Instructional & Digital Materials

Instructional & Digital Materials
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    The Instructional & Digital Materials team strives to provide Broward County Public Schools with information regarding instructional materials that support 21st Century teaching and learning. Instructional Resources personnel are dedicated to providing the highest quality instructional materials to students and teachers.  We are driven to affect student achievement and to acquire, organize, and make available the sources of information needed to purchase and maintain the District’s instructional materials.

  • World Languages & Dual Language Adoption

    World Language and Dual Language Adoption

  • Instructional Materials Titles

  • Elementary (K-5) Materials

    Textbook and External Tools within Canvas

    Integrating textbook and external tools within Canvas is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  You can find information about each textbook and external tools available in Canvas in the link below.  Step by step guides are included as well as links to additional resources.  https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/123

    Language Arts (Journeys)

    • Teachers:
    • Students: 
      • Student can access via the ThinkCentral app on the SSO LaunchPad.
      • Students can access the core components via the “Digital Student Resources” app in the SSO LaunchPad which redirects to the Student Resources course in Canvas.

    Mathematics (GoMath!)

    • Teachers:
    • Students:
      • Students can access via the ThinkCentral app on the SSO LaunchPad.
      • Students can also access the core components via the “Digital Student Resources” app in the SSO LaunchPad which redirects to the Student Resources course in Canvas.

    Science (STEMscopes & Science A-Z)

    • Teachers:
    • Students:
      • Students can access via the STEMscopes app on the SSO LaunchPad.
      • Students can access via Science A-Z app on the SSO LaunchPad.
      • Students can access the core components via the “Digital Student Resources” app in the SSO LaunchPad which redirects to the Student Resources course in Canvas.

    Social Studies (HMH Libraries K-5 and DBQ 4/5)

  • Middle Grades (6-8) Materials

    Textbook and External Tools within Canvas

    Integrating textbook and external tools within Canvas is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  You can find information about each textbook and external tools available in Canvas in the link below.  Step by step guides are included as well as links to additional resources.  https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/123

    English Language Arts

    • Collections:
      • Teachers and students can access Collections via the HMH Core app on the SSO LaunchPad.
    • Inside:
      • Teachers:
        • Teachers can connect Inside to their courses in Canvas by following the instructions available via the Cengage link in the Textbooks Sharepoint.
      • Students:
    • Keystones:

    Mathematics

    • Teachers and students can access GoMath via the HMH Core app on the SSO LaunchPad.
    • Teachers and students can also access the flat version of the textbook via the Student Resources course in Canvas.

    Science (STEMscopes for Earth/Life/Physical; HMH Dimensions for GEARS)

    • Teachers:
    • Students:
      • Students can access via STEMscopes app on the SSO LaunchPad.
      • Students can access the core components via the “Digital Student Resources” app in the SSO LaunchPad which redirects to the Student Resources course in Canvas.
    • Gears can be accessed via the HMH ED app on the SSO LaunchPad.

    Social Studies

    • 6th grade World History (Cengage):
    • 7th grade Civics (HMH):
      • Teachers:
        • Teachers can access via the HMH landing page available on the Textbooks Sharepoint.
        • Teachers and students can access via the HMH ED app on the SSO LaunchPad.
        • Teachers can import the entire common cartridge file into a Canvas course and share resources with students through their Canvas course.
      • Students:
        • Students can access via the HMH ED app on the SSO LaunchPad.
        • Students can access the flat student edition in the Student Resources course in Canvas. 
    • 8th grade US History:

    World Languages

    • Spanish and Spanish for Speakers is available via Canvas Commons. These need to be imported into active courses for teacher and student use.
    • French (Bien Dit) is available for teachers and students via the HMH Core app on the SSO LaunchPad and available via Canvas Commons. These need to be imported into active courses for teacher and student use.

