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., Rather, schools were purchasing a restricted license to use a subject/grade’s worth of a publisher’s instructional content, which happened to be disseminated in the form of a book. 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. A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

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Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

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And, that makes access to adequate and reliable broadband even more important as the development of new technologies continues. Broadband’s Big Picture. Marc continues to advocate for and work with several other broadband initiatives in the state and with organizations like SETDA.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education ~ 13 Years Flew By 

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At that time, the critical topics that bubbled to the top were broadband access, […]. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials Personalized Learning Professional Learning Student voice

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. – Vetted OER materials: For every subject, K-12 teachers have a stockbook of vetted OER lessons.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks. Now, though, some states are going back to the beginning and rethinking how they review instructional materials and allocate funds to ensure that they are focused on the realities of the 21st century classroom.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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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. K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity. State Broadband Implementation Highlights.

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

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Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN. Broadband and network capacity is the top priority for IT leaders. Districts are turning to digital learning materials. IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband New

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SETDA Highlights from 2017

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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. 2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology.

BIOZONE Launches Comprehensive Environmental Science Program

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Limited broadband access may be an obstacle for many students. BIOZONE International is a world leader in delivering cutting-edge high-quality student instructional materials and teacher resources for high school sciences (grades 9-12).

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Boosted by Broadband Core to the company’s offering is its leveled reading tool, which lets teachers and students find instructional materials that challenge students based on their Lexile-measured reading level. Woody Marshall had seen this business strategy before.

How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

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Teachers cite the challenges of remote instruction as a top reason for leaving their jobs during the pandemic. Libraries Close, Internet Access Ends There have been several studies about how the lack of fast home broadband has hurt kids’ access to online learning during school closures.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

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Greater focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) is one model of instructing the “whole child” or attending to more than just academic content. As we look to supporting the “whole adult” that students will become, instruction on life skills becomes more important.

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The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. Teachers can put together HyperDocs – linked apps with instruction, video, activities, ability to explore a topic on a Chromebook through curated web links. With this awareness, I ask myself some questions when choosing instructional materials and assessments. It just isn’t worth the cost to the broadband providers in that area to set up broadband access.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

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Home connectivity is especially important for those schools implementing one-to-one computing programs, where the students’ digital textbooks and instructional materials all reside in the cloud. There are some workaround solutions for those students without home Internet: They can download content onto their laptop’s hard drives, or in the case of Chromebooks and their minimal hard drive space, work offline in Google Drive or load the materials onto a USB flash drive.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. In a recent edWebinar , presenters from Idaho and Pennsylvania discussed how state and district leadership support digital learning opportunities and implement digital materials. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

Looking Past COVID: Science Education Post Pandemic

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All students, Krehbiel emphasized, should have universal access to broadband internet. It looks at how COVID-19 “safety decisions and practices can avoid reinforcing existing inequities in instruction and facilities, and if new safety practices can help reduce inequities.”.

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

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Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available. 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. The strongest businesses are those where strong educational outcomes are co-linear with strong financial performance.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instructionAt this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself.

The Business of Education Technology

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The College Board also boasted about its partnership with Khan Academy, which would make SAT test prep materials freely available online. This fall, the EducationSuperHighway released a price comparison tool so that districts could see neighbors’ broadband costs and ideally leverage that information to get a better deal. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.