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. SB 6, if passed into law, would give local school districts in Texas more discretionary control over how they spend state monies designated for instructional materials. My name is Sandy Kendell and I am a career educator. Thank you also for your work as an educator.

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

EdTechSandyK

The following is a legislative action alert I received today from Jennifer Bergland and TCEA Advocacy. HB 6 is the companion bill to SB 6 which I testified on before the Senate Education Committee last week. When you call, ask to speak to the legislative aide who handles education issues for the representative. HB 6 deletes the word ''''textbook'''' from current education law and updates it to the phrase ''''instructional materials''''.

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SETDA Highlights from 2017

SETDA Says

2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology. SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. Advocacy With a new federal administration in 2017, […].

Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron Appointed to the Association of Test Publishers’ CEO Council

eSchool News

Waldron is the only CEO in the United States’ K–12 education market space to be appointed to the five-person council, which will provide ongoing guidance to the ATP and its global membership.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. I also owe thanks to the many others engaged in the movement, who have both helped to educate me and continue to welcome my – at times – persistent, sometime orthogonal pursuit of ideas, intersections, and root causes. K-12 education.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

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.” While everyone wants educational materials to be less expensive, lower costs are the least interesting thing about digital, networked learning. “You can’t fit the educational problems related to permissions into a sound byte,” you might chide.

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

The Hechinger Report

Department of Education. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. Even low-income students with the highest standardized test scores are more than three times less likely to go to top colleges than higher-income students , according to the Education Trust. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. Department of Education says.

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. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. And in Oregon, state agencies are coordinating to provide high-speed broadband to all schools through a partnership with Education SuperHighway.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

In fairness, startups weren’t the only education companies experiencing this sort of upheaval this year: Amplify, News Corps’ education division, continued to sell off various parts of its failed business. DeVry Education Group got a new CEO." You can find stock market data about publicly-traded education companies at funding.hackeducation.com. I maintain a dataset of all education technology investments and all education technology investors.

From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

Iterating Toward Openness

The most recent issue of IRRODL included an article titled Effectiveness of OER Use in First-Year Higher Education Students’ Mathematical Course Performance: A Case Study , by Juan I. Quoting from the article: The main aims of this research were to examine the effect of OER use among higher education students and to analyze teacher and student views on OER use in order to better understand how these resources are used and valued.

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Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

The online education movement has pushed K-12 schools and districts to rethink the way they develop and deliver content. No longer relegated to using textbooks as their core instructional materials, teachers look to their institutions for help selecting, aggregating, and then delivering relevant content to their pupils. Educators, on the other hand, view the platform from their own perspectives and without considering its technical capabilities.

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