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The Homework Gap—Latest Wrinkle for Resolving the Digital Divide
by Susan Brooks-Young
Historically, the term digital divide referred to a lack of access to hardware and Internet connectivity. Basic technology access is less of an issue today; however, as we have increased the numbers of available devices and Internet-connected schools, we are discovering that solving the digital divide challenge is more complex than making 'stuff' available. We are discovering that, in addition to connectivity issues on campus, we also must address students' use of technology outside the traditional school day, especially as technology-supported homework activities become increasingly common.
Communicating with Parents
by Lisa Marie Gonzales
Oh, how the times have changed.
Is Classroom Technology Good for Learning or Wasting Time?
by Michael Simkins
In this article from the Dallas News, UT Austin professor Joan E. Hughes compares active and passive uses of technology.
The 9 week online Certification for the Professional Learning Leader begins February 1st with a face-to-face kick off.
The 9 week online Certification for the Administrator will kick off on February 2nd.
Interested in earning an innovative certification? We are offering two certifications this winter: Professional Learning Leader and Administrator Certification. Professional Learning Leader focuses on educators who provide professional development and are looking for ways to promote digital learning and technology. Administrator certification is geared towards educational leaders who support and drive decisions and vision in their school, district, or organization focused on digital learning.
For 2018, TICAL will join forces with the Arkansas Department of Education to present a special strand for administrators at the 6th Annual Data Conference. The event will be held July 19-20 in Hot Springs.
Weigh in on the ISTE Standards for Administrators!
New TICAL Tools! Future Ready Schools Surveys for Parents and Teachers
Most effective tools for parent communications & engagement
Student Data Privacy
TICAL Cadre Member Wins Award
Arkansas expands high-speed web access to all students
The High Cost of Low Technology Skills
Social Media Helpline
Putting California’s School Districts on the Path Toward Meaningful Digital Learning
What can administrators, course designers and faculty do to retain online learners?
CCSS-Aligned Resources and Content Delivery!
Need a process in selecting a Learning Management System (LMS)?
A Social Media Handbook -- Geared for Administrators