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K-12 Digital Learning Revolution Program FAQ

K-12 Digital Learning Revolution Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Digital Revolution Program LogoThe K-12 Digital Learning Revolution Program is the work of 70+ IMS Global Learning Consortium member school districts and state departments of education—representing over 11 million students—with substantive experience and knowledge about what it takes to implement and scale integrated learning technologies.
 
It’s called the Revolution program because it enables both an evolution to digital and provides the foundation for making significant—revolutionary—advancements in teaching and learning.
 
Your district does not need to be an IMS member to be a part of the digital learning revolution. But you do need to make the commitment to purchasing IMS certified products in order to establish a plug-and-play ecosystem. We're here to help! Connect with an IMS K-12 Institutional Program Manager to discuss your district’s needs. 
 

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General

Commitment

Foundation

Instructional Impact

Advanced Insights & Achievement

 

General

Do we have to “do” the program in a particular order?

While the parts of the program are presented in a way that could be used as a roadmap for building your district’s digital ecosystem, districts are encouraged to customize an implementation plan to their district’s needs. Connect with an IMS K-12 Institutional Program Manager to get support.
 

What does my district need to consider before using the Digital Revolution Program?

This program is designed to help districts create a roadmap or strategic plan for integrating instructional technology software systems which leads to better teaching and learning experiences for teachers and students. Like any strategic planning process, it is important that all key stakeholders are involved in and agree to the plan. IMS Global understands K-12 institutions have made a great investment in the tools and content currently in use and that change will be gradual and strategically timed to have the least negative impact on users.
 

My district is focusing on simplifying rostering and access to resources, what resources do you have to help us?

The Foundation aspect of the program helps districts solve the burden of creating and updating rosters for all those different learning applications and offers solutions for establishing a trusted connection between applications for ongoing transfer of data while providing a single sign-on user experience. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Foundation component and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started.
 

My district has lots of digital content and learning resources; we want to have a “one-stop shop” for teachers and students. How can we achieve this?

The Instructional Impact component of the Revolution program provides tools and resources to help districts integrate multiple sources of digital curriculum, learning apps and tools, and assessment products. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Instructional Impact aspect and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started.
 

Teachers in our district are frustrated by the number of places which capture assignment and grades data, is there a way to bring those results together in one place?

The Instructional Impact aspect of the Revolution program offers guidance to help districts with a means for collecting assignment scores and grades across a wide array of digital resources in a single place of record as well as enabling the integration of a variety of summative and formative assessment products, including third-party item banks, to provide educators with actionable data to inform student interventions and instruction. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Instructional Impact aspect and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started.
 
 

Commitment

We are in the process of developing a request for proposal. What should we keep in mind?

Requiring IMS Global standards and conformance certification ensures that software works together with the least time and cost to implement. It’s also important to know that IMS certification expires after one year so K-12 institutions should set the expectation that suppliers stay current on certification. IMS K-12 members have created and shared RFP language and resources to help all K-12 institutions, regardless of membership. K-12 members receive an added benefit of IMS staff providing RFP response review and feedback.
 

Foundation

How can we create one roster file to share with all our suppliers?

The Foundation aspect of the program helps districts solve the burden of creating and updating rosters for all those different learning applications and offers solutions for establishing a trusted connection between applications for ongoing transfer of data while providing a single sign-on user experience. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Foundation component and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started. The IMS OneRoster standard solves the problem of having to create unique roster files for each supplier by defining a common set of roster data, field names and processes for managing the rostering process. The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard offers a simple and easy to use solution for connecting learning platforms and tools, confirming the right users get access to the appropriate resources and exchanging authentication information.
 
 

Instructional Impact

How can we create a single location where teachers and students access everything that they need?

The Instructional Impact component of the program provides tools and resources to help districts integrate multiple sources of digital curriculum, learning apps and tools, and assessment products. IMS Global’s Common Cartridge and Thin Common Cartridge standards streamline both access and integration of content into their learning platforms to support teaching and learning innovation. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Instructional Impact aspect and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started.
 

How can grades from all the tools be automatically transferred to the gradebook of record?

The Instructional Impact aspect of the program offers guidance to help districts with a means for collecting assignment scores and grades across a wide array of digital resources in a single place of record as well as enabling the integration of a variety of summative and formative assessment products, including third-party item banks, to provide educators with actionable data to inform student interventions and instruction. IMS Global’s OneRoster standard transmits scored results between applications, such as student scores from a learning platform to a student information system while Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) supports all kinds of assessment functions, including question item authoring, test delivery, scoring, results analysis, reporting, and content and results exchange. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Instructional Impact aspect of the program and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started.
 
 

Advanced Insights & Achievement

How can my district share badges that are portable and verifiable?

The Advanced Insights and Achievement component of the Revolution program offers districts ways to present achievements that are verifiable and portable to help learners differentiate their career-readiness in an increasingly competitive world as well as a way to digitally represent and report a learner’s academic and co-curricular record, and makes it easier for learners to share their achievements with prospective employers. IMS Global’s Open Badges 2.0 (OBv2) and Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) standards are at the heart of this work. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Advanced Insights & Achievement aspect of the program and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started.
 

Our district wants to understand how students and teachers are using the products we have adopted in order to improve instructional practices, training on the use of applications and to better understand which applications should be renewed, how can IMS help us?

The Advanced Insights and Achievement aspect of IMS Global’s Digital Revolution Program provides a solution for districts to gain improved insight into and reporting of student learning and learning experiences. By viewing students’ product usage, districts are able to better understand the return on learning of their technology investments. IMS Global’s Caliper Analytics standard is used to gather click-stream analytic data from software applications. Find out more about the Revolution program, the Advanced Insights & Achievement aspect of the program and contact a K-12 Program Manager to get started.