  • High School (9-12) Materials

    Textbook and External Tools within Canvas

    Integrating textbook and external tools within Canvas is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  You can find information about each textbook and external tools available in Canvas in the link below.  Step by step guides are included as well as links to additional resources.  https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/123

    English Language Arts

    • Collections:
      • Teachers and students can access Collections via the HMH MyHRW app on the SSO LaunchPad.
    • Edge:
    • Keystone:
    • AP English Language:
      • Teachers:
      • Students:
    • AP English Literature:
      • AP English Literature must be manually configured by teachers using the instructions at the bottom of the Textbooks Sharepoint.

    Mathematics

    Science

    Social Studies

    • Teachers:
    • Students:
      • Students can access all of their textbooks via the Student Resources course in Canvas.
    • Economics (EMC):
      • Teachers and students can access via the EMC app in the SSO LaunchPad.
    • US Government (Cengage):
    • US History (HMH):
      • Teachers:
        • Teachers can access via the HMH ED app on the SSO LaunchPad.
        • Teachers can access the flat teacher edition in the Student Resources course in Canvas.
        • Teachers can import the entire common cartridge file into a Canvas course and share resources with students via Canvas.
      • Students:
        • Students can access via the HMH ED app on the SSO LaunchPad.
        • Students can access the flat student edition in the Student Resources course in Canvas.
    • World History (HMH):
      • Teachers:
        • Teachers can access via HMH ED app on the SSO LaunchPad.
        • Teachers can access the flat teacher edition in the Student Resources course in Canvas.
        • Teachers can import the entire common cartridge file into a Canvas course and share resources with students via Canvas.
      • Students:

    World Languages

    • Spanish and Spanish for Speakers is available via Canvas Commons. These need to be imported into active courses for teacher and student use.
    • French (Bien Dit) is available for teachers and students via the HMH MyHRW app on the SSO LaunchPad.

  • Learning Never Closes

    Learning Never Closes

    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to supporting students and families in making sure that learning never stops. When the school buildings are closed for any reason (vacations, weekends, or even unexpected closures), BCPS encourages families and caregivers to have students engage in academic activities.

    As such, we hope that this page will be a place you turn to ensure that, in Broward County, “Learning Never Closes.”

    Each student in BCPS has a suite of academic tools available to them 24/7/365. Over the past year, a significant effort by BCPS staff has begun to enable the resources needed for blended and personalized learning throughout our district. Access to the adopted textbooks, the Canvas learning management system and dozens of other resources are available through this one portal. Students can access their suite of resources via the Single-Sign-On LaunchPad.

    The Student Textbooks & Resources Canvas course has a new section on the Home Page titled, Learning Never Closes.  Broward County Public Schools encourages families and caregivers to have students engage in academic activities from Nearpod, Newsela, and Vocabulary.com.

    Access to the Student Textbooks & Resources Canvas course is available to teachers and students via Canvas and the Single-Sign-On LaunchPad.

    Students: 
    Digital Resources Clever Icon 
    Click on the icon in Clever to navigate to the Digital Student Resources in Canvas.
    Some of the resources that are available are listed below.

    Canvas Self-Paced How to Course

    Passport  Passport to Canvas

     

    Nearpod Self-Paced Student Courses

    💻 Nearpod Coding

    🎓 Nearpod

    College & Career Exploration

    👮‍♀️ Nearpod Digital Citizenship

    Coding (K-2)
    Coding (3-8)
    Coding (6-12)

    College & Career Exploration (K-2)
    College & Career Exploration (3-5)
    College & Career Exploration (6-8)
    College & Career Exploration (9-12)
    Virtual Reality Career Tours (6-12)
    Digital Citizenship Course (K-2)
    Digital Citizenship Course (3-5)
    Digital Citizenship Course (6-8)
    Digital Citizenship Course (9-12)

