Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc., Rather, schools were purchasing a restricted license to use a subject/grade’s worth of a publisher’s instructional content, which happened to be disseminated in the form of a book. The post Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

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Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

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Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Broadband’s Big Picture. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

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Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education ~ 13 Years Flew By 

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At that time, the critical topics that bubbled to the top were broadband access, […]. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials Personalized Learning Professional Learning Student voice

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers. Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. With this awareness, I ask myself some questions when choosing instructional materials and assessments.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks. Now, though, some states are going back to the beginning and rethinking how they review instructional materials and allocate funds to ensure that they are focused on the realities of the 21st century classroom.

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Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

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An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access. Home connectivity is especially important for those schools implementing one-to-one computing programs, where the students’ digital textbooks and instructional materials all reside in the cloud.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity. State Broadband Implementation Highlights.

BIOZONE Launches Comprehensive Environmental Science Program

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Take a quick look now – you can access an immediate FULL PREVIEW (see every page) by going to the product page and clicking on the Full Preview button at: www.thebiozone.com/apes. “I’d Limited broadband access may be an obstacle for many students.

Putting SEL First for Students and Teachers

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McCray helps ensure that the city’s recovery from COVID-19 includes giving hard-hit communities access to resources and services like mental health care, broadband, and small business support. Blog post by Stacey Pusey based on this edWebinar.

How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

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Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. Teachers cite the challenges of remote instruction as a top reason for leaving their jobs during the pandemic.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Boosted by Broadband Core to the company’s offering is its leveled reading tool, which lets teachers and students find instructional materials that challenge students based on their Lexile-measured reading level. Woody Marshall had seen this business strategy before.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

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Greater focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) is one model of instructing the “whole child” or attending to more than just academic content. As we look to supporting the “whole adult” that students will become, instruction on life skills becomes more important.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. In a recent edWebinar , presenters from Idaho and Pennsylvania discussed how state and district leadership support digital learning opportunities and implement digital materials. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

Looking Past COVID: Science Education Post Pandemic

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Limited or no access to the internet has particularly undermined their remote science learning experiences. All students, Krehbiel emphasized, should have universal access to broadband internet. By Michele Israel. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

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There is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education. But for education entrepreneurs to reach students at scale, they need access to people, systems and capital. Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available. The strongest businesses are those where strong educational outcomes are co-linear with strong financial performance.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instruction