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., A desire to digitize some or all of the book?

Navigating the Shift to OER

During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information.

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Let’s Prepare Students for the World—Not Tests


Preparation can consume weeks or even months of classroom instruction. Materials are typically decontextualized, with multiple-choice items that mimic the format of standardized tests. Mathina Calliope of NWEA, which develops the widely used MAP assessment, answers the question of whether you can prepare students for the test: “Of course; it’s called good teaching. Should you sacrifice a week (or more) of instruction to give children pointers on the process of elimination?

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)


At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. We focused on the essential needs of the market—curriculum, assessment, and intervention—which aligned with our core competencies and interests. Our mCLASS assessments for K-3 reading are used by more than 2 million students across the country.

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

I very clearly remember my teacher standing at the front of the classroom, math book in hand, reading, “The square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides of the triangle,” then scribbling the formula across the blackboard.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. So, when you have many ways of teaching material, nearly every student learns better. Formative assessment can help teachers understand how students are learning. An Instructional Coach.

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Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

I very clearly remember my teacher standing at the front of the classroom, math book in hand, reading, “The square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides of the triangle,” then scribbling the formula across the blackboard. Following that introduction, we were instructed to open our textbooks and tackle two pages of practice problems quietly at our desks.

Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles


And in the 2018-19 school year, that number is expected to double with more than half of the nation projected to report Lexile and Quantile measures from their state assessment systems.

Curriculum Associates Named One of the 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and One of the Largest Private Companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal


With a focus on reading and mathematics, the company offers an integrated print and digital solution for K–12 diagnostic assessment and K–8 instruction, making blended learning a reality in the classroom. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

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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Part 8… STEM Resource Series… 80 Stemtastic Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

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Broward County Public Schools Selects Science A-Z As District-wide Supplement to K–5 Science Curriculum


13, 2018—After a comprehensive review of instructional programs for science courses, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has chosen Science A-Z to be part of its instructional materials adoption in science for grades K–5.

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

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


portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. higher-education courseware and in-school assessment in the U.S. Pearson reported that its revenues from e-book rentals have grown by 22 percent, after reducing the rental price for 2,000 titles in fall 2017. a semester to access all of the company’s digital higher-ed materials.

Library of Congress introduces three new apps (and a reminder of some older goodies)


A Teach Page offers videos, resources for lesson planning and assessment, differentiation, additional resources, in-a-pinch (for substitutes or surprise snow days) and achievements (badges, votes, and rankings) to promote engagement. Bank of multiple-choice and discussion assessment questions.

Boston Business Journal Names Curriculum Associates a 2018 “Best Place to Work” Winner for the Fourth Consecutive Year


About Curriculum Associates Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The BBJ also prints the annual Book of Lists—the region’s top resource for business decision-makers seeking information about potential clients, suppliers, and partners. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials


The state is reviewing new science instructional materials for the first time in 12 years to help science teachers succeed in teaching students the latest standards. Many teachers have older books that were not written to the standards and therefore don’t cover the new content.

Teacher Bans Boys From Playing with Legos in Class

K-12 Schools - Education News

Keller was aware of research that showed that having open-ended “trial and error” playtime with building materials is beneficial to kids. ” She said all students have access to all instruction and non-instructional materials.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


It’s about saving teachers instructional time. And it’s also about instruction and modeling for learners what it looks like to organize content and tools to manage our digital lives as information citizens. Builds Instructional Partnerships. What’s curation?

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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The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.” In part, their struggles are a result of controversies surrounding the Common Core State Standards, which were supposed to streamline and procurement the development of curriculum and assessment. Pushback against Common Core tests specifically and against standardized testing more generally have also prompted states and districts to rethink the kind and frequency of assessments they buy.

How to move out of the day-by-day lesson planning trap

The Cornerstone Blog

We also discuss and plan instructional materials, assessments, etc. We look at where we need kids to be at the end of the school year and work backward to figure out how we’re going to assess that and plan out our units together.” Rachel says, “My co-teacher and I would meet weekly to discuss what the standard we’re addressing that week meant, what activities we would do, and what assessment we would give.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Testing, Testing… Via Education Week : “After seven years of tumult and transition fueled by the common core, state testing is settling down, with most states rejecting the federally funded PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, and nearly one-quarter embracing the SAT or the ACT as their official high school test.” Tressie McMillan Cottom ’s new book, Lower Ed , is now out, and you should buy it and read it. Education Politics.