Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?
JUNE 17, 2015
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?
Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills
Educational Technology Guy
MAY 20, 2015
Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
New Online Tool Aims to Help K-12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
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
Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette
APRIL 9, 2015
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.
SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials
OCTOBER 13, 2015
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.
Alabama Partners with NASA and ASTA to Support New Online Science Resources
APRIL 26, 2016
Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials partnerships Personalized Learning Project Based Learning digital content digital instructional materials digital learning professional learning stem
Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment
MARCH 29, 2011
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
The Year Ahead with SETDA
JANUARY 30, 2017
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.
ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!
APRIL 5, 2011
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
#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials
NOVEMBER 2, 2016
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
DECEMBER 10, 2015
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.
Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12
AUGUST 17, 2015
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
Online toolkit helps schools select content-rich instructional materials
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
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.
New Research Underscores K-12 Shift From Print to Digital Materials
MARCH 26, 2015
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
4 Important Google Drive Skills for Teachers to Learn by @LauraCallisen
JANUARY 15, 2016
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
OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources
The Hechinger Report
MARCH 6, 2017
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.
The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER
MAY 12, 2015
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.
Opportunity: Teacher Prep Challenge in Support of Digital Learning
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
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.
Flip Your Classroom in Minutes with Standard Planner
Class Tech Tips
FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Teachers can create, upload, and convert lessons, videos, and instructional material to make a plan for instruction. Earlier this year I shared Standards Planner, a lesson planner tool for teachers that allows users to search through thousands of free resources.
The top 10 school IT leader concerns
APRIL 7, 2016
Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. Districts are turning to digital learning materials.
6 IT nightmares plaguing schools-and 6 solutions to stop them
APRIL 19, 2017
In a 2016 study by CoSN, nearly 90 percent of education respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50 percent digital within the next three years.
Teachers in Common-Core States Have Big Say in Choosing Resources, Report Suggests
AUGUST 9, 2016
More than 90 percent of math educators surveyed on the report, for instance, said they either selected or developed their own materials. And many teachers at the elementary level said they used those self-selected or developed materials frequently–at least once a week.
Working to Build a Multicultural Classroom
NOVEMBER 20, 2016
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.
New AP course materials are getting an independent review
JULY 14, 2016
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.
David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement
FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade.
Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!
AUGUST 24, 2015
More Instructional Materials-In additional to all this there are flashcards, lesson plans, assessments and other materials that can truly make your digital learning a complete experience. You can create your materials and share them instantly to your Google Classroom classes.
Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
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.
Notes on Open Pedagogy
iterating toward openness
MARCH 1, 2016
Pedagogy and educational materials intersect because we frequently ask students to DO things with RESOURCES – *read* articles, *watch* videos, *listen* to lectures, *answer* questions, *solve* problems, etc.
Teacher PD: Purposeful Tinkering and Application
User Generated Education
FEBRUARY 26, 2017
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] ).
Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
The US Department of Education recently noted here that “Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning; reducing costs associated with instructional materials or programs.”.
The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service
JULY 7, 2016
Each of these broad purposes is valuable and important, and few would argue with the proposition that we need more high-quality information and research to guide decisions about school reform and improvement efforts and about how to personalize instruction. Four, we must ensure that all instructional materials – no matter their form or medium – remain available for public inspection and review. There simply is no room for instructional black boxes in public education.
Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin
The Christensen Institute
JUNE 15, 2016
Blended learning—the technology enabler of many forms of personalized learning—leverages the flexibility of online learning to break the constraints of the traditional whole-class, single-pace instructional model to differentiate instruction more effectively to students’ needs.
Informal survey suggests disconnect between teachers and data
JULY 15, 2015
According to the survey, only 35 percent of respondents felt that teachers at their schools had a high or very high level of comfort connecting data to instruction. Additionally, the survey revealed that current screener assessments take up too much instructional time.
Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving
MARCH 23, 2016
Following that introduction, we were instructed to open our textbooks and tackle two pages of practice problems quietly at our desks. Today, we know much more about designing effective instruction, and teachers and students have more instructional resource options than ever before.
Does blended learning allow teachers to use their time more effectively?
The Christensen Institute
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
” 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.
What teachers need now: CCSS-aligned resources
Insight Education Group
MARCH 12, 2015
The 2014 survey shows that 86% of teachers still feel that they do not have enough standards-based instructional materials to lead effective lessons.
Why Students Are Better Prepared for Learning When Teachers Use Digital Tools in Their Instruction
DECEMBER 2, 2015
Digital Tools Bring Relevance to Instructional Material. As always, with successful instruction, RELEVANCE is key. Ever walk into a classroom: zero energy, apathetic students, slumped over, eyes glazed? Let’s face it, as educators, we’ve all had our days.