Lawrence public schools are getting ready to try out a Web-based tool that will allow teachers to switch to open-source learning material written by experts, vetted by their peers and posted for free downloading.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the pilot project will begin when the new semester starts in January.
Lawrence’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, Adam Holden, says the availability of quality open-source materials is a “game-changer.”
Holden says the district could be ready to deploy the new system across the district within two or three years if the pilot goes as planned. He said voters also would need to approve an upcoming bond issue that includes funding for technology upgrades.
Holden says the move could save parents money on textbook fees.