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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.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. These are purchasing programs in which “institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, rather than purchasing individually.” ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? Errors in materials cannot be corrected in a timely manner.

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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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An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

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I now have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of general education courses and some specific degree programs will transition entirely to OER in US higher ed. I spent most of my thinking time last week wondering about obstacles in the way of the ubiquitous adoption of OER in US higher education and how we might overcome them. see this article on the $400 textbook ) for open educational resources (OER).

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Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

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I’m imagining a school environment where students get to bring their own device, and they have access to different learning resources over the internet. In some educational systems where bringing devices to schools is a school offence, there has to be a change. Blended classes greatly benefit from BYOD scenarios because most of the class instructional materials are on the cloud and all students need to do is to sync them on their devices.

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Why the United States Poses No Competition to Singapore in International Education Race

The 21st Century Principal

The country’s prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, states in the article that while his country performed reasonably well on the latest PISA assessments, they must keep up the efforts of continual educational improvement. Perhaps we’re too busy chasing educational fads and fashions and magical silver bullets to pose much of a threat to Singapore or any of those other countries at the top of the PISA list. What do our education reformers want to do?

Illustrative Mathematics Introduces IM Certification Program to Meet Demand for High-Quality, Job-Embedded Professional Development for Teachers

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Tucson, AZ – June 14, 2018— Illustrative Mathematics (IM) today announced the launch of its IM Certification™ program, which trains qualified mathematics educators to deliver scalable, high-quality, expert-developed professional learning experiences that support adoptions of the acclaimed Illustrative Mathematics curriculum. Switching to problem-based instruction requires a shift in teaching practice for many teachers.

OER: Some Questions and Answers

Iterating Toward Openness

Absent any effectiveness data, for decades faculty who were evaluating educational resources had no choice but to settle for characteristics of resources that reasonable people might believe correlate positively with effectiveness. They began to doubt that other development models must necessarily result in materials that are less effective. It should be obvious to anyone that the features of instructional materials that effectively support learning (e.g.,

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Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. 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. Key characteristics include real-time updates, quality data in and out, educator and school control of the data, and flexibility in reporting.

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TEA Update: New Options with Digital Content in Texas

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Notes from a TCEA 2011 Concurrent Session John Lopez Texas Education Agency All TEA Power Points from TCEA will be uploaded to TCEA Project Share group for this conference. Format of digital materials being submitted is all over the map. Will be effective September 1 - Appropriation is end of May so the timeline will be very compressed for getting materials to classrooms in the Fall. digital content tcea tcea 2011 teacher education

A little help from our academic friends: Five fine portals for instructional fodder

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How about a few fresh strategies for energizing your information literacy instruction and preparing your secondary learners for their academic experience? The open access, collaborative portal facilitates the sharing and adapting of research assignments for librarians who teach. A recent instructional example is Sara Davidson Squibb’s Where Should I Search? The resources shared are open source, open access, and Creative Commoned-licensed.