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?

Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

We Can Do Lots More for Students with Dyslexia

MiddleWeb

Now an ELA educator, she highlights useful tools, instructional techniques, assessments, and SEL strategies. Inclusion It's Not Easy Being Tween assessing understanding Cheryl Mizerny dyslexia emotional support general education instructional materials instructional techniques special education

eBook details key strategies to manage digital curriculum

eSchool News

The eBook provides educators with digital curriculum strategies, case studies and insights for connecting courses, resources and assessments with common standards and learning objects.

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NewseumED’s Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy

Catlin Tucker

” The Fact Finder: Your Foolproof Media Literacy Guide has 11 separate multimedia lessons designed using the 5 E’s constructivist instructional model.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

Edsurge

This diverse, engaging approach to content selection is apparent whether teachers are using material to support core curriculum, inform independent reading—or something in between. Natalie Franzi, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Middletown Township Schools 2. Empower teachers to personalize instruction Ultimately, it comes down to the teacher. Kenneth McKee, Literacy and Instructional Coach, Buncombe County Schools 3. What leads to reading success?

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials. As with any instructional materials, quality is key.

Curriculum Associates to Be Owned by Iowa State University--For Now

Edsurge

More than 6 million students in all 50 states use products offered by Curriculum Associates, which sells research-based print and online instructional materials, assessments, and data management tools, including its flagship tool, the adaptive assessment and instruction package, i-Ready. The privately held company is laced with a strong sense of mission around providing teachers and classrooms with powerful materials to support learning.

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)

Edsurge

The lack of precision about what the term means—whether it’s about tailoring instruction for individual students or the technology that enables it—leads to confusion and inappropriate assumptions. “As Reyes recognizes that personalized learning overlaps with a number of long established instructional philosophies, frameworks and practices. Technology can enable teachers to individualize instruction, or meet students in their ZPD, more efficiently.

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

Edsurge

Rather, it stems from a lack of access to rigorous, age-appropriate instruction in the field. Because mastery of the English language does not necessarily determine one’s ability to grasp STEM concepts, English learners may in fact be well-suited to more advanced materials in science, math and coding. How might state assessments be unfairly disadvantaging English learners? Design assessments that consider the needs of English learners As the population of U.S.

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Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

Others went deep, with curriculum, intervention and assessment stacks. All of these players, new and old, are operating in a stable yet fragmented market, finding product-market fit in school systems’ existing market segments: core, supplemental, and assessment. (I

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.

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. My strategy of Kaizen innovation is that I “innovate like a turtle.” An Instructional Coach.

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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.

3 steps to implementing an ecosystem of phonics-based learning

eSchool News

When Florida State Assessment scores revealed that our third-graders were under-performing in reading, my colleagues and I analyzed the data to determine the root cause of performance.

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

techlearning

June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “ Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

St. Lucie Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

techlearning

The decision came after the Florida Senate passed a bill that requires instructional materials to incorporate evidence-based strategies, including a phonics-based approach to acquiring literacy skills, which improve reading performance for all students. (Port St.

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. However, additional work remains to ensure that sustainable strategies and funding sources are in place to aid future digital learning initiatives.

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

NeverEndingSearch

How about a few fresh strategies for energizing your information literacy instruction and preparing your secondary learners for their academic experience? A recent instructional example is Sara Davidson Squibb’s Where Should I Search? Thing 4: Assessment Overview.

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. It does not fit with in with our digital transformation strategy.” higher-education courseware and in-school assessment in the U.S. a semester to access all of the company’s digital higher-ed materials. Pearson also remains just as much a testing company as a publisher, providing assessments for the K-12 market and professional certifications.

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

NeverEndingSearch

The community is invited to create their own challenges using these three challenge strategies. Bank of multiple-choice and discussion assessment questions.

Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

EdTechTeam

Legends of Learning offers thousands of games and assessment items for earth and space, life and physical science classes.

“Just Right” Content for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

Likewise, as teachers design digital learning experiences based on their students’ personal strengths and interests, they need to search for the “just right” instructional resources to meet their students’ varied needs.

Part 8… STEM Resource Series… 80 Stemtastic Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

NSF Resources For STEM Education – A great collection of teacher resources, instructional materials, assessment, and up-to-date research regarding STEM. Welcome to this April post and the eighth in a series of posts that will bring you over 70 STEM links.

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3 tenets for developing cultural competency in schools

eSchool News

In reality, this drive for PD is more nuanced, requiring competency not only in teachers, but also the classroom environment and culturally responsive instructional materials.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

K12 digital curation is about getting our users/students/teachers to the good stuff, pointing them to content and resources they might now discover with their intuitive strategies. It’s about saving teachers instructional time. Builds Instructional Partnerships.

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

techlearning

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. The program’s 99 digital simulations give a straightforward and quick way for teachers to assess student understanding.

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available. Develop a value creation plan It is vital to put educational strategy and outcomes first—strong outcomes which create a fundamental value for customers drive strong results, both financially and in terms of social impact. There is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education.

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

The Hechinger Report

For example, many of the nation’s largest school systems use Google’s free suite of education tools, which allows teachers to develop their lessons, create assignments and administer assessments online.

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To Succeed, Ed Tech Must Be Easy to Use, Good Fit, Analyst Says

Marketplace K-12

With higher expectations for student learning, and increased scrutiny about it, educators are being told by parents and school leadership that they must “differentiate instruction” by evaluating students’ level of knowledge, tailoring a learning experience to them, and more. Looking ahead, a long period of tech adoption is coming up as the print-to-digital transition continues because most K-12 instructional materials and assessments are still print-based.

Kids news round-up

NeverEndingSearch

We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! The School edition offers assessments, standards alignment and the ability to customize instruction. Skills and Strategies. You’ll find Mini-sites covering special events and celebrations, Kid Reporter Scoops , TFK’s own Person of the Year and a For Teachers section, offering instructional ideas and printables.

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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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction. Created in partnership with NSTA, the videos and supplementary materials (teacher guides, lesson plans, DIY activities and more) support NGSS for grades 3-5.

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Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Notes from panel discussion/concurrent session at SXSWedu 2012 Geoff Wurzel, TechNet Wurzel was one of the influencers on Senate Bill 6 and the creation of the Instructional Materials Allotment in Texas. Assessments for Learning IV. Involving leadership of all ESCs in Texas to work out strategies to facilitate training and leadership across the state. Now that a market has been created, publishers will step up to provide materials.