    ⌨️ NearPod Keyboarding

    📝 Nearpod Microsoft

    ☮️ Social & Emotional Learning

    Keyboarding Course (K-12) Microsoft Applications (K-2)
    Microsoft Applications (3-5)
    Nearpod Microsoft Applications (6-12)
    Social & Emotional Learning (K-5)
    Social & Emotional Learning (6-12)

    Additional Resources

    📰 Newsela Self-Paced Articles

    Vocabulary.com Self-Paced Challenge

    BSPS Technology Tools

    Student Digital Resources

    Textbooks Library/Media Resources


    Whenever you have the opportunity to spend time with your children outside of school, we encourage the following:

    • Read. Whether it is a new reader picture book, a historical biography, a young adult story, a classic novel, or a textbook the hours spent reading are always beneficial. Families are encouraged to read together and to read to each other.
    • Talk. Have students tell the story of what has happened to them and their neighborhood since they were last in school. Giving students the respect of listening to how the story of their experience helps them process the disruption to their normal routine, provides them with the respect of being listened to by others, and prepares them to return to school able to articulate their experience to their peers and teachers.
    • Write and draw. Students of all ages can create notebooks of diagrams, art, and personal writing. These activities can be used for technical and creative expression. These creations can then be shared with family, friends and at school when we return.
    • Design and build a game on paper (make the game pieces out of recyclables such as bottle caps) and play your game.
    • Create a journal of ideas and wonderings: Wonder about and observe nature – write questions you think about and develop a plan for how you can investigate and gather evidence that can help answer your questions.
    • Invent something: Think about solutions to problems you have noticed. Diagram an invention to solve the problem and build a prototype from recyclable material around the house.
    • Storyboard. Sketch your ideas for coding, apps, or gameplay (see below) so that your framework is ready to go when you regain access to power and the internet.

    Families can also engage their students in using the following digital resources:

    • Many learning resources for students are available at the BCPS student webpage. This includes links to Scholastic Chess, Khan Academy, Virtual Counselor, Microsoft Advantage, Pinnacle, and other BCPS and partner resources. These can be reached at https://www.browardschools.com.
    • Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to spend time exploring and utilizing the resources available through their Family Connection Naviance account. This resource can be found at https://www.browardschools.com/naviance.
    • Students and families are reminded to utilize the Microsoft Student Advantage program which provides FOR FREE the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, etc.) both on-line and for up to five downloaded copies. These tools can be used for creativity and productivity. More information can be found at https://www.browardschools.com/Page/36596.
    • Tell a story, code a picture, or make a game using Code.org‘s Play Lab, Artist, Game Lab or App Lab (available through SSO for students or at Code.org) or using Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/ or ScratchJr (only on a tablet). Need an idea? Use a favorite story and retell it through a game or animation.

    Know that BCPS has the supports in place to ensure that “Learning Never Closes.” No matter the time and place, feel free to take advantage of these resources to support the learning that happens inside of our innovative schools.

    Early Learning Suggestions

    1. Read Aloud: Have children and family members select their favorite books and gather together for a family read-aloud. Reading aloud builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children build reading for pleasure. Books can also be a springboard for discussion, and provide the opportunity for children and families to talk about their feelings.

    See below for read-aloud tips for families:

    2. Play Board or Card Games as a Family: Families can play board games as a way to spend time together. Board Games support skills, such as counting, matching, planning, developing strategy, problem-solving, and more. They are also great for practicing sportsmanship and providing families a chance to talk while playing.

    See below for additional ideas for games with families:

    3. Draw Pictures and Write Stories: Grab paper, crayons, and markers and have family members create a scrapbook. Encourage children to write and draw pictures of the events they experience in everyday life. Ask them to respond to what they saw, heard, or felt during their day.

    Want to Learn Chess?

    Some of our students have access to Chess4Life through the SSO, but anyone who wants to learn how to play chess or sharpen their chess skills while schools are closed can go to online.chess4life.com and click "Free Trial Account" to set up an account and get one week of free access. To unlock new levels or any locked content, users can type in IRMA when prompted for a code.

