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.

SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials

eSchool News

Free tool is intended to support clear understanding of state policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. state and territorial educational technology leaders, has launched of a free online tool to support the implementation of digital instructional materials.

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. advocacy instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

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. The report also outlines next steps for strategic support of the transition: 1. That includes instructional materials.

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

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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. You can find out who your Representative is here : [link] state.tx.us/ You can find their contact information here : [link] tx.us/members/ HB 6 deletes the word ''''textbook'''' from current education law and updates it to the phrase ''''instructional materials''''.

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

edWeb.net

According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. Report highlights. Rather than a single book or set of books, most basal programs now include a number of materials to facilitate learning.

Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

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October 1, 2018 – RALEIGH, North Carolina – More students and parents will receive Lexile and Quantile scores on high stakes test reports this school year than ever before. In all other states, Lexile and Quantile measures are used and reported at local levels.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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CAP ‘Education Crisis’ Report Looks at Future of US Schools

K-12 Schools - Education News

A newly-released report from the Center for American Progress has found that gains are being made in student achievement across numerous reform-oriented states and school districts.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years.

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. The report defines several different procurement models, including so-called “adoption states,” where decisions are made at the state level, and “local control states,” where districts and local education agencies (LEAs) have more autonomy.

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ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

Edsurge

This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons. Teachers can choose a lesson in the program, which guides students through a multi-step process to analyze the reading materials and write a response essay. ThinkCERCA jostles with major textbook providers, such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to be the provider of core ELA instructional materials.

10 major insights on teaching, learning, and STEM

eSchool News

The report compiles information from 100Kin10’s partner organizations, teachers, researchers, and other STEM leaders, and the 10 reflections serve to direct the group’s work and focus areas for 2019.

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Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

Neo LMS

Teacher-student interaction is enhanced because there is content and information sharing. Blended classes greatly benefit from BYOD scenarios because most of the class instructional materials are on the cloud and all students need to do is to sync them on their devices.

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7 tips to better define personalized learning

eSchool News

Now, a new report seeks to apply a common definition to personalized learning and outline best practices for educators to advocate for the practice in their districts. Targeted instruction: Instruction aligns to specific student needs and learning goals.

How 4 states are purchasing digital resources

eSchool News

As more states move through the digital transition and acquire digital resources for teachers and students, it is more important than ever to establish clear-cut processes to obtain high-quality materials. Next page: Procedures from 4 states highlighted in the report).

Learning List, The College Board forge AP materials alliance

eSchool News

In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses materials’ alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses.

#8: 7 tips to better define personalized learning

eSchool News

Now, a new report seeks to apply a common definition to personalized learning and outline best practices for educators to advocate for the practice in their districts. Targeted instruction: Instruction aligns to specific student needs and learning goals.

The Actual Dollars That Will Shape the New K-12 Investment Ecosystem

Edsurge

It’s that most conversations about a school’s expenses don’t sync up to what’s happening in the classroom—the instruction, materials, and tools that shape the educational experience for teachers and students. The data are now being gathered and they need to be ready for publication on the 2019-2020 state and district report cards. Most schools do not currently collect this kind of information or if they do, they have not had to report it to the public.

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New AP course materials are getting an independent review

eSchool News

In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses materials’ alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses.

Purdue Global Drops Requirement That Professors Sign Nondisclosure Agreements

Edsurge

The four-page nondisclosure agreement reads like something by a big corporation rather than a university, forbidding employees from sharing any trade secrets about how the university operated, including information about “course materials, methods of instruction, research reports, marketing programs,” and a long list of other aspects.

OPINION: Three ways to help students who switch schools midyear

The Hechinger Report

This is an interactive Google Fusion map, created by Jill Barshay and Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report.). We think it’s important to let schools pick their own instructional materials based on their needs.

What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

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To earn these, teachers view the required materials, answer a set of questions, and then submit evidence of impact on practice such as lesson plans, instructional materials, and videos. start reviewing recommended materials or browse the resources.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

Does blended learning allow teachers to use their time more effectively?

The Christensen Institute

” By freeing teachers from some of the activities that typically occupy the bulk of their time—such as lesson planning, grading, and delivering lectures—blended learning should allow teachers to focus more on giving their students other important learning experiences—such as providing students with individualized instruction, coaching students on deeper learning and higher-order thinking, developing students’ noncognitive skills, and mentoring students on their educational goals.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. “It I can count with my hand the times he actually gave us information about how to apply to college.” Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. “My

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

Doug Levin

A day late perhaps, but here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. The preliminary analysis of apps finds strong evidence of apps explicitly targeted at children sending private information to third-party services and advertisers - in apparent violation of COPPA.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

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They began to doubt that other development models must necessarily result in materials that are less effective. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that OER can be just as effective – or more effective – than commercial materials. material curation and upkeep).

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Leave this field empty if you're human: Teachers often spend many hours at night or on weekends searching the internet for good instructional materials – or just good ideas about how to meld online learning into their classrooms.

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Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools

Edsurge

Amazon will be sunsetting TenMarks and its online instructional tools, which were once at the forefront of the company’s K-12 digital education strategy. Horton, who teaches math and writing to fourth- and fifth-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, says this is the first program that she and a coworker have found that meets their needs for math and writing instruction. Amazon didn’t offer much information, either.

Curriculum Associates Enhances i-Ready® with Major Upgrades for Back to School 2018

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The completely-redesigned teacher experience provides actionable data insights with simplified navigation, improved alerts, and streamlined reports that show teachers the immediate actions to help differentiate instruction and drive the greatest student gains. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Oregon adopts K-8 Common Core math programs

eSchool News

The program uses a research-based, proven-effective, gradual-release instructional model that balances conceptual understanding and procedural fluency to build confidence and mastery of the Common Core math standards. Material from a press release was used in this report.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

Instead of traditional report cards, though, students assemble digital portfolios to show their progress. For instance, students didn’t just research information about bees online. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instruction

Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program

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NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3. For more information, visit.