Digital textbooks continue to be one of the key frustrations in the public education arena. So far, they’re not more widely available than print, they’re not more cost effective than their paper counterparts, and they’re still a one-size-fits-all tool that teachers are required to use without much prior input into which texts will best meet their students’ needs in any given year. In short, digital textbooks have yet to live up to the hype that surrounded them as K12 teachers still don’t have the advantages that digital can offer.
But McGraw-Hill Education’s announcement today may be a better step in a different direction. By opening up its Create publishing tool to K12 teachers, public education teachers can now enjoy the same content-building tool that higher education professionals have had access to.
“There is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching and learning,” said Peter Cohen, president of McGraw-Hill School Education Group. “Create’s flexible model enables educators to choose the resources that matters most to them and their students, whether it’s resources produced by McGraw-Hill Education, open source resources or resources they’ve developed themselves. We’re excited to meet the demand for tools that make the teaching process more personalized and effective.”
Create lets teachers access library of resources to select content from thousands of different texts. They can also add their own original content, and combine it in an order that they need. The resulting project is a digital text that fits their needs and offers the material they want to put in front of their students. Create also allows teachers to share the project with collaborators prior to receiving a finished product.
“Once a Create text has been fully customized, the instructor receives a digital review copy in under an hour. For educators requiring more complex curricula development backed by a product development team for creating classroom texts, digital solutions, and integrated program alternatives, McGraw-Hill Education offers a personal concierge.”