The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations. Our current work is guided by a strategic plan, Leading, Inspiring and Empowering: The 2017-20 SETDA Strategic Plan, adopted by the SETDA Board of Directors in October 2016 after extensive consultation with the membership.
Technological innovation is driving fundamental changes in all aspects of our lives. This is especially true of digital content, as our use of e-books, downloadable music, streaming television and movies, and online social networks has exploded. Armed with a cost-effective computing device and the kind of quality digital content that is becoming increasingly available, the benefits for student learning are many, including that fact that digital content can be more up-to-date and engaging, and it is flexible so that the content can be changed to fit students’ needs rather than having the student adapt to the content. SETDA has been a leading organization in advocating for the shift from print to digital content by making our members, policy makers and the broader education audience aware of digital content’s advantages and celebrating those states where policy changes and other initiatives have jump-started the shift to digital for students and teachers through the state.
State Procurement Case Studies: Spotlight on Digital Materials Acquisition
Developed in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, instructional materials directors, procurement offices and academic officers, this publication highlights state level procurement case studies that share how states have effectively established and implemented policies for the procurement of high quality instructional materials and devices. As the process for the acquisition and implementation varies widely from state to state, the case studies provide detailed information about the process in each state. These in-depth studies of California, Indiana, Louisiana and Utah provide road maps for other states that are moving forward to implement digital learning materials policies and procedures.
Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS)
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. This work supports state and district leaders’ understanding of state policies related to procuring instructional materials to best meet the individual needs of students and can potentially impact policy changes. In addition, publishers of instructional materials, technology developers, and investors can learn more about the relative friendliness of states to encourage innovation with respect to digital instructional materials.