope to use the CK-12 study apps.
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School name:Columbus Catholic High School
School type: Private
State:WI

The Challenge

Cost of textbooks, weight of textbooks, lack of flexibility in adapting the material from the texts.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Supplementary.

The Benefit

We’ve used the program for one year, so it’s a bit difficult to determine progress change; but there’s been no significant loss of performance [as evaluated by standard formal and informal diagnostics], and student access to the materials from multiple locations (through Dropbox) has helped many struggling students (who’ve been able to access supplementary CK-12 texts and material, and whose grades have been raised because of access to those resources). Next year, we also hope to use the CK-12 study apps.

Implementation

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Statistics, Trigonometry, Analysis, Calculus

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program, Home access

How were resources distributed? Projected onto board in class, On the computer – PDF format, Apple iBooks

Strategy: We’re using CK-12 Flexbooks as the main textbooks in four courses.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? We track progress as we’d do with other materials (tests, informal diagnostics, etc.).

Challenges faced during implementation:Challenges faced during implementation: The formatting problems with various versions of the CK-12 Flexbooks were the biggest initial challenge; the lack of a Precalculus text (as such) was another challenge. If these could be fixed on CK-12′s end, it would be a tremendous help.

Suggested best practices: Suggested best practices: Implement Dropbox (or some other cloud-based storage (system), and put your texts (and supplementary materials) on it where students can access the materials and texts from multiple platforms. The fact that the materials are copyright free is a real blessing, for which I’m most grateful!

Challenge: Obtaining quality textbooks with information we wanted to present.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, College and other career readiness.
Benefit: Students were more engaged in class as I was able to implement more interactive and hands on learning. Assessment was accomplished via hands on tests on camera as well as paper testing of knowledge.

Love the open source approach to the content.

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School name:Imperial Academy
School type: Private
State:WI
City: Edmond

The Challenge

Obtaining quality textbooks with information we wanted to present.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, College and other career readiness.

The Benefit

Students were more engaged in class as I was able to implement more interactive and hands on learning. Assessment was accomplished via hands on tests on camera as well as paper testing of knowledge.

Love the open source approach to the content.

Implementation

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: Computer in classroom, Online school

How were resources distributed? Projected onto board in class, On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser, projected in Adobe Connect

Strategy: We began with a basic Flexbook and edited for our core curriculum.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? In class assessments.

Challenges faced during implementation:Learning how to edit the textbooks. Really learn the software they are going to use to edit.

Suggested best practices: The textbooks are really good to begin to plan your curriculum. You can then edit them to plan your curriculum to be what you want to accomplish.

Challenge: We struggled to find a well rounded science program until CK-12. It was great to have the added resources for SAT Prep.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, College and other career readiness
Benefit: CK-12 was a great start. It needs tweaking in order to make it easier for the teacher to blend their model or to implement without a number of days of additional planning.
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School name:Kumu Wai Mauloa Academy (We were Isaiah Academy for Excellence)
School type: Private
State:WI
City: Wailuku

The Challenge

We struggled to find a well rounded science program until CK-12. It was great to have the added resources for SAT Prep.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, College and other career readiness

The Benefit

CK-12 was a great start. It needs tweaking in order to make it easier for the teacher to blend their model or to implement without a number of days of additional planning.

Implementation

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Subjects: Biology, Physical Science, SAT Prep

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: Each student has a computer at their desk.

How were resources distributed? Printed, Online in the browser.

Strategy: I have taken the curriculum for Biology — and the Core Curriculum– and added the activities from CK-12 to each part of my class plans.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? It is part of their homework responsibilities.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? I print out the actual concept lists; then we highlight when each is completed (based on honest reporting). It would be GREAT to have something like ALEKS.com which tracks time on task and mastery responses.

Challenges faced during implementation: The challenge is to monitor student progress AND the time it takes to be sure they have completed each module. Many of the "maps" do not work.

Suggested best practices: If I had more time (later during the summer) or after school is out, I would be happy to share these.

Challenge: Finding appropriate affordable curriculum that was flexible enough to meet the individual needs of our students.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Special Education, At-risk students.
Benefit: We are using the FlexBooks as a primary source for foundational information. Students are producing projects on a variety of topics based on the information that they have learned in the textbooks.
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School name:North Country Learning Center
School type: Private
State:NH
City: North Conway

The Challenge

Finding appropriate affordable curriculum that was flexible enough to meet the individual needs of our students.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Special Education, At-risk students.

The Benefit

We are using the FlexBooks as a primary source for foundational information. Students are producing projects on a variety of topics based on the information that they have learned in the textbooks.

Implementation

Grade Level: Pre-K – 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Life Sciences, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, geography

Created own FlexBook? No

Scenario: Computer lab.

How were resources distributed? Printed.

Strategy: We are using Flex Books in a variety of subjects as the foundation for meeting core curriculum requirements.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? No.

Challenges faced during implementation: The information seems a little too basic. We have realized that we have to customize the information to make it usable.

Suggested best practices: Be fully aware of the content and be prepared to augment what is available with other resources.

Challenge: Paying $ for textbooks that students don’t use.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Supplementary
Benefit: My metric is FCI, student products (blogs, projects etc.), and written assessments. Thank you for making a free textbook. Lots of happy parents and students. Keep up the good work. We aren’t a textbook based class, but since we are required to have a textbook, yours is the one we will go with.
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School name:Sacred Heart Cathedral High School
School type: Private
State:San Francisco

The Challenge

Paying $ for textbooks that students don’t use.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Supplementary

The Benefit

My metric is FCI, student products (blogs, projects etc.), and written assessments. Thank you for making a free textbook. Lots of happy parents and students. Keep up the good work. We aren’t a textbook based class, but since we are required to have a textbook, yours is the one we will go with.

