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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

Indiana does not have a state digital learning plan.

Indiana does not have a state technology plan; however, the state collects and publishes district technology plans via state graphics and maps.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Indiana has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Indiana requires district level educational technology plans. Indiana public schools who use the state provided broadband network and receive State Connectivity Funds must have an approved Technology Plan. Those plans are revised every 3 years with required updates after the first and second years. The state provides planning support through e-mail and website support, and through Regional and State conference planning sessions and Administrative Academies for district leadership. The district technology plans are used to help guide resources and initiatives at the state level to support district technology strategic plans.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Indiana does not have digital learning standards for students.

Indiana has adopted K-12 Computer Science Standards and STEM Standards that cover digital learning skills.

State Personalized Learning Definition

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

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Overview

The state has recommended review options for digital instructional materials. Through webinars, Twitter chats, workshops, conference presentations, and cohorts, the Office of eLearning encourages and highlights best practices for stakeholders when reviewing instructional materials. All materials that are vetted by the Office of eLearning and partners are shared via Amazon Inspire for optional use by classroom teachers

The state encourages the use of digital instructional via the Digital Content Cohort. Teachers from around the state collaborate to curate great digital resources aligned to our Indiana standards. In addition, school corporations have been successful in working with the private sector to purchase devices and digital content. For example, some schools have purchased low cost, content-loaded mini-laptops; others have developed their own materials for use with devices. Districts and schools are encouraged to collaborate to lower the cost of acquisition of textbooks, computers and other data devices, and their content.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Indiana has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Textbook means systematically organized material designed to provide a specific level of instruction in a subject matter category, including: books; (2) hardware that will be consumed, accessed, or used by a single student during a semester or school year; (3) computer software; and (4) digital content. -House Bill 1429. Access the definition.

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OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Indiana does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

Indiana has a definition for accessible educational materials. The definition is based on

State Statute

According to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, AEM is defined as “Accessible Educational Materials.” AEM’s are materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability, regardless of format or features. Whether a material or technology is designed from the start to be accessible for all learners or is made accessible for learners with disabilities, it is considered AEM.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Indiana has a definition for accessible technologies. The definition is based on

State Statute

According to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, “Accessible Technologies include any hardware devices or software programs that provide learners with access to the content contained in digital materials. In other words, technology can be both the learning materials and the systems that deliver them. Web-based applications, social media, video players, simulation programs, adaptive learning platforms, learning management systems, tablets, smartphones, and computer stations are all examples of technology-based delivery systems.”

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Indiana does not have a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The IDOE encourages the implementation of digital instructional materials to better support individual student needs. Indiana is a local control state and superintendents, school boards, and teachers are left to choose the best instructional materials to enhance student learning (paid, free, and OER). Schools can adopt instructional materials that they determine meet the needs of their students. Local superintendents now set procedures for local textbook/instructional materials adoption.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Indiana does not have a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Guidance Outside of School

Indiana provides guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

The IDOE does not have a statute for the adoption of instructional materials; however, the IDOE Office of eLearning does offer guidance and support to districts in the area of instructional materials adoption. There are multiple programs that support teachers around content curation including Digital Content Curation Workshops, #GoOpen Summits, Summer of eLearning conferences, the eLearning Lab webinars, the Rockstars of Curation Cohort, and many more.

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.

Indiana utilizes the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessibility to provide guidance to LEAs at request of LEA’s, through AEM Intensive Targeted Assistance Grants, and examples.

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.

Indiana utilizes the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessibility to provide guidance to LEAs at request of LEA’s, through AEM Intensive Targeted Assistance Grants, and examples.

Guidance Inclement Weather

Indiana provides guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

The IDOE eLearning Day Program can be used on a day of inclement weather, on a make-up day for inclement weather, or on a planned day for a myriad of valid opportunities, eg: professional learning for teachers, parent meetings, etc. School corporations must still meet the IDOE criteria, fill out an online application, and receive approval from the IDOE Office of eLearning in order to utilize eLearning Days.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Indiana does not have a process for the review of instructional materials.

The state has recommended review options for digital instructional materials.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Indiana does not have a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Indiana does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

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

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Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Indiana 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

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

Indiana does not host a content management system, but does have a partnership with Amazon Inspire to host the digital content curated by Indiana teachers through grant partnerships and the Rockstars of Curation Cohort. Indiana is also part of the #GoOpen group and has content in the Learning Registry.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Indiana 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

Indiana has a state resource repository.

The Office of eLearning has a partnership with Amazon Inspire and shares vetted instructional materials, free and open, on the platform. You can find Indiana vetted materials by searching INeLearn in the search bar. As a local control state, the usage of this state resource repository is optional.

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OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Indiana does not have dedicated state funding.

State funds are available for digital instructional materials via state coordinated competitive grants that include the option to purchase digital instructional materials. Indiana districts are allowed to use textbook adoption funds to pay for student devices and online learning materials.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

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Overview

Indiana 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.  There was a waiver to all districts in 2009 allowing them to spend all or part of the money they previously spent on textbooks to purchase digital content or devices.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Indiana school districts make their own choices and purchases, and the procedures are determined locally.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Indiana 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

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

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The IDOE Office of eLearning provides multiple professional learning opportunities for educators across the state as districts continue to move down the digital learning path and teachers/students consume and create digital instructional materials. The Office of eLearning offers monthly webinars, weekly Twitter chats, quarterly book clubs, Digital Content Curation Workshops, competitive grant funding, and other learning options. Indiana is a #GoOpen state and has hosted three #GoOpen Summits in partnership with local districts. Team members from the Office also travel across the state to present at various conferences promoting best practices around digital instructional material curation and creation. For more PD opportunities, Indiana teachers can visit the Office of eLearning’s menu of PD offerings.https://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/digital-instructional-materials-professional-learning-opportunities

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

Indiana provides professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

The Office of eLearning leads a cohort of K-12 teachers, coaches, and media specialists that make up the Rockstars of Curation. These Indiana educators curate and create digital instructional materials (free and OER) that serve as examples of quality classroom materials. Outside of the cohort, Indiana teachers are given the chance to grow in this area through attending various workshops, webinars, conference sessions, social media PD, etc.

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Digital OER

Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Indiana provides professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

The IDOE Office of eLearning supports 20+ Summer of eLearning Conferences each summer that are district/educator led and spread out across the state. Much of the conference sessions promote best practices for digital learning and materials implementation. The Office also offers yearly competitive grants (DLG) that help jumpstart districts as they transition to digital instructional materials and even help fund instructional coaches for the first year of the program. The established coaches across the state collaborate inside of a Google+ Community that the Office manages.

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Statewide professional learning for teachers via webinars

Statewide professional learning for teachers via a online community

Statewide professional learning for teachers in-person

Statewide conference

State provides funding for instructional coaches

Development of Professional Learning Programs

Indiana develops its own professional learning programs.

Our state develops their own professional learning programs

Development of OER

Indiana provides professional learning opportunities to support the development of digital OER.

Share OER

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

Professional Learning - Accessibility

Yes, our state provides professional learning to support the implementation of accessible educational materials.

The Office of eLearning partners with the PATINS Project and the National AEM Center to provide professional learning to Indiana educators around the accessibility of digital instructional materials. This occurs through virtual meetings, webinars, conference presentations, and Twitter chats. The Office also shares and promotes the National AEM Center’s online learning modules.

Technical Assistance - Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

No, our state does not provide technical assistance to support the implementation of accessible instructional/educational materials

Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

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