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SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials

By Laura Devaney
October 14th, 2015

Free tool is intended to support clear understanding of state policies and practices related to digital instructional materials

digital-setdaSETDA, a membership association of the U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, has launched of a free online tool to support the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Educators, policy makers and the private sector will benefit from organized and accessible information regarding acquisition of digital instructional materials, including state guidance and policies, procurement, funding and digital learning resources for all 50 states, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, SETDA says.

The resource is called the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) Portal.

This work supports state and district leaders’ understanding of state policies and can potentially impact policy changes related to procuring instructional materials (including non-traditional instructional materials, such as digital content) to best meet the individual needs of students.

“Our intent in releasing the DMAPS portal is to help schools and districts implement digital instructional materials more efficiently and effectively,” shared Lan Neugent, SETDA’s Interim Executive Director. “It is essential that leaders understand all options related to adoption and implementation of tools and resources to support learning in the digital age.”

The DMAPS Portal is free to access here: http://dmaps.setda.org.

DMAPS was developed through the expertise and efforts of state leaders responsible for procurement, instructional materials and educational technology and in collaboration with experts in the field. Site highlights include: a snapshot overview of policies/practices for each state, the ability to identify state trends, and to compare states through individual state profiles.

“We are always looking for ways to open new doors of opportunity for students, to accelerate learning, and to help staff work smarter, not harder. Digital learning materials are important tools in achieving these important outcomes,” shared Dr. Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Education.

A national report, which complements this work and identifies national trends will be released on October 26, 2015 at SETDA’s annual, invitation only Leadership Summit.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura