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?

The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom


For the past three years, I’ve been leading work around Open Educational Resources (OER) and the role that instructional materials play in teaching and learning. Some district leaders have never considered how traditional materials like […]. The post The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Learn conference cue bold Featured Speaker instructional materials OER


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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. Experienced educators create the materials based on research and cover topics such as critical thinking, differentiated learning, instructional strategies, classroom management and more.

Digital instructional materials outpace print, study says

eSchool News

Teachers now are using more digital instructional materials than print materials in the classroom, according to a new study from Education Market Research (EMR)/Simba Information. Study reveals that the digital resource market is growing faster than the overall K-12 market.

Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette


Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. Google & Web Tools in the Student-Centered Classroom. The Chromebook Classroom. The post Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?


And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


Today I gave testimony in favor of the passage of Texas SB 6 , which institutes an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in lieu of the textbook allotment and the former Technology Allotment. SB 6, if passed into law, would give local school districts in Texas more discretionary control over how they spend state monies designated for instructional materials. Everything I accessed was an instructional material with content relevant to my course of study.

ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!


Inform them that HB 6 will be voted on by the House on Wednesday (April 6th) Ask them to vote for HB 6 and Oppose any amendment that might delay the implementation of the Instructional Materials Allotment. HB 6 deletes the word ''''textbook'''' from current education law and updates it to the phrase ''''instructional materials''''. advocacy educational technology instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

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

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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The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. In her recent presentation “ K-12 Instructional Materials: What’s New in 2019,” she previewed results from Simba’s Publishing for the PreK-12 Market, 2019-2020 , and talked about how digital is changing—and not changing—the landscape. Regarding the digital shift, ELA and literacy materials are still mainly print with digital supplements.

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. Their support for the new initiative meant that leadership could investigate methods beyond the traditional classroom.

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

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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The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Blended learning and flipped classrooms. From virtual labs and games to digital textbooks and online curriculum, digital classrooms rely on video. For decades, research has revealed the benefits of using video in the classroom. The Rise of the Digital Classroom. Classroom layouts, teaching methods, ideas about testing (and so much more) are transforming almost before our eyes. Evidence-Based Benefits of Video in the Classroom. Flipped Classroom.

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Classroom Mathematics for Grades 6–8 Named a Highly Rated, “All Green” Program by

eSchool News

September 24, 2021— Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Classroom Mathematics for Grades 6–8 was recently named a highly rated program by, an independent nonprofit that conducts evidence-based reviews of instructional materials. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Classroom Mathematics Receives Highest Rating

eSchool News

Curriculum Associates’ Ready Classroom Mathematics program for Grades K–5 recently received a Tier 1 rating by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). Ratings are based on elements such as the focus, coherence, rigor, alignment, and quality of the materials.

Working to Build a Multicultural Classroom


Few things are more important to Cheryl Mizerny than creating a classroom environment that honors all of her multicultural students. She looks at beliefs, the visual environment, instructional materials, and teaching choices for ways to support everyone's learning. It's Not Easy Being Tween Multicultural Learning beliefs bias Cheryl Mizerny classroom environment diversity election multicultural classrooms multicultural teaching

Curriculum Associates Updates i-Ready® with New Lessons and Assessments to Further Support Dual-Language Classrooms and Spanish-Speaking Students

eSchool News

There are also now more than 300 Spanish versions of many mathematics Personalized Instruction lessons for Grades K–6, which help ensure educators are able to deliver equitable learning experiences for all students. “ NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

5 steps to prep your classroom for remote learning success

eSchool News

Set up a command central for instruction materials. We have to give kudos to our K-12 curriculum and instruction specialists, who came together to form the best group of educational professionals we’ve ever worked with.

The Best Flipped Classroom Software Tools For Flipped Learning In 2021

Fractus Learning

What are the best-flipped learning apps for K-12 grades in flipped classrooms? The best-flipped classroom tools can transform and remodel classroom teaching, allowing in-depth learning and personalized attention that can help learners improve their grades. Google Classroom.

Is your classroom ready for BYOD?


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) classroom setups are very common nowadays, but there are a few aspects to consider before implementing them. I’d like to address here internet-readiness because for BYOD classrooms to be sustainable, schools must have a reliable internet source. Class distraction There’s still this idea that classroom devices are a distraction to the students because instead of being used for learning, students might just play games.

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5 ways to create effective and equitable instructional resources

eSchool News

And can instructional resources truly be designed for equity? However, there are numerous key characteristics of high-quality, culturally responsive, and sustaining resources that should be present in all instructional materials.

