OTAN, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
Neda Anasseri: Hello, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us for part two, CK-12 Integration. This is a second series. We have a third series for you, which is coming up. I'm Neda Anasseri. I'm a technology projects coordinator for OTAN. And I'm going to hand it to Debbie, who's going to introduce herself and then Lindsay. So Debbie?
Debbie Jensen: I'm Debbie Jensen. And I have worked in Adult Ed for 33 years in basic skills down in Southern California. Currently, I work for OTAN. And I love what I do. And I love CK-12. So I'm really excited to share that with you today.
Lindsay Kincaid: Hi, everybody. I'm Lindsay from CK-12. And CK-12 is based out of California, but I'm coming to you live from Overland Park, Kansas, today. I've worked for CK-12 for about six years. Before that, I spent 10 years teaching English and video production in a high school, public high school. So it's been so awesome working with Debbie and Neda on this project and trying to create books that are specially designed for adult learners. So happy to be your CK-12 point person on anything adult education.
Neda Anasseri: Thank you, Debbie and Lindsey. Hey, confirm for me, Debbie, if you can see my slides or the slides.
Debbie Jensen: Yes, I can see them.
Neda Anasseri: Perfect. Thank you. All right, so we're so happy again to recap and share that we do have a home on the CK-12 website ck12.org/adulted. And Lindsay shared with you our partnership, and we're very grateful. And you probably heard it in part one, so I won't spend too much time on it. But really, the idea is to-- the resources and the material on the CK-12 website is valuable and helpful and useful in adult Ed. And how do we use it, right? And how do we kind of know that this is a place where we can find resources for our adult learners? And so CK-12 listened, and they helped us create a page that will lead our educators and our students to access those materials.
So we're super grateful for CK-12. We're super grateful to have Lindsey. And we're very grateful to have Debbie as our leader to create some of this e-material that we're going to share with you today. So this is a URL, just as a reminder.
Today's objectives. We really want to show you how you can use CK-12 in your classrooms. So we're going to take a quick kind of review. I have already reviewed the website for you. And I'm going to review a couple more slides of what we talked about last week as far as part one.
And then how do you join? We're going to take you live into a FlexBook. We want to show you how to customize resources. So whether you're using it as a full-on material for your students-- that you have an economics student, or you have a student that's working on algebra, and those all resources. But maybe you just want to customize and use partial resources. We're going to show you all of that today. And then Linda is going to show us some live customization and then share with us some of the contact information as well. So it's going to be jam-packed full of good information on how to proceed and how to create content, or how to create your materials on CK-12.
Quick review, ABE e-resources already available already at your fingertips. Of course, it's not limited to the four books that you see on the Adult Ed page on CK-12, but it's a start. And so you have Foundational Math, Math for Adult Basic Ed, and then Pre-Algebra. And those are books that are ready to pick up and go. And then, like I said, we'll show you a little bit more of customization and what that looks like. But if you don't want to do that. And if you don't want to look through some of the other helpful resources that CK-12 might have, this is a good way to start. So thanks to Debbie and Lindsey for helping us create these books and making them accessible for our educators in California.
Now, they'll kind of share with you as well that-- they may have found books that were already created, and then they kind of moved them over to the Adult Ed page. And those are things that we can do on CK-12 as well. Again, the adult secondary items are also available for high school diploma and high school equivalency.
So if you have students that are struggling in government, you have resources in a book to help support them there. If you have students that are struggling in chemistry, you have resources that can help you there. And we know our adult Ed students need additional supplemental materials here and there. So this is a great way to start. If you are offering high school equivalency classes, and you need additional support for algebra or additional support-- I know when I was in the classroom, I needed additional support for my students in science and social studies. So those are additional items that you can find for your students on the CK-12 website.
OK, so that's a quick kind of recap of what we discussed last week. But we're going to go into kind of live, and some demos, and how to get started. And I'm going to hand it over to Lindsey, who's going to take us away with that. Thank you.
Lindsay Kincaid: Absolutely. Before we make sure that everybody's signed in and joined, and all that kind of stuff. There is a question that I just got in the Q&A asking about our nonprofit status. So this is a good time to remind everybody that the CK-12 Foundation is a nonprofit, a non-revenue nonprofit. So you're not going to see any advertising on our sites. There's no trick to it as far as-- we're never going to ask for any of your credit card information, things like that. We are free resources for everyone.
And as far as how we're funded, we are funded by a family foundation. It's very generous. They've been supporting us since 2007. And so we're going to continue that support for the years to come. So we're a nonprofit. That's lucky that we aren't constantly looking for donations. That money has always been in place.
And that's why we're trying to be strategic about how to best use it to impact education. And I can tell you, our founder are so excited about adult education. We've really gone all in. And we're trying to-- again, this is the Getting-Started mode. And we're really looking for strategic partners in this space to help us make these books better, to identify areas where we can help with some training, and show some of your colleagues how to use CK-12. We're not selling anything. It's really just getting the word out, spreading it, and hoping that these books are going to save educators time. And then be a really great learning for your adult learners.
So last week-- and I wish I knew how many of you are here from last week. And I don't think I really have any way of judging that. But the first part here, I'm just going to do a little bit of review. And then we're going to talk specifically about customization. And most of that's going to be new because I didn't really get into a lesson last time and show you all the things that you can do to a lesson.
So keep in mind that a lot of today, like Neda said, we have resources ready for you to grab and go. So if you are not interested, and you don't have the bandwidth to do a lot-- more work to your books, you absolutely don't have to. But I'm hoping to intrigue you a little bit by the capabilities so that you might be enticed to do some localization specifically for your students.
So first things first, let's make sure that you guys have all signed up or signed in. I'm actually going to go live to the site. And let me show this because it's probably just as easy. Oops, it says I can't start my screen. So let's try now. I'm waiting for my screen to share.
OK, here we go. You guys should be looking at the CK-12 homepage. And I have signed in to a demo account. And you can tell that I've signed in because it has my name in the upper right-hand corner. And I am signed in as a teacher, which I would encourage all of you to do if you're playing the educator role. And this is the view that I get.
So if you have not signed in yet, go ahead and sign in. You've got options. You can sign in using Google. You can sign in with other single sign-ons. I can show you how I have set up my account, which again is a demo account. You have options to put in your name. That's the email address I'm using. You could tell that I have signed on with Google. You could sign on with Facebook, Twitter, or you Microsoft users you can just do that single-click sign-on as well. You can select your time zones.
And then this is where you're going to find some information about how you want to communicate with CK-12. So you have some control over your notifications. And then, if you ever wanted to do some deactivations and things like that, that's all here in your account.
If you aren't sure if you are a teacher or a student, under profile, if I say Change profile, it's going to pop up a box, and it shows me here that I'm a teacher. So if you sign up as a student and you want to change that to the teacher role, you're able to do that here. This information's all kind of optional. It's just that we have our system kind of serve up some recommendations for you that are catered to your subjects and whatnot.
Add a profile photo if you would like. And then that should keep you signed in. You'll occasionally be signed out where you'll need to sign in. Your students-- if you are using a learning management system, which I know a lot of you are. If you're using Google Classroom, or Canvas, or Schoology, our partnership with those learning management systems makes it. So your students don't have to create accounts on CK-12. When they click on the assignment from Google Classroom, or Canvas, or Schoology, our systems will talk to each other. And they don't need to be doing anything separate on CK-12.
If you are not using Google Classroom, Canvas, or Schoology, then you might want to consider creating classes on CK-12 that are totally free. Anybody can use it. You can build classes for many students or just a couple of students if you're tutoring or even if you're working with your own children at home. You can create individual classes to kind of track their progress.
So if students have a class code, there's lots of different ways for them to join. If you're creating a class, you can give everybody a, I believe, it's a five or six-digit code that they would type in to join the class, or you have the option to email information out to them to get them to join as well. So type in the Q&A if you still have. We're trying to pull up the Q&A again. If you still have-- let's see. There is a question. How does this work if I'm creating a masterclass for other teachers to use as well?
Interesting. So if you're using a CK-12 class, you have the option to have a co-teacher involved in your class. But in general, your account is pretty specific to you or the user. We don't do a whole lot of collaboration for a variety of reasons. So if you can't, as a department chair, create a bunch of accounts and blast them out to everybody. They would really-- the teacher who's wanting to track the student's progress would need to create their own classes and get their students in there. But like I said, you can come down to the members of a class. And you have the option to add a co-teacher to have visibility into this class as well.
OK, so I'm going to press this logo. You're going to see me doing this a lot. I like this, the CK-12 logo to go back to my homepage here. And last week, again, we dove in a little bit. I encourage you to use this Explore menu. I showed you what a simulation looks like. I showed you how a PLIX looks like, the school's page where you can find other books that are near you, and then encouraged you to use the search bar to search for things.
I'm going to look up language arts because that's an area that's CK-12 is fairly enlightened as specialists and the math and science areas. And I told you that you can come over here to this Community Contributed term. And this is just everything CK-12 has, but when I come over to Community Contributed, there are books that our users have submitted here that I may want to use.
The 6th Grade Language Arts book, I don't know anything about it. It's written by Lauren B. I could open it up. I can see that this was created or it was last modified in 2020. It actually looks like a combination of some of the CK-12 materials we have. But anyway, I can open up these books, learn about them, look in here and see if I want to use anything for my own books.
So you're going to be able to take content from other people and add it to a Flex Book that you create. So more on that in a minute. For now, now that you know how to search, you're signed in, you know where to find the Explore menu, with lots of different resources. Look, if I scroll down here, I get to view What Do You Want To Teach Today? And any of these adult Ed topics take me to that ck12.org/adulted page.
And so Neda just walked you through some of our offerings here, which is just our starter content. I would love it if any of you start working on some other subjects in the adult Ed world. We will get your books featured up here. It's just again a paying world. If you're going to spend all the time creating it, we would love for others to be able to modify it for their needs and to take advantage of it.
Let's dive. I don't what book I want to jump into. Let's jump into biology for a minute. So this is our Flex Book 2.0 platform. And about 2 and 1/2 years ago, we switched over from our original Flex Books, where if you were paying attention to that yellow A, that book was in the original Flex Book. And then this is Flex Book 2.0. What's the difference? Our Flex Book 2.0 has brought in all the resources together and really integrated them into an easy-to-use super-intelligent platform.
So most of what we're talking about today are pretty much-- all about what we're going to be talking about today is going to be here in Flex Book 2.0. Let's see which of these look interesting. Cell structure. You get other ways to learn a lesson. And then when I start the lesson-- our lessons look like this, where there's an image at the top.
Sometimes there are things embedded like a video. We're getting-- maybe you're going to see a simulation or a PLIX. I showed you the Adaptive Practice that's attached. And we can talk about how to swap that out with a quiz that you create. I showed you how you can use the different languages down here to instantly translate into other languages.
And then this toolbar is where we're going to be spending a lot of time today talking more about this customization, adding things to Flex Book 2.0, making sure that you can download your books as a PDF if you need to. So don't forget that you've got a toolbar here with the learning tools for students, as far as being able to do some highlights or seeing some of that related content. But we're going to be down here.
And also, if it helps with your students too, under the More category, we do have some display settings. They're not maybe as robust as I would like. I'd love to build on this. But you can increase the size of the font or decrease it, which helps if you're projecting or not. And then, students can also select a background or their line spacing. So that's individual to each account. So they have their own choices on their Display Setting.
So that's just a few things to show you. Hopefully, that's a good kind of warm-up. Use the Q&A window to type in some of those questions. But I'm going to let-- I think I'm handing it back to Debbie, who's going to really start talking about the steps to customization of-- if you see something on our site, and you say, that's great, but I want to make a few modifications. We're going to show you how to do that.
Debbie Jensen: Thank you. Let's go to slide 9. Learn more. There you go. All right. And I'll share my experience of how I got with CK-12. And I was an EDE teacher, and I needed math. And so that's where I started. The ways you can search. You can search by subjects. You can search by Explore. You can use the search box. But I also want to tell you that you can use Google.
And then, if you were using Google, you would write in the topic. And then you'd put the colon. And you'll put CK-12. And they will then find all the materials, the resources at CK-12 that will fit your need. And so they will look. And I've used that many, many times to get that.
All right. So we're looking for a resource. That's where I started. And I want to look for a resource. Next slide. Let me show you which one of them that I started with-- Well, let me show you this one. OK, this is one that is currently under our high school equivalency. It's called Algebra Basics for High School equivalency. And let's say you look at it and you say, this is good. This is good.
So I'm going to look at this. And when I click on that Choose button, it's green right there in the center. And when you look at the menu that comes, you see, Customize. We're not going to do that yet. First, I want to just add it to my library. Because your library is like this repository of things that you found. It's like-- if you go in a library, and you just grab all the books off the shelf that you may want to look at someday, and you put them all in your library, then you can find them easily when you come back.
And so the first step is to add it to your library. OK, so the other things, though, that are also in the same button, you can Assign it, you can Customize it, we'll go over that in a few minutes. You can share it, but also notice down there where it says Download PDF. Sometimes you need a hard copy, and this can be done that way as well. And so that's wonderful.
Next slide. OK, when I clicked on Customize. Then this is the next thing that I get. And these are the things that I can do. I can change the name of the book, which is super cool because then I can say it's Debbie's Math Class, or I can say it's Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education Math Class. I can say anything. I can name the book, change the cover, I can edit or delete lessons. And I can rearrange them.
And for me in math, this was really important because I didn't teach in the same order as the lessons that were there. And so I could rearrange them. And you can add your own. And that is not hard. So you're established teacher. You got lessons that you like. And she rather than making this an addendum to your stuff, you can put your stuff in here. And one of the teachers that I read her the testimonial was that she loved the fact that she no longer had to take a whole bunch of stuff home. She put it all in the CK-12 and was able to work from there. And so you can do that.
