Although the 2014-15 academic year now is in full swing, teachers, school leaders, parents and students still can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education’s website.
“As we implement the new standards, we know teachers and parents need high-quality resources,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “We developed these textbooks and other resources for middle- and high-school virtual school courses, and the students who have used them have been very successful. Much of their success can be attributed to these exceptional resources in the hands of our teachers.”
The textbooks, which can be accessed at www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources, are available for middle- and high-school courses. They cover an array of content areas in language arts, math, science, social studies, CTAE electives and several world languages, including Spanish, German, French, Latin, Chinese and Japanese. Textbooks on courses like coordinate algebra, analytic geometry, biology, web design, agriculture and health-care science also are available.
Many of the textbooks feature supplemental or interactive content, including study guides, discussion questions, games, audio recordings and quizzes. When learning about function families in a coordinate algebra textbook, students can hover over vocabulary words to view their definitions. In a fundamentals of web design CTAE course, students can take interactive quizzes as they learn HTML.
These resources are aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and are free for use by schools, districts or individuals. To access the textbooks, a list of subjects available and more online-learning resources from the Georgia Department of Education, go to www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources, then go to the “click here” link under the “shared” header.