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Overview

Education Agency

Minnesota Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Minnesota has educational technology standards.

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

State Educational Technology Plan

Minnesota does not have an educational technology plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Minnesota does not have requirements for district technology planning.

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

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Overview

Minnesota 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.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Federal definition

Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video).

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Minnesota does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Minnesota does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

School districts are responsible for providing learning materials that are accessible to all students with print disabilities. Students who struggle to read because of physical, sensory, cognitive, or learning differences may require alternative or specialized formats. Core curriculum material and textbooks may need to be converted to specialized formats called accessible educational materials (AEM

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Minnesota does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Minnesota does not have a policy that includes the option to implement OER materials however, the state does not have any rules or policies that preclude schools from using OER.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Minnesota 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

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Guidance – Publishers

Minnesota 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

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

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

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Minnesota does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Minnesota does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Procurement and Contracts
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Minnesota 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.

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

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

Funding for Devices

Minnesota does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Funding for Special Purposes

Minnesota 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

Minnesota 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

Minnesota 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

Minnesota develops open educational resources.

Minnesota recommends/endorses open educational resources.

The MN Learning Commons goal is to research and develop OER collaboration aligned across systems for a collection of quality resources and rubrics.  The University of MN has an Open Textbook Library and will engage in Project Zero in which faculty will assemble course materials made up of OER. Each of the three public system partners will use the hub to engage its community members and to build out individual collections.

State Resource Repository

Minnesota has a state resource repository.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

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

Open Educational Resources

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

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