Next slide. These are the ones that I did at the very beginning when I made my Math B class. And all I did was I change the image, and I change the name. And I was good to go. So let's go to the next one. Be sure you save it. So when you click Save. So you've got it.
Also, Lindsay taught me this. I was always going back to the CK-12 logo to move around to get to the various places on the screen. But if you go over to your name, there is a little drop-down menu right there. And you can go to the dashboard, but you can go to My Classes, or you can go to My Library right there. And so that cuts a lot of steps out. And so that is very, very convenient. So definitely use that shortcut.
Next slide. If you do have an LMS system-- I used Google Classroom. And so I wasn't so interested in setting up my own-- to setting up a classroom in CK-12. So there are-- you can use Google Classroom, Canvas, or Schoology. And when you use those, they will automatically put the grade into your-- for me, it was my Google Classroom. Let me show you that. Let's go to the next slide. And you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
OK, Oh, this slide first. Let me do this slide first. But if you do not have Schoology, or you don't have Canvas, or you don't have Google Classroom, you can set up a class here. And then all of the wonderful features that we're going to show you, all of the insights, all the automatic grading, all of those things will be here. And so it's very, very simple to do that.
Now, we did have a question about what happens if I have Moodle? You can link CK-12 to all of these places. But that automatic grading, you'll still have to go back to CK-12 for that feature. So you'd have to go back there to grade.
OK, so let's go to the next slide. And this was my experience when I used Google Classroom. And it was my ABE Math class. And you can see in the center one where it has circled the CK-12 lesson that I put in. OK, and next slide. Then you'll see the grade board. And you'll see the score. So when the student did it, the score automatically went here. So that was pretty amazing.
OK, next slide. Now, that was what I did originally, which wasn't much. I rearranged a few things. I may have taken out one lesson, but for the most part, it was CK-12. The way the CK-12 was just a little rearranging, changing the name, and that was my book. But then I wanted to create a new one. And this one, there was no course that I could just take readily from CK-12. I wanted to create a course called cosmetology for my cosmetology department.
OK, so this is what I did. First, I searched for skin and nails. I gathered everything I could get from CK-12 into my library. And then, I looked at them because CK-12 has written material at different levels. They've got middle school, they've got high school, and they've got college. And so, especially with cosmetology, I needed to know-- and this would be a cosmetology teacher that would be in the final say on this. If I were to let you look at my cosmetology course right now, you would see that there are three lessons on nails. And that's because they're at different reading levels and different-- the depth content. That's OK. You can take out what you want to take out, you can add what you want to, and you can then utilize what is there.
Let's go to the next slide. Another tip on Search there up at the top. And Lindsay showed you this was the toolbar. It's the little grid or waffle pattern. When you go there, you're able to add things to your library right from this screen. That's very convenient. And you can-- so you can also customize the screen. And so the screen is useful. And you'll refer to it. Next slide.
OK, so I started up. I started with the lesson on Skin and Health. And I gave it a name. It wasn't called Skin and Health. It was a lesson in a biology book. And so I gave it to the name Cosmetology. I selected the plus button where it says Create a new Flex Book. And they give you a choice, a regular Flex Book or a Flex Book 2.0. You want the 2.0 because that's going to make it real simple for you to add your videos and all of these other things. So definitely do that. I had in my title. I clicked on Save. Next slide.
Now in the center of your Table of Contents, it says to Add. And then, in green, it's the Chapter. And then, in blue, New Read. And then there's or Search From CK-12 Library. OK. So on the next slide, you see what happened when I clicked from New Read. And I then added it to my Flex Book. And this is where it came. All of the new things that you gather will go to the bottom of the screen. That's just the place that they all come to. OK, so let's go to the next slide.
So the first thing-- after you've added all of these things, the next thing you're going to want to do is rearrange them. And so you'll see that thing that looks like two arrows that are crossed. And that is how you're going to rearrange them. At this point, they are all equal. And what we want to do is we want to make some of them chapters, which is like a heading. And then, the next part would be the lessons inside that chapter. So the first thing is to rearrange them. So what you see here is that I took the nails and hair, and I moved it up to the middle. OK, so that's the first thing I did is I just rearranged. OK, next slide.
Two terminologies that I want you to know, two terms. There is a little arrow beside the number one. And that's how you open up a chapter, OK? If there's something that is inside it as lessons, that's what you're going to click to find it. And the second one is over at 2. There's a little pencil icon. It's like an edit. And that's great. But all it does is change the title of that. It doesn't go into your lessons. And being able to modify and change lists. I'll show you where that is. OK, so now let's go to the next slide.
OK, the way that you're going to make it so that lessons are inside chapters is the three dots that are at the very end. Then what that does is it-- we opened up the menu. And it said-- it's listed all of your headings. They're all chapters, but they're all there. And so if I want Nails to go inside Nails and Hair, then that's where I would click on. OK.
And then on the second picture there on the slide, it shows you that under Nails and Hair now I have a 2.1, a 2.2, and a 2.3. OK, so those three dots are going to allow you to make chapters with lessons inside them. OK. All right, let's go to the next one.
Now, I'm done. I gathered my material. I threw it all in. I rearranged it. And then I sub-headed some of them. Some of them were lessons, and some of them are chapter heads. And so I take a look at this. And I'll see, OK, I've got Skin. I've got Nails and Hair. Yes, I've got my lessons inside, I've got the diseases of the lesson hand side. And then I've got this really big one that's college level. And this is cool. And so I've got all of that there. I'm going to finalize. And so the button on the left at the top is Finalize. And then you get the next screen. And I will say, OK, next slide.
Now, you're finished, unless you find something else. And the super, super cool thing here is that any time you want to add something, you can. This is not like, Oh, my goodness, Oh my goodness, I'm done. I don't dare add anything more. No, this is my textbook right now. Those are the chapters. The lessons are indented inside. And so if I clicked on those arrows, then you would see the lessons. So right now, I'm done. I'm ready to use this with my students. Unless I find something else, I want to add. OK, next slide.
Just a couple more things. And then I'm going to let Lindsay show you this whole thing live. There are really wonderful things that teachers have created. And this was one that I showed last week, but it's one of my very favorites. She wanted her adult students to know how to use CK-12. And so she created a series of videos that she then put in on how to-- introduction to the lessons, how do the lessons work, how to take notes, how to annotate, how to change languages, everything she thought that maybe the students might be confused about.
Now, you think, well, that's wonderful, but I don't have time to create it. But the philosophy of CK-12 is, let's share. These are educational resources for all of us so that we don't keep recreating the wheel. So that if I've done this cosmetology search, and it took a while to gather everything. I don't want you to have to do that. You use mine. You add what you want. You'll take my base, and then you take it to your level of adding your own lessons and things like that. So it's wonderful. So these things that you see you can use as well. Next slide.
