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

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.

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

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.

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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BACK OFFICE BUSINESS: Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

techlearning

And in the 2018-2019 school year, that number is expected to double as more than half the nation are projected to report Lexile and Quantile measurements from their state assessment systems.

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.

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.

What teachers need now: CCSS-aligned resources

Insight Education Group

According to the 2014 update of the Primary Sources report , more teachers now feel prepared to teach to the Common Core and think that implementation of the Standards is going well in their schools.

Teachers: English learners need resources, support

eSchool News

Most K-12 educators (80 percent) said they believe English Language Learner (ELL) instruction is a top priority for their school or district, according to a new survey. Next page: What do teachers say are the most effective instructional materials for ELL students?

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading. This included reading and instruction as it connects to content, research in relationship to inquiry, and student production and how it integrates with voice and choice. Resources.

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).

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity.

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.

Calif. district boosts NGSS resources

eSchool News

While many resources claim to be NGSS-aligned, they rely heavily on reading and writing about science rather than doing science. STEMscopes is the only resource I’ve seen that’s aligned to meet all of the Next Generation Science Standards.

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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OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Alison Yin/Hechinger Report. Many are also joining to support passage of the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HE) Act. Success requires commitment from an organization’s leaders, as well as resources to support the work.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** K-12 context, including issues of accessibility , the copyright that should get assigned to teacher-created materials , and interoperability gaps and needs. I have a confession to make.

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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. 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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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. Teachers crave more NGSS resources.

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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.

Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

Neo LMS

I’m imagining a school environment where students get to bring their own device, and they have access to different learning resources over the internet.

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The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. The fourth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report , released during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.,

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

Marketplace K-12

School districts across the country are experimenting with “open” educational resources–and they’re getting strong encouragement from the Obama administration. The department’s online resources also make a distinction between “free” and “open.”).

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.”.

What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

The resources–including over 10,000 articles, videos, lesson plans, and more–are clear, easy-to-navigate, and user-friendly, with opportunities to collaborate with other teachers. Analytics provide insight into which professional development resources and topics are most popular.

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.

OPINION: As we seek to meet the educational needs of all students, we can’t overlook curricula

The Hechinger Report

High-quality instructional materials simply aren’t optional. Historically, Mississippi hasn’t done enough to promote or provide the high-quality resources that our teachers seek. Like many states, Mississippi values local autonomy; our districts are not required to use the resources recommended by the state. We are, however, incentivizing schools and districts to choose high-quality materials through the textbook procurement process allowed under state law.

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 Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

In 2015, more than 90% of district administrators said instructional tech is important to achieving their core mission of educating students. 63% also believe it increases the relevancy and quality of the instructional materials. The evidence is in.

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Survey: Teachers now use twice as much gaming and video in the classroom

eSchool News

Annual survey reveals digital resources such as game-based environments and online videos have experienced increased use in classrooms. Teachers’ use of game-based environments and online apps has doubled in the last six years, according to the annual Speak Up survey released on May 5.

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.

OER-based Degrees: Momentum

iterating toward openness

Above all else, this groundbreaking project demonstrated that an institution can openly share it’s core instructional resources without materially harming itself. Fifteen years ago MIT announced its OpenCourseWare project.

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Kiddom’s Planner: A new (free) teacher tool to simplify planning for differentiation

The Cornerstone Blog

I shared with you before how much I love Kiddom as an easy tool for managing standards-based grading , and there’s a couple of new updates that you definitely need to know about if you’re spending too much time creating resources for differentiated instruction.

OER: Some Questions and Answers

iterating toward openness

There are fantastic learning resources out there of all breeds bringing different types of value to the learning process. OER often shine in their variety and ability to deepen resources for niche topics. But who chooses the core instructional resources students will use?

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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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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.

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.). Provide students and educators with access to high-quality curriculum resources and space to build community with one another.