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

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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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School Instructional Materials Market Takes Major Year-to-Date Hit in Sales

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The post School Instructional Materials Market Takes Major Year-to-Date Hit in Sales appeared first on Market Brief. The first seven months of 2020 were tough ones for PreK-12 publishers, according to an analysis by an industry group.

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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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. A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials

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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. The resource is called the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) Portal. Material from a press release was used in this report.

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.

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.

Pearson Sells Its K-12 Instructional Materials Business to Investment Firm

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textbooks and instructional materials to Nexus Capital Management for $250 million. The post Pearson Sells Its K-12 Instructional Materials Business to Investment Firm appeared first on Market Brief. Pearson is selling its line of business focused on U.S. Marketplace K-12

Check-Out SETDA’s New Dashboard of State Reviewed K12 Instructional Materials

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In July, SETDA released the K12 Instructional Materials Dashboard. The dashboard currently includes state reviewed, full course, secondary level instructional materials for English/Language Arts and math from 13 states. The materials included were reviewed via independent state […]. Accessibility Best Practices Digital Learning instructional materials Policy

#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials

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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.

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

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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. This guest post post from Summer Workshop instructor , Brenda Doucette ( @doucetteb ), first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12

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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

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

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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

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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

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Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. 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

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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

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

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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.

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

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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.

Online toolkit helps schools select content-rich instructional materials

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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.

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. 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

Framing the Evidence: Democratizing Ed Tech

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Best Practices Digital Learning instructional materials partnerships Policy ResearchThis guest blog post was written by Doug Casey, Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology Introduction Imagine a breakthrough therapy that promised to improve the condition of millions of children across the country. Access to the treatment would come through scientific, research-based trials in partnership with flagship research institutes. This may sound promising, but what if […].

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

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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.

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State Education Agency Considerations for Digital Learning: CARES Act & Beyond

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Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning Equity of Access instructional materials Interoperability Legislation Personalized Learning PolicyIn support of state leadership, SETDA recently published the State Education Agency Considerations for CARES Act Funding as Related to Digital Learning.

We Can Do Lots More for Students with Dyslexia

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

Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education ~ 13 Years Flew By 

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Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials Personalized Learning Professional Learning Student voiceIt is difficult to believe that it has been 13 years since SETDA’s 2008 journey in developing and publishing the Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education. This project included a Student Bill of Rights and a series of white papers (below). At that time, the critical topics that bubbled to the top were broadband access, […].

SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

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Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning2019 was an action packed year for SETDA.

Take Flight to Accessibility with the AEM Pilot

SETDA Says

SETDA continues an on-going partnership with CAST to support access to instructional materials and tools for all learners. The National AEM Center at CAST has enjoyed collaborating with SETDA on improving access digital materials and technologies for learners with […].

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

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials partnerships Personalized Learning Project Based Learning digital content digital instructional materials digital learning professional learning stemAnother in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of state leaders. Richard O. Murphy, Ed.D. read more.

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

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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

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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. – Vetted OER materials: For every subject, K-12 teachers have a stockbook of vetted OER lessons.

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Opportunity: Teacher Prep Challenge in Support of Digital Learning

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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.

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

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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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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? A partnership that results in students having digital materials and technologies that are usable for learning across the widest range of […]. Accessibility Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials Policy Professional Learning

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SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

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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.