Now the other thing that was new to me that is magnificent. And I'm just going to tell you really quickly about it. Well, there's two on this slide. OK, where one is the lower left. That guy's called Flexi. And he's there to help the students. And he's going to help them in marvelous ways, giving them hints, telling them-- maybe they're getting things wrong. And so he will tutor them through, but then he will also then give maybe a little easier problem, or maybe they're getting everything right, and so a little harder problems.
And all of these things are being recorded for you as a teacher so that you can know what the student is doing and how well the students are doing. So Flexi is there for the students. For you, the teacher, is up at the top on the right. And it's like a lightning bolt. They call it the-- I've heard they call it the lightning bolt icon. And it opens up the insights.
Now, I knew there were insights, but I've never seen him because I didn't set a class up and then get it going fast enough to be able to use this and see it. So what the brilliant people at CK-12 did is they created a demo class. And so when you open that, you can click-- on the left, you see where it says, Try Demo Class. And you can click on that. And then they're going to show you what the insights look like for a class. And you'll be able to see what's there. OK, let's go to the next slide and show you what you're going to see when you click on that lightning bolt.
You're going to see a graph showing where the students are, which ones they're having trouble with. Down below, you'll see the students that haven't finished. You'll also see the number of those that have turned in the inside-- have finished up, that's 9 out of 11 that have done it. You can get individual work on what each one has done it. They're listed by performance levels from low to high. OK, let's go to the next slide.
This is super. And then, you get this too. And this is-- they will-- these are their insights and their recommendations. Only three of my students who turned in this assignment have reached the adaptive practice goal of answering 10 questions correctly. We recommend to you that you remind the students that they need to answer all 10 questions correctly. OK, and then they do have the list of the students that, great, didn't get it done.
Then the next one, the top four questions students answered incorrectly or noted below. See, that's really useful to you to know which questions the students aren't getting, because so then you can readdress them and be able to help them with that. And then, they will even tell you the students that are doing exceptionally well. And so, you may want to assign them the next concept to keep them challenged. So all of those insights are there for you. It's like, whoa, they help the students succeed in the work, and then they help you in succeeding in the teaching. So it's really cool.
Now, we wanted to spend some time now with letting Lindsay show you how to do this customization live. So I'm turning it back over to her. And then you will be able to-- please ask your questions. And we'll let her know the questions in the Question and Answers so that we can help you with that. Go ahead, Lindsay.
Lindsay Kincaid: Absolutely. Let me go back to sharing my screen. We should be back on the Adult Ed page. Let me make sure my chat window and the Q&A is open. I'll try to keep an eye on that while I'm demoing. Please, any questions of-- as you can see, CK-12 we're a really, really robust platform. There's so much content on so many different areas. And then you've got the things that CK-12 has created over time. And the Hundreds of thousands of resources that our users have created over time. So it's a lot of stuff. So let's break it down into small bits here.
And I'd like to talk first about customization. And then I'm sure there'll be some questions more about what Debbie was showing with assignments, and checking student progress, and that kind of thing. But let's try to stay focused on-- if you found a book that you like, what do you do with it to make it your own?
So I'm on the Adult Education page. And we're assuming that maybe some of these books are where you would like to get a start. If you're not seeing anything on this page that excites you, and you want to create a book from scratch. I'll show you how to do that in just a minute. You can definitely start with a blank slate. And you can bring in content, either your own content or content from the CK-12 platform into your own Flex Book.
But let me scroll down. Let's choose something to customize. Let's go into Algebra Basics For High School Equivalency. And so once again, I'm going to 2.0 Flex Book here. Some information that you get, this says that this was last modified on February 13, 2021. You've got a little description about this book.
And then, under authors-- this is interesting because CK-12 authored a lot of this content. Shawn Reagan, who was a contractor and is now a CK-12 employee, he authored some of this content. And then Shana Friend, who's a CK-12 certified educator, she started customizing those for her GED students. And then Debbie in OTAN came along and further customize that book to make this Algebra Basics for High School Equivalency book that you see right now.
OK, and so you're going to see things like these Flex Book features. Debbie showed you a screenshot of this. This was created by Shanna. And this could be something that you want to keep in your book, or you might want to delete it. So I'll show you how to do that. And all of these chapters are expandable. And you can immediately go straight into the lessons.
So again, if you want to use this book, as is cool. You can share it. You can download it as a PDF. You can grab the link-up here and copy and paste the link and share it with people. You've got all those options ready to go. But I think a lot of you are going to want to do basic customization.
So I'm going to click Customize on this book. And again, I don't know, if you have two screens open and you're following along with me, great. Or if you just want to sit back and relax and watch the demo and try to do it later. That's great, too. When I select Customize, what is doing this is basically making a copy of this book into my own personal library. You see Library up here. It's going to store all of the stuff that I start creating. So this book that was CK-12, Shwan, Shanna, and Debbie-- it's now going to be Lindsey too. So I'm going to call this Ms. Kincaid's Algebra Basics For High School Equivalency. Or maybe I think that's too long. I'm going to use HSC.
OK, so you can add a title. You can change the cover. You can change the image. And then you start getting into the scope and sequence where-- this is really where I recommend you start. I think this is the logical place, is to look at this book that you've decided to customize. And see, does it make sense for what I'm teaching my students? Doesn't match what I'm trying to cover in my semester or my year, or unit by unit?
If you know that you're never going to get to Polynomials, this is the nice thing about a digital Flex Book because I can just remove the whole chapter on Polynomials. And when I say, hey, we're not going to do the functions either. That's just not our agenda. I could remove that. And then slopes way down here at 8, but I'm going to do that prior to Inequalities.
So you can see here how I am rearranging using these handles to drag and drop. That works either at the chapter level or within the lessons inside of a chapter. So I can just move these around. And it renumbers. I can move things in between chapters where-- it probably doesn't make much sense to put this Inequalities into slope. But I'm going to do it because it's my book, and I can do what I want to do. So I just moved it up the slope. And there is--
This is all what's going on at the chapter level. And like Debbie said, this pencil and paper gives you some options to edit the chapter title. And then, you can also edit the chapter description, which shows up at the top of the book, and do some basic things like that. I don't spend much time doing much at the chapter level. It's more at this table of contents level or in an individual lesson.
So some things here, all right. Maybe I've got this book kind of how I want it, but I don't think-- well, here I'm going add my own Introduction here. So I'm going to add a new, what we call Read. And I'm going to call it Lindsay's Online Class Procedures. That's kind of boring and daunting. And so here is the basic lesson that I put under Introduction. And I can go in there. And I could add that at any time. --add to that lesson at any time.
If you are wanting to blend some books, and you're thinking, hey, I know CK-12 has some great resources on Polynomials. I didn't mean to delete it from my book. I actually wanted that Polynomials in here. You can come in, and you can search Polynomials. You can search CK-12. I can search within Flex Books. I can look for individual Reads. And then I can also look in my library. I think Debbie's way of using CK-12 is really cool, where she kind of does the bookmarking method, right? She finds resources she likes on CK-12, she adds them to her library. And then she can always just come over here to Library and pull those resources into her book. I said, hey, we're going to be talking about Multiplying Polynomials. I can add this to my book. And it just inserts it as a lesson down at the bottom. And then it's up to me to create a new chapter or to drag it into the chapter that it applies.
