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Overview

Education Agency

Indiana Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Indiana has educational technology standards.

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

State Educational Technology Plan

Indiana has an educational technology plan.

Indiana does not have a state technology plan, however the state collects and publishes district tech plans via state graphics and maps.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Indiana has requirements for district technology planning.

Indiana requires district level educational technology plans. Indiana public schools who use the state provided broadband network and receive State Connectivity Funds must have an approved Technology Plan. Those plans are revised every 3 years with required updates after the first and second years. The state provides planning support through e-mail and website support, and through Regional and State conference planning sessions and Administrative Academies for district leadership. The district technology plans are used to help guide resources and initiatives at the state level to support district technology strategic plans.

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Overview

Indiana 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.

In 2009, the State Board took action and included digital content in the textbook definition. The definition of a “textbook” for purposes of reimbursement is the same definition that applies to adoption. Computers and other data devices, instructional software, internet resources, interactive and magnetic media, and other systematically organized materials are eligible for reimbursement. Because computers or other data devices are necessary to deliver the content, the State Board includes them within the definition. A digital curriculum is an instructional resource that consists of both content displayed in a digital manner and interactive activities or lessons that further a student’s understanding of the content. The definition of digital curriculum is broader than just a digital version of a book.

There was a waiver to all districts in 2009 allowing them to spend all or part of the money they previously spent on textbooks to purchase digital content or devices. That waiver became part of state law in 2011. The state encourages the use of digital instructional via the Digital Content Cohort. Teachers from around the state collaborate to curate great digital resources aligned to our Indiana standards. In addition, school corporations have been successful in working with the private sector to purchase devices and digital content. For example, some schools have purchased low cost, content-loaded mini-laptops; others have developed their own materials for use with devices. Districts and schools are encouraged to collaborate to lower the cost of acquisition of textbooks, computers and other data devices, and their content.

The Office of eLearning also supports the implementation of digital instructional materials through multiple grants and professional learning opportunities including the Innovation Planning grants for districts to develop a comprehensive plan to implement digital learning.

 

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Indiana does not have a definition for accessible technologies nor references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Indiana does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Indiana’s textbook definition includes the option for a variety of materials. A textbook is defined as systematically organized material designed to provide a specific level of instruction in a subject matter category, including: books; (2) hardware that will be consumed, accessed, or used by a single student during a semester or school year; (3) computer software; and (4) digital content. -House Bill 1429. Access the definition.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Indiana has a definition for instructional materials/textbook that includes the option for digital instructional materials.

Textbook means systematically organized material designed to provide a specific level of instruction in a subject matter category, including: books; (2) hardware that will be consumed, accessed, or used by a single student during a semester or school year; (3) computer software; and (4) digital content. -House Bill 1429. Access the definition.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Indiana does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Indiana utilizes the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessibility to provide guidance to LEAs at request of LEA’s, through AEM Intensive Targeted Assistance Grants, and examples.

 

 

 

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Indiana does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Indiana does not have a policy regarding OER materials. School boards have statutory authority to determine curricular and instructional materials for their schools and school corporations at the local level. As a matter of law and practice, curriculum and instruction is left to local control.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

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

Indiana utilizes the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessibility to provide guidance to LEAs at request of LEA’s, through AEM Intensive Targeted Assistance Grants, and examples.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Indiana does not have procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

The state does encourage the use of digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Our school corporations make their own choices and purchases for their schools and the procedures are determined by their corporations.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

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

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

We provide opportunites and small grants for our Digital Content Cohort to work on behalf of all educators across the state in the curation of digital content aligned to Indiana standards and content areas. http://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/digital-content-curation

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Indiana does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Indiana does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

State Department of Administration: Procurement Laws and Policies
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Indiana has dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

State funds are available for digital instructional materials via state coordinated competitive grants that include the option to purchase digital instructional materials.

Indiana districts have the option to collaborate on the purchase of digital instructional materials.

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

Funding for Devices

Indiana does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

Indiana 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

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

We do not host a content management system but we have partnered with Amazon’s Inspire to host the digital content curated by Indiana teachers and our Rockstars of Curation. We are also part of the GoOpen group and have content in the Learning Registry.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

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

Open Educational Resources

Indiana does not develop open educational resources.

Indiana does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Indiana does not have a state resource repository.

The Office of eLearning does provide some digital learning resources.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Indiana does not have a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

The state has recommended review options for digital instructional materials.

Open Educational Resources

Indiana does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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