|Slide from AP Gov update to "Media" chapter.|
Necessity being the mother of invention, I turned the datedness of the textbook into a group challenge project for the students. The chapters selected were "Public Opinion", "The Media", and "Elections". Each of the three groups did a nice job. In fact the results were so satisfactory I think I would consider it for any conventional textbook
That's the catch-- "conventional textbook". Because my students demonstrated what a contemporary textbook should be. It should not be a static chunk of information. Instead it should be a continually updated resource that one enjoys through a subscription or license. The kids provided charts, videos, and placed them on slides that were superior to the ancillaries provided by the publisher. Shouldn't these ancillaries be updatee as well? I know the textbook model will evolve to become a more dynamic resource. But sometimes I wonder if I will see this happen in my lifetime. At least I got to see how it might be with the help of my kids.