Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

If technology doesn’t disrupt the very notion of the textbook first, its future is surely digital. 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., Update the examples and sample questions to improve student engagement or the quality of instruction?

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.

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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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials

SETDA Says

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

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

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This guest post post from Summer Workshop instructor , Brenda Doucette ( @doucetteb ), first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. Differentiating with Technology. The post Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

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.

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. 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.

Online toolkit helps schools select content-rich instructional materials

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A just-released guide from the State Education Technology Directors Association and a new community of practice aim to advance the shift to digital learning. 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 tools

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

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This bill is vital for technology funding for Texas school districts. 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''''.

Framing the Evidence: Democratizing Ed Tech

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This 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. Best Practices Digital Learning instructional materials partnerships Policy Research

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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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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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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It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology. Schools don’t want technology. Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology itself holds answers for education. As we know, it is technology’s ability to save teachers time or focus student attention that can be advantageous. Recently, THE Journal went a step further calling for less attention to technology and more to curriculum. “As

Opportunity: Teacher Prep Challenge in Support of Digital Learning

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

Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

Differentiated instruction is a method by which we can tackle this challenge and find new ways to help our students. Teachers need to acquire their own skills in using technology to provide accessible instructional materials and alternatives that will provide voice and choice for students. Effective use of technology can help teachers transform their classrooms and customize curriculum to meet student needs.

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 […].

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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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Losing STEAM: When Technology and Curriculum Collide

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Educational approaches that use Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) are pushing the learning capacity of students by focusing on inquiry, problem-solving, and innovation. . But good teaching is good teaching and without higher-level uses of technology, it becomes just another dusty book on a shelf. Though devices, tools, and procedures are likely to change and evolve with future technological advancements, priorities around student needs will not.

Should student technology be free?

eSchool News

Ohio’s public schools aren’t allowed to charge students for the use of textbooks, but they can charge “reasonable fees” for student technology and instructional materials. But what happens when the pace of technology outstrips the law, as it often does, and gadgets begin to replace textbooks? Next page: Lawmakers act on constituents’ complaints of unfair student technology fees).

Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning… Ten Free Resources and Tools

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this second post in a series devoted to supporting student centered learning in the technology enhanced classroom. Remember that a classroom might be 1 to 1, or it may be using technology to leverage student centered learning. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning… Ten Free Resources and Tools.

States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) found that more states are providing guidance to help districts select and implement digital instructional materials. The post States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds appeared first on Market Brief.

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

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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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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] ). For skills development, such as using new technologies, scaffolding and increasing complexity should be a strong component of the PD process. Tinkering With Instructional Materials.

New Website Details State Policies for Acquiring Digital Learning Content

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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. Ed-tech Procurement State Policy acquisition digitalresources edtech procurement

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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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. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Action and Expression

Catlin Tucker

As schools think about making learning accessible for all students, it is important to consider how instructional materials allow students to interact with information. In my last blog, I focused on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of representation.

Competency-Based Learning Puts Students at the Center. It’s Perfect for Now.

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Mandated school closures and movement to remote learning—or Non-traditional Instruction as it is termed here in Kentucky—was quickly revealing the stark inequities for learners across the country and in our district. Education Technology Remote Instruction Competency-Based Learning

Kendall Hunt Acquires Paradigm Education to Expand Health Career Offerings

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Paradigm Education Solutions, a provider of online instructional materials for computing, digital literacy, and career development skills, has been acquired by academic publisher Kendall Hunt. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions

Want to Help Schools Closed by COVID-19? Don’t Pitch Them Right Now.

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Often, these pitches entail free or discounted software for products ranging from instructional materials to virtual conferencing tools. This is not the time for me to be researching and exploring tools,” said Stacey Roshan, a math teacher and director of innovation and educational technology at the Bullis School in Maryland. “I Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business Technology Tips

As Demand for Digital Materials Rises, States Adjust Policies

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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

States Stepping Up Role in Reviewing Digital Resources, Analysis Finds

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Twenty one states today have a process for reviewing districts' choices of instructional materials, compared with just 14 two years ago, according to the State Educational Technology Directors Association. The post States Stepping Up Role in Reviewing Digital Resources, Analysis Finds appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Federal / State Policy Open Educational Resources Procurement / Purchasing / RFPs

SETDA Highlights from 2017

SETDA Says

2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology. 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.