BURLEY Teachers around the CassiaCountySchool District and other districts in the MagicValley are embracing alternative teaching methods to give students more study tools.

As school districts ponder whether to spend precious dollars on textbooks that become outdated as soon as they publish, many textbooks are becoming tattered and simply nonexistent.

Three BurleyHigh School math teachers are participating in a pilot program using Chromebooks and KhanAcademy to fill math skill gaps for their students.

KhanAcademy is an online educational resource that provides free tests, videos and lectures.

While the teachers still have to spend the majority of their time teaching to Idaho Common Core Standards, they spend a portion of the class taking tests and reviewing basic math skills on KhanAcademy.

Other teachers in the district are flipping classrooms, by having students watch lessons online at home and then do their homework at school with the aid of the teacher.

Despite shortcomings at the school with technology infrastructure, which make it difficult for teachers to plan online lessons, teachers remain enthusiastic about using what is available to help students learn.

Read more on this story Saturday in the Times-News or at Magicvalley.com.

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