Throwing out the textbook with David Knuffke

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Meet David Knuffke, a high school science teacher with a passion for free educational materials and a knack for technology. David’s students at Deer Park High School on Long Island, New York don’t use a textbook—instead, they learn from blogs, wikis, and prezis. As part of our continuing look at whether Prezi can change the way our children learn, we met with David and found out why he has spent the past decade transferring his classroom experience to the web.

 “I first set up a course wiki seven or eight years ago, and it’s just kind of grown from there.” Today, David’s collection of online resources includes multiple course wikis, countless PDFs, and some 53 prezis. He uses these prezis to teach AP Biology and Chemistry to high school seniors. He has found that Prezi makes teaching science easier. A traditional slideware approach is OK in certain instances, but it’s much more geared towards pitching things. If you want to explain how concepts work, constructing everything in the same space is very helpful, particularly in biology where you’re often moving between very different scales.”

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