SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials

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Free tool is intended to support clear understanding of state policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. The resource is called the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) Portal.

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

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. The coordination of state purchasing contracts and the encouragement of consortia purchasing can support the transition to digital as well.

We Have An Ed Tech-Accessibility Partnership. So Can You!

SETDA Says

Guest Post from Cynthia Curry is Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) What do you get when you combine a state educational technology director with a state accessibility expert?

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SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

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Digital Learning Equity of Access FCC instructional materialsToday, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. These rules were. read more.

“Just Right” Content for Digital Learning

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Likewise, as teachers design digital learning experiences based on their students’ personal strengths and interests, they need to search for the “just right” instructional resources to meet their students’ varied needs.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Provide Out-of-School Access on Devices. Out-of-School Access Chart.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

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–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. With these resources, students will learn about biofuels, electric vehicles, cool roofs, energy efficient data centers, clean energy manufacturing, and more.

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5 ways to expand federal educational OER

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In a letter sent earlier this month, a group of ed-tech stakeholders urged the Obama administration to make federally-funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News News Top News

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Study: Adaptive, gamified approach can boost math scores

eSchool News

Examining test scores at the start of the year and again at the end, the analysis found that students given access to Front Row scored on average nearly 10 (9.86) percentage points higher, and approximately two months ahead in terms of mathematical achievements.

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Survey: Teachers now use twice as much gaming and video in the classroom

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Annual survey reveals digital resources such as game-based environments and online videos have experienced increased use in classrooms. The explosion in teacher interest and usage of videos and game-based learning could be a harbinger of a new awakening for digital learning.”.

South Carolina adopts science video service

eSchool News

Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning. Students in South Carolina will soon have access to short Twig Science and Tigtag Science videos through a new statewide partnership.

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eBook details key strategies to manage digital curriculum

eSchool News

Guide provides case studies on how districts successfully adopted integrated digital curriculum systems. The eBook provides educators with digital curriculum strategies, case studies and insights for connecting courses, resources and assessments with common standards and learning objects.

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Calif. district boosts NGSS resources

eSchool News

Pasadena USD selects STEMscopes California to help students adjust to NGSS, develop and deepen STEM understanding through inquiry-based learning. It supports our vision for student-centered learning and follows all the best practices we want to see in our science classrooms.”.

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem.

The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

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Digital-based learning benefits students. Blended learning and flipped classrooms. When teachers leverage technology, learning outcomes improve. From virtual labs and games to digital textbooks and online curriculum, digital classrooms rely on video.

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CoSN 2019: K–12 Schools Address Digital Equity with Curriculum Framework

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CoSN 2019: K–12 Schools Address Digital Equity with Curriculum Framework. In school systems like Clark’s where schools have more autonomy to choose their own digital solutions, issues have emerged around creating activities that serve students of different backgrounds.

edWeb.net Highly Recommended by School Library Connection

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There more than 1,400 Professional Learning Communities to join. In addition to free webinars, many communities provide access to downloadable resources and discussion forums. Webinars cover popular topics such as Open Education Resources, STEAM, and Social Emotional Learning.

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem. Following that introduction, we were instructed to open our textbooks and tackle two pages of practice problems quietly at our desks. Ensure the sustainability of digital learning initiatives.

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.

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

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And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. She’s the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities. It also highlights state leaders who have helped their states put these digital learning opportunities directly in front of teachers and students.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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Bill Gates: Ed Tech Has Underachieved, But Better Days Are Ahead

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“Our foundation’s going to do everything we can to help facilitate the creation of great technology,” he said, with a focus on three areas: effective personalized learning solutions, an evidence base that works, and adoption of proven technologies. San Diego.

Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

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Notes from panel discussion/concurrent session at SXSWedu 2012 Geoff Wurzel, TechNet Wurzel was one of the influencers on Senate Bill 6 and the creation of the Instructional Materials Allotment in Texas. Rob Lippincott, PBS PBS is working toward making more content digital (after spending over 40 years making TV educational). Examples of their initiatives include PBS TeacherLine, PBS LearningMedia, CPB Ready to Learn (PBS Kids), PBS Kids Lab (learning games).