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Overview

The Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) is an online database providing state and territory policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials in K12 education and includes three sections.

  • At-a-Glance Tab: This current tab provides information and links to state digital learning plans, state requirements for district digital learning plans and whether states have digital learning standards for students.
  • Instructional Materials Tab: Visit the Instructional Materials tab to learn more about acquisition of instructional materials including definitions, guidelines and policies, state review processes, digital learning resources and funding.
  • Procurement Tab: This tab provides valuable information about state procurement for state and district leaders, as well as companies.

DIGITAL LEARNING PLANS & STANDARDS

State Digital Learning Plan

Alabama has a state digital learning plan.

Alabama has an independent state level educational technology plan and revises the plan every 7 years.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Alabama has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by the state and are revised annually. The state provides planning support through templates, webinars and face to face meetings. The district technology plans are used to determine the educational technology activities in each district; to determine the infrastructure and the technology devices in each district; to determine a sufficient ratio of technology tools to students; to determine where state assistance is needed; to determine the possibility of grant opportunities.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Alabama has digital learning standards for students.

Alabama adopted the ISTE NETS Standards or other tech standards that are embedded as part of the core curriculum standards.

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Overview

The state has recommended review options for digital instructional materials. The Alabama Learning Exchange, and Alabama’s Web Portal use rigorous checklists to approve hosting of digital materials created by Alabama teachers. This vetting process utilizes a three-tiered review panel for Podcast, Lesson Plan, and Unit Plan submissions. These checklists incorporate the Equip Rubric constructs, and other nationally-recognized components essential for excellence in digital content construction and design, including the Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET). These guidelines are used for approval and posting of digital content on ALEX.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Alabama does not have a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Alabama does not have a unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Instructional Materials

Alabama has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Textbook: Systematically organized materials, such as hardbound books, softcover books, or technology based programs, comprehensive enough to cover the primary objectives outlined in the standard course of study for a grade or course. Additionally, current Alabama-sanctioned policies for digital content are located in Educational Trust Fund Appropriations SB179, (ACT No. 2015-281), under Classroom Instructional Support, the allocation of $52.71 per pupil per ADM states as follows: for textbooks or digital resources.

Includes

Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Alabama does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Alabama has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

Alabama has code language within the budget that allows schools to use textbook funds to purchase digital content. The budget expands the definition of textbooks to include digital content. The process for adoption is the same as textbooks.

Materials Adoption Includes

Software

Digital Materials

Online Content

Supplemental Materials

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Alabama does not have a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Alabama does not have a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Each LEA has the option of developing its own instructional materials. The format can be online of face-to-face instruction.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Alabama has a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Alabama requires that each student must participate in at least 20 hours of online experience prior to graduating. This experience must utilize an LMS, email, discussions, etc. and can be a blended class or 100% online.

Online Experience is listed on page 3-1-20, #3.
Other Online mentions begin on page 3-1-35;

Guidance Outside of School

Alabama provides guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

The Alabama Learning Exchange, ALEX, makes digital content available to parents, students, and teachers for use outside the school.

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Alabama does not provide guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Guidance Accessible Technologies

Alabama does not provide guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Guidance Inclement Weather

Alabama provides guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

An Inclement Weather plan is being worked out and will be posted to the department’s Website as soon as it is available.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Alabama does not have a process for the review of instructional materials.

The state has recommended review options for digital instructional materials. The Alabama Learning Exchange, and Alabama’s Web Portal use rigorous checklists to approve hosting of digital materials created by Alabama teachers. This vetting process utilizes a three-tiered review panel for Podcast, Lesson Plan, and Unit Plan submissions. These checklists incorporate the Equip Rubric constructs, and other nationally-recognized components essential for excellence in digital content construction and design, including the Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET). These guidelines are used for approval and posting of digital content on ALEX.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Alabama does not have a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alabama does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alabama does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

Alabama does not require districts to follow the state review process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Alabama does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alabama does not have an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Alabama does not have a state hosted content management system or a state master contract for a content management system available to schools and districts.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Alabama does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

State Resource Repository

Alabama has a state resource repository.

Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Alabama does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

Alabama does not procure resources for schools or districts on a statewide level. Each school district has the constitutional authority, from state and/or local resources, to procure and use digital resources and innovative educational technologies as they deem appropriate to meet educational goals and requirements. The Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) hosts a series of Train the Trainer sessions that focuses upon use of digital content in the classroom. The program is called A.C.E. and embodies an informal certification continuum whereby teachers can earn credentials to facilitate training on each of the ALEX digital learning modules.

Guidance – Publishers

Alabama does not have procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Alabama does not have guidelines for commercial or OER publishers, developers, or vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Alabama has a request for proposals/request for information process.

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Alabama has state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

Includes

Devices

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

Alabama does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the publisher.

State Pricing Negotiation

Alabama does not negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

Alabama does not manage regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.