So that's one way to use this search for CK-12 library, a new Read, or a new chapter. OK, I'm going to go ahead and save this for a minute. And when I save it, remember nothing is ever final on CK-12. I can continue to edit it whenever I would like. I haven't published this book yet. So it's not available for everybody to search and find it. That's an option at the end when you actually select Publish.
Let me go to My Library. I'm going to show you where this book lives in My Library. It should be that the top thing here. Here's my Algebra Basics For High School. It shows that it was just updated. Right here, I can go in and change the metadata to get rid of the grades and things like that. So at any time, I want to continue editing this book. This is one place to do it. I would just click on this book again. And choose instead of customized since I already started customizing. From here on now, I'm going to see Edit. So I could just edit. And it would take me right back into that Book Mode Table of Contents to edit.
I'm going to actually go back to your library and show you a different way to approach things. If you were like Debbie, and you're thinking I'm going to do something-- she just created her Cosmetology book. I'm going to create a Flex Book 2.0 book. I taught a year of IB Film Studies, International Baccalaureate Film Studies. And I don't believe CK-12 has a whole lot that would make sense to bring into this. But I can go ahead and just create my own book from scratch. So I'm going to call this IB Film Studies. And eventually, I would get interested in changing the cover.
Resources. This is where I could add some additional resources. It's a great place if you have a PDF syllabus or something you want to add, and you can do that. And then I can come in, and I can start changing the details of this book to say what this looks like. And we've talked about-- we need to, kind of de-emphasize these grades and make a category that's appropriate for the adult learners. But I can come in here and add subjects and attributions, and all that kind of all those kinds of things in that tab.
When I see this-- we're going to go back out to my pretty empty-looking IB Film Studies book. OK. So I can come in. I can edit. And I can start adding chapters and reads and everything else. Another way, though, to do this is-- so keep in mind, I've set up this book, all right? Now let me go back out to the homepage. And I know there are some cool lessons on photography that I think would apply to my film studies, as far as composition-- yeah, histograms, a view through a lens. These things all work for me. Let me-- Building Your Own Portfolio. That looks exciting.
When I click on something that I like, and I look at this, and I say, Oh, this is perfect for my book. Remember this toolbar up here, in that ability to add to a Flex Book 2.0? This is another way to get content into your book. You can either do it from the table of contents and search CK-12 or when you're on a resource that you like, you can click. Add to Flex Book 2.0. And it's going to ask you, do you want to create a new Flex Book, or do you want to put it in one that you already have? I'm going to say, Oh, well, this is the perfect lesson to go in my IB Film Studies book.
Success. It's added. OK, so let's test that theory. I'm going to go back to My Library. And I'm going to open up my IB Film Studies book. And there you go. We've got this one random breed kind of hanging out there. This is my Photography read. That's the start of my IB Film Studies book.
OK, so I'm hoping that answers questions as far as how to click Customize and get started on editing a book. Or to go to your Library and create a new book. Definitely go with Flex Book 2.0. It's just the newest version of a book. And it will have the most capability with those insights. So work on that. And then you can start building your book.
I'm looking at-- let's see. --the questions in the Q&A. Let's talk the rules to what you can add real quick. We just updated our license, which I don't know if any of you are lawyers. I am not. But there's all kinds of fun legal information down here talking about the CK-12 curriculum license that you can read. And then there's also the attribution guidelines of if you are pulling from other sources, how to correctly make sure that you are giving them the credit that they need for that content.
So this is here available for you at the bottom of every page. You can look at it. And kind of educators speaks, I'll just tell you that we are in that open resource state where you are able to pull in resources from places that are also open. And their license allows them to be remixed and shared in a different way. So what doesn't work is copying a Pearson PDF and uploading it to our sites or taking a video that you downloaded, that Disney that you are putting in the book. That's not a good idea. Images that you have taken from the web that clearly are not meant to be used by other people. --they're copyrighted images.
So it's really best practice with that kind of thing. But as far as the question of, I think it was content when it was Khan Academy, KQED, Facing History. Yeah, start bringing that stuff in. A safe way to do it-- let me go-- where am I? I guess I closed all my book. Let me go back to e-book here. Let's go back to my Algebra Basics book.
And I'm going to open up a lesson. And so this is in, again, my Algebra Basics for High School Equivalency book. This is a lesson on Addition and Subtraction Phrases as Expressions. And I'm going to come into my toolbar. And I am going to customize this lesson. And I think this should answer the question as far as embedding that I'm going to show you and linking out two things.
When you want to customize the lesson, which some of you are going to be excited to do this, and others of you are going to say, I'm never touching the lesson. The lesson fine as is. I don't want to make changes to it. It works for my learners. Whichever camp you fall into is great. OK, if you want to change the title, you can. But I'm just going to go ahead and save this title.
And it's going to open up this lesson into an editor that looks fairly familiar, like a Google or a Word doc. And I've got lots of different options for how I create the look for my book. So one of the first things that I think we're slowly working on for the adult educators is to update some of these images and some of these situations. So this is what's great with a digital book, right? Instead of Coach Taylor driving a middle school track team to a district competition, how about Coach Taylor is driving that team-- I'm just going to get rid of middle school. --the track team to a competition. The track team to a-- I'm going to get rid of district competition.
And I want to change this image out just because I think it would be cool for them to see adults instead of these middle school boys. Under one of your options here, you can kind of scroll through, and it'll pop up what each of these are. One of them is the Insert or Edit an Image. And when I do this, it's going to ask you to choose the file. So you've downloaded something, again, that's copyright compliance. Or you might have your own image you took on vacation that you're going to include in some of these books. And so you have options about how this is going to fit in.
Pixabay and Unsplash are two websites that are totally free for use. I don't know if you guys want to write those down, or feel free in the chat window to type out more. If you've been using open resources and you've found your favorite image places. But let me come over to Pixabay here. And yeah, I was looking earlier if I wanted to do a track. So here's an image of a track. Oh, that's cool. All right. We've got an adult action shot here. Because of the way that Pixabay is licensed, it is free to download these images. And again, CK-12 has embedded all of this.
I'm going to choose kind of a smaller image like that would be a massive image that would take over the whole book. I'm just going to start with a small one, and I can adjust that in CK-12 later. And I am going to download this image. And it's saying I can donate, which would be great. But I'm not going to today. And instead, I'm going to copy this text here because it tells me who the image is by and where it is from. And it has just downloaded that image right there.
All right, now that I've got a sample image. I'm going to come back over here. And I'm going to say Insert Image. I'm going to choose File. This is going to pop up everything I've ever downloaded probably. So I'm going to do this fast. And here is this image that I chose that I just downloaded. I do not personally hold the copyright. This is a CC BY 4.0, I believe. I could double-check that. The source is Pixabay. And here is the thing that I copied and pasted from their website to give credit to the image.
