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Overview

Education Agency

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

State Educational Technology Standards

North Carolina has educational technology standards.

Professional Informational and Technology Standards and Digital Teaching Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators.

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/dtl/standards/

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/dtl/digitallearningnc/competencies/

State Digital Learning Plan

North Carolina has a State Digital Learning Plan.

Yes, the NC Digital Learning Plan (DLP). It is updated extensively every 4 years with continuous improvement as required.

District Technology Planning Requirements

North Carolina does not have requirements for district technology planning.

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

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Overview

In the state of North Carolina, the procurement of devices and instructional materials is determined locally by the individual LEA or Charter School. Districts have flexibility in what they adopt at the local level and leverage the State Board adopted list as a guide. Formats for textbooks may be print or non-print, including hardbound books, softbound books, activity-oriented programs, classroom kits, and technology-based programs that require the use of electronic equipment in order to be used in the learning process.

Through our statewide Instructional Improvement System (IIS) the state is able to purchase statewide licensing to instructional materials that are delivered through the IIS platform. This procurement process follows the requirements for NC state agencies. NC Public School Law (‘_ 115C-89) requires the State Board of Education to make all necessary rules and regulations concerning requests for bids, notification to publishers of calls for adoption, execution and delivery of contracts, requirement of performance bonds, cancellation clauses, and such other material matters as may affect the validity of the contracts.

Funding for digital instructional materials is determined locally by the LEA or Charter School based on how they intend to use the various state funds.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

North Carolina does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

North Carolina’s textbook definition includes digital instructional materials.

“Systematically organized materials comprehensive enough to cover the primary objectives outlined in the standard course of study for a grade or course. Formats for textbooks may be print or non-print, including hardbound books, softbound books, activity-oriented programs, classroom kits, and technology-based programs that require the use of electronic equipment in order to be used in the learning process.”

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

North Carolina General Statute 115C-85 defines a textbook as “systematically organized materials comprehensive enough to cover the primary objectives outlined in the standard course of study for a grade or course. Formats for textbooks may be print or non-print, including hardbound books, softbound books, activity-oriented programs, classroom kits, and technology-based programs that require the use of electronic equipment in order to be used in the learning process.”

Definition for Open Educational Resources

North Carolina has an open educational resources definition.

North Carolina considers Open Educational Resource materials to mean freely accessible resources with no or limited license restrictions.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

North Carolina 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

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

Policy - Adoption

North Carolina does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

North Carolina does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

North Carolina has a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Per the General Assembly’s 2013 Session, Law 2013-12, House Bill 44:  It is the intent of the General Assembly to transition from funding for textbooks, both traditional and digital, to funding for digital materials, including textbooks and instructional resources, to provide educational resources that remain current, aligned with curriculum, and effective for all learners by 2017.

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

North Carolina 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

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

North Carolina does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

North Carolina does not have procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

Through our statewide Instructional Improvement System (IIS) the state promotes the use of digital materials. All purchased materials in the system were purchased at the state level to be share statewide. Additional materials are created by NC educators for district and state-wide access. http://eprocurement.nc.gov

Guidance – Publishers

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

It is the intent of the General Assembly to transition from funding for textbooks, both traditional and digital, to funding for digital materials, including textbooks and instructional resources, to provide educational resources that remain current, aligned with curriculum, and effective for all learners by 2017. Session Law: 2013-12 House Bill 44

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

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

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

North Carolina does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

North Carolina does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Finance and Business Services
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

North Carolina has dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

State funds are provided directly for the purchase of instructional materials via a state budget instructional materials line item that includes the option to purchase instructional materials and/or does not prohibit the purchase of digital instructional materials. In addition, state funds are provided directly for the purchase of instructional materials via a state budget instructional materials line item that includes the option to purchase instructional materials and/or does not prohibit the purchase of digital instructional materials.

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

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

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

Funding for Devices

North Carolina 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

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

PRC 054 is a funding resource utilized statewide for LEAs/charters with LEP students. It can be used for such resources/items. PRC 104 and PRC 111 are for qualified sub-grantees only, and within the supplement not supplant guidelines could possibly be used for this purpose also.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

North Carolina 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

North Carolina 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

North Carolina develops open educational resources.

North Carolina recommends/endorses open educational resources.

NC has created and made freely available multiple resources some of which are OER. Crosswalk documents that are created for teachers to better understand the NC Standard Course of StudyInstructional resources for both students and teachers created by state-level content area groups, available K-12 in all subject areasNC Essential Standards (for the arts, social studies, science and more).

State Resource Repository

North Carolina has a state resource repository.

The NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) manages the North Carolina Learning Object Repository through collaboration with the Community College System. http://explorethelor.org/

In addition, NC DPI hosts Home Base and NCWiseOwL. Home Base is North Carolina’s suite of digital classroom management tools and instructional resources for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Teachers use Home Base to access student data as well as teaching and learning resources to help students. Students can access their assignments, grades and learning activities. Parents can view their children’s attendance and grades, and administrators can monitor data about students and teachers in their schools. NCWiseOwl serves as the portal for state provided subscription databases for student and staff information needs.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

North Carolina has a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

The state has recommended review options for digital instructional materials.

Open Educational Resources

North Carolina has a vetting process for open educational resources.

The vetting process for OER is the same vetting process for digital content and includes use of the Achieve OER and EQuIP rubrics.

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