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Overview

Education Agency

Georgia Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Georgia has educational technology standards.

Georgia has adopted the ISTE NETS Standards or other tech standards.

State Digital Learning Plan

Georgia has a State Digital Learning Plan.

Georgia has an independent state level educational technology plan as part of their state’s strategic/comprehensive plan. The state revises the plan every 3 years.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Georgia does not have requirements for district technology planning.

Georgia does not require district level educational technology plans, but strongly encourages technology planning.

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Overview

Georgia 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.

Georgia’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System has a resource component called Teacher Resource Link (TRL). TRL provides high quality, vetted, and standards aligned digital resources for teachers to use during instruction. TRL is accessible via the GaDOE “tunnel” in conjunction with SLDS using the single sign-on process. The content is aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Georgia has a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

Georgia references the federal definition of accessible instructional materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Georgia has a unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Georgia references the federal definition of accessible instructional materials.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Georgia does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Learning Resources – systematically designed material in any medium, print, or nonprint, or digital including any computer hardware, software, and technical equipment necessary to support such material that constitutes the principal source of study for the instruction of a state funded course. Learning resources include textbooks, software, online materials and programs and specialized formats, i.e., Braille, audio, digital, large print or other versions. Instructional resources shall also include any materials previously defined by the State Board as “textbook/instructional materials”.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Georgia definition for instructional materials/textbook does not include the option for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Georgia has an open educational resources definition.

Georgia defines OER as a digital resource available to use without fees, restrictions and logins.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

Georgia provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Guidance Outside of School

Georgia does not provide guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

Policy - Adoption

Georgia does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Georgia does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

Georgia has a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Senate Bill 89, known as the “Digital Classroom Act” passed in 2015 includes the requirement to implement digital instructional materials. Article 19 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to textbooks for elementary and secondary education, so as to require instructional materials and content to be in digital or electronic format after a certain date; to require local boards of education to provide wireless electronic devices for students to access instructional materials and content; to revise provisions for purposes of conformity; to provide for a short title; to provide for an effective date; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Georgia provides information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Georgia provides information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Georgia does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Georgia has procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

Senate Bill 89, known as the “Digital Classroom Act” passed in 2015. This legislation sets the foundation and encourages all instructional material purchased by a local board of education to be in a digital or electronic format by July 1, 2020

Guidance – Publishers

Georgia has procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Instructional Materials procurment and adoption is a local board decision. Local boards of education are strongly encouraged on and after July 1, 2020 to: (1) Purchase all instructional materials and content in digital or electronic format; and (2) Provide a laptop, tablet, or other wireless electronic device to each of its students in grades three and higher or allow students to provide their own for use as the principal source of reading or accessing instructional materials and content, (b) The State Board of Education shall annually determine a reasonable level of funding to assist local boards of education in attaining complete digital access pursuant to this Code section. Such level of funding shall annually be presented to the General Assembly for its consideration in including appropriations for such purposes.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Georgia has guidelines for commercial and OER publishers, developers, and vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Georgia does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

Georgia does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase instructional materials.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Georgia does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Georgia does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Office of Finance and Business
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Georgia does not have dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives.

Georgia districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials with local funds.

Funding for Devices

Georgia has dedicated funds for digital devices.

With E-rate, each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

Georgia does not have a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Georgia has 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

Georgia has a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

Georgia’s Learning Management System via its Statewide Longitudinal Data System, users access via local district Student Information System.

Open Educational Resources

Georgia develops open educational resources.

Georgia recommends/endorses open educational resources.

Georgia has developed 145 high school and middle school full courses via our state virtual school. For more information: Georgia Virtual Learning

State Resource Repository

Georgia has a state resource repository.

Teacher Resource Link managed by Office of Technology Services-Instructional Technology.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Georgia has a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

The ACHIEVE rubric is used for vetting resources before inclusion in to Teacher Resource Link. A user rating and comment system is in place within Teacher Resource Link in order to share collaborative comments on resources within Teacher Resource Link.

Open Educational Resources

Georgia has a vetting process for open educational resources.

Georgia uses the Achieve’s OER rubrics for vetting OER materials.

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