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SETDA’s report, “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age,” put a solid stake in the ground for moving from print to digital. The report offered a rationale for the shift, four case studies of states that are well down the path toward making the shift, as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Digital Content Chronicle
My work with digital content in general and OER in particular is often at the policy level. I am not as fortunate as colleagues in the field such as Karen Fasimpaur who get to work with teachers, often directly in the classroom. Nonetheless, I do talk with teachers from time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Digital Content Chronicle
We in the ed tech world are fortunate to have a wide range of coverage of our segment of the industry, from traditional trade publications like T.H.E. Journal, eSchool News and Tech and Learning, to a variety of blogs as well as entities like EdSurge that have a focus on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Digital Content Chronicle
A news story out of central Florida caught my eye recently with the headline: “Schools Moving Toward Digital Textbooks.” Many of these stories in local papers talk about a district’s purchase of devices and “how excited and engaged students are in their learning.” As a former editor, I always asked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Digital Content Chronicle
What is the definition of a textbook in Texas? What is the textbook adoption cycle in North Carolina? How can school districts use state funds to purchase instructional materials in New York? How is teacher-created digital content supported in California? If you don't know the answer to these questions, then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
Today the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age. This report highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations. With a focus on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
SETDA is proud to release Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age at an event Monday, September 24, 2012, from 2:00-4:00pm EDT at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Out of Print highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
Please join the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) for a report release and briefing (in-person & via webcast). "Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age" Monday, September 24, 2012, from 2:00-4:00pm ET National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20045 Holeman Lounge RSVP... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
We have been talking about waterbeds a lot around SETDA lately. "Things must be slow in the summer," you think, but we want you to think metaphorically. If you have pushed on the corner of a feather bed, you know that the corner moves, but little else. If you push... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
SETDA released a report on broadband - The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs - May 21. The report examines current trends driving the need for more broadband in teaching, learning and school operations; provides state and district examples of the impact of robust deployment of broadband;... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
As states have changed their laws to include digital content as a part of the definition of a textbook, they also are modifying their approach to adoption of textbooks, especially the vetting process. The old vetting process created winners and losers. In contrast, the new process provides guidance. Indiana is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
Later today, with SETDA Executive Director Doug Levin in attendance, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will join Education Secretary Arne Duncan to unveil the Obama Administration's "Digital Textbook Playbook" to accelerate the K-12 transition to digital textbooks. USA Today has the scoop: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
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Join SETDA in participating in a ground breaking digital learning event without worrying about the cost of travel not to mention the stress of getting to the airport on time. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a desire to be innovative. The Alliance for Excellent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
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Note: Doug Levin, SETDA executive director, is guest-posting this blog. A quick search online reveals the literally hundreds of articles and blogs being written about this week's forthcoming announcement from one of the nation's world's hottest brands, Apple. It is widely rumored that the announcement will be education-related and address... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Digital Content Chronicle
The folks at Creative Commons are beginning a process to revise their licenses. In the true spirit of open, they are asking for input from anyone who has a proposal, concern or any other input regarding their licenses. After gathering information for two to three months, they will publish at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
When I talk about OER, I often am asked about the quality of the material. The assumption from some is that if something is free, it isn't any good. Others sarcastically point out that we pay a lot for content in schools today and the test scores and dropout rates... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
A recent wide-ranging article in the BBC News noted how South Korea has decided it wants to deliver all its curriculum in a digital format by 2015. Ju-Ho Lee, South Korea's Minister of Education, Science and Technology, said that the government would support an open content market with a variety... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
The New York Times featured Munster School Corporation in a recent article about Munster's rather rapid shift from print to digital in their schools. The article highlights how Munster decided to make this leap quickly rather than incrementally by taking out all math and science textbooks for grades 5 -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
I typically am not a gadget guy who stands in line for the first round of any new gegaw to hit the streets. But, I am not immune to cool things that can significantly alter students' or teachers' experiences. E-readers and tablets illustrate my point, and this market is an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
John Merrow had an interesting post on the Huffington Post. It was primarily about blended learning and how blended learning, especially its online component, can destroy the notion of seat-time as a measure of how we move kids through school by giving students the power to progress at their own... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
Lake Minneola High School in Lake County, Florida is providing iPads for all of its students this coming school year. Equipping all students in a school with their own devices is not a new story, even if it is iPads. What is new is that the Lake Minneola project is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
Senate Bill 6 passed out of the Texas legislature's special session and is headed for Governor Rick Perry's desk where it is expected to be signed. The bill gives Texas school districts much additional flexibility with textbook funds, but it also takes a step back from a reform passed the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
As schools, districts and states move to provide more digital content, how are states and districts ensuring there is access to content for all students? What should they be doing? Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle
What actions in your state have influenced the shift from print to digital content? Was it a state repository of content? District consortia purchasing online content? A change in the definition of textbooks? Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at Digital Content Chronicle