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., The post Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

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. edWeb Blog digital content instructional materials Language Arts Mathematics

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

SETDA Says

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. state and territorial educational technology leaders, has launched of a free online tool to support the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette

EdTechTeacher

Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. The post Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

EdTechSandyK

Today I gave testimony in favor of the passage of Texas SB 6 , which institutes an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in lieu of the textbook allotment and the former Technology Allotment. advocacy instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

New Online Tool Aims to Help K-12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials

Marketplace K-12

State and local K-12 school leaders wanting to vet digital and print instructional resources can access a new online tool prepared by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. The post New Online Tool Aims to Help K-12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 digital resources instructional materials SETDA

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. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!

EdTechSandyK

Inform them that HB 6 will be voted on by the House on Wednesday (April 6th) Ask them to vote for HB 6 and Oppose any amendment that might delay the implementation of the Instructional Materials Allotment. HB 6 deletes the word ''''textbook'''' from current education law and updates it to the phrase ''''instructional materials''''. advocacy educational technology instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

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

SETDA Says

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.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

edWeb.net

Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. Thus, there is the potential for more disparity in the quality of materials from school to school.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

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. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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

iterating toward openness

Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

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

edWeb.net

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.

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The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

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.

OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

The Hechinger Report

Under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disability Act ,public and private universities must ensure that any content made available is accessible, unless meeting accessibility guidelines would result in a fundamental alteration or undue administrative and financial burdens.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

edWeb.net

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. Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, noted the importance of having safe WiFi access.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

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.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments. While multimodal learning environments support the needs of more learners, they require special attention to ensure they are accessible to students who are hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

K-12 context, including issues of accessibility , the copyright that should get assigned to teacher-created materials , and interoperability gaps and needs. I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S.,

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4 ways online learning can lead to educational equity

eSchool News

Until all students are treated equally and given access to similar educational resources, we have little chance of achieving equality in K-12 schools.

iSL (Internet Second Language) Collective

NeverEndingSearch

The site is also accessible in German, French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. After signing up for a free account with your email or your Google or Facebook accounts, you get to explore, download and use the wealth of instructional materials in multiple formats.

The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

This is especially evident over the decade, as schools have increasingly adopted mobile learning as a signature initiative using BYOD and 1:1 programs and investing in tablets to provide their students with access to a wealth of relevant educational content and learning opportunities.

10 major insights on teaching, learning, and STEM

eSchool News

But teachers tell 100Kin10 that progress is slow, because teachers and districts have the massive task of finding high-quality materials to support the standards.

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Linguistically Responsive Teachers

Digital Promise

Second language learners must have access to comprehensible input that is just beyond their current level of competence, and they must have opportunities to produce output for meaningful purposes. giving clear, explicit instructions.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

Differentiated instruction is a method by which we can tackle this challenge and find new ways to help our students. Teachers need to acquire their own skills in using technology to provide accessible instructional materials and alternatives that will provide voice and choice for students.

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years.

Notes on Open Pedagogy

iterating toward openness

Pedagogy and educational materials intersect because we frequently ask students to DO things with RESOURCES – *read* articles, *watch* videos, *listen* to lectures, *answer* questions, *solve* problems, etc. INCREASE the number of students with access to effective pedagogy).

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Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

Neo LMS

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.

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Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Following that introduction, we were instructed to open our textbooks and tackle two pages of practice problems quietly at our desks. Today, we know much more about designing effective instruction, and teachers and students have more instructional resource options than ever before.

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials. The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies.

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials. The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies.