Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbooks
The science education community in partnership with Dr. David Wiley from Brigham Young University (BYU) and funding from a Hewlett Foundation Grant has embarked on a statewide scaling for open education resource development for Science (Grades 3-12).
Building upon previous collaborations with educators in Nebo School district reaching back to 2009, the project reached out to engage educators from across the state on teams to build state textbooks for secondary science courses in 2012 and elementary science courses in 2013. Twenty three districts and 7 charter schools had teacher representation in the writing groups that pulled together the textbook from open education resources such as CK-12 and Thunderbolt Kids. The final textbooks are available in a digital PDF format for free under a creative commons license.
The project will continue with supported implementation efforts for teachers, along with a commitment to continue to update the materials each year using community feedback and data. This will be a continual process that provides a sustainable and cost effective solution to supporting student reference materials that are adaptable to changes in the Utah Core and science content knowledge.
Science OER Textbook Community Feedback
As we continue to refine and improve these documents, we welcome feedback to be considered by the annual review committee.
New for the 2016-2017 OER Textbooks, we have partnered with CK-12 to be a hosting site for our textbooks. Books can now be accessed online through the given links or downloaded in a PDF format. Teachers will also be able to start an account at CK-12 and use the Science OER Textbooks as a starting point to make their own adjustments (please note that the logistics of printing any books with personal adjustments will need to be organized by the teacher). The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) books as well as books created by other schools in Utah can be found at: http://www.ck12.org/schools/utah. As we continue to refine and improve these documents, we welcome your feedback on the online survey.
Science Textbooks: Hard Copy Purchases
These textbooks will have a color cover, but black and white pages. This keeps the costs low. Districts, schools, etc. are welcome to print the books through their own printing services using the PDF files above. We have provided the links below to support easy ordering, but you are more than welcome to print these resources on your own based on your access and cost.
It is highly recommended that one copy is purchased for review before you place a large order for multiple copies.