DOE of­fers free dig­i­tal text­books

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As the 2014-2015 aca­demic year be­gins, teach­ers, school lead­ers, par­ents and stu­dents should be aware they can ac­cess free, in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal text­books through the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s web­site.

“As we im­ple­ment the new stan­dards, we know teach­ers and par­ents need high-qual­ity re­sources,” State School Su­per­in­ten­dent John Barge said. “We de­vel­oped th­ese text­books and other re­sources for mid­dle and high school vir­tual school cour­ses, and the stu­dents who have used them have been very suc­cess­ful. Much of their suc­cess can be at­trib­uted to th­ese ex­cep­tional re­sources in the hands of our teach­ers.”

The text­books, which can be ac­cessed by vis­it­ing gavir­tu­al­learn­ Re­sources, are cur­rently avail­able for mid­dle and high school cour­ses. They cover an ar­ray of con­tent ar­eas in lan­guage arts, math, sci­ence, so­cial stud­ies, CTAE elec­tives and sev­eral world lan­guages (Span­ish, Ger­man, French, Latin, Chi­nese and Ja­panese). Text­books range from cour­ses such as co­or­di­nate al­ge­bra, an­a­lytic ge­om­e­try and bi­ol­ogy to elec­tives such as web de­sign, agri­cul­ture, and health­care sci­ence.

Many of the text­books fea­ture sup­ple­men­tal or in­ter­ac­tive con­tent, in­clud­ing study guides, dis­cus­sion ques­tions, games, audio record­ings and quizzes. When learn­ing about func­tion fam­i­lies in a co­or­di­nate al­ge­bra text­book, stu­dents can hover over vo­cab­u­lary words to view their def­i­ni­tions. In a Fun­da­men­tals of Web De­sign CTAE course, stu­dents can take in­ter­ac­tive quizzes as they learn HTML.

Th­ese re­sources are aligned to the Common Core Ge­or­gia Per­for­mance Stan­dards and are free for use by schools, dis­tricts or in­di­vid­u­als. To ac­cess the text­books and a list of sub­jects avail­able, visit gavir­tu­al­learn­­sources, then visit the “click here” link un­der the “shared” head­ing. Visit gavir­tu­al­learn­ to ac­cess more on­line learn­ing re­sources from the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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