Implementation

Grade Level: High School

Subjects: Physics

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program, Home access, Computer in classroom

How were resources distributed? Printed, On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser, Apple iBooks, Kindle, Android Tablet

Strategy: We met in teams to discuss core unpacked standards and remix the books to put those in at the beginning. We edited content to reflect language and equation formats used in class. We also edit problems. Finally, at the end of our chapter, we add in the rubric and description of the project-based challenge problem that we put at the end of each unit.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? No.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? The information seems a little too basic. We have realized that we have to customize the information to make it usable.

Challenges faced during implementation: The UI was really irritating. Also, the password process seemed more complicated than necessary.

Suggested best practices: When creating a Flexbook, don’t write the whole book at once. Do it one chapter/unit at a time in your learning team.

Challenge: A lot of gaps in my students’ learning skills.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, At-risk students
Benefit: I assess the students with released CST test score questions and reassess with the same questions to see what learning has taken place.
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School name:Sapientia Omnia Vincit Academy
School type: Private
State:CA

City:San Jacinto

The Challenge

A lot of gaps in my students’ learning skills.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Intervention, At-risk students

The Benefit

I assess the students with released CST test score questions and reassess with the same questions to see what learning has taken place.

Implementation

Grade Level: 12

Subjects: Arithmetic, Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, Life Sciences, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences

Scenario: One-to-one laptop / tablet program, Home access

How were resources distributed? On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser

Strategy: I am using CK-12 to fill in gaps in learning and to further skills in math and sciences.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? I take the courses with them.

Challenges faced during implementation: None at this point. This is very user friendly.

Suggested best practices: Being proactive with the courses will help you understand what the students are learning and how.

Challenge: Some Flash issues with individual students but those can be resolved.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum.
Benefit: No head to head comparisons were done. Student achievement was on par with prior year’s classes using traditional texts and curriculum.
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School name:Saint Francis Cabrini School
School type: Private
State:CA

City:San Jose

The Challenge

Some Flash issues with individual students but those can be resolved.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum.

The Benefit

No head to head comparisons were done. Student achievement was on par with prior year’s classes using traditional texts and curriculum.

Implementation

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Subjects: Life Sciences, Physical Science, Earth Sciences

Created own FlexBook?: No

Scenario: Home access

How were resources distributed? Projected onto board in class, Online in the browser, Kindle, Android Tablet

Strategy: We just jumped in, replacing old textbooks. Sent parents a long explanatory email. Had NO complaints.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes.

How do you track student progress with CK-12? Reading quizzes and submitted assignments from the linked labs.

Challenges faced during implementation: Inform parents up front. Parents are much more uncomfortable than the students.

Suggested best practices: Emphasize that the text is accessible from many devices, allowing students flexibility in study locations.

Charter

Challenge: Low Algebra 1 proficiency scores.
Solution: Pilot ran from 2009 to 2011. FlexMath was used as the full curriculum including lesson plans, assessments, assignments, and practice. 4 teachers taught 400 9th grade students using FlexMath.
Benefit: Increased Algebra CST passing rates increase from 13% proficient with no students scoring advanced in 2008 to 68% proficient with 20% advanced

Challenge: Low Algebra 1 proficiency scores.
Solution: Pilot ran in 2011. FlexMath was used as the full curriculum including lesson plans, assessments, assignments, and practice. 4 teachers taught 200 9th grade students using FlexMath.
Benefit: Increased Algebra CST passing rates increase from 29% proficient with 3% scoring advanced in 2010 to 73% proficient with 30% advanced

Challenge: Low Algebra 1 proficiency scores.
Solution: Pilot ran in 2011. FlexMath was used as the full curriculum including lesson plans, assessments, assignments, and practice. 4 teachers taught 200 9th grade students using FlexMath.
Benefit: Increased Algebra CST passing rates from 28% in 2010 to 53% in 2011

Challenge: Wanted state aligned texts, workbooks, and teacher resources
Solution: Pilot began in ’11-’12 academic year with one teacher using the CK-12 Biology FlexBook as the primary text for both Honors and at grade level Biology for 100 students. During ’12-’13, 160 students used CK-12 FlexBooks in Biology and Earth Science.
Benefit: 2012 Biology state tests showed 81% proficiency at Voyager compared to 75% for state average. Savings between $2,000 and $5,000.

Challenge: Information was too rigid and hard for our students to access.
Solution: CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Summer school, Supplementary, College and other career readiness
Benefit: I grade student comprehension once every unit on a CK-12 text. On average students score between 90 and 80 percent.
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School name: Leadership Public Schools Oakland R&D
School type: Charter
State: CA
City:Oakland

The Challenge

Information was too rigid and hard for our students to access.

The Solution

CK-12 resources were used as Core curriculum, Enrichment / gifted students, Summer school, Supplementary, College and other career readiness

The Benefit

I grade student comprehension once every unit on a CK-12 text. On average students score between 90 and 80 percent.

Implementation

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subjects:Life Sciences, Biology, Physical Science, Earth Sciences

Created own FlexBook? Yes

Scenario: Print out CK-12 content for students’ packets.

How were resources distributed?On the computer – PDF format, Online in the browser.

Strategy:I implement CK-12 as the main reading resource. I give it for homework or reading in partners in class.

Is CK-12 content assigned as part of students’ homework responsibilities? Yes.

How do you track student progress with CK-12?I track progress through annotations and completion of analysis questions at the end of each reading.

Challenges faced during implementation:None

Suggested best practices:Edit and organize the content for the unit prior to teaching the unit.

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