How districts are transitioning to digital content

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor
April 18th, 2013

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:

  1. Complete the shift from print-centric textbook adoption practices to digital resources within five years, beginning with the next major textbook adoption cycle
  2. 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
  3. Ensure a vibrant marketplace for digital and open content

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

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One Response to “How districts are transitioning to digital content”

April 18, 2013

Free PDFs on the state website? Can you provide a link. I only see $5 high school textbooks being discussed on the Utah State site. Thanks!