David Andrade has written a simple but very useful post (links & resources to check out!) on how he teaches physics without textbooks, but with a myriad of resources that are current, flexible and interactive.
A good quote:
These resources are free (except for MSS and DE Streaming), accessible from anywhere, constantly updated, interactive, multimedia, and explain the concepts very well. Why do I need 150 copies of a textbook, at $100 each, that will be outdated before they get to me, can get damaged or lost, can’t update, and have no links or activities?
100 times $150 is $15,000 – and yes, they get damaged, lost, can be outdated and have no links or activities.
Or we can use a modular approach, and develop teaching modules that are current and that teach in a way that students today learn.
Seems like a simple choice, no?
And yes, locally, we have “reform” and so on – but let’s be serious – we can develop teaching modules that respond to Quebec’s education reform. Perhaps more-so than our textbooks are doing, I would say.