According to a recent survey, sixty-two percent of school districts have a digital content and curriculum strategy, and more than half of those strategies include using open educational resources (OER). This interesting information came from eSchool News in their article, “Survey: Districts are increasingly going digital.”

It is important to remember that digital content does not just exist in the corporate world. In fact, the findings from the Center for Digital Education’s Digital School Districts Survey Awards show that classroom technology tools such as interactive whiteboards, document cameras, display equipment, and assessment tools are growing in use.

Data analysis is also used to inform instruction, personnel and budgeting. Parents can review academic performance data and learn how to help their children with targeted skills at home. School districts are increasingly focused on learning through new and innovative technologies.

It’s a good reminder that learning materials are no longer solely the printed textbooks of generations past. Digital learning materials are increasingly important to improving outcomes throughout a student’s education.

Melody K. Smith

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