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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

Maine has a state digital learning plan.

Maine’s state educational technology plan is incorporated in the 2001 report of the Task Force on the Maine Learning Technology Endowment. The report, “Teaching and Learning for Tomorrow: A Learning Technology Plan for Maine’s Future,” has been the guiding document for the state and for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) for 7th and 8th grade students.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Maine does not have requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Maine has digital learning standards for students.

Maine educational technology standards are embedded as part of the core curriculum standards.

State Personalized Learning Definition

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

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DRAFT- PENDING APPROVAL

Maine strongly recommends alignment with Maine’s adopted content standards. Districts purchase their own instructional materials, but also receive varied levels of state general assistance based on Essential Programs and Services funding model. Ultimately, decisions are determined locally.

The Maine Department of Education sponsors or cosponsors some efforts related to digital instructional materials, including small OER and other curriculum identification & creation initiatives intended to provide model instructional materials. The largest of these efforts is the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) which has provided 1-to-1 devices for students and teachers in 7th and 8th grade, since 2001. Currently districts can opt in to MLTI for elementary or high school grades at their own expense. Considered a learning initiative, not just a technology access initiative, MLTI provides leadership development and professional development to teachers focused on learning through technology. MLTI emphasizes learning through technology best practice. The state also enters MOUs with vendor partners identified as offering promising and relevant emerging technologies and services related to major initiatives & priorities.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Maine does not have a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Maine does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

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

State Statute

The Policy and Purpose section of Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, Chapter 303 (Children with Disabilities) states that students must have access to AIM that are in alignment with IDEA and with the universal design provisions of the 1998 amendments to the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 USC Chapter 28.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

State Statute

The term assistive technology is defined in Maine Department of Education Rule Chapter 101, Maine Unified Special Education Regulation.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

There is nothing in Maine law that prohibits the use of digital instructional materials. Adoption of instructional materials is done at the local level.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

Maine 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.

The Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services publishes a non-regulatory Maine State Required Forms Procedures Manual, which includes instructions for creating Individualized Education Programs. The IEP section of the manual includes some guidance relating to the use of accessible educational materials,

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 Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services publishes a non-regulatory Maine State Required Forms Procedures Manual, which includes instructions for creating Individualized Education Programs. The section of the manual relating to IEPs includes some guidance relating to the use of accessible educational materials.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

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

Maine strongly recommends alignment with Maine’s adopted content standards. Ultimately, decisions are made locally.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Maine does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Maine has dedicated state funding.

The state provides direct funding for digital devices for 7th and 8th grade students and teachers and some high school teachers; otherwise each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices.

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

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DRAFT – PENDING APPROVAL

Maine does not generally procure educational materials or resources for schools or districts on a statewide basis. Each school district has the authority to procure and use digital resources and innovative educational technologies as they deem appropriate to meet their educational goals and requirements. Materials should align with the Maine Learning Results (state content standards). To help fund these purchases, the state provides General Purpose Aid based on the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) funding model. The State has procured education technology packages — devices, support and professional development — for schools through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI).

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

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

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Maine 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

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Maine has state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

Includes

Devices

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Maine 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

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

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Maine has not implemented a statewide initiative to support professional learning opportunities for educators related to the creation, selection and/or implementation of quality digital instructional materials.

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine does not develop professional learning programs.

Development of OER

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

Share OER

Maine 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.

Maine CITE, under contract with the Maine Department of Education, provides professional learning through in-person training, webinars and presentations at conferences.

Technical Assistance - Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Maine CITE is a non-profit organization that has a contract with the Maine DOE to provide technical assistance and training to schools in providing AEM for students.

Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

Yes, our state provide technical assistance to support the use of accessible technologies.

Maine CITE is a non-profit organization that has a contract with the Maine DOE to provide technical assistance to schools on assertive technology, as well as on accessible educational materials.