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Digital Learning Tab: This current tab provides information and links related to digital learning plans and standards, the adoption of computer science standards and state definitions for personalized learning. Visit the Instructional Materials, Procurement and Professional Learning Tabs for more information on this state.

DIGITAL LEARNING PLANS & STANDARDS

State Digital Learning Plan

Florida has a state digital learning plan.

Florida hasa statewide 5-year strategic technology plan, required in s. 1001.20, Florida Statutes.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Florida has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Florida has a requirement for districts to submit a technology plan that is tied to the Digital Classroom Plan and includesfive areas: Student Performance Outcomes; Digital Learning and Technology Infrastructure; ofessional Development; Digital Tools and Online Assessment Support

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Florida does not have digital learning standards for students.

State Personalized Learning Definition

Florida does not have a unique state definition for personalized learning.

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Overview

All review of instructional materials is an online process and includes digital instructional materials. The specifications describe the courses for which materials are being sought, as well as cite the standards that the instructional materials are expected to meet. In addition, they contain the research base that outlines the components of effective instructional materials. The evaluation forms are developed from the research contained in the instructional materials specifications document. Each reviewer is responsible for completing and submitting an evaluation electronically for each assigned publishers submission on or before the deadline. Each submission shall be evaluated at the individual benchmark level for accuracy and completeness, as well as holistically for overall value as an instructional tool.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Florida has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

For purposes of state adoption, the term “instructional materials” means items having intellectual content that by design serve as a major tool for assisting in the instruction of a subject or course. These items may be available in bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may consist of hardback or softbacked textbooks, electronic content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives, electronic media and computer courseware/software. A publisher or manufacturer providing instructional materials as a single bundle shall also make the instructional materials available as separate and unbundled items. A publisher may also offer sections of state-adopted instructional materials in digital or electronic versions at reduced rates to districts, schools, and teachers.

Includes

Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Florida does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

Florida does not have a definition for accessible educational materials.

Florida does not have a unique definition for accessible educational/instructional materials in state statute or in state rule. Rather, definitions on accessibility are provided through technical assistance papers (TAP), guidance papers, and resource materials. The Federal Definition of accessible instructional materials as noted in IDEA 2004 (20 U.S.C. [United States Code] 1474(e)(3)(C)) has been provided to all Florida LEAs through technical assistance papers (TAP), and resource materials on AIM. Updated information on accessible educational materials are currently under review. Section 1006.29, Florida Statutes (F.S.) defines instructional materials as “items having intellectual content that by design serve as a major tool for assisting in the instruction of a subject or course”; and further specifies that they are available in bound, unbound, kit or package form; include hardback or softback textbooks, electronic content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives, electroni

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Florida does not have a definition for accessible technologies.

Florida does not have a unique definition for accessible educational/instructional materials in state statute or in state rule. Rather, definitions on accessibility are provided through technical assistance papers (TAP), guidance papers, and resource materials. The W3C Principles of Accessibility have been provided to Florida’s LEAs through resource materials, technical assistance, and professional development activities as the guidelines for accessibility to digital technologies.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Florida has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

Each district school board is responsible for the content of all instructional materials used in a classroom, whether adopted and purchased from the state-adopted instructional materials list, adopted and purchased through a district instructional materials program under s. 1006.283, or otherwise purchased or made available in the classroom.

Materials Adoption Includes

Software

Digital Materials

Online Content

Supplemental Materials

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

July 1, 2017, House Bill 989 was passed, impacting changes to Section 1006.28, F.S., and Section 1006.40, F.S., also removing the requirement that all adopted instructional materials for students are digital.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Florida has a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State statute states that each district school board shall use its annual allocation only for the purchase of instructional materials that align with state standards and are included on the state-adopted list, except as otherwise authorized in paragraphs (b) and (c). (b) Up to 50 percent of the annual allocation may be used for: 1. The purchase of library and reference books and nonprint materials. 2. The purchase of other materials having intellectual content which assist in the instruction of a subject or course. These materials may be available in bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may consist of hardbacked or softbacked textbooks, novels, electronic content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives, electronic media, computer courseware or software, and other commonly accepted instructional tools as prescribed by district school board rule. 3. The repair and renovation of textbooks and library books and replacements for items which were part of previously purchased

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Florida has a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Florida Statute 1003.4282 lists an online course as a required element prior to graduation.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Selection Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Florida’s AT; UDL Loan Library includes access to accessibility solutions and instructional technologies (interactive whiteboards, interactive displays, virtual reality technologies, student response systems, mobile technologies, cloud based technologies, assistive technologies, augmentative communication systems) along with professional development support for the use of these and related technologies by learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.Support, professional development, instructional materials, and assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired is provided through the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired. Support, professional development, instructional materials, and assistive technology support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing is provided through the Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Support and professional development for students with disabilities in general is provided

Guidance Selection Accessible Technologies

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

The Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, supports a statewide online Assistive Technology; Universal Design for Learning (AT; UDL) Loan Library. Training and support for the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies is provided through multiple state and federally supported discretionary projects and through a network of Local Assistive Technology Specialists who serve all Florida LEAs.

