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

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Shift Towards Digital Report

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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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