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

edWeb.net

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. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom

CUE

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 […].

Adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials – final report

K12 Open Ed

As many of you know, I’ve spent much of this year working on a project to explore the adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials and to explore business models for the successful and sustainable publishing of such open educational resource (OER) materials.

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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials

SETDA Says

Department of Education’s, Office of Education Technology (OET) launched the #GoOpen Initiative via a White House briefing. Digital Content Digital Learning ED instructional materials OERIn October 2015, the U.S.

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.

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

EdTechTeacher

Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. Adobe Acrobat was our “go to” application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting.

Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12

Marketplace K-12

Total spending on K-12 instructional materials stood at $11.8 billion in 2013-14, according to the Education Market Association. Assessment Ed-tech Procurement Publishing instructionalmaterials schoolconstruction

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

EdTechSandyK

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. My name is Sandy Kendell and I am a career educator.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

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.

New Online Tool Aims to Help K-12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials

Marketplace K-12

State and local K-12 school leaders wanting to vet digital and print instructional resources can access a new online tool prepared by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. The post New Online Tool Aims to Help K-12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 digital resources instructional materials SETDA

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

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

Texas, a Prized K-12 Market, Approves Wave of Instructional Materials

Marketplace K-12

Texas is one of the biggest K-12 markets in the country and recently released its list of approved educational materials. The post Texas, a Prized K-12 Market, Approves Wave of Instructional Materials appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Curriculum / Digital Curriculum English / Language Arts English-Language Learners Mathematics Texas

Online toolkit helps schools select content-rich instructional materials

FETC Converge

A just-released guide from the State Education Technology Directors Association and a new community of practice aim to advance the shift to digital learning. 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 tools

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

EdTechSandyK

HB 6 is the companion bill to SB 6 which I testified on before the Senate Education Committee last week. When you call, ask to speak to the legislative aide who handles education issues for the representative. 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.

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

edWeb.net

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. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

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Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

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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We Can Do Lots More for Students with Dyslexia

MiddleWeb

Former special education teacher Cheryl Mizerny says the same techniques used to help kids with dyslexia succeed can benefit all students in the core subjects. 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

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

edWeb.net

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.

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We Have An Ed Tech-Accessibility Partnership. So Can You!

SETDA Says

Guest Post from Cynthia Curry is Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) What do you get when you combine a state educational technology director with a state accessibility expert?

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Opportunity: Teacher Prep Challenge in Support of Digital Learning

SETDA Says

Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) latest initiative, the Teacher Preparation Challenge. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED instructional materials Professional LearningSETDA is excited to share the U.S. This program encourages teacher. read more.

Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

Digital Promise

With educational opportunities currently limited to just 11 percent of this population , the potential for technology, especially mobile devices, to provide additional avenues to education for these adults is significant. Government-funded adult education has an annual budget of nearly $2 billion. When combined with other sources, one estimate places this figure as high as $10 billion annually, with $200 million of that spent on digital instructional materials.

Cardboard Challenges: No Tech/Low Cost Maker Education

User Generated Education

I believe in the importance of participating in ongoing and continuous reflective practice as an educator. This is my reflection on my Cardboard Challenges Maker Education Camp that was taught to twelve 5 to 10 year old learners for five days, 2.5

Blockchain Essentials in Education

Leadership Lounge

Blockchain essentials in education. The Blockchain in Education Conference will enable education professionals to understand how blockchain technology such as cryptocurrency, smart contracts, distributed databases, and public ledgers are, and will continue to transform their sector.

Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials. How does OER help educators and students?

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide.

4 ways online learning can lead to educational equity

eSchool News

Until all students are treated equally and given access to similar educational resources, we have little chance of achieving equality in K-12 schools.

States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) found that more states are providing guidance to help districts select and implement digital instructional materials.

Two Important Websites to Help Students Develop Their Literacy Skills

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

They offer tons of educational resources and instructional materials (e.g., Below are two important resources that every teacher particularly those teaching young leaners, should know about. lesson.read more. 2019 Reading websites

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.). New York, NY: Pearson Education.

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How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself

Edsurge

The privately-held education company used to focus on making print instructional materials for K-12 schools. And then we just kept listening to what educators needed and made it better and better and it wasn’t clear until maybe 2012 or so that we were onto something. Do you think there’s any other company in education or otherwise that has a structure similar to your old one? We’re seeing a lot of education companies be purchased by private equity.

Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education

Edsurge

Education makes the list. To explore what machine learning could mean in education, EdSurge convened a meetup this past week in San Francisco with Adam Blum (CEO of. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation: EdSurge: Artificial intelligence has been promising to transform education for generations. Pischdotchian: If you think back on the education model of your earlier years, we called it the factory model. What applications do we see of AI in education?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. In the past, this all feeds the reviews I have written each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “In Unusual Letter, Democratic Senators Ask ‘ U.S. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education. Education in the Courts.

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

techlearning

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 To date, 12 states have approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook for classroom use through their formal adoption process. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

” As I’ve investigated the exploit, I wanted to share the three lessons I believe those of us in K-12 education should take from this incident: First , the exploit vector employed by the attacker, the potential level of access to user accounts it granted, and the speed with which it spread should be deeply concerning to those who work in K-12 education. Blog Privacy Security cybersecurity gafe Google Google Apps for Education Google Docs oauthworm phishing

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OPINION: As we seek to meet the educational needs of all students, we can’t overlook curricula

The Hechinger Report

As educators, we owe children and families our very best. This has always been my guiding principle, and it drives everything we are doing to improve educational quality and equity here in Mississippi. High-quality instructional materials simply aren’t optional. We are, however, incentivizing schools and districts to choose high-quality materials through the textbook procurement process allowed under state law.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.

Teacher PD: Purposeful Tinkering and Application

User Generated Education

Deep learning occurs through experiential, authentic, interactive, collaborative instructional processes. Instead, more professional learning time should be spent helping teachers plan, develop materials, and practice delivering the strategies with colleague support. ( [link] ).

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

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. Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available.