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The Shift Toward Digital: Forcing Factors, Benefits, and Barriers

The evidence is mounting that states, districts, schools, individual teachers, and—of course—students themselves are using more digital resources than ever before. Findings from MDR’s State of the K-12 Market 2015 report confirm that this shift is real; five out of ten curriculum directors expect substantial print-to-digital conversion over the next three years. The Shift Toward Digital: Forcing Factors, Benefits, and Barriers provides an in-depth look at a range of interrelated “forcing factors” pushing the digital shift along, including:

  • The impact of online assessments
  • The availability of devices
  • Improved infrastructure
  • Policy changes
  • Increasingly sophisticated systems that integrate with digital content
  • The impact of OER
  • Parental expectations
  • Teacher belief in digital tools
  • And more

This report also examines a number of consequential barriers, including teachers’ ability to use digital content in instruction, insufficient meta-tagging, student data privacy issues, outmoded purchasing policies and practices, and confusing intellectual property laws and practices among others. The report was written by Geoffrey H. Fletcher, currently a private consultant, who has over three decades of experience as an education administrator and education industry executive.

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The Shift Toward Digital: Forcing Factors, Benefits, and Barriers
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