We are at a tipping point in education and it is exciting to be on the leading edge of great change! The change that is coming is in what materials we use to teach – how students access information. Traditional content is being challenged by Open Source.
The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell)
Why change? Why seek teaching resources from anywhere other than a traditional textbook?
I offer 6 reasons (and one bonus reason!) below: value, accessibility, alignment, quality, availability, and money. I would like to add that it is not surprising, though, in a time of HGTV and DIY, that teachers are creative and they utilize their digital access to content in classrooms around the world.