Guidance Inclement Weather

Florida does not provide guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Florida has a process for the review of instructional materials.

All review of instructional materials is an online process and includes digital instructional materials. The specifications describe the courses for which materials are being sought, as well as cite the standards that the instructional materials are expected to meet. In addition, they contain the research base that outlines the components of effective instructional materials. The evaluation forms are developed from the research contained in the instructional materials specifications document. Each reviewer is responsible for completing and submitting an evaluation electronically for each assigned publishers submission on or before the deadline. Each submission shall be evaluated at the individual benchmark level for accuracy and completeness, as well as holistically for overall value as an instructional tool.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Florida has a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Evaluated

Adopted

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Florida does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Florida does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

Florida does not require districts to follow the state review process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Florida does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Florida does not have an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Resource Repositories

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Florida 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

Florida does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

State Resource Repository

Florida does not have a state resource repository.

Florida hosts instructional materials center that are specific to students with sensory impairment and outlined in Florida Statute. The Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired. The Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Both these project receive dedicated state funding for the production of braille, large print, captioned materials, and other materials specific to the needs of students with sensory impairments.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Florida has dedicated state funding.

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. State funds are provided through the Digital Classroom Plan allocation that may be used for digital devices. Digital devices may also be purchased with instructional materials funding.

Instructional Materials

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

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Overview

Florida 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 has state level contracts for state adopted instructional materials but does not procure those materials for districts. The adoption of materials is a statute driven process. There is a five-year adoption cycle and all bid materials are reviewed by two state or national content experts (in the event of a tie a third will review). District specialists also provide reviews and the review process is open to the public. All materials are reviewed online. State statute requires that beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, all adopted instructional materials for students in kindergarten through grade 12 must be provided in an electronic or digital format. If a district certifies that it has met the obligation to provide digital instructional materials aligned to standards for core courses, then the district may use state allocated funds for the purchase of technology.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

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

All vendors who bid must provide their materials in electronic or digital format for the purpose of review.

Includes

Interoperability

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

July 1, 2017, House Bill 989 was passed, impacting changes to Section 1006.28, F.S., and Section 1006.40, F.S., also removing the requirement that all adopted instructional materials for students in grades. Since all materials must be accessible to all students, the publisher is instructed to complete a UDL form, which is reviewed at the beginning of the evaluation process by those identified as state instructional materials reviewers pursuant to requirements specified in section 1006.34, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and State Board of Education Rule 6A-7.0710 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). More information about state policies and procedures for the Florida instructional materials adoption process is available at . The FLDOE Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support provides publishers a UDL Rubric on accessibility and transformability to be completed for all instructional materials submitted to the FLDOE for review.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Florida does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Florida does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

Florida does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the publisher.

State Pricing Negotiation

Florida does not negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

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Each year, once Florida contracts with the publishers whose materials were state adopted, the districts must use at least 50% of their allocated instructional materials funds to purchase materials from that list. The list includes digital materials that were reviewed and approved. Many smaller districts solely adopt from the state adopted list, so it is even more important that the adopted digital materials are of the highest quality. Expert reviewers do receive a virtual training prior to reviewing any materials. While staff does not currently travel and give professional development on selection of quality digital instructional materials, we remain openly available for district staff, teachers, and parents to contact via phone or e-mail with any clarifications or insight needed on digital instructional materials that they may require.

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

Florida does not provide professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Florida does not provide professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

Development of Professional Learning Programs

Florida does not develop professional learning programs.

Development of OER

Florida does not provide professional learning opportunities to support the development of digital OER.

Share OER

Florida does not provide professional learning opportunities for teachers to share of digital OER

Professional Learning - Accessibility

No, our state does not provide professional learning to support the implementation of accessible educational materials.

Technical Assistance - Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Yes, our state provide technical assistance to support the implementation of accessible instructional/educational materials

Section 1006.38(15), F.S., states that “publishers and manufacturers of instructional materials, or their representatives, shall grant, without prior written request, for any copyright held by the publisher or its agencies automatic permission to the department or its agencies for the reproduction of instructional materials and supplemental materials in braille, large print or other appropriate format for use by visually impaired students or other students with disabilities that would benefit from use of the materials.” The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support, developed a Universal Design for Learning Publishers Rubric that districts can use to assess the accessibility and transformability of instructional materials. A version has also been made available to school districts to guide instructional materials acquisitionhttp://bit.ly/2QGfRDl. Florida authorized users of th

Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

No, our state does not provide technical assistance to support the use of accessible technologies.