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Making Digital Curricula a Top Priority

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

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Survey: Districts are increasingly going digital

Sixty-two percent of districts in a recent survey have a digital content and curriculum strategy, and more than half of those strategies (38 percent) include using Open Educational Resources (OER).

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Playing Catch-Up in an Increasingly Digital Education Landscape

A survey by the Center for Digital Education shows that a growing number of districts are turning to Open Educational Resources (OER)—62 percent in the most recent survey. The digitalization of education is difficult to ignore—or avoid. Still, while this recent survey shows that the majority of school districts have digital content and curriculum strategies, not all are there quite yet. What’s the situation in your school district?

While 62 percent seems like a high percentage, consider that 38 percent of the districts surveyed are lagging behind. That’s symptomatic of what is being recognized as a growing divide between the haves and have nots of technology-enabled education. Still, 31 percent of those not yet using these resources say they plan to within the next 12-24 months. Catching up, for those that still lag, should be a top priority.