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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Online toolkit helps schools select content-rich instructional materials

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The toolkit offers research, resources and case studies to support selection of quality instructional materials for learning. Uncategorized digital educational materials digital learning digital toolkit guidance technology toolsA just-released guide from the State Education Technology Directors Association and a new community of practice aim to advance the shift to digital learning.

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. Even in states that don’t have statewide instructional materials adoptions, the departments of education must provide schools and districts with vision, guidance, and support.

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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. – 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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Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

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A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states. Some, such as California, state that all digital materials must have a printed counterpart. All four are profiled in case studies that detail their policies, funding allotments, adoption processes and notable challenges.

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BIOZONE Launches Comprehensive Environmental Science Program

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Using engaging, current, and relevant case studies, this includes activities on: COVID-19 pandemic (snapshot up until July 2020). Global climate change – latest scientific data (up to 2019 in some cases).

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. A friend recently read a 2004 Harvard Business School case study of Wireless Generation’s work in Montgomery County, Maryland, and responded: “Thanks!

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

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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. Moreover, recent societal demands to improve education quality in Chile have made this a relevant case study environment in which to examine the potentials of OER. Do fees for access to online materials disqualify a program?

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#AskExcelinEd: How can states accelerate students from high school to college and careers?

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This successful failure became a case study in ingenuity. Input Reviews : Postsecondary institutions, K-12 and providers regularly review the standards, instructional materials, educator qualifications, exams, student outcome data and vertical linkages of offerings to ensure quality.

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.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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Included in the new report and accompanying website are case studies of success stories. 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.

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.

Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education

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Blum: At ACT (which acquired OpenEd),we’re focused on the question of: If you’ve identified the learning gap, what’s the best instructional material to help the student? Not just ACT material; we want to give you the best instructional resource we can find. You’re better off going to the district and saying: Because you use this product I can do a case study and show an increase in efficiency and less wasted time in the classroom.

What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech

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Get some case studies really fast. If I were a company selling curriculum solutions, I would bundle it with professional development, or English Language instruction, that way you are able to tap into other grants offered in Title I or Title II,” House says. If you are building new charter schools you need new hardware, new instructional materials, and new school supplies.

The Business of Education Technology

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” “Taking action,” in this case, meant releasing some case studies and posting a notice on the Federal Register about how a competitive grant program could provide a more “innovative” way to build assessments. The College Board also boasted about its partnership with Khan Academy, which would make SAT test prep materials freely available online. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.