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Overview

Education Agency

Vermont Agency of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Vermont does not have educational technology standards.

Vermont does not have educational technology standards, but it does have Grade specific technology expectations.

State Educational Technology Plan

Vermont has an educational technology plan.

Vermont has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan every 3 years. For more information: http://education.vermont.gov/documents/EDU-Ed_Tech_2012_2015_Technology_Plan.pdf.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Vermont has requirements for district technology planning.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Vermont as part of each LEAs comprehensive or school improvement plan, and are revised every 3 years. The state provides training support through online webinars. State technology plans are used by cataloging against E-rate requirements and reviewing them when necessary to ascertain goals the supervisory Union has established. They are currently required of not each school but of each Supervisory Union or District in an effort to help those units build capacity in a more systemic way. For more information: http://education.vermont.gov/documents/EDU-Ed_Tech_2012_2015_Technology_Plan.pdf.

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Overview

Vermont 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 procurement of devices is done locally but in some cases where a state contract is in place it is done via the Division of Buildings and General Services (BGS). Information for these contracts can be found here.

Funding for instructional materials and devices is primarily provided locally, although in some cases federal funds, specifically Title I, are used. The State of Vermont does not have a state level approval/review process for instructional materials. The state’s State Standards Coordinator does assist schools with creating a process for approving instructional materials but does not make recommendations for specific materials.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Vermont references the AEM Center’s definition of assistive technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Vermont does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Vermont has an open educational resources definition.

Vermont follows the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s definition of OER. Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open Educational Resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

Vermont 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

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

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Vermont does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Vermont 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. The State is currently reviewing statutes to put in place a policy that does include the option to implement OER.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Vermont 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

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

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

Vermont does not provide policy guidance for the purchase of digital devices, this is handled at a local level. The State does make recommendations on a case by case basis.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The Vermont Agency of Education advocates in outreach programs the continued adoption of 1:1 computing and the inclusion of digital learning tools that can be accessed by students at any time or place. This advocacy takes place at a variety of venues throughout the year.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Companies interested in selling Digital Instructional materials should contact schools directly or work with the Division of Buildings and General Services for a potential a state level contract.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

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

The Vermont Agency of Education has put in place two contracts on behalf of schools for purchasing devices via the cooperative endeavor with the State of Maine regarding their to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI)national RFP in 2013. Vermont collaborated with Hawaii to choose the vendors.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Vermont does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Vermont does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Office of Purchasing & Contracting
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Vermont 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.

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

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

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

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

Funding for Devices

Vermont does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Funding for Special Purposes

Vermont 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

Vermont 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

Vermont 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

Vermont does not develop open educational resources.

Vermont recommends/endorses open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Vermont has a state resource repository.

Vermont Education Exchange is managed by Vermont Agency of Education.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

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

Open Educational Resources

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

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