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Overview

The Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) is an online database providing state and territory policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials in K12 education and includes three sections.

  • At-a-Glance Tab: This current tab provides information and links to state digital learning plans, state requirements for district digital learning plans and whether states have digital learning standards for students.
  • Instructional Materials Tab: Visit the Instructional Materials tab to learn more about acquisition of instructional materials including definitions, guidelines and policies, state review processes, digital learning resources and funding.
  • Procurement Tab: This tab provides valuable information about state procurement for state and district leaders, as well as companies.

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 tech 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 receive State Connectivity Funds must have an approved Technology Plan. Those plans are submitted during a window each March. The state provides planning support through email 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.

Although Indiana does not formally have digital learning standards for students, the Networking and Communicating and the Impact and Culture indicators found within Indiana’s K-8 Computer Science Standards are specific to digital learning for students.

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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

In 2009, the State Board took action and included digital content in the textbook definition. The definition of a “textbook” for purposes of reimbursement is the same definition that applies to adoption. Computers and other data devices, instructional software, internet resources, interactive and magnetic media, and other systematically organized materials are eligible for reimbursement. Because computers or other data devices are necessary to deliver the content, the State Board includes them within the definition. A digital curriculum is an instructional resource that consists of both content displayed in a digital manner and interactive activities or lessons that further a student’s understanding of the content. The definition of digital curriculum is broader than just a digital version of a book.

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 Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

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 unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

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.”

Definition for Instructional Materials

Indiana has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Curricular material 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.

Includes

Digital

OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Indiana has a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

With the exception of reading, the State Board of Education no longer produces a list of approved textbooks. Schools can adopt materials that they determine meet the needs of their students. Local superintendents now set procedures for local textbook adoption.

The Department of Education will review materials and provide guidance to schools as to the alignment of the materials, but this review is intended to be advisory in nature.

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.
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 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 Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Indiana utilizes the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessibility to provide guidance to LEAs at the request of LEA’s, through AEM Intensive Targeted Assistance Grants, weekly Twitter Chats, workshops, and much more!

Guidance Accessible Technologies

Indiana provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible technologies for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Indiana utilizes the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessibility to provide guidance to LEAs through a variety of programs.

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. 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.

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.

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Digital Learning Resources

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.

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Indiana has 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. There is also funding set aside to offer professional development to teachers around the concept of digital content curation. Free Digital Content Curation Workshops are offered across the state and offer guidance to those starting the transition from print to digital.

Digital Instructional 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 instructional materials and innovative educational technologies as they deem appropriate to meet educational goals and requirements.

In 2009, the State Board took action and included digital content in the textbook definition. The definition of a “textbook” for purposes of reimbursement is the same definition that applies to adoption. Computers and other data devices, instructional software, internet resources, interactive and magnetic media, and other systematically organized materials are eligible for reimbursement. Because computers or other data devices are necessary to deliver the content, the State Board includes them within the definition. A digital curriculum is an instructional resource that consists of both content displayed in a digital manner and interactive activities or lessons that further a student’s understanding of the content. The definition of digital curriculum is broader than just a digital version of a book.

There was a waiver to all Indiana districts in 2009 allowing them to spend all or part of the money they previously spent on textbooks to purchase digital content or devices. That waiver became part of state law in 2011.

The state encourages the use of digital instructional materials. Teachers from around the state collaborate to curate quality digital resources aligned to Indiana standards through the Rockstars of Curation Cohort. 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, while others have developed their own materials for use with devices. Districts and schools are encouraged to collaborate to lower the cost of the acquisition of instructional materials.

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.