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I started to make a few slides about why the current textbooks have this effect on students but I think we all know. They’re produced by large committees to be adopted by large committees and designed to have as little conflict or timely material as possible so they can last the 6-10 years they’re likely to be in service. It’s not so much that they’re dated as soon as they’re published but rather they contain so little that might become dated that they’re
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Riding the Waves of the Education Ecosystem
Riding the Data Waves of theEducation EcosystemGeoff FletcherState Educational Technology Directors Associationwww.setda.org
A bit about me• Futurist– Possible futures– Probable futures– Preferable futures
Resources• Executive Summary• Transforming Data to Information in Serviceof Learning: A Vision• Major Initiatives Table• Initiative Chart: Purposes and Beneficiaries
Polling QuestionHow many of these initiatives are you familiar with?AIF, CEDS, Digital Passport, Ed-Fi Solution, Experience API(xAPI), GIM-CCSS, IMS specifications, inBloom, LearningRegistry, LRMI, MyData, Open Badges, PESC, SIF ImplementationSpecificationA. All – Thumbs UpB. Some of themC. A few of theseD. Wish I knew more
Major InitiativesName of Initiative DescriptionAssessment InteroperabilityFramework (AIF)AIF provides a common structure to allow for the transfer of any data associated with assessmentsystems; including student and teacher information, learning standards, assessment items, results andrelated data across systems.Common Education DataStandards (CEDS)CEDS provides a common vocabulary and reference structure through a data dictionary and logical datamodel for data that needs to be shared across education organizations.Digital Passport Digital Passport is a tool that brokers the exchange of student data between states or districts to enableelectronic record transfer as students move from one school to another.Ed-Fi Solution Ed-Fi Solution is a data model combined with a tool suite that streamlines the sharing of student data andalso provides the elements of dashboards for use by educators to improve the academic outcomes ofstudents.Experience API (xAPI) xAPI is a protocol and simple data format for sharing learning activity streams among systems to trackstudent activities and securely expose data to other learning systems.Granular Identifiers andMetadata for the CommonCore State Standards (GIM-CCSS)GIM-CCSS applies fine-granulated identifiers to the Common Core standards to enable them to be alignedto education resources, for use by digital content creators to align their materials to specific standardsIMS Global LearningConsortium SpecificationsIMS content, application, and data standards enable teachers to mix and match educational content andsoftware from different sources into the same learning platforms.
Recommendations• Develop a consensus-based long-term visionand roadmap for interoperability.• Address concerns regarding privacy andsecurity of student and educator data.• Address standards and interoperability withvendors during the procurement process.
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Why Textbooks Matter• ACCESS: For 50+ years, represented best technology toprovide standards-aligned instructional materials tostudents and teachers• INSTRUCTION: Treated as primary tool for instruction -strongly influencing curricular scope, sequence, andpedagogy• INNOVATION & IMPROVEMENT: Given rise tolaw, regulation and practice that defines the limits ofinstructional innovation and improvement efforts• COST: Represent a significant cost category in state andlocal education budgets
Factors Driving Reimaginationof K-12 Textbook① College and Career Readiness Agenda② Common Core State Standards① Student Demographics & Preferences① Technology Innovation① Intellectual Property Innovation/OpenEducational Resources (OER)① Budget pressures
① College and Career Readiness Agenda② Common Core State Standards① Student Demographics & Preferences① Technology Innovation① Intellectual Property Innovation/OpenEducational Resources (OER)① Budget pressuresFactors Driving Reimaginationof K-12 Textbook