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Lovd By Less SETDA urges shift to digital instruction The report acknowledges that policy changes regarding instructional materials are not enough to ensure that digital content is used in classrooms effectively. Everyone remembers lugging a 20-pound textbook. But should today’s students still have to consult hefty—and often outdated—printed texts? A new report says “no”—and it urges states and districts to stop delaying the inevitable shift from print to digital instruction. The report, “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age,” is produced by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. According to SETDA, states and districts spend $5.5 billion a year in core instructional content, yet many students are still using textbooks “made up of content that is seven to 10 years old.” For more news about digital instruction, see: Albuquerque schools embrace ‘techbooks’ instead of textbooks States moving slowly toward digital textbooks

Elgg A Great Way to Use Google Docs with your Students One of my first posts here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning was about Google Docs in Education and by the time I wrote and published it, Google Docs was still not popular and did not have the advanced features it has now. Since then, many articles have been published on this topic and one of the most popular of them all was Google Docs 52 Secrets Educators Need to Know about. I am personally impressed by the power of this service and the several things we can achieve by using it. I always urge my students to use it to create presentations, docs, slideshows, spreadsheets and many more. Google Docs has a huge and promising potential in education and the proof is the video I embedded below which shows how Mr Hanish uses Google Docs to handle group work with his students. The Tech Curve has initially published this video and that was where I learned about it.

Pligg Vision Featured tool Readiness Assessment - The Readiness Assessment/Rubric featured on this site is based on review of the Technology Standards & Performance Indicators for Students & Teachers (ISTE NETS-S, ISTE NETS-T), the North Carolina IMPACT guidelines, Texas Star Chart, North Carolina Essential Standards for Instructional Technology, North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, and North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI). Further development of the Readiness Assessment/Rubric to make it mobile and interactive is under way with funding from Lenovo. It is essential to begin any new initiative or plan by establishing a common, shared vision to create buy-in and engage stakeholders. Through the visioning process consensus building will assist in developing the goals, rationale and core principles for the initiative approach. Guiding Questions Consider the following questions to guide the Vision work of your leadership team: Supporting Tools and Resources

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