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

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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

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

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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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Navigating the Shift to OER

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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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Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

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based provider of instructional software and formative assessment tools that is on a buying spree. In the past, it’s focused on pairing assessments with digital instructional materials.

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How to find, curate, and assess OER

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As schools and districts try to reduce textbook costs and digitize instructional resources, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of open education resources (OER). However, access itself isn’t enough and the sheer volume of materials can be overwhelming.

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

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Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. Offer high-interest content that reflects student experiences Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. 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.

Let’s Prepare Students for the World—Not Tests

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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. But the study found that, when correcting for student motivation and demographics, no forms of preparation had statistically significant positive effects on the verbal section of the SATs. Education Technology Assessments Technology in School

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

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In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. Assessment buying has its own decision-makers—usually in the central office.

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

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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

Turn the Page: Looking Beyond the Textbook for Culturally-Responsive Curriculum

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Recently, Education Week published an article describing culturally-questionable activities and language found in Studies Weekly , a social studies curriculum used by more than 13,000 schools across the country.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

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A 2014 Gates Foundation study shows only 29% of teachers satisfied with current teacher PD. Another 2015 study shows that only 30% of teachers improve substantially with PD. In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction.

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

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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).

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

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February 21, 2018— Curriculum Associates’ K–8 i-Ready Instruction meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). To read the complete research study, visit [link]. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

The Remix Hypothesis

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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. Some studies of OER adoption show essentially no change in student outcomes.

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

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We at Designers for Learning responded to this call by inviting instructional designers, developers, and adult educators to join a crowdsourcing effort to develop free open educational resources (OER) for adults with low math and literacy skills. While participants indicated that they joined the course to get instructional design experience, the majority said that they also joined because of the social cause and need it was supporting. The Need.

How to sort the good from the bad in OER

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Leave this field empty if you're human: Teachers often spend many hours at night or on weekends searching the internet for good instructional materials – or just good ideas about how to meld online learning into their classrooms.

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CAP ‘Education Crisis’ Report Looks at Future of US Schools

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The report, “ A Look at the Education Crisis: Tests, Standards, and the Future of American Education ,” suggests that the implementation of the Common Core standards throughout the country have helped teachers to improve their instructional methods.

Mississippi Department of Education Approves i-Ready® as a Universal Screener for Grades K–3

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The state vetted universal screening assessments schools will administer to all students at least three times annually to provide an “especially critical ‘first look’ at individual students.” NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

OER: Some Questions and Answers

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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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Lexia Efficacy Research Meets the Highest Standards of Evidence as Defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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BOSTON (April 12, 2018) – As educators across the country strive to align their instructional plans with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. ESSA requires Title I schools to utilize evidence-based instructional programs that have demonstrated positive effects on student learning outcomes. This is the highest level of evidence as defined by ESSA, and Lexia has eight studies in this category.

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Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

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

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instruction

Anatomy of a failure: How an XQ Super School flopped

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He explored teacher studies and dabbled in designing educational technology. It was through the MIT social scene that Resnick connected with Duffy, a Somerville native who studied environmental engineering and creative writing.

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

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This included reading and instruction as it connects to content, research in relationship to inquiry, and student production and how it integrates with voice and choice. There are other areas that also come to mind including student grouping, assessment, and interest.

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

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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. Correlation of content with Social Studies standards.

eBook details key strategies to manage digital curriculum

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Guide provides case studies on how districts successfully adopted integrated digital curriculum systems. 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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Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials

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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 Smithsonian also demonstrated through a five-year study funded by a US Dept.

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

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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. Hoverman cited research from a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation study that asked teachers to name the products they use in the classroom. Denver.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

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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. We study the specific needs and interests of our communities.

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

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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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Kids news round-up

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We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Text Sets For Social Studies. The School edition offers assessments, standards alignment and the ability to customize instruction. 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.

Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

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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. Study focused on 1. Assessments for Learning IV. There are not very many international studies available. OECD just published a study last year on the PISA studies. Now that a market has been created, publishers will step up to provide materials.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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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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The Business of Education Technology

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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. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.