Center for Digital Government

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New Guide Highlights Case Studies to Help School Districts Implement
Digital Content and Curriculum

Center for Digital Education launches Guide at ISTE to support the
Department of Education’s GoOpen program and the National EdTech Plan

Sacramento, Calif. – June 28, 2016 – The Center for Digital Education (CDE) presents its new Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum to help K-12 school districts address some of the challenges of moving from a print-based to a digital-based curriculum.

Launched at the ISTE 2016 Education Technology Conference this week in Denver, the Guide was developed in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and to support the U.S. Department of Education’s GoOpen program and the National EdTech Plan.

The Guide provides case studies for schools to help them explore options for adopting and using digital content and curriculum, including openly licensed educational resources (OER). The Guide outlines effective practices and resources for school districts and gives examples of districts already implementing digital content or setting up the infrastructure to do so.

Dr. Andrew P. Marcinek, open education advisor for the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, said, “It’s important to get as many of the professionals out there – the nonprofits and for-profits – to really be aware of [OER] … It’s not a doctrine, it’s not an edict, it’s essentially, ‘Here’s another option, here’s what’s out there, here are the avenues you can explore to go down this path. You’re not just limited to the textbooks you buy.'”

“I cannot think of a more collaboratively developed product in the market today. This Guide was developed in consultation with Future Ready and GoOpen districts on the road to digital transformation,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “We documented their best practices and recommendations throughout the Guide. Additionally, we’ve included insights from our industry thought leaders dedicated to supporting districts throughout the nation. I sincerely hope educators enjoy this work and look forward to hearing about how it’s being used by district leaders!”

Brian Lewis, chief executive officer for ISTE, said, “Educators have greater opportunity than ever to create more engaging digital curriculum and lessons to meet the unique needs of their students. Yet, teachers are often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content, as well as concerns about quality and the digital savvy required to organize these resources. The Guide provides a valuable and timely resource that can unlock the potential of educators to create innovative learning opportunities without limits.”

The Center for Digital Education thanks the following sponsors for underwriting the Guide: Apex Learning, Canon, D2L, Dreambox Learning, Edgenuity, itslearning, Learning.com, McGraw Hill Education, Microsoft, NETGEAR, OverDrive, Samsung, SHI, SMART Technologies, and TurnItIn.

The Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum is available for download here.

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About the Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Learn more at: www.centerdigitaled.com

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