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Overview

Education Agency

Maryland State Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Maryland has educational technology standards.

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

State Educational Technology Plan

Maryland has an educational technology plan.

Maryland has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan every 5 years. Due to the on-going development of Race to the Top technology initiatives, Maryland received a waiver for the release of the next technology plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Maryland does not have requirements for district technology planning.

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Overview

Maryland 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 state of Maryland allocates funding to each local educational agency who has the authority to determine spending. Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium, MEEC, has been organized its members opportunities to license the use of education hardware and software as competitive prices. MEEC also provides its members technology relevant services including training and interaction with the vendor. MEEC membership includes public and private K-16+ institutions, public libraries, and museums in the state of Maryland. The state of Maryland administers available Governor Digital Innovation Grants. All local educational agencies are encouraged to submit a proposal. In addition, collaborative opportunities at State led meetings are provided to agencies to share digital resource experiences. As a state, Maryland is vendor agnostic. However, vendors may present at State led meetings if they offer free resources or are presenting with multiple vendors with like products.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Accessible technology is any device, hardware, software or handheld equipment that provides access to life’s activities for everyone, especially those with disabilities, and is designed from the start to provide all individuals the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions and enjoy the same services with equivalent ease of use.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Maryland has a definition for digital instructional materials.

“Digital Learning” means any instructional practice that effectively used Internet-related technology to strengthen the student and/or educator learning experience.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Maryland does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

The Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services and Office of Instructional Technology provides technical assistance through a variety of avenues, e.g., online, proactive and on request professional learning.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Maryland does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Maryland Regulation states that WCAG 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 be followed as they select and offer digital learning materials.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

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

Maryland Learning Links is a resource for educators and families related to special education in Maryland.

Resources

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The state does encourage the use of digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Vendors may apply to the MEEC Consortium for competitive pricing throughout the state of Maryland. They may also approach individual local educational agencies and comply to their policies and processes.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Maryland has state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

The State works with other Maryland K-16+ institutions (public and private), public and school libraries, and museums to provide volume pricing for various technology related resources.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

Maryland provides state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase instructional materials.

MEEC Agreement: The State works with other Maryland K-16+ institutions (public and private), public and school libraries, and museums to provide volume pricing for various technology related resources.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Maryland does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Maryland does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Office of Finance
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Maryland 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.

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

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

Funding for Devices

Maryland 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

Maryland has a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Title I funding to purchase digital instructional resources.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

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

The State’s LMS, eConnect (Blackboard), is open to the public for 90% of the resources offered. Only online courses (PD and Student) are internal to the system. Local School systems have the opportunity to establish partitioned areas for their LMS needs.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

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

The State LMS is based on teacher licensing. In this respect it is available to all systems but is limited to educators. However, the licenses are counted as Active Use only, students are able to use the LMS for online student courses.

Open Educational Resources

Maryland does not develop open educational resources.

Maryland recommends/endorses open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Maryland has a state resource repository.

LearnMD is managed by the Maryland Department of Education.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

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

Open Educational Resources

Maryland has a vetting process for open educational resources.

Maryland leverages the same vetting process for all digital instructional materials. Maryland State Department of Education specialists collaborate with vendors to set expectations, once the materials are resources are suggested by the vendor, MSDE specialists review and determine whether the resource will be approved or rejected.

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