While Apple’s iPads are the tablet of choice for the majority of K-12 schools in the United States, thousands still are turning to Chromebooks and Android devices for their 1:1 computing programs. But ask any classroom teacher and they’ll tell you the focus shouldn’t be on hardware selection, but rather, the content and content management system that allows them to select and assign relevant materials for maximum student learning.
In an effort to support all schools working to incorporate high quality open educational resources (OER) into their 1:1 implementations, Net Texts has released an upgraded version of its Android application. Net Texts is a free, web-based system that provides teachers access to a vast library of high quality OER content, which they can then combine with their own resources to create and publish lessons directly to students’ iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks or computers.
With the new Android app update, students are able to take notes on the lessons, units, and courses assigned by their teachers through Net Texts, thereby allowing them to create outlines straight from the app. Notes can then be exported to an email for organizational purposes. Additionally, students can now take interactive assessments on the Android app, a feature that iPad users have come to love. “This feature benefits the teacher because they can monitor how well their students are absorbing the material. Our goal is to give teachers as many tools as possible to create a fully customizable course,” said Nick Wheatley-Schaller, technology manager at Net Texts.
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. Using an intuitive interface, teachers can find, build and customize multimedia courses from Net Texts’ mix-and-match library of more than 60,000 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.
The newly upgraded Android app also provides access to Net Texts’ expanded collection of OER Textbook Replacement Courses. Designed as ready-made courses for math, science, social studies, and English for grades 6-12, the courses provide easy-to-implement content solutions for 1:1 computing programs, blended learning environments, flipped classrooms, and traditional classrooms looking to infuse more technology into core content areas.
Net Texts provides educators with instant access to courses organized by objectives and standards, including the Common Core State Standards. Teachers can also search the Net Texts database by item type, subject, grade level, or keyword to quickly find courses, units, and items that address their specific curriculum and standards requirements. To save time, teachers can copy and share these resources with each other.
For more information visit http://www.net-texts.com.
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