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.

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

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 report also outlines next steps for strategic support of the transition: 1. That includes instructional materials.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

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

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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

Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

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October 1, 2018 – RALEIGH, North Carolina – More students and parents will receive Lexile and Quantile scores on high stakes test reports this school year than ever before. In all other states, Lexile and Quantile measures are used and reported at local levels.

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

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Alison Yin/Hechinger Report. The scrutiny, while challenging for these organizations, can yield improved accessibility of digital content over time if organizations heed the call. Accessibility is not optional.”. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

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.

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.

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.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

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.

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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10 major insights on teaching, learning, and STEM

eSchool News

The report compiles information from 100Kin10’s partner organizations, teachers, researchers, and other STEM leaders, and the 10 reflections serve to direct the group’s work and focus areas for 2019.

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Seven Steps to Ensure English Learners Aren’t Left Out of STEM

Edsurge

percent of the school-aged population, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Obstacles to English learners participating in STEM subjects and careers do not include lack of interest or ability, according to the report, “ English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools and Lives.” Rather, it stems from a lack of access to rigorous, age-appropriate instruction in the field.

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The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

In 2015, more than 90% of district administrators said instructional tech is important to achieving their core mission of educating students. 63% also believe it increases the relevancy and quality of the instructional materials. The evidence is in.

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

EdTech Magazine

Some digitally enabled K–12 schools find it difficult to provide appropriate lesson plans that can be accessed by all students, said Tim Clark, director of curriculum, instruction and digital learning at Chicago Public Schools. . What we want to do is transform the instructional core.”.

What teachers need now: CCSS-aligned resources

Insight Education Group

According to the 2014 update of the Primary Sources report , more teachers now feel prepared to teach to the Common Core and think that implementation of the Standards is going well in their schools.

OPINION: Three ways to help students who switch schools midyear

The Hechinger Report

This is an interactive Google Fusion map, created by Jill Barshay and Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report.). Offer access to more magnet schools and specialized programs that aren’t restricted by residence.

What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

To earn these, teachers view the required materials, answer a set of questions, and then submit evidence of impact on practice such as lesson plans, instructional materials, and videos. start reviewing recommended materials or browse the resources.

Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

Edsurge

portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. In Pearson’s 2017 full-year results report , the publisher stated that “we have concluded the strategic review of our US K12 courseware business and have classified the business as held for sale.” But those moves may finally be bearing fruit, as the company reported a 2017 adjusted operating profit of £576 million (approximately US $804 million), one year after posting a $3.3

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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

Doug Levin

A day late perhaps, but here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. the ethical implications of Facebook in education → This site is intended as an accessible and easy to understand guide enabling visitors to draw their own conclusions about the appropriateness of Facebook in education.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

iterating toward openness

They began to doubt that other development models must necessarily result in materials that are less effective. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that OER can be just as effective – or more effective – than commercial materials. material curation and upkeep).

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OPINION: Eliminating the funding that supports educators? That’s no way to cut the federal budget

The Hechinger Report

The support ranges from help creating and aligning instructional materials or assessment resources to providing social and emotional learning opportunities. That’s no way to cut the federal budget appeared first on The Hechinger Report. The Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award

techlearning

The curriculum also provides teachers with access to student progress data to help determine which students need intervention and where, thus supporting their unique needs.

The Remix Hypothesis

iterating toward openness

For several years my colleagues and I have been conducting and reviewing empirical research on the impact on student outcomes when OER are adopted in place of commercial materials. At this level faculty remix their open course materials.

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Curriculum Associates Enhances i-Ready® with Major Upgrades for Back to School 2018

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The completely-redesigned teacher experience provides actionable data insights with simplified navigation, improved alerts, and streamlined reports that show teachers the immediate actions to help differentiate instruction and drive the greatest student gains. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

Instead of traditional report cards, though, students assemble digital portfolios to show their progress. Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instructio

Rhode Island’s ambitious computer science goal

eSchool News

Part of turning our economy around and creating jobs is making sure every student, at every level, has access to the new basic skill: computer science. Department of Labor reports that the median annual wage for computer and IT jobs is about $80,000. “We

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

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. Part of the value creation plan includes the data that management will report to the board.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. It’s about saving teachers instructional time. This is a serious opportunity to lead and to address issues of access and equity.

When it comes to struggling schools, school choice is no substitute for systemic change

The Hechinger Report

She is using the report as proof that choice is the best answer. using all the tools available: transformational leaders, better teachers, more challenging instruction, and a willingness to dismantle barriers to success. Invest in instruction.

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

Leave this field empty if you're human: We need to ensure that all learning materials — including software — are subject to public inspection by taxpayers and parents of students assigned to use them. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

EdTechTeam

We know there is a shortage of quality classroom material that will help educators teach to these standards in the important subject area of science,” said Josh Goldberg, chief strategy officer, Legends of Learning. “We

Gates Foundation CEO Admits Underestimating Common-Core Challenges

Marketplace K-12

Teachers around the country also complained that they lacked the instructional materials and professional development necessary to use the standards effectively in their classrooms. . ” The letter goes on to say that all teachers need access to high-quality materials. By Guest Blogger Liana Heitin. Cross-posted from Curriculum Matters.

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

eSchool News

The national report, From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulations within K-12 education , reveals that in 2010, only 23 percent of surveyed teachers said they used games, compared to 48 percent of those surveyed in 2015.

Calif. district boosts NGSS resources

eSchool News

STEMscopes will make it easy for teachers to provide students with access to NGSS-aligned instructional materials, and to involve parents, too. Material from a press release was used in this report.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

iterating toward openness

Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.).

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