The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom


While the physical structure of a classroom with students sitting at desks in rows may look familiar to most, the explosion of Internet-accessible, mobile devices in the hands of those students has definitely changed the way students interact with each other, with their teachers, with the greater education community, and with instructional materials. Challenges of adopting mobile learning in the classroom. Designing learning materials for mobile devices.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

Microsoft has developed free mainstreamed non-stigmatized learning tools such as Immersive Reader, Inclusion Math, Translator and Closed Caption that empower classroom and special education teachers to create inclusive, accessible learning environments for all students. Microsoft translation tools with over 10 speech and 63 text languages transform how school districts engage non-native speaking parents and how classroom teachers engage their ELL and hard of hearing students.

Feeding a Science Education Revolution: Micro-credentials for OpenSciEd Facilitators

Digital Promise

We just need two things: great instructional materials designed for the latest research in science education, and transformative professional learning to advance instructional practice and get the most out of the materials. It seems simple.

8 Visual techniques for organizing lessons and ideas in the classroom


In a previous blog post I scratched the surface of the big topic of visual learning in schools and the idea that students of all grades could appreciate having more visual elements in their instruction. At the end of it I promised to dive into some techniques teachers could use to include more visual elements in learning materials and classroom activities. The post 8 Visual techniques for organizing lessons and ideas in the classroom appeared first on NEO BLOG.

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Choosing Edtech: Three Learnings from Five Districts

Digital Promise

For example, a product that disseminates instructional materials may be considered successful based on usage data, whereas a product focused on learning interventions or direct instruction may require assessment data evidence to determine success.

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How to Keep Students Organized and Thriving in a Digital Classroom


We’ve all seen (or even been) that woefully disorganized student: always turning in late assignments, arriving to class empty-handed or misplacing instructional materials. Teachers have little time to plan or communicate with peers about what is going on in their classrooms. What do students say about organization in the digital classroom? We sought to answer the following questions: How is technology used in the classroom?

Survey: Teachers now use twice as much gaming and video in the classroom

eSchool News

Annual survey reveals digital resources such as game-based environments and online videos have experienced increased use in classrooms. Many more schools are demonstrating greater use of digital content, tools and resources today than six years ago and we believe that the increasing adoption of interactive, visual media in the classroom by teachers is the driver for much of that change,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, in a press release.

TEA Announce Free Access To Supplemental Math Computer Program for Texas

eSchool News

offerings, these instructional materials are optional and aligned to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—the state standards for what grade-level knowledge and skills students should possess.

States' Control Over Selection of K-12 Classroom Materials Shifting to Districts

Marketplace K-12

California, Texas and Florida are among the states that are ceding more authority to districts in choosing their own instructional materials, the Association of American Publishers reports. Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning Publishing State Policy Textbooks adoptionstates associationofamericanpublishers textbooks

4 Important Google Drive Skills for Teachers to Learn by @LauraCallisen


Once they overcome a bit of a learning curve, teachers who use Google Drive as a classroom tool are sure to be impressed at the usefulness of this tool and its related plugins. Google Drive can be used to store important instructional material, share documents with students and parents, and foster collaboration between students working on important… Friends of TeacherCast Google Drive

Pandemic Spurs Changes in the Edtech Schools Use, From the Classroom to the Admin Office


Home may be the new classroom, but instructional approaches are slower to change. Zoom took the number one spot in mentions by teachers in 2020, at 60 percent, displacing 2018’s top mention, Google Classroom. Oh, don’t feel bad for Google Classroom.

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Florida’s Commissioner of Education Approves the Award-Winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for Classroom Use Statewide


October 10, 2018) – Following a comprehensive review, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, as recommended by the state’s Instructional Materials Reviewers, recently approved the adoption of the award-winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process. To date, 12 states have approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook for classroom use through their formal adoption process.


Detroit Public Schools Community District Adopts Curriculum Associates’ Magnetic Reading™ to Help Accelerate Learning and Build Students’ Critical Reading Skills

eSchool News

This supplemental program, which will be used by approximately 12,000 students across 74 schools in the district, helps teachers facilitate lively classroom discourse and engage all students with grade-level content as they build their confidence and master critical reading skills. “A

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


Here are four classroom-ready practices that I have developed while teaching English and designing reading curriculum; I’ve found them to be essential in stoking students’ reading engagement. 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.