I, too, teach in Indiana, and this year, we are actually not adopting a science series. We are going to use the old text book, but not as we have in the past. Our school recently subscribed to Discovery Education, where we have access to a variety of learning tools (i.e. videos, lessons, etc).
I would love to hear how it works out with your social studies this school year.
Thanks for sharing!
Well, in my case, I prefer to have some kind of textbook, but that's only because I teach upper-level high school math, and it helps the kids to be able to see examples worked out in the book. Yes, I give them a lot of examples in class, and they can find things online, but some books actually do a good job of working out examples step-by-step, with explanations alongside. I don't use textbooks in Algebra 2, because we "use" Carnegie Learning, and I loathe with an intensely burning passion that useless software and method of teaching....inner calm. Find the inner calm.
As I was trying to say, I don't use textbooks in Algebra 2, because the books provided have absolutely no examples. Carnegie is all about "discovery" learning, so the textbooks are all questions, trying to lead the students to discover things on their own. I don't like that, and neither did my kids. We did just fine without textbooks last year, and we'll do fine without them this year.
If I could find math textbooks that have absolutely no pretty pictures, no useless "Interesting Facts", no ridiculous "Connection to [insert subject area here]", and just gave worked-out examples and then practice problems, I'd grab those in a heartbeat. Otherwise, I'd be fine with some kind of software or app that summarized things for them. The only reason I don't prefer that is because many of my students will get on the computer and then get lost in Facebook. The parents last year didn't like the lack of textbooks for that reason. All HW was online, and they had to constantly remind the students to get off of Facebook and finish my homework.
This idea is really great. First off, we will be saving the trees and contribute to a better environment.
And in using technology to replace textbooks, the possibilites are endless. We can use ebooks as a replacement. We can also make use of audiobooks, which can be beneficial because the students can continue "reading" even if their eyes are already tired. We can even use downloadable podcasts as a record of previous lessons which students who weren't able to make it to class can use to keep themselves up to date.
Although there will be significant expenses at the start, i believe this will have a ripple effect and the savings will be realized sooner than later.