I get discouraged when I hear teacher’s complain about their “outdated” textbooks. Equally frustrating is when a new course is developed, the first thing some teachers want is the textbook for the course. Some teachers treat the textbook like it is the curriculum guide. Sure, there are some good chapters in textbooks, but Manitoba Education had never intended teachers to work through a textbook from cover to cover. There has never been a “textbook” for Visual Arts, music, physical education, and likely many more subjects at many levels including high school.
Want a better textbook? Create it with your students. There are so many places to gather information that could be reformatted to create your own “textbook”. Use a wiki like Wikispaces. Use a free online web editor like Weebly. Create the book on your iPad with various tools like Book Creator or Creative Book Builder. Got a Mac? Use iBooks Author, today’s premier free tool for creating books. Learn more here.