Check-Out SETDA’s New Dashboard of State Reviewed K12 Instructional Materials

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In July, SETDA released the K12 Instructional Materials Dashboard. The dashboard currently includes state reviewed, full course, secondary level instructional materials for English/Language Arts and math from 13 states. The materials included were reviewed via independent state […]. Accessibility Best Practices Digital Learning instructional materials Policy

SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials

eSchool News

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.

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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.

Take Flight to Accessibility with the AEM Pilot

SETDA Says

SETDA continues an on-going partnership with CAST to support access to instructional materials and tools for all learners. The National AEM Center at CAST has enjoyed collaborating with SETDA on improving access digital materials and technologies for learners with […].

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Framing the Evidence: Democratizing Ed Tech

SETDA Says

Access to the treatment would come through scientific, research-based trials in partnership with flagship research institutes. Best Practices Digital Learning instructional materials partnerships Policy Research

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’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

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Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

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. Links to Local Learning.

“Just Right” Content for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

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.

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.

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.

5 ways to expand federal educational OER

eSchool News

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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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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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

eSchool News

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.”.

The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

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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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.

How to Keep Students Organized and Thriving in a Digital Classroom

Edsurge

A critical component of any student’s educational journey is learning how to be better organized, complete tasks independently and persevere when an assignment is difficult. What do students say about organization in the digital classroom?

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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.

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

EdTech Magazine

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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

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.

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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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

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The assumption goes something like this: the open digital educational materials made available through these initiatives are of value because they are the product of these prestigious, highly selective institutions. Prestigious University = High Quality Digital Instructional Materials?

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

Marketplace K-12

“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).