Open-source education

I’m extremely excited by the explosion of free, open-source educational materials being provided over the Internet.

In recent years, I’ve used video lectures, sound files, and text-based tutorials to learn about accounting, finance, Ruby on Rails, Java, data structures and algorithms, Mandarin, JQuery, how to replace a mailbox, etc.

I’m even engaged in building such a tool right now.

Well, here’s another wonderful development: California has just recognized some astonishingly good free, open-source textbooks that anyone with school-aged children should download. You can download them as PDFs from California’s Free Digital Textbook Initiative.

Posted by James on Thursday, August 13, 2009