Free online materials could save schools billions
"If suddenly you don't have to spend $100 million every four years on textbooks, it's not found money, but certainly it's money that could be applied to other kinds of educational endeavors."
- Adam Newman, Eduventures
Brooklyn, N.Y. - Since March, Dixon Deutsch and his students have been quietly experimenting with a little website that could one day rock the foundation of how schools do business.
Colleges for years have tapped open-source materials, with instructors designing and giving away material such as lecture notes and exams. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology boasts that virtually its entire catalog is available through "open courseware." But the idea has been slow to make a mark in the less technologically savvy K-12 world.