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Overview

Education Agency

Michigan Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Michigan has educational technology standards.

METS-S  (Michigan Educational Technology Standards – Students) was last updated in 2009. Michigan will begin updating in 2017.

State Educational Technology Plan

Michigan has an educational technology plan.

Michigan has a dynamic, independent state level educational technology plan  – MI Roadmap: Transforming Education Trough Technology – which includes vignettes from Michigan exemplars showing the tech plan concepts in action.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Michigan does not have requirements for district technology planning.

The technology planning process has been integrated into the school improvement planning process. The state does collect voluntary test readiness data regarding broadband connectivity and devices at the school level through its MTRAx platform.

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Overview

Michigan 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. As of February 2016, Michigan signed on to the USDOE commitment to become a #GoOpen state.

For the past three years, there has been a forecasting process that is supported by the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) through the. Michigan Dept. Of Education. The statewide bid process was developed by an Advisory Committee of the Device Purchase Activity of TRIG which is comprised of representatives from each region of the state. The effort will be sustained through a partnership with the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan (REMCAM).

Also, Intermediate School Districts often facilitate regional pricing rates on behalf of their districts. Digital content in K-12 Social Studies is currently being developed under a different activity within the TRIG project. The state has a focus on alignment with student needs within context of Michigan’s Multi-teired Support System. http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_65803-322534–,00.html

 

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Michigan references the Federal Definition for accessible/educational/instructional materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Michigan references the AEM Center’s definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Michigan does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

No, but plans for OER supports are in development.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Michigan does not have a definition for open educational resources.

A definition for OER is under development.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Alt+Shift, an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education provides suggested language for districts to embed in contracts with commercial and OER publishers, developers, and vendors.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Michigan does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Michigan does not have a policy that includes the option to implement OER materials. However, informally, schools are encouraged to use them.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Alt+Shift, an IDEA grant funded initiative through MDE-Office of Special Education, provides information, support materials, technical assistance, training, and an extensive lending library focused on improving outcomes for all students.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

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

Alt+Shift, an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education provides information, support materials, technical assistance, training, and an extensive lending library focused on improving outcomes for all students,

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Michigan provides guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Our state does provide guidance regarding the purchasing of digital devices as related to online assessments. Testing device requirements were compiled from information provided by the testing vendor to which Michigan is currently contracting. The minimum requirements represent a low compliance threshold. Districts should attempt to exceed these requirements as many machines operating at these levels could struggle with sufficient on-board memory and processing to administer online tests. All hardware choices should consider the individual needs of students.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The state does encourage the use of digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Requirements for the sale of instructional materials are established at the local level.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

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

The state does not provide master purchasing contracts for devices, however the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan (REMCAM), through the $ave Bid Project provides large volume bid prices on a variety of educational resources, including devices. Through the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) and a REMCAM partnership, Michigan’s Statewide Online Purchasing Tool (SPOT) has provided direct savings to schools and dramatically driven down costs.

http://www.remcbids.org/forecast

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Michigan does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Michigan does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

The Regional Educational Media Centers of Michigan Association is a not-for-profit that provides districts with effective cost savings through statewide cooperative purchasing.
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Michigan does not have dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

The Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) funded the Michigan Open Book Project, a series of free, openly licensed K-12 social studies digital textbooks.

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

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

Funding for Devices

Michigan has dedicated funds for digital devices.

TRIG provided funding for devices through district participant funds and the partnership with REMCAM for the Statewide Online Purchasing Tool (SPOT) in order to take advantage of volume purchasing.

Funding for Special Purposes

Michigan 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

Michigan 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

Michigan 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

Michigan develops open educational resources.

Michigan does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

Michigan has developed OER materials in social studies at all grade levels for optional use.

State Resource Repository

Michigan does not have a state resource repository.

As a #GoOpen state, Michigan has committed to establishing a repository for its openly licensed educational resources. This effort is currently underway.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

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

Guidance is under development.

Open Educational Resources

Michigan has a vetting process for open educational resources.

Guidance is under development.

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