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Digital Content - Let’s Examine Where We Are. K-12 in a Period of Transformation. Economic Recovery Districts and schools are still taking advantage of stimulus funding Technology solutions are driving efficiencies and helping alleviate fiscal pressures Political Environment - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Digital Content - Lets Examine Where We Are

K-12 in a Period of TransformationEconomic RecoveryDistricts and schools are still taking advantage of stimulus fundingTechnology solutions are driving efficiencies and helping alleviate fiscal pressures Political Environment2010 elections changing the state education landscapeOngoing legislative change around digital content and elimination of paper textbooksFederal FundingFederal government driving significant reforms to education & promoting greater use of technologyCommitment for all High School grads to be either career ready or ready for college by 2020National Reform MovementFocus on assessments and personalized learningNeed to build an IT infrastructure to support classroom technologiesPush to adopt Common Core Standards and statewide data systemsModel ShiftDistricts and schools are exploring alternative models of delivery under fiscal pressure, including online delivery, blended learning models, & other new ideas of all kindsThe shift to digital is bringing up ideas beyond textbooks & into the world of gaming and virtual learning & more2

Student-focused learning procurements aligned to core curriculumThe transition to digital and online contentEfficiencies and automation solutions due to personnel reductionsGreater need for communication with stakeholdersConsolidation and standardization of the IT environmentGreater utilization of the web and web-based services

The Funding Challenge Is Driving

Georgia Offers $19.4M for InnovationInnovation Fund GrantsUsing Race to the Top money (of $400M total)Competitive grants that use creative ways to improve outcomesGoals:raise student achievement through applied learningraise teacher effectiveness through innovated induction programsincrease pipeline of qualified teachersexpand STEM opportunities through charters and other programsAdditional resourcesphilanthropies, businesses and non-profits to contribute as wellpublic/private partnerships to leverage resources4

2010 CDE Digital Districts Survey 69% utilize video conferencing to offer virtual field trips to students88% have one or more online classes approved for credit a 16% increase since 200984% allow educators to use Web 2.0 tools like blogs and wikis to help instruct students82% offer advanced technology skills classes like computer programming, media production, or video game development; 75% offer all students an introductory class that explores technology supported careers69% use push technology to automatically inform parents of events and related student information88% specifically address cyber-bullying

Data Quality Campaign Data AnalysisNeed all 50 states to commit to Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in 201124 states have implemented the full 10 step programThe Campaign found that too many states lack some of the most essential elements17 states can't link teacher and student data15 states don't collect course completion information11 states can't link K-12 and postsecondary data

Link K-12 with early childhood, postsecondary & work force data to answer critical policy questionsOnly 9 states do that today

Provide teachers, students and parents with access to longitudinal student-level data

Share data about teacher impact on student achievement with educator preparation institutions 18 states automatically share some information with teacher preparation programs

Enact statewide pre-service policies including certification, licensure and program approval to build educator capacity to use data16 states have enacted policies that require teacher preparation programs to include data literacy14 states require educators to demonstrate data literacy in order to be certifiedSource: Data for Action 2010, the sixth annual state analysis released by the Data Quality Campaign on Feb. 16. http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/stateanalysis/states

E-Rate Changes Expands annual funding from $2.25B to $2.3B a year to reflect inflation since 1996 Implements three pilot programs: Narrow digital divide through the distribution of vouchers to enable low-income students to purchase residential broadband service.Deploy a competitive grant program to extend funding for broadband equipment and services to community colleges & head start facilitiesFund Learning-On-The-Go to fund certain E-Rate applicants serving low-income students for e-books - $9 million for 35,000 students in 14 states. Initially funds 10 laptop programs, 2 virtual schools, 3 handheld device programs & 5 technology programs Streamlines the application process for Priority 1 Places schools under federal gifting guidelines

Digital Content: on the move

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Examples of Digital Content InitiativesState of Florida Proposed 5 year plan on digital content by 2015 all content will be digital delivered by mobile devices & e-readers migration begins with high school then to other grades Will cost $720K a year from the DoE budget Digital devices will be the responsibility of the school district

Key States moving toward digital content California Texas New York

Impact on TeachingEmphasizes Soft Skills Master Learner Practical Technologist Learning Coach Curriculum Developer Communicator Entertainer Benefits The classroom is not a place it is an experience video conferencing active links to rich content 24/7 interaction Learning is tailored to individual needs Learning is active and experiential Learning can be closely monitored making intervention more timely better measurements for best practices

Impact on Professional DevelopmentRequires PD be practical & available as needed easily accessed on demand delivered using technology scalable and flexible worth their time; will it move the bar mentor & peering opportunities built in

New Online Certification Leading Edge http://www.cue.org/leadingedgeNew Program offers 5 industry standards certifications:Certified Online Teacher (2011) Certified Classroom Teacher (2012)Certified Administrator (2013)Certified Teacher Librarian (2014)Certified Lead Learner (Professional Developer) (2015)

Impact on CIO/Technology DirectorHow to support:Providing parallel networks for studentsConfusion on end-users devices, eReaders, tablets, smart phonesGeneral network bandwidth issuesSIS/ERP/LMS growth & supportSocial networking adapted for the enterpriseDigital content strategy in cooperating with Instructional TechnologistBlended learning environments12

Project Tomorrow April 1, 2011The New 3 Es of Education: Enabled, Engaged & Empowered Key findings: 67 % of parents would purchase a mobile device for students66% of parents support of online textbooks up 21 % since 200861% of parents want students using mobile devices to access online textbooks 53% of middle and high school students say not allowing smart phones or MP3 players is the biggest obstacle in using tech in school35% of high school classrooms use e-textbooks as part of their regular schoolwork 30 % of high school students have had some type of online learning.13

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