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Tom Daccord

Increase Student Engagement by Getting Rid of Textbooks | Edutopia - 2 views

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    "Drool in the textbook.

    That's one of my most lasting impressions of high school. I can't tell you the number of times that I fell asleep -- face down in my textbook -- during various history and foreign language classes.

    And these days -- as a history teacher and as a foreign language teacher -- that's one of the memories I'd rather not impart to my students."
Tom Daccord

Online Textbooks Increasingly Popular Among Students and Teachers - ABC News - 0 views

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    Digital Textbooks, Online Learning Increasingly Popular
    Lugging Around a Backpack Full of Books May Soon Become a Thing of the Past
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    Digital Textbooks, Online Learning Increasingly Popular
    Lugging Around a Backpack Full of Books May Soon Become a Thing of the Past
Tom Daccord

iPods, Laptops Replacing School Textbooks - ABC News - 0 views

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    Schools Dump Textbooks for iPods, Laptops
    Teachers Say Students Learn Better From the Devices, Even Eultitasking
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    Schools Dump Textbooks for iPods, Laptops
    Teachers Say Students Learn Better From the Devices, Even Eultitasking
Tom Daccord

Could Texas' Gingrich-Based High School History Curriculum Go National? | TPMMuckraker - 0 views

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    Could Texas' Gingrich-Based High School History Curriculum Go National?
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    The GOP-controlled State Board of Education is working on a new set of statewide textbook standards for, among other subjects, U.S. History Studies Since Reconstruction.

    Approved textbooks, the draft standards say, must teach the Texan student to "identify significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly, and the Moral Majority." No analogous liberal figures or groups are required
Patrick Higgins

Curriculum Matters: U.S. History Textbooks' Omissions - 0 views

  • So what's a history teacher to do?

    Romanowski urges teachers to support students in critiquing their textbooks and exploring perspectives beyond that of the texts. Teachers can ask their students, for example, to answer this question: "Whose viewpoint is presented, whose omitted, and whose interests are served?" Teachers can have them explore reactions of various Americans to a historical event, such as the attacks of 9/11, including that of the U.S. president, a member of Congress, a relative of a victim, and an Arab-American. Lastly, Romanowski recommends, teachers can use writing assignments to develop students' critical thinking.

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    What do our textbooks omit? A sort of homage to James Loewen's "Lies My Teacher Told Me."
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