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Old 09-01-2009, 06:19 PM   #1
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California digital textbooks - update

In a press release dated 11 August:

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the first report of California’s free digital textbook initiative... Of the 16 free digital textbooks for high school math and science reviewed, ten meet at least 90 percent of California’s standards. Four meet 100 percent of standards, including the CK-12 Foundation’s CK-12 Single Variable Calculus, CK-12 Trigonometry, CK-12 Chemistry and Dr. H. Jerome Keisler’s Elementary Calculus: An Infinitesimal Approach.
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You can find the digital textbooks here (as well as a report specifying exactly how well they did).
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Curiously enough, I can't see that a second step has been planned. I really wonder where they are going to go from here.
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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90 megabytes for one textbook!
Sounds like scanned material to me...
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^^ yeah. pretty much. however, that would do for a a very good free educational material .

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The source material seems more than a little fragmented, lots of different sites, many proper PDFs, some scanned image PDFs (only one or two, many PDFs are that large because they are very rich in images), some are broken up into awkward chapters with awkward names, and so on.

Still, a good initiative.
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In a press release dated 11 August:



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You can find the digital textbooks here (as well as a report specifying exactly how well they did).
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Curiously enough, I can't see that a second step has been planned. I really wonder where they are going to go from here.
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what the hell is this
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:12 AM   #6
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At least one of them (the CK-12 calculus textbook available at http://cafreetextbooks.ck12.org/math/CK12_Calculus.pdf ) uses bitmap graphics for all mathematics --- not even bothering to line things up on the baseline and using a mix of Computer Modern (in w/ text) and Times / Symbol (for labelling figures).

Absolutely wretched and along the lines of one of my worst experiences w/ a boss attempting to outsource composition work.

Sometimes ``free'' is too expensive.

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