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?

#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials

SETDA Says

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Urban Schools Join Forces on Instructional Materials for English-Language Learners

Marketplace K-12

The Council of the Great City Schools has organized 11 districts in an effort to jointly buy instructional materials for English-language learners, with an initial focus on math resources. The post Urban Schools Join Forces on Instructional Materials for English-Language Learners appeared first on Market Brief.

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.

Online toolkit helps schools select content-rich instructional materials

FETC Converge

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.

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. The post Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

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

EdTechSandyK

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

Alabama Partners with NASA and ASTA to Support New Online Science Resources

SETDA Says

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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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SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

SETDA Says

Digital Learning Equity of Access FCC instructional materialsToday, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. These rules were. read more.

The Year Ahead with SETDA

SETDA Says

Digital Learning instructional materials Policy Professional LearningAs the first month in 2017 comes to a close, the SETDA staff and Board of Directors looks forward to the exciting work ahead. read more.

Opportunity: Teacher Prep Challenge in Support of Digital Learning

SETDA Says

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

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 18 Edition)

Doug Levin

We have a choice to make about the future of instructional materials in a digital age. As physical books are replaced by digital replicas and - increasingly - by interactive software, do we continue to believe that public school instructional materials should be subject to public inspection?

Texas Technology Lending Grant

Kajeet Extracurricular

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) established the Technology Lending Grant , for local education agencies (LEAs), to implement technology lending programs, including loaning equipment necessary to access and use digital instructional materials. Mobile Broadband

SETDA Highlights from 2017

SETDA Says

SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. 2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology.

It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

As a Gates Foundation exec puts it: “ Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional material is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready.” I agree completely however not all students need the same instructional material at the same time. It’s about delivering the right instruction to the right student at the right time!

Working to Build a Multicultural Classroom

MiddleWeb

She looks at beliefs, the visual environment, instructional materials, and teaching choices for ways to support everyone's learning. Few things are more important to Cheryl Mizerny than creating a classroom environment that honors all of her multicultural students.

Free Resources to Help Student Demonstrate Understanding Through an Art Form

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

May 17, 2017 In the last few weeks we shared with you a number of interesting free resources from OER Commons that you can use in your class for a wide variety of instructional materials (see.read more. art resources

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Thinking about OER as core curriculum

K12 Open Ed

I’ve now talked to several state curriculum and instruction leaders, as well as a few districts. A few are no longer even reviewing materials. There seems to be a genuine understanding that new standards require new kinds of materials and new methods of instruction.

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

TeacherCast

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

As Demand for Digital Materials Rises, States Adjust Policies

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association profiles four states' policies for acquiring digital instructional materials. The post As Demand for Digital Materials Rises, States Adjust Policies appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Federal / State Policy

Granularity

K12 Open Ed

The reasons for this are many — ranging from the culture of some schools that holds instructional materials as sacrosanct to the lack of time and/or expertise to do this work. However, I think another key element is the very nature of instructional materials.

New Website Details State Policies for Acquiring Digital Learning Content

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has launched an online tool to help ed-tech companies, states, and districts learn about digital instructional material procurement.

Renaissance and Learning A-Z Partner to Promote Literacy

techlearning

The companies are working together to provide personalized reading instruction. Renaissance ® announces Learning A-Z, a literacy-focused pre-K–6 educational provider of technology-enabled learning resources, as its latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner.

New Research Underscores K-12 Shift From Print to Digital Materials

Marketplace K-12

New market research documents the shift from print to digital instructional materials in K-12 over the past few years, a trend expected to continue. Digital Conversion Ed-tech Research digitalconversion edtech k12market marketreport printtodigital

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] ).

Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

Digital Promise

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. Highly fragmented, these organizations often serve small numbers of learners and have very limited budgets for instructional materials. The discussion around closing the “skills gap” is important as technical and computational thinking skills are increasingly required for today’s job market.

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials.

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

Edsurge

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. In states that mix adoption and local control, like Utah, a commission reviews, vets and ultimately recommends instructional materials, although districts have final say.

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Teaching the “Netflix Generation” #LT8keys

Tom Murray

To avoid this, and in an effort to remain relevant in a digital world, many school leaders have been purchasing vast amounts of technology with the hopes that it’ll move instructional practices into the current century.

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The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

K-12 context, including issues of accessibility , the copyright that should get assigned to teacher-created materials , and interoperability gaps and needs. K-12 context, individual teacher’s choices about instructional materials are constrained by district and state policy anyway.

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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.

Social & Emotional Learning for Middle Graders

MiddleWeb

Mary Langer Thompson appreciates his inclusion of foundational thinkers and his instructional materials for middle schoolers. The social-emotional concerns addressed by Tom Conklin are long overdue for guided discussion by today’s adolescents. Book Reviews Social & Emotional Learning bullying Carl Jung empathy Lawrence Kohlberg Martin Seligman Mary Langer Thompson resiliency Robin Dunbar Scholastic SEL social and emotional learning Susan Cain Tom Conklin Virginia Satir

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.

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials. As with any instructional materials, quality is key.