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How districts are transitioning to digital content

As a concept, using digital content in the classroom is nothing new. But making the leap from using traditional print textbooks to fully integrating digital content in the classroom can be intimidating. During a webinar sponsored by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), some experienced digital content advocates shared how they implemented changes in their schools and districts.

In “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook,” a recent SETDA report, the group issued three recommendations to help school leaders and policy makers guide and implement the use of digital content:

  • Complete the shift from print-centric textbook adoption practices to digital resources within five years, beginning with the next major textbook adoption cycle
  • Develop a vision and roadmap for completing the shift, eliminate unnecessary or ineffective policies and regulations, invest in infrastructure and devices, and ensure effective implementation of digital learning policies
  • Ensure a vibrant marketplace for digital and open content
  • “While daunting, I think a full shift is really possible with commitment and focus,” said Geoff Fletcher, SETDA’s deputy executive director. “The rest of our culture is there in our daily lives…and it’s time for students’ lives in school to be similar to their lives outside of school.”

    Utah school technology leaders implemented a statewide digital science textbook initiative using open educational resources (OER) from the CK12 Foundation and other vetted digital resources.

    (Next page: How Utah and Indiana moved to digital resources)

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