OK, and you've got some image options about how you want this to appear. I'm just going to insert it and see what happens and adjust from there. Oops, it doesn't like that. It didn't like those HTML tags, actually. So and my user is Pexels on Pixabay. And I'm going to insert this. And it's thinking about it.
And there we go. I've got an image at the top of this page. And now it's talking about Coach Taylor driving the track team to a competition. I've kind of stripped out some of the contexts, and maybe made this more appealing to the adult learners. So you are able to do that with images.
You are also able to embed things that you want to embed. So traditionally, people think of an embed code as YouTube. And that's great. But there's also lots of places to pull embed codes, all of you like Google Slides for you or even PowerPoint. They've published web options where you can get an embed code for your Google Slide deck. And as you make changes to those Google Slides, they would appear live in this book making changes.
Videos. Let me come over to YouTube. Let's see what I was watching earlier. I was watching one of our quick overview videos, which is a playlist I would definitely recommend that you check out because it just tells you bite-size content, how to do things on CK-12. But let me open this one, open Adding Students to a Class. And I'm going to pull an embed code from this video. And I'm probably showing you all things that you know. There's a couple of different ways to get embedded codes. I right-click on the video. And then go to copy the embed code. And I'm going to come back to my book. And I'm going to paste that embed code right in here.
I can press Preview and see if this looks like my video. It does. And I can insert it into my book. OK, and this media box is somehow in draft mode. That just means it's a video. It's something that can't be displayed right now. But I inserted a video. So back to the question about what can you do. If you find videos that you like on Khan Academy, cool. You can pull the embed code, and you can embed those videos right here.
If you're wanting to do something like, "Next, read this article from Kqed:--" And you have the article here. You have the ability to link to the article. Over here with Insert/Edit link. So I could copy. And that KQE-- www.kqed-- whatever the link is. I would have better text than what I have. And I would insert that link. And then this would be a clickable link.
OK, so embed code if you want it to appear graphically live, big on the page, or links for things when that's more appropriate. But since we are linking out to those sites, we're not hosting the video on our own site. We're just linking to the YouTube link. And we're directing people to the KQED website. All of that's license compliance. And they're happy that we're linking to their content, and it's getting more views.
Lots of other things you can do involving, like, if you're working on math, we have a math editor and lots of formatting involved there. You have the standard options of changing the colors, changing the format. You'll notice that we've got headers and subtitles. You can add in charts if you would like.
But really, the advantage is that you can come in here, and you can say, I just don't-- I don't want these video demonstrations. I'm just going to delete this video demonstration. And I don't think that they need that many examples. I don't want them to see the answers. I'm going to delete that. We have answers kind of in different places. I'm going to write in my own instructions here, "Make sure you-- so you can see what I'm getting at here. You can add in all of these different things to this book.
And I am going to finalize my drafts because I'm basically done. I can always go in and edit even when I say Finalize. And here's how my book's looking so far. I've got my image at the top. We've got my embedded video. It's pretty big, so I may choose a smaller embed code. Make it-- shrink that down a little bit. Or maybe you want the big video here. And then you're going to see some of the other kind of-- I can't remember what all I changed. If I just come down here. You're going to see the things that I typed to make sure you-- and then I deleted things at the bottom.
So those are real changes to the lesson. So, anybody who had access to my book once I finalize a draft, they would be seeing the newest lesson in the book. If I keep it in draft mode because I'm still working on it, maybe I wasn't finished with this, which clearly needs a little more help. I would just keep it in draft mode until I'm ready for that to be pushed live to my students. And then I would do a Publish on that.
Couple more things, then I'll pause. And we'll take care of anything that's going on in Q&A and chat. Your Toolbar here, this is what you always come back to as far as like, Uh, I want to make additional changes to this book. So I just add to this lesson. I just come in, and I do Edit. And then it's once again going to open up this lesson. And I am right back in here to do this. You can see there's this box around this image. That's because I chose to make it a figure. Let me just make it an inline image that's going to show-- it's going to show without the box. The figure is really something that would have a caption to it where you can type below it.
And so let's say that that's the only change that I want to make. I'm going to go ahead and finalize my draft again. Why not? Now it's going to be perfect. I just know it. And I will be able to see this image, and the video, and everything else.
So those are some basics to customizing at the lesson level. I'm going to stop for a second. Let me just do a verbal to Debbie or Neda. Are there-- what are some things that people are asking in general that we could address for the group. And then I can also dive into anything specific in the Q&A and chat?
Debbie Jensen: We have a couple of questions. One of them, I don't have an answer. Well, one more from me, "Has CK-12 approach state adult Ed departments to get on their pre-approved time tracking system yet, or are there plans to, that makes it much more attractive platform for adult Ed programs in Arizona Odyssey where Burlington, Engliss, and EdReady are the three big platforms that are pre-approved for us?"
Lindsay Kincaid: Yeah, no is the answer to your question. We have not approached state adult Ed departments. We're pretty new in this adult Ed space. And that's something that's definitely going to be talking with our partners at OTAN. And then, other folks-- Jen, I don't know if you're willing to have a conversation about this, but I'd love to just set up a meeting and hear your thoughts on how we can make this easy for approval for educators to use it.
But CK-12 kind of philosophy is that we don't chase a lot of adoption processes. We don't, Really, get involved in Board of Education meetings. We only loosely tie to different standards because those are forever changing depending on the political climate, things like that. Were really are a concept-based platform for any users. And we kind of rely on our individual advocates across the world to bring this to the attention of the appropriate administrators and try to lobby for the books. But we would be happy to help with that process. And particularly if you had some strategy involved, we want to make it as easy as possible for all of you. So whatever you need, let's get in touch. And let's talk about that.
Neda Anasseri: And I can add to that, Lindsay. Here in California, we don't necessarily need-- we don't have a pre-approved list, right? And so that makes it a little challenging. We have these discussions with our ideal consortium members with World Ed and our partners. And so sure. Texas, Arizona, there are these pre-approved lists of curriculum and resources to use with adult learners. But in California, we do not have that because we have 100,000 students.
So each program area and each delivery is a little different. Now, we do use kind of the same idea, the ISC, where the Burlington English, the-- and then we use-- and then when we see something like CK-12 that we know with OTAN's effort, with open educational resources, where we immediately want to gravitate and grab and see where we fit in that equation, and how we can provide those resources through the assistance and support in partnership with CK-12.
So it's a larger discussion with the State Leadership project through the California Department of Ed. The pre-approval list does not exist in California. But there's definitely, promising practices and use cases with different type of a curriculum. And so, with open educational resources, it's just another effort here in California. And so-- but it's tricky. Pre-approved lists are tricky. And then open lists are pretty tricky, as well. I'll hand it back to Lindsay.
Lindsay Kincaid: Yeah, let me take on that. So, Marsha, I'm going to take a stab at your question. Let me know if this isn't exactly what you're asking. But we also have this issue of-- you'll notice that a lot of our content that's been contributed over the years is not a Flex Book 2.0. It looks different because of when it was created.
