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Overview

Education Agency

Maine Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Maine has educational technology standards.

Maine educational technology standards are embedded as part of the core curriculum standards.

State Digital Learning Plan

Maine has a State Digital Learning Plan.

Maine has an independent state level educational technology plan. In January 2001, the State completed and adopted a new plan, “Teaching and Learning for Tomorrow: A Learning Technology Plan for Maine’s Future.” The 2001 plan has been the guiding document for the state and for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) for 7th and 8th grade students. For more information: http://www.maine.gov/doe/mlti/index.html.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Maine has requirements for district technology planning.

District level educational technology plans are required by Maine as part of each LEAs comprehensive or school improvement plan, and are revised every 3 years. The state provides support through e-mail and website support. The Learning Through Technology Team at the Department of Education has specialists that support and work with LEAs on the technology planning. Technology Plans are also required as part of participation in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. These education technology specialists provide in-person direct consultation to LEAs as well as provides technical assistance via webinar and workshops as appropriate. For more information: http://www.maine.gov/education/edletrs/2003/ilet/ilet07.html

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Overview

Maine 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. Materials should align with the Maine Learning Results (state content standards). Districts purchase their own instructional materials, but also receive varied levels of state general assistance based on Essential Programs and Services funding model.

The Maine Department of Education sponsors or cosponsors some efforts related to digital instructional materials, including small OER and other curriculum identification & creation initiatives intended to provide model instructional materials. The largest of these efforts is the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) which has provided 1-to-1 devices for students and teachers in 7th and 8th grade, since 2001. Currently districts can opt in to MLTI for elementary or high school grades at their own expense. Considered a learning initiative, not just a technology access initiative, MLTI provides leadership development and professional development to teachers focused on learning through technology. MLTI emphasizes learning through technology best practice. The state also enters MOUs with vendor partners identified as offering promising and relevant emerging technologies and services related to major initiatives & priorities.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Maine does not have a unique definition for accessible instructional/educational materials nor references the federal definition for accessible materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Maine does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Maine does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Out of school access is provided for all students participating in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). The state policy requires that schools establish a take home policy and the state encourages the MLTI devices be used by other family members as a learning tool.

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Maine does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Maine does not have an OER policy, but as a local control state, districts are free to use OER, if they choose.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Digital Content Library for Education-The Commissioner shall establish a digital content library to house a collection of high-quality digital educational content and learning resources aligned with the State’s educational initiatives, delivered electronically.

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Maine does not provide information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Maine does not provide information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

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

Although the state does not provide official guidance for all schools, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative provides 1-to-1 devices and learning solutions to 7th & 8th grade students and teachers statewide. Districts are encouraged to leverage digital learning devices, and, although free to purchase any digital device, have the option to opt in to MLTI solutions at any other grade level. Districts in Maine and other states are able to leverage the RFP published by the State of Maine Department of Education in coordination with the National Association of State Procurement Officials RFP #201210412: Multi-State Learning Technology Initiative and the responses to that RFP, which include guidance on minimum requirements for devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Maine has invested heavily in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and supports participating educators with professional development in learning through technology, and the use of digital learning materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

In general, a vendor contacts school districts directly, or works through state associations that focus on curriculum, instruction, or learning through technology, such as ACTEM (actem.org).

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

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

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Maine does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Maine does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Division of Purchases
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Maine 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.

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

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

Maine districts have the option to leverage state agency purchasing for digital instructional materials.

Maine districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials in collaboration with non-profits.

Funding for Devices

Maine has dedicated funds for digital devices.

The state provides direct funding for digital devices for 7th & 8th grade students and teachers and some HS teachers, otherwise each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices.

Funding for Special Purposes

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine does not develop open educational resources.

Maine does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Maine has a state resource repository.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

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

Maine strongly recommends alignment with Maine’s adopted content standards. Ultimately, decisions are determined locally.

Open Educational Resources

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

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