The teaching community has long acknowledged a need for change in science education with greater emphasis on active/project-based learning, relevant examples from student lives, and concept- rather than detail-oriented approaches. Examples include Bio2010 and Vision and Change. It's not always easy to see how textbooks are moving to match these targets; this site represents an effort to build a response chapter-by-chapter. Currently, free to any interested parties.
Speak actively to students using everyday language wherever possible
Think through issues; approach from a "what makes sense" perspective
Make learning as active and interactive as possible
Teach students now rather than laying a foundation for 'later'
Create a text that incorporates "Just in time" concepts with a focus on "Dependencies and Foundations"
An ever-evolving look at the organization and content for the eBook