So that 6th Grade. I'm just going to come back to the 6th Grade Language Arts book that we were looking at earlier. And you can see that this is in a different view. This is actually a totally different CK-12 platform. And we are encouraging everybody to upgrade to a 2.0. And so Marsha, I'm not sure if this is what you're asking, but this applies to a lot of you. I think you're going to find some content.
And you're going to say, OK, how do I get this into my Flex Book 2.0. And it's the same process, where before you were using that Toolbar on the right side. Right now, the Toolbar is on the left side. But if you liked all of this, and you wanted to add this book to a Flex Book textbook, I can now-- I'm going to add this just to my very precious IB Film Studies book. I'm going to add all this content in there. Or I could also create from scratch. So if you're looking to take this book and make it a 2.0, I could say make it a Flex Book 2.0. Well, now that I'm involved in this, I guess I will do this. So I'm going to call this ELA. And say OK.
And so it just added this to my book. And so I'm like, all right, well what do I do now? I go to My Library. And that's where I should find anything that I've saved. Here is my ELA. It is now a Flex Book 2.0. So I'm at least on the right platform that's going to have the most updated resources, updated capabilities. And now I'd come down here, and I would kind of clean this up because this is what-- I can tell that this is three or four CK-12 books that have been mashed together for the 6th Grade book. And I'm going to come down, and I'm going to Edit. And we go back into that process of deleting things, adding things, adding new chapters, searching CK-12.
So, two options to do this either search from CK-12. I could have searched for "language arts," which is super broad. So it's going to pull up. Who knows what? I could search for things from My Library. And then I could find individual things, like if I want to go to an individual lesson. And I want to add in-- again, we don't have a whole lot of language arts. I can add in something to my book this way. But sometimes, I find it easier to find the resource on CK-12 and then press that Add the Flex Book 2.0. And it just comes into the new platform.
So Marshall, let me know if you're getting weird save errors. So you can give me some more details about it. And I'll try to help you. It could be a technical thing that involves troubleshooting beyond me. But that's, in general, a 1.0 to a 2.0.
Question about the answer keys. Because these books were created by a lot of different users, unfortunately, the-- I'm going to just leave. Unfortunately, the answer keys, I believe, for adult Ed are kind of in different places. And so this is something-- Debbie, we haven't even talked about this. This is something I want to work on, of standardizing where to find the answer keys.
CK-12 often puts them in and an early chapter. Sometimes they're in the resources for a lesson, like if I come into this lesson, I'm going to come to the Toolbar. And I'm going to check Resources and see what's in there. No answer key there. I picked a great example, didn't I? Check the resources for some answer keys. For science, that's often at the main chapter level. You'll see some resources listed there. Our newest math books have been created with some teacher additions that we can talk about translating into adult education space as well. And then if you run across something and you're like, I really can't figure out where you guys shove to the answer keys because, again, it's usually somewhere in Resources. Please shoot me an email. And I'll get you an answer to that ASAP.
It looks like a couple of people have questions about Flexi. This is our friend Flexi down here in the corner. Flexi is pretty new to CK-12. And he is learning all kinds of stuff. Right now, he's very smart at science. He's not as good at math because he has a harder time kind of understanding the equations and things like that. But he is helpful to the students who are asking questions. Let me go to a science book because it kind of help show it better. I'm just going to I'm going to pick a lesson here that's-- I don't know what I'm looking on. I'm sorry, this is an Adult Ed. But this is just our Flexi guy.
When I click on Flexi, he says, hey, I'm your personal assistant. What do you want to know? And so I can ask him questions. He's super smart at things that are over here on the page. We get a list of what students are asking. And sometimes it's like, why are you giraffe's have spots. It's an engagement tool to try to get your students intrigued and also if they truly are stumped to try to help them.
Flexi is also where you as the teacher can remind your students that they have something that's due. So you can push out reminders through Flexi. And then you, as an educator, we are training Flexi to answer all of your questions about how do I create this? How do I edit this? He's going to know all of the teacher's commands as well to help your navigation on a CK-12, kind of like a support body for teachers and then a learning body for our students.
So maybe that helps with the Flexi guy. Anything else going on in the chat? It looks like you guys have covered-- you guys are covering a couple of other questions here.
Debbie Jensen: Lindsay, there's a question. It says, "It looks like these Flex Books are basically consumable textbooks that students read and work through. Are there questions or quizzes that go along with them? How does Flexi get harder or easier content questions?"
Lindsay Kincaid: Sure. So these adult Ed books specifically-- I'm not totally sure if any my consumables as far a-- we're hoping to make them more interactive, where they're interacting, they're doing things with these books. But Flexi doesn't really impact what's happening with the learner in the book so much. Again, he's kind of like a study buddy type thing. How does he give harder, easier content or questions?
Where that comes into play is with some adaptive practice. So I showed this last week. I haven't really talked about it today. But attached to most of the lessons, you're going to see this View Practice button. And you can come in here and go into adaptive practice where we're trying to get 10 correct. And here's where Flexi is going to give students hints if they need hints. And this adaptive practice is what's going to get progressively harder or easier, depending on how the student's doing it. It's kind of starts them off into the easy-medium question. And then, if they're getting it right, great. If they're not, they get a second try at it. There we go. Now and one for 10.
I can also see full step-by-step solutions. I can stop and come back to this practice at any time. So this is a great tool for helping students who are at different levels, trying to learn independently. And then, all of the-- there's often related content that's in the books that are extension activities of additional videos and things that can help students as they're trying to get ahead or behind, or as they're trying to catch up or move ahead to the next lesson.
OK, I think I'm going to show a few additional things. I know we're kind of approaching the end of the time here. So get in your last Q&A questions here. And let me just give you a little bit more information. And then talk to you about what next week is going to look like. On your Action items-- again, don't forget that you can download your lesson as a PDF. What it does is it has to generate it. And so it emails it to you through CK-12. But that's a printable PDF. Of course, you're always welcome to take screenshots or just to file prints in your browser. But this will give you the clean PDF. Neta just said not next week. Sorry, guys, not next week. We're going to skip a week. It's the 28th. Thank you. Thank you. And we actually have two weeks to work on customizing a book before we come back together. So, yeah, talk about that in a second.
And then assigning these lessons. If you have created something that you want to share with your students, remember that you can come up here to the Assign button. And if you are using Google Classroom or CK-12, you will do it right here. I'm just going to connect to my Google Classroom. It's going to pull up my existing rosters. And I'm going to assign this to my students. Or I can use the CK-12 class. Again, I'm going to assign it to my Fall 2020 class. I'm going to give it a due date some instructions. Or, if you're in Canvas or Schoology, you will go in Canvas or Schoology and you will be assigning through Canvas and Schoology.
OK, we have some great resources that all I'll put in the chat window, unless one of one my colleagues here if can get as far as the LMS. Like using Google Classroom, using Canvas, using Schoology to do that I think help gives helps give you more information about that.
