Things we all agree on.
The technological changes in our society require us to adopt a more flexible and updatable platform for textbooks.
Technology, in and of itself, solves nothing.
This is a social justice issue.
We need validation.
We need a certain amount of control over the content.
A solid, defined plan is needed.
Is it about access to better content?
We were approached by the Nord Family Foundation to start a discussion about wikibooks we started in the position of delivering more current uptodate content. The wiki, then, would be a repository of current updatable information. It would mimic a classroom textbook except that it would, if you had right of access, be updatable with more and more current and accurate information.
Is it about access to better teaching styles?
As a repository for lesson plans and teaching methods, a wiki would be more of a training tool for teachers, so that they could be kept uptodate on the latest â€˜best wayâ€™ to teach a given subject.
As in the following by Jim Gouldâ€¦
We have the infrastructure to effect change, and that is lesson study. In a word, lesson study is an ongoing process where a team of teachers teach a few key lessons over and over to different groups of students. The teachers watch each otherâ€™s teachingâ€”and the studentsâ€™ responses, including the extent to which they learned the content being taught.
The result is a collection of a few critical and essential lessons that teach students vital math and science content knowledge. The upshot is that the students become empowered to continue learning at higher levels and have the confidence and desire to stick with a rigorous math and science course of study.
Wiki could be the medium to present these lessons so that affluent schools, poor schools, private schools, public schools, and charter schools could all benefit equally from such a project. After all, the future points to worldwide collaboration between knowledge workers, all of whom are players who know how to take a project apart, distribute the parcels to the best resources, and assemble the completed parts to create new material and non-material goods in demand throughout the World market.
Is it about building better textbooks?
A wikibook could also be about a different kind of textbook. An interactive textbook that students could actually be involved in the creation of. This textbook would have a solid core tied to state standards and then an expanding shell that would be adaptable and would develop according to the needs of the users.