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. The resource is called the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) Portal.

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.

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.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

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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Teachers in Common-Core States Have Big Say in Choosing Resources, Report Suggests

Marketplace K-12

Teachers of math and English/language arts in states following the common-core standards are playing a strong role in developing or selecting the classroom resources they use, a report has found. See the full survey results about the materials that math teachers choose, below.

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.

States' Control Over Selection of K-12 Classroom Materials Shifting to Districts

Marketplace K-12

California, Texas and Florida are among the states that are ceding more authority to districts in choosing their own instructional materials, the Association of American Publishers reports. Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning Publishing State Policy Textbooks adoptionstates associationofamericanpublishers textbooks

OPINION: Eliminating the funding that supports educators? That’s no way to cut the federal budget

The Hechinger Report

The support ranges from help creating and aligning instructional materials or assessment resources to providing social and emotional learning opportunities. That’s no way to cut the federal budget appeared first on The Hechinger Report. K-12 Opinion Law and policy

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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Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

Neo LMS

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. But now, schools must enforce policies on social media use during and beyond class hours.

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What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech

Edsurge

However, as Politico reported , documents have surfaced showing the Trump administration’s desire to cut an additional $3 billion from the 2017-2018 year budget. Everyone is reassessing funding sources and the stability of those sources going forward,” explains David DeSchryver, Senior Vice President and Co-Director of Research at Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in education policy. Education Technology Government Policy

Seven Steps to Ensure English Learners Aren’t Left Out of STEM

Edsurge

percent of the school-aged population, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Obstacles to English learners participating in STEM subjects and careers do not include lack of interest or ability, according to the report, “ English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools and Lives.” Rather, it stems from a lack of access to rigorous, age-appropriate instruction in the field.

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The Myth of Neutral Makerspaces

User Generated Education

Program leaders and instructors remain predominantly male, and a language analysis of recruiting and instruction materials revealed evidence of implicit bias. Implicit bias is pervasive and insidious,” the report states.

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).

CoSN 2019: K–12 Schools Address Digital Equity with Curriculum Framework

EdTech Magazine

Some digitally enabled K–12 schools find it difficult to provide appropriate lesson plans that can be accessed by all students, said Tim Clark, director of curriculum, instruction and digital learning at Chicago Public Schools. . What we want to do is transform the instructional core.”.

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.

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. Tagged on: May 1, 2017 Google's Chromebook End of Life Policy stops support after 5 years | PCWorld → Planned obsolescence: Google's End of Life Policy sets a schedule for retiring older Chromebooks, but the details are murky.

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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. It is not good policy to keep Puerto Rico economically on a downturn in what feels like an endless loop of economic underperformance. Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. “It

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.

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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OER: Some Questions and Answers

iterating toward openness

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

edWeb.net

It really truly guides all of the decisions instructionally for our students,” she said. By providing out-of-school access to digital instructional materials , students now have more opportunities to personalize their own learning and support to complete their homework.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

By providing out-of-school access to digital instructional materials , students now have more opportunities to personalize their own learning and support to complete their homework.

San Francisco Mulls Giving Condoms, Info to Middle Schoolers

K-12 Schools - Education News

According to the director of a youth center and clinic in San Francisco, their average client is 14 years old, reports Darren Sweeney for Fox 8. Condoms are supplied by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, coming packaged alongside educational and instructional materials.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Department of Education recently announced it would miss a key deadline to repeal an Obama administration rule that seeks to hold career-education programs accountable for producing graduates with unmanageable debt,” Inside Higher Ed reports on the latest on " gainful employment." “ Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town,” writes The Hechinger Report. ” “ Urban Meyer Retires From Ohio State ,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

Instead of traditional report cards, though, students assemble digital portfolios to show their progress. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instruction

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

As recent investigations have shown, too many public schools lack clear conflict-of-interest policies to ensure that decisions about whether and when to use specific technology products or services are being made in the best interests of students. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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Gates Foundation CEO Admits Underestimating Common-Core Challenges

Marketplace K-12

Teachers around the country also complained that they lacked the instructional materials and professional development necessary to use the standards effectively in their classrooms. . ” The letter goes on to say that all teachers need access to high-quality materials. By Guest Blogger Liana Heitin. Cross-posted from Curriculum Matters.

Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials

techlearning

The state is reviewing new science instructional materials for the first time in 12 years to help science teachers succeed in teaching students the latest standards. have reported positive impact on their classes. “I

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available. Part of the value creation plan includes the data that management will report to the board. There is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education. But for education entrepreneurs to reach students at scale, they need access to people, systems and capital.

Ed-Tech Software Group Objects to Messages in Feds’ #GoOpen Campaign

Marketplace K-12

This will be news to many school districts that have been using commercially developed digital instructional materials for years,” writes Brendan Desetti, the SIIA’s director of education policy.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “ Colorado Education Commissioner Rich Crandall announced his resignation Thursday just four-and-a-half months into the job, shocking the state’s education community and roiling the state Department of Education as it embarks on a number of critical initiatives,” Chalkbeat Colorado reports. Via NPR : “ Wyoming School District Stalls On Transgender Student Policy.” Data and “Research” From the NEPC: the Virtual Schools Report 2016.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

iterating toward openness

Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.).

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Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains

techlearning

BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Remind co-founder Brett Kopf was replaced as CEO by Brian Grey, formerly CEO of the Bleacher Report. These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). But some of them, like the explosion in startups offering private student loans, suggest something is happening quite contrary to the narratives of “free and open,” not to mention to a tradition of publicly funded education or the policies of federal financial aid.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” The group in question: the Council for National Policy. ” Via Univision : “How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump’s immigration policy.” ” asks The Hechinger Report. Citing Border Policies , Safety.” Edsurge reports that NewSchools Venture Fund is running another competition – this one to fund entrepreneurs who build PreK–12 special education apps.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

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