    World Language Resources
    Ciencias en español:

    Ortografía en español:

    Geografía en español:

    Matemáticas:

    Duolingo
          Offers Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and other languages.

    BrainPOP

          You can change the settings to Spanish, French and other languages.

     

  • Online Textbook Access

    Per state statute, students are given the opportunity to receive their core textbook in print or digital format. All of Broward’s core instructional materials are available to students on the Student Resources Canvas Course (login required). Middle and High School students and parents have the option of receiving their take-home materials in digital format.  Simply complete the Optional Access to Instructional Materials form and return to your homeroom teacher.

  • Textbook Adoption Process

    Broward County Public Schools follows the Florida Adoption process model.

    The Florida Instructional Materials Department coordinates the Florida Adoption process.  Each year, the Florida Instructional Materials Department adopts titles for specific courses within a subject area or areas. The subject areas adopted rotate over a course of five-year to ensure that all subject areas have current instructional materials.

    The Florida adoption process begins with an announcement of the adoption and publication of the specifications for adopted materials.  Specifications are based on Florida Statutory requirements for instructional materials and center on content, presentation, and learning strategies.  Most but not all submitted instructional materials are provided in print and digital or electronic format.  Announcements, specifications, processes and procedures, and reports are published at fldoe.org/academics/standards/instructional-materials

    Teachers throughout Florida review the titles submitted by publishers against specifications develop.  This in-depth review takes several months to complete.  Review results are compiled and all titles that meet the specifications are included on the list of Adopted Materials.

    The Florida DOE enters into a contract with each publisher on the list of Adopted Materials to provide the exact title approved to Florida School Districts for a period of time, usually five years.

    Broward Adoption Process

    The Innovative Learning Department coordinates the Broward Adoption Process.  The Broward adoption process selects one title per course for use in all schools.   The steps in the process are as follows:

    1. Announcement of Titles and Specifications
      This title must be on the list of Florida Adopted Instructional Materials.  Working with curriculum supervisors, the core courses needing new instructional materials in a subject area are identified and the adoption is announced to the vendors submitting titles for Florida Instructional Materials Adoption.  Meetings are held with vendors to inform them of the Florida Instructional Materials specifications and specific Broward requirements.  Broward requirements are based on School Board Policy 6308, Broward curricular programs, the Broward Strategic Plan, and Broward technical requirements.
    2. Adoption Committee Review
      Broward subject-area expert teachers are recruited to serve as the voting members of the Adoption Committee.  The Adoption Committee completes an in-depth review of the submitted materials.   Program experts from Exceptional Student Education, English Language Learning, Diversity, and Instructional Technology are recruited as non-voting members to review the adopted titles and provide reports on the suitability of the titles to the Adoption Committee.  Community volunteers and parents are recruited as non-voting members to review the program and provide reports to the Adoption Committee. The Adoption Committee ranks the submissions based on their reviews and the reports of the non-voting committee members.
    3. Feedback from Teachers
      Links to the digital versions of the top ranked submissions in each course are made available to all classroom teachers for review and comments.
    4. Cost and Implement Proposals
      Curriculum supervisors, program experts, and Innovative Learning & Arts staff create implementation options.  Cost proposal based on implementation options are requested for the top ranked submissions.
    5. Identification of Title
      A selection matrix is created in which includes the rankings from the Adoption Committee, feedback from the teachers, and the cost proposal for the implementations.  The selection matrix is presented to senior management and a title is selected.

    Petition to Contest Adoption of Instructional Materials

Contact Information

  • Innovative Learning

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2620

    Fax: 754-321-2766

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    Phone: --

    Dr. Daryl Diamond

    Director

Instructional & Digital Materials

  • Martina Blanco
    Instructional and Digital Materials Analyst

    Delania Moncrief
    Distribution Facilitator

    Fernice Etienne
    Technical Service Specialist