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Net Texts Provides Access to Free, Curated Open Educational Resources

Posted May 9, 2013
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Net Texts, a free, web-based system that provides teachers access to a vast library of high quality OER content, has announced broad availability of its system based on the success of a pilot program in Atlanta last year. Schools across the country are signing up for the sevice, through which they can combine free OER content with their own resources to create and publish lessons directly to students’ iPads, Android tablets, or computers. Teachers using the Net Texts system for education content management and delivery find they are able to make classroom learning more current and exciting, thus reducing the time students take to reach learning objectives, according to the announcement. Further, schools can save up to $250 per student per year by reducing or eliminating costs for textbooks and curriculum materials.

More than just a content management system, Net Texts is a powerful teaching and learning tool that helps schools maximize their investments in tablets and 1:1 computing initiatives, while improving teaching and learning, the announcement states. Using an intuitive interface, teachers can find, build and customize multimedia courses from Net Texts’ mix-and-match library of more than 21,000 free OER items from trusted providers like Curriki, Khan Academy, and some of the world’s top colleges and universities. Complete lessons, units and courses are available in subjects ranging from British and American literature to calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, and U.S. and world history.

Net Texts also allows teachers to add their own content and resources, change or update lessons at any time, and deliver them directly to students. Using the free Net Texts app, students can download the courses to their tablets and engage in interactive learning at any time, inside and outside the classroom. Because the content is stored locally on the devices, there is no need for students to have Wi-Fi access in order to view and complete their assignments.

Shannon Blake, a social studies teacher in Charleston, S.C., believes Net Texts has allowed her the opportunity to create a more student-centered classroom with ease. “With Net Texts, I am able to create and deliver several reading assignmentNet Texts, a free, web-based system that provides teachers access to a vast library of high quality OER content, has announced broad availability of its system based on the success of a pilot program in Atlanta last year. Schools across the country are signing up for the sevice, through which they can combine free OER content with their own resources to create and publish lessons directly to students’ iPads, Android tablets, or computers. Teachers using the Net Texts system for education content management and delivery find they are able to make classroom learning more current and exciting, thus reducing the time students take to reach learning objectives, according to the announcement. Further, schools can save up to $250 per student per year by reducing or eliminating costs for textbooks and curriculum materials.

More than just a content management system, Net Texts is a powerful teaching and learning tool that helps schools maximize their investments in tablets and 1:1 computing initiatives, while improving teaching and learning, the announcement states. Using an intuitive interface, teachers can find, build and customize multimedia courses from Net Texts’ mix-and-match library of more than 21,000 free OER items from trusted providers like Curriki, Khan Academy, and some of the world’s top colleges and universities. Complete lessons, units and courses are available in subjects ranging from British and American literature to calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, and U.S. and world history.

Net Texts also allows teachers to add their own content and resources, change or update lessons at any time, and deliver them directly to students. Using the free Net Texts app, students can download the courses to their tablets and engage in interactive learning at any time, inside and outside the classroom. Because the content is stored locally on the devices, there is no need for students to have Wi-Fi access in order to view and complete their assignments.

Shannon Blake, a social studies teacher in Charleston, S.C., believes Net Texts has allowed her the opportunity to create a more student-centered classroom with ease. “With Net Texts, I am able to create and deliver several reading assignments at different reading levels to accommodate the individual needs of all my students. And when students are absent, they can easily keep up with their missed assignments. I have started to post my lectures now so students can listen to the lecture at home as many times as they need to grasp the content,” she said.

In addition to social studies, Blake’s school, the Charleston Catholic School, uses Net Texts across all curriculum offerings including math, science, language arts, reading and religion. “This year even our yearbook and photography classes are using the program via their iPads,” she said. “It’s a wonderful tool to have.”

Source: Net Texts, www.net-texts.com/


 
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