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.

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.

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

edWeb.net

Adoptions, non-adoptions, civics, SEL, career-ready education, and the possible recession. According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

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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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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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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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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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.

edWeb.net Highly Recommended by School Library Connection

edWeb.net

“This is a great resource for academic as well as special subject educators working with students from grades PreK through high school… Highly Recommended.” This site provides free professional development webinars and podcasts for educators on a broad range of topics.

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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Teacher PD: Purposeful Tinkering and Application

User Generated Education

As a preface to this post, my belief is that deep learning does not occur through sit and get. Deep learning occurs through experiential, authentic, interactive, collaborative instructional processes. Tinkering With Instructional Materials.

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. Research has shown that high-quality curricula, combined with related professional learning for teachers, play critical roles in academic success.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

I work in K-12 education in the U.S., and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** K-12 context, including issues of accessibility , the copyright that should get assigned to teacher-created materials , and interoperability gaps and needs.

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New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.

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

Edsurge

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. To do this, educational companies need to rise to several key challenges.

How Video Games Can Teach Reading Just as Well as Books

Edsurge

Games support literacy skills in part because they enable students to play and learn in authentic worlds they care about Karen Schrier, Marist College Another early adopter, Paul Davarsi teaches English and media studies in Toronto, and likes games for many of the same reasons as Fallon.

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Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. So, what can we do to improve teacher professional development? This is a contribution to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for Education Top Global Teacher Blogger’s Column.

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Illustrative Mathematics Introduces IM Certification Program to Meet Demand for High-Quality, Job-Embedded Professional Development for Teachers

techlearning

Our IM Certification program is held to the same high standards as our curriculum, and it reflects the latest research on best practices for supporting professional learning for mathematics educators.” Learn more at www.illustrativemathematics.org. # # #.

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem. Following that introduction, we were instructed to open our textbooks and tackle two pages of practice problems quietly at our desks.

What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

BloomBoard is a professional development website for teachers and administrators. On the teacher side , educators learn, share, and discuss teaching ideas. Analytics provide insight into which professional development resources and topics are most popular.

Finding Math Throughout the Real World

edWeb.net

Director of Professional Learning for ORIGO Education, underscored that we, as educators, need to help students engage in math by seeing math as something vital to them. This edWeb broadcast was sponsored by ORIGO Education.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. However, this can cause issues with staying current with digital materials, James explained.

How Can Policymakers Prepare Students for the Future of Work?

ExcelinEd

State policy can be a powerful driver and support for local innovation in education. 99% of jobs created during the economic recovery went to workers with postsecondary education or training.

Broward County Public Schools Selects Science A-Z As District-wide Supplement to K–5 Science Curriculum

techlearning

Florida’s second largest district partners with Learning A-Z to provide its elementary schools with professional learning and an award-winning curriculum resource that blends science and literacy TUCSON—Aug. Learning A-Z is a business unit of Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. He is an experienced educator with a passion to progressively revitalize educational systems.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Tholfsen said that “across the board, reading unlocks everything else in education.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

edWeb.net

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. It really truly guides all of the decisions instructionally for our students,” she said.

Shaping K-12 Learning Experiences with Online Mapping Activities

edWeb.net

In “ How Online Mapping Activities Shape Learning Experiences for K-12 Students ,” Charlie Fitzpatrick, K12 Manager at Esri; and Mike Wagner, Teacher at Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, shared how online mapping can shape learning experiences for K-12 learners.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. Key characteristics include real-time updates, quality data in and out, educator and school control of the data, and flexibility in reporting. Teacher. Classroom facilitator.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity. It’s about saving teachers instructional time. Builds Instructional Partnerships. Facilitates Professional Learning.

Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

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. Rob Lippincott, PBS PBS is working toward making more content digital (after spending over 40 years making TV educational). Examples of their initiatives include PBS TeacherLine, PBS LearningMedia, CPB Ready to Learn (PBS Kids), PBS Kids Lab (learning games).

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. The program includes in-classroom professional development sessions. Clever Secure Sync is used by many educational applications for seamless and secure data transfer.

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