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  • In the Thanksgiving: SETDA’s 15 Years

    November 23rd, 2016 by

    Since 2001, SETDA has served and supported educational technology leaders across the country from Alaska to Maine, Florida to Hawaii and as far away as Guam and American Samoa. Our state members, corporate partners, affiliates and alliance partners have rallied to support the implementation of digital learning opportunities in K-12 education from basic infrastructure to […]

  • State Leaders Impacting Students’ Lives – Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 2nd, 2016 by

    SETDA serves and supports state leaders from across the nation as well as territories from as far away as American Samoa, the Common Wealth of the Mariana Islands and Guam. Our members, state leaders, in turn support districts and schools in their state that in-turn support teachers and students directly. SETDA might appear to be the 5 […]

  • Lessons Learned Preparing New Mexico for Success Online

    July 21st, 2015 by

     Another in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of SETDA members. Ferdi  Serim is the Educational  Technology Coordinator for the New Mexico Public Education Department. With 92% of its students taking the PARCC assessment online, New Mexico celebrates success that surprised many skeptics. Fears about inadequate infrastructure, […]

  • SETDA Reimagined

    February 17th, 2014 by

    Dear SETDA Friends and Family, You may recall 2007 as the year that the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis broke and led to a recession of global proportions, that the seventh and final Harry Potter novel was released, that Barry Bonds broke the career home run record, or that a song written and performed by Tay […]

  • What Can States And Districts Do To Prepare For The Transition To Online Assessment?

    August 19th, 2013 by

    In the 2014-15 school year, the vast majority of states will use new online student assessments from PARCC and Smarter Balanced that will be based on the deeper and more rigorous Common Core State Standards.  Implementing these new assessments successfully requires a substantial infrastructure and a human capacity effort involving careful planning and ample communication. […]

  • Premium Content: Vander Ark Revisited

    February 28th, 2013 by

    SETDA’s report, “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age,” put a solid stake in the ground for moving from print to digital.  The report offered a rationale for the shift, four case studies of states that are well down the path toward making the shift, as well as thumbnail sketches of […]

  • The OER Spirit in the Cathedral and the Bazaar

    February 14th, 2013 by

    My work with digital content in general and OER in particular is often at the policy level. I am not as fortunate as colleagues in the field such as Karen Fasimpaur who get to work with teachers, often directly in the classroom. Nonetheless, I do talk with teachers from time to time and they have […]

  • Pubs – Don’t Forget OER!

    February 12th, 2013 by

    We in the ed tech world are fortunate to have a wide range of coverage of our segment of the industry, from traditional trade publications like T.H.E. Journal, eSchool News and Tech and Learning, to a variety of blogs as well as entities like EdSurge that have a focus on the business and especially start-up […]

  • Two Superintendents Who Get It

    February 11th, 2013 by

    A news story out of central Florida caught my eye recently with the headline: “Schools Moving Toward Digital Textbooks.” Many of these stories in local papers talk about a district’s purchase of devices and “how excited and engaged students are in their learning.” As a former editor, I always asked my writers to NOT give […]

  • Policymakers, K-12 School Leaders Must Address Technology Needs For College And Career Ready Teaching, Learning And Assessment

    December 11th, 2012 by

    On December 4, 2012, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released guidance for policymakers and K-12 school leaders on school technology readiness needs for college and career ready teaching, learning and assessment. As schools and districts across the country continue to move forward in implementing the Common Core State Standards, two multi-state consortia – […]

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