Question on, "Can you print the PDF for students?" Absolutely. We understand that there's access issues. When you do print a PDF, obviously, the downside is that any interactivity that's in the book will not appear in the PDF. It's just going to look kind of like a blank spot. So where this is designed for students to try this GeoGebra activity. And manipulate things, answer questions here. This is not going to print out in the same way that you would want it to. But it's definitely for those of you who just-- who need the content. Downloading the PDF is going to be better than not having any content, obviously. But we are optimized for the virtual space as much as possible.
Debbie Jensen: Lindsay, there is a question, "At the last session, you shared a great resource, pronounced Google extension, for reading text to students who had dyslexia. I tried it for adaptive practice. It didn't work. Is there another resource that will read adaptive practice questions to a student?"
Lindsay Kincaid: That's interesting. So pronounced. That must have been something that your OTAN lady suggested because I don't really know the inner workings of pronounce. But the question we get at CK-12 a lot is, do you read to the students? And our answer is no. Whatever you're using in your Chrome browser usually works with CK-12. Having said that, I'm intrigued by what you put. I never really thought about this. I think any of your browser add-ons that you're using for speech-to-text. It's going to work with the Flex Book lesson context. But our adaptive practice is actually like it's in a different-- not a different platform, but it's in its own-- it's created differently. I'm guessing that those readers have trouble knowing what to do with our adaptive practice question.
So Charlotte, I would love to follow up with you, actually. And I'm going to ask my teammates if there's any workaround to that. But again, it might be just more complicated. Google Translate doesn't work with our adaptive practice, either because it's the way it's created, basically. Thank you. Yeah, I think-- I'm not sure I gave you the answer you wanted but--
Let me show you a few more things. So under the Explorer menu again, I've been referring to some certified educators, Neda, Debbie, all certified educators, which is great. We used to be a live program that happened during the summer. And then we worked hard to automate it. And it's a free program, self-paced. You can join it with the intent to go through the 10 different lessons and learn more about Flex Books, and adaptive practice, and everything that comes with it. Or you can join and with no intention of finishing it and just use it as a resource because it's got really great videos and information of how to do different things on our site.
So feel free if you're intrigued and like wanting to enter the CK-12 world. This is a great place to do it. You can read more about the information here. We do give you a certificate if you need hours. And your district to prove that.
We also have this alumni network where anybody who has an envelope next to their name is ready to be emailed to answer your questions. This is great for networking as well. And of course, we always have all these different videos and things like that.
Or the 28, when we all reconvene, my hope is that-- you guys have seen a lot the past couple of weeks. You've seen our simulations, browse pages, our PLIX all of these different environments of Flex Book 2.0. Now, you need to think about what's going to work for your situation.
If you are just-- hey, I don't want to deal with the books, but I love your simulations. I want to use this with my learners. Like, who's going to make it to the elevator first, Irwin or Ruthie? This is exciting. And it's reading to me. You probably can't hear it. But I can grab this URL and just share it in my classroom environments. And the students can do it. I can sign it. It's got worksheets. It even has an embed code.
So Debbie was asking me about this earlier because she said, what if I find some simulations that are going to work for-- like her Cosmetology book? I don't think she necessarily wants this one. But when I click Embed code, I can copy this embed code for the simulation. And I have-- this is Debbie's book. I'm going to customize Debbie's start of a Cosmetology book. And I'm going to throw the simulation in one of our lessons on Skin Health. Remember, since I have customized this, this is now in My Library. It does not mess up Debbie's book. Debbie's book will remain as is and Debbie's account. This is truly just mine. So when I choose to use that embed code box and embed a simulation, it's just going to be visible in my account. So I'm going to just finalize this. So you can see that we have Skin Health shower, and then the robot is trying to go to the elevator. It's a very cohesive lesson.
So I want you to explore these types of things. I want you to check out the adult Ed books first and see if we have something that's going to work for you. And if so, click on it, customize it, give it a different title, maybe at a minimum, rearrange that scope and sequence. And perhaps you're done at that point, OK?
For those of you who are saying, hey, you don't really have what I'm looking for in its entirety. I want to create a new book. You come out here to your Library. And you go to create new, and you create a new Flex Book 2.0. And you're off and running in your resources.
Debbie Jensen: Lindsay, we have two more questions.
Lindsay Kincaid: Yes.
Debbie Jensen: "Is there any way for multiple teachers to add a Flex Book that my school creates in a way which allows the original Flex Book creator to be able to edit the Flex Book and have those changes reflected in the multiple teacher's Flex Books?"
Lindsay Kincaid: Dylan, it sounds like you're asking more about, hey, we want to do what we can do on Google Docs, and all be collaborating live. That's not quite how this works for lots of reasons. We have teachers all over who are collaborating on the books, but they're not doing it in real-time on our site. So as you just saw, when I press customize on Debbie's Cosmetology book, it's made a copy in my library. It now says that it's by me. It's got Debbie as an author, but we're on two different paths with two different books. OK. Now, if I wanted to just make all kinds of changes to Skin, and then I say, hey, Debbie, my Skin Health is better because it's got the robots in it. And she's like, Oh, that's cool. Lindsay, you did that. What Debbie can do is she can come in here and go, oh, I like those robots. I'm going to take your lesson. And I'm going to add it to my Flex Book. And she could choose her Cosmetology book and her library. And she could steal my lesson back if that makes sense.
We have better practices. If you are truly going to be working with colleagues, or people across the state, or across the country, however, you're going to do it. We have more specific information about how we recommend starting with a certain account and the best practices of one person kind of playing the role of the project manager. And then other people working on one chapter at a time and then, submitting it to the project manager who finalizes drafts.
I think that's a little overwhelming for today. But I'll come armed with more information on that by the 28th. For those of you who say I want to edit, I want to collaborate. We'll help you make that work.
Debbie Jensen: One last question, "Is there a site that has links to non-flash interactive for science?
Lindsay Kincaid: Well, our-- I don't interact with our interactive, our HTML5. And so my understanding is that there are a lot better than flash. Again, I'm an English teacher. I don't live in that world. But these should all load properly. There's no additional extensions. They're going to work on any of your browsers, any of your different devices. OK, I think it was the three minutes left. Again, my parting words for you before I turn it back over to the OTAN ladies is that-- here I'll turn my camera back on. I want to say hi for a minute.
Explore the site, figure out what you want to use, try different things, try some of the things that I showed you. And then, in two weeks, when we come back together, we're going to bring on Shanna, who we reference last time, who helped to create a lot of these books. She's going to talk to you about her process-- she went through, specifically of converting CK-12 books into good GED books.
And she's done a lot as far as swapping out images and swapping out names of things I think you'll be really interested in hearing about. And then, we're going to do sort of a support, a showcase, a wrap-up of what about publishing, what about getting in our school's page, a little more about Insights, just anything else that you guys are having trouble with.
And in the interim, I'm going to once again post my email address. You can just email me directly if you have CK-12 questions. It's going in the chat window right now.