5 Completely Free Education Reference Books from Google Books


Where is your first port of call when looking for the right book? Amazon? iTunes? Even an actual brick-and-mortar library??? All good options, but there is one delightfully simple place you should be trying first. Google Books. Not only can you preview a large portion of one of the books for teachers to try before you buy, you may even strike it lucky and get the whole thing for free! Here are five completely free eBooks to get you started, but make sure to take some time and explore, who knows what gems you might find.

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In Practice

1. Measuring Innovation in Education

Do teachers innovate? Do they try different pedagogical approaches? Are practices within classrooms and educational organisations changing? And to what extent can change be linked to improvements? A measurement agenda is essential to an innovation and improvement strategy in education. Measuring Innovation in Education offers new perspectives on addressing the need for such measurement.

Measuring Innovation in Education

2. Control in the Classroom

Have you ever wondered how learning happens? Control in the Classroom introduces the main ideas of a profound explanation of human behavior and then applies these ideas to the issue of curriculum delivery. This illuminating explanation, known as Perceptual Control Theory, shows that control is the fundamental phenomenon at the core of the business of living. Control is critical in the classroom – both for teachers and for students.

Control in the Classroom

3. e-Learning Cookbook

This book is based on the notion that a lecturer who uses ICT in teaching must learn how to apply his or her knowledge about content, pedagogy and technology in an integrated manner. The idea of integrating these three types of knowledge is based on the TPACK model, which stands for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge model.

e-Learning Cookbook

4. Education at a Glance 2014 – Highlights

‘Education at a Glance 2014: Highlights’ summarises the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It covers a range of topics, including educational technology books.  It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today, including: education levels and student numbers, higher education and work, economic and social benefits of education, paying for education, and the school environment.

Education at a Glance 2014 – Highlights

5. 50 Leveled Math Problems

OK, ’50 Leveled Math Problems’ may not be of great value if you aren’t a Math teacher, but it does give a pretty good taste of the types of texts and resources that can be found on Google Books. Try searching on a specific keyword relevant to your discipline or class. There are a heap of books containing problems, lesson plans, exercises and more that can help save you time and money!

50 Leveled Math Problems

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