Reimagining the Textbook Workshop

February 5th (Weather date: February 11th)


Charlotte Offices of Senn Dunn Insurance
Greensboro Offices of Senn Dunn Insurance (we will open registration for the High Point office if Greensboro fills up)
Raleigh Offices of Senn Dunn Insurance
Wilmington Offices of Senn Dunn Insurance

  • $69 per person 

Workshop Description

New tools and the internet now offer a modern day digital printing press for teachers and schools. This represents a shift in how information is curated and shared. No longer must schools and teachers rely on publishers to provide information to guide the learning.

As Audrey Watters wrote in 2012 (

"The textbook as written and published also serves as a reminder that experts are outside the classroom. The teacher is not the expert. The students are certainly not the experts. Copyright means that the words of those experts is unalterable, uneditable, unsharable. Fixed. Protected".

".... we needn't write textbooks from scratch. We can remix. We can edit. We can extend. We can share".

The following will be covered in this workshop:

  • We will investigate the leading resources which allow the teacher to create their own reimagined textbooks using free and open educational resources.

  • We will practice making class resources with CK-12, Gooru, OER, along with software like iTunes U (Macintosh or Windows) and iBooks Author (Macintosh only).

  • We will discuss the many formats of for digital books: PDF, ePub, Mobi, and ODF.

  • We will investigate the delivery to ensure that what you create will be readable by your students.


Speaker Bios

Karl Schaefer

Digital Learning Coordinator

Durham Academy

Karl Schaefer is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Durham Academy Middle School, a private school based in Durham, NC, USA. He also serves as the Technology Department Chairperson coordinating the curriculum. As the Digital Learning Coordinator he is responsible for helping to devise, schedule and implement the digital learning and integration needs of the Durham Academy Middle School. He is an authorized Google Education Trainer, an Apple Foundations Trainer, and a North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Master Teacher. He has successfully helped Durham Academy introduce a student iPad Learning Program. Over the years he has conducted numerous workshops and presented at conferences for years helping teachers and schools to implement tools like Moodle, Google Apps for Education, VoiceThread, and others.




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