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January 8, 2018

Navigating the Digital Shift II: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning

SETDA expands upon the 2015 Navigating the Digital Shift report with a focus on living and learning in the digital age. In this second publication, stakeholders will learn about states’ guidance and policies around the implementation of digital instructional materials as well as best practices. SETDA highlights several next steps for consideration as education leaders continue to advance living and learning in the digital age.

  • Ÿ State Leadership: State leadership is essential for developing a shared vision and empowering leaders to ensure students have access to personalized, engaging learning experiences supported by digital instructional materials and resources to best prepare them for college and careers. Leadership and guidance from states is critical so that district policies and practices support digital learning opportunities.
  • Ÿ Accessibility for All Students: Providing accessibility for all students must be a consideration when acquiring, developing and implementing digital instructional materials. State and local educators should take advantage of the technical assistance available at the Accessible Educational Materials Center to ensure that accessibility is included in material and technology procurement and acquisition systems.
  • Ÿ  Equity of Access: Access to the devices and consistent high-speed broadband access is essential for digital instructional materials implementation. Multiple states provide guidance to districts to support out of school access to ensure anytime/anywhere learning.
  • Ÿ  State Acquisition Policies: States and districts should continue to work to make the procurement process more transparent and to provide guidelines to publishers interested in selling digital instructional materials